The Linnean House at Missouri Botanical Garden

Recognized as an architecturally significant structure in “American City: St. Louis Architecture”, the Linnean House built in 1882 is the oldest, continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. It has had varied uses over the years. It has suffered storm damage and a series of renovations, including the current changes.


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Carol Gravens

Carol Gravens retired from a professional career as a microbiologist and is an Advanced Level St. Louis Master Gardener. She became a Master Naturalist in 2007 and has an AAS in Horticulture from STLCC, Meramec.
Carol gives talks and teaches classes on orchids to various groups in the community and at Missouri Botanical Garden as part of the Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau. She volunteers one day a week in the orchid greenhouses at the Garden and grows orchids in her home in Glendale, Missouri. She also is a Kemper Center Plant Doctor volunteer.
She loves everything about horticulture and has a passion for orchids.