George Washington Carver Garden

Honoring the accomplishments of a renowned figure in agriculture.

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden


This inspirational garden honors the life and accomplishments of the extraordinary scientist and native Missourian who greatly influenced 19th and 20th century agriculture and education. Carver revolutionized farming in the South by introducing plant diversity, crop rotation, natural fertilizers and conservation methods. By the end of his life, Carver was an internationally renowned figure, one of America’s greatest scientists, teachers, humanitarians and advocates for productive, sustainable agriculture. The Carver Garden was designed for peaceful contemplation and learning. The garden features a small amphitheater surrounding a life-size bronze statue of Dr. Carver, surrounded by a circular reflecting pool. Plantings of viburnums, hydrangeas and hollies provide a secluded, intimate feeling. The Carver Garden is intended to serve not only as a memorial, but also a learning laboratory for educators and students.

In bloom this month at the Garden: Dahlia, Chrysanthemum, Fountain Grass, New England aster, Goldenrod, Pineapple sage, Willow-leaved Sunflower.