Missouri Botanical Garden

Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden will be free for everyone Wednesday, July 24, in honor of Garden founder Henry Shaw’s 213th birthday.

Celebrate the occasion with family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Henry Shaw” himself will greet guests to the birthday bash — look for him strolling the Garden grounds, dressed in his familiar black top hat, alongside other actors dressed in vintage Victorian costumes. Have your silhouette portrait drawn by an artist, watch jugglers perform and witness the agility of a stilt walker.

Be sure to catch the special puppetry performance by Bob Kramer’s Marionettes at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. outdoors on Spoehrer Plaza.

Enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds and Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, offering free July 24th admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a tour of Tower Grove House, Shaw’s original country estate, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll through the Lichtenstein Victorian District to see the bountiful summer blooms of the Kresko Victorian Garden, wind through the Kaeser Maze and visit Shaw’s mausoleum.

Stop by the Children’s Garden to experience “A Missouri Adventure” in a 19th century prairie village.

In celebration of Henry Shaw’s birthday, visitors can experience a special treat — an exclusive peek inside the historic Museum Building. Docents will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24.

Opened in 1859, the Museum Building originally housed the Garden’s mounted herbarium plant specimens and library, and is normally closed to the public.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit.