The Linda Hall Library’s urban arboretum was begun in the early 1900s when Herbert and Linda Hall began landscaping the property around their new home. This tradition of thoughtful conservation and planting was embraced and carried to the present by subsequent trustees and staff of the Library.
Today, the 14 acres surrounding the Library are home to over 450 trees representing some 58 genera and 165 species. The grounds are further embellished by beds of viburnum, tree peonies and Missouri native woodland plants.
To the casual visitor, the grounds can offer a quiet respite. For the more curious visitor, the Library provides guided tours of the Arboretum by appointment only. Please contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information or to schedule an appointment.