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Founded in 1859, The Missouri Botanical Gardens offer us a glimpse into the beautiful world of horticulture. Though most require the assistance and expertise of master gardeners and botanists in order to maintain an elite garden, homeowners can find something to aspire to in their yard care practices. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest operating botanical garden in our country. With almost 80 acres of horticultural displays on-site, the Missouri Botanical Gardens are a beautiful respite in the heart of St. Louis.

The Missouri Botanical Gardens offers a variety of programs. They pride themselves on being not just a place of beauty, but of family fun as well. The Gardens have a center for education, science, and conservation. They are focused around conservation and protection of plants, and their ecosystems, through education and stewardship. They exemplify the responsible and sustainable use of all resources and seek to teach gardeners, farmers, lawn care service professionals, and the rest of the community to do the same.

Yard Care Advice

For many homeowners, the ability to grow a beautiful, green lawn and garden is limited by a variety of factors. While we may not all have the financial resources to grow the same type of horticultural display seen at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, we don’t have to be limited by a lack of knowledge. Their website also offers a wide variety of information that is valuable to lawn maintenance and turf care professionals. The Gardens provides a wealth of information for those looking to flex their green thumbs and take their yard care related skills to the next level.

Lawn Care Topics

These pages give helpful tips and advice for growing a beautiful lawn while still being considerate of resources. Lawn care related topics it covers include lawn repair, weed control, lawn fertilization, lawn diseases, insects, lawn treatments, and other lawn maintenance related content.

Pests and Problems by Plant

In these pages, the Missouri Botanical Garden has broken down pests and problems by plant. You can use these links to search through annuals and perennials, fruits, indoor plants, lawns, needled and broadleaf evergreens, trees and shrubs, vegetables, yard and garden, and miscellaneous. Within these categories are further subdivided categories to help further identify problems specific to certain plants.

Plant Finder

In these pages, users are able to search for specific plants. The catalog contains over 7500 different types of plants, all of which have been grown in the Kemper Center display gardens. Search by scientific name, common name, or even by specific plant characteristics to learn more about plants. You can even search by how much maintenance is required to grow and maintain certain plants.

Weeds and Pests

Weeds and pests are some of the most common issues plaguing lawn services and homeowners. In these pages, you can identify certain types of weeds and pests to better learn how to control them. Using these pages, you can determine whether the plant is an annual or perennial and broadleaf or grass. This will be most helpful in determining weed control and lawn treatment measures.

Pests and Problems

There are over 200 of the most commonly encountered garden plant problems in these pages. Most of them can be found anywhere in the country, though some are specific to the St. Louis area. Solutions to these garden issues are listed in order from the least invasive and safest strategies first. In these pages, users can research pests and problems by specific plant or by pest category.

Diseases and Disorders

The Missouri Botanical Gardens divide up plant diseases into six main categories. These include fungal, bacterial, viruses, nematodes, nutritional, and environmental. In this section of the website, you can select the disease or problem, or choose a category to learn more about different issues to locate a specific disease or disorder. Thumbnail photos can help lead users in the right direction to help more quickly identify diseases and disorders.


Some insects are not only desirable when it comes to garden and lawn care–they are necessary. Not all insects are pests, but those that are can wreak havoc on your greenery. Use the photo thumbnails to learn more about different groups of insects. From here, you can further identify specific pests that may be present in your garden and learn about ways to control them.


The Missouri Botanical Gardens make selecting the right plants for your landscaping needs a breeze. Use the fact sheets in these pages to help choose the best possible plants for your landscape. There is information provided for specific situations (such as clay soils) as well as information on selecting plants for special types of gardens such as bird or butterfly gardens. You can also use the PlantFinder to help decide on plants for particular situations.

Home Gardening Blog

If you are looking for some of the most current and up-to-date trends and tips on growing and maintaining your home garden, this is the place to go. Blog posts cover a variety of topics ranging from edible weeds, to your favorite gardening tool, to lawn spraying advice. Many topics related to growing your home garden are covered here in an informal and current format to help guide you through the growing season.

Gardening Help Center

Even some of the most seasoned gardeners come across problems or issues that they need answers for. In these pages, the Missouri Botanical Garden helps gardeners by answering questions and addressing some common issues. Search for answers to a specific question or browse some of the current topics. Use the Bloom Time Calendar to plan a visit to the Gardens around seeing some of your favorite plants in bloom, or learn how to contact the Plant Doctors at the Kemper Center.

The Missouri Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful retreat in the middle of a big city. The stunning gardens can lend a bit of tranquility and serenity within their 79 acres. They are so much more than just a horticultural haven, though. They offer education, advice, and help from professionals, so homeowners don’t necessarily have to hire a lawn care service to get a beautiful landscape.