This collection features some of Missouri's most beautiful flowering trees, including the Redbud Garden, which demonstrates that not all of its varieties are the iconic purplepinks of spring. Its more than 25 varieties include Yellow Hearts of Gold, a row of Summer Wine Nine Bark and a row of Tiger Eye Sumac. The garden is anchored by a 16-foot oval gazebo. The outside rows include both red and white varieties.
The Dogwood Garden within the Botanical Center’s gardens sits on the east end of the main parking lot and will serve as a trail head for the developing Spring and Fall display garden areas that will effectively connect the Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Park as a unique garden experience. Look for dogwood flowers from March through May, enjoy the shade of the tall Hackberry trees in summer; the fall foliage is gorgeous in late October and the brilliant winter fruit attracts many songbirds.
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*All Native Shrub Garden photos courtesy of Aaron J. Scott Photography