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After much anticipation, the Missouri Botanical Garden is reopening to the general public next Monday. Beginning June 16th, the state of Missouri is lifting the restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are still strongly encouraged to avoid large crowds and practice safe social-distancing. As such, the Missouri Botanical Garden will now allow visitors back into the gardens while following guidelines to protect the safety of all who visit.

Green Botanical Garden Aquatic Plants

As a Garden Member, I had the opportunity to attend a limited Member Preview this week. After reserving my time slot and checking in through a contact-less entry, I enjoyed a beautiful Spring morning wandering the gardens.

Garden Red Maple Tree

To visit the gardens, visitors must:

  • Reserve electronic tickets in advance
  • Practice safe social-distancing
  • Wear face coverings
  • and adhere to the designated path within the garden.

Many offshoots of the main garden pathways are roped-off or are closed to the public for the time being. Foot traffic is limited to one direction to avoid guests overlapping and crowding the paths. Additional garden employees and signs providing visitor information are available throughout the garden to help guide the visitor experience.

Garden Magnolia FlowersTiny Garden Blooms Bumblebee in Pink Flower Pollen Orange Day lilies Orange Pollen Up Close

I am so very glad the garden has reopened, and look forward to visiting throughout the Summer months. Plan your visit and support the Botanical Garden!

Missouri Botanical Garden Ferns in the Wind

To learn more about the Botanical Garden reopening and visitation guidelines, please visit

To learn more about Missouri’s Recovery Plan, visit