Missouri Botanical Garden to expand in south St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Andrew Wyatt is in charge of all living plants at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

"There are 16,228 different types of plants in the gardens collections currently," says Andrew Wyatt, VP Horticultural & Living Collections.

With more than 16,000 types of plants, you need some space to help your garden grow. So the Missouri Botanical Garden is adding a new 6.5 acre nursery in South City.

"We`re very very lucky to have a family locally, the Oertli family that had a piece of property that they`ve donated to the project," says Wyatt. "So we`re very thankful to them to make that property available. It`s literally about a minute and a half from here."

The site off Morganford is in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.

The garden is hoping to have phase one completed with the nursery functional by October and growing plants in the new nursery by the end of the year.

"All of our hearty plant production will go out to the new nursery," says Wyatt. "So we`re able to produce trees and shrubs that are hearty for zone six and zone seven which we use for the development of the outdoor collections here."

With more space, that means more diversity in what you`ll be seeing when you walk the grounds of Henry Shaw`s former estate.

"So I think the exciting thing will be that we`ll be able to include more Wow plants that people will go, `Oh my gosh I didn`t even know that existed that`s fantastic,`" says Wyatt.

The nursery won`t be open to the public except for tours, where one can see how all those 16,000 different types of plants grow.

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