ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced it will be breaking ground on the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center in 2020.
The $92 million project is being funded entirely from private donations, spearheaded by the Taylor family and backed by garden supporters.
The garden’s current visitor center opened in 1982. It was built to accommodate 250,000 visitors per year. Now, there are nearly one million visitors who visit the Missouri Botanical Garden annually.
The Gateway to the Garden will break ground in January 2020. Construction is expected to conclude in spring 2022. The garden will remain open throughout the construction process.
The new entry garden will feature rare plants from around the world, a fountain, a sloped walkway, and seating among an ascending, multilayered open woodland planting. Once inside visitors will be immediately greeted with views of some of the garden’s most iconic locations. A single desk will provide integrated information, ticket sales, membership sales, and security.
Congratulations to @mobotgarden on the unveiling of your new, privately funded and LEED certified visitor center “Gateway to the Garden”, named after the esteemed Jack Taylor. Looking forward to your ground breaking in three short months. @STLCityGov pic.twitter.com/2D7Z0T861y
— Jacob Long (@JacobLongSTL) October 21, 2019