by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is the oldest Botanical Garden in the Nation. Missouri has two additional Botanical Gardens.
The Mizzou Botanical Gardens, established in 1999, it is comprised of eleven thematic gardens and seven special collections including the Jefferson Garden featuring Thomas Jefferson’s original grave marker surrounded by cardinal flowers, columbine, Virginia bluebells, sweet shrub and Rose of Sharon. The beautiful campus of Northwest Missouri State University also doubles as the state’s
Official arboretum with more than 1,700 trees and over 130 different species.