An unlikely sight took root on this date in 1960 when a palm tree was planted for the first time in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron building. The geodesic dome has been called one of the most important examples of architecture in U.S. history. 

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Photo credit: Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator. Missouri Botanical Garden, Climatron,Tower Grove Avenue, Saint Louis, Independent City, MO. Saint Louis Missouri Independent City, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph.