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Ev­ery­one re­ally must visit the city's pret­ti­est 79 acres: Mis­souri Botan­i­cal Gar­den.

The bril­liantly land­scaped Mis­souri Botan­i­cal Gar­den be­gan life as the coun­try es­tate of Henry Shaw, who came to St. Louis in 1819 from Sh­effield, Eng­land, and made a for­tune sell­ing hard­ware, tools and cut­lery to pi­o­neers pass­ing through on the way west, which ex­plains why some St. Louisans still re­fer to the in­sti­tu­tion as “Shaw’s Gar­den.” In 1851, Shaw built Tower Grove House and be­gan de­vel­op­ing the sur­round­ing es­tate into what would be­come Mis­souri Botan­i­cal Gar­den, which he opened to the pub­lic in 1859. To­day, vis­i­tors en­ter the gar­den through the Ridg­way Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, which houses ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries, Shoen­berg The­ater, Sassafras Café and the ex­cep­tional Gar­den Gate Shop, eas­ily the best se­lec­tion of gar­den-re­lated books, gifts and ac­ces­sories in the city. The gar­den’s in­di­vid­ual at­trac­tions are so nu­mer­ous, we lack the space to de­scribe them all, but a stroll through the glo­ri­ous, 14-acre Ja­panese Gar­den can at least take you past the Cli­ma­tron (the gar­den’s ge­o­desic-domed trop­i­cal con­ser­va­tory), the ad­ja­cent Shoen­berg Tem­per­ate House (home to a beau­ti­ful Moor­ish walled gar­den), the kid-friendly Doris I Sch­nuck Chil­dren’s Gar­den, the en­chant­ing Chi­nese Gar­den and the Wil­liam T. Kem- per Cen­ter for Home Gar­den­ing. If you take the al­ter­nate route back from the Ja­panese Gar­den, you’ll pass through the English Wood­land Gar­den on your way to Tower Grove House (open for tours), Herb Gar­den, Ob­ser­va­tory, Maze, Daylily Gar­den, Iris Gar­den, Glad­ney Rose Gar­den and the charm­ing Lin­nean House (at 135, the old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing dis­play green­house in the U.S.). There’s more, but you should dis­cover that for your­self. www.mis­souri­b­otan­i­cal­gar­den.org.

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