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Botanical Garden sets June 16 reopening date

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Botanical Garden will reopen to visitors on June. 16 after months of lonesome, if beautiful, floral solitude due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” – Thomas Gray

St. Louis is hardly a desert, especially during this rainy spring, but fans have thirsted for the Garden’s flowers and are certain not to waste any of their sweetness.

“We are delighted that we will soon be able to welcome visitors back to the Missouri Botanical Garden,” Garden President Peter Wyse Jackson said Thursday in a statement. “The Garden recognizes the importance of public gardens and outdoor spaces as indispensable to community healing. We are eager to once again have visitors strolling Garden grounds as they take in the fresh air and enjoy the rich diversity of the Garden’s plant collections and displays.”

New health and safety protocols will be in place at the Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd.

All visitors will need advanced dated and timed e-tickets. Tickets will be available in 60-minute time slots and can be reserved online and by phone only; no walk-up sales will be permitted. Tickets will be available one week prior to the opening at

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. The Garden is closed Mondays until further notice.

Visitors will enter and leave the Garden grounds through separate one-way paths. Indoor spaces including the Climatron and all conservatories, the Sachs Museum and Tower Grove House will remain closed, as will the Children’s Garden and water play areas.

Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently throughout the Garden.

Everyone age 9 and older must wear a face mask.

The Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit will also open June 16. Like the Garden, the Nature Reserve will implement additional protocols, including requiring e-tickets purchased in advance and limiting capacity. The Butterfly House in Chesterfield is working closely with St. Louis County officials to develop a plan to safely reopen to visitors soon.

More specific details will be shared closer to the reopening.

The Garden offers virtual tours through photos and videos on the Garden’s social media pages at. You can find all of the Garden’s virtual content at

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