Finding England in the Garden

If the Royal Wedding has you in the mood for a truly British experience, you can find several at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden has strong British roots, as it was founded by Englishman Henry Shaw. Shaw was born in Sheffield, England and came to St. Louis in 1819 when he was just 18…

From the Library: Rebuilding the Bateman Book (Part 3)

Conservation work on the Peter H. Raven Library’s copy of The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala has begun! Follow along as we document this painstaking restoration of one of the largest and grandest volumes in the Garden’s rare book collection. The Pages of Books Can Tear and Chip Paper is generally a very stable substrate for printing…

Making Sustainability Work | The Green Business Challenge

Experts from the Garden’s EarthWays Center are cultivating a culture of sustainable thinking and practice across the St. Louis region’s business sector through its leadership of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge was delivered as a Chamber-Garden partnership through 2017, and is now managed…

Time for Summer Planting

It already feels like summer outside, but mid-spring, around Mother’s Day, is actually the perfect time for summer planting. With temperatures warm enough by day and night, it’s a safe time to plant any summer flowers, like begonias, zinnias, marigolds, and impatiens, as well as summer vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. It’s even warm enough to…

Collection Connection: Whiskey and Research

“There’s a deeper story to almost all of these,” says Ralph Haynes as he peers into a box of dried corn cobs. The co-founder of Pinckney Bend Distillery is meeting with Garden research staff, exploring the herbarium, and flipping through the pages of rare botanical books—taking a deeper look at the intersection of his passion…

Roses in Your Garden

Revered for its beauty, the rose has long been a popular flower among everyone from royals to home gardeners.  They can be difficult to maintain, but the payoff of charming flowers is well worth the effort. Whether you’re trying to maintain the splendor of your existing roses or add more beauty to your garden, spring…

Plant Profile: Hops

Stop by the beer aisle at your local grocery store and you’ll find dozens, if not hundreds, of brands, styles, and flavors of beer to choose from. The selection can range from classic American lagers to stouts to more adventurous choices like imperial India pale ales. Despite the diversity, nearly all beers share the same…

20 Things to Love About the Butterfly House

It started small. The idea hatched in Evelyn E. Newman’s mind in 1993. Five short years later, the Butterfly House opened to the public at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Missouri, and visitors were introduced to the beauty and ecological importance of butterflies in a setting like no other. Shortly after opening its doors, the Butterfly…

Spotlight on Science: Dr. Christine Edwards

A monthly look at the people behind plant science at the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Christine Edwards Stephen and Camilla Brauer Conservation Geneticist Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development When Christy Edwards was about 8 years old, she would often accompany her mom, who was pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture, on field trips…

Answers to Your Recycling Questions

If the approach of Earth Day has recycling on your mind, you may be pondering some common questions. What exactly can be recycled? What do I do with items that can’t be recycled? Do I need to take any steps before recycling an item? Here are a few answers from the Garden’s EarthWays Center that…

Planting a New Tree

National Arbor Day isn’t until the end of April, but you can celebrate early with the annual Missouri Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Whether you pick up one of the native Missouri tree saplings available at the Garden’s Kemper Center or acquire one elsewhere, you may be a bit nervous about planting your…

Spotlight on Science: Tom Croat

A monthly look at the people behind plant science at the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Tom Croat P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany Tom Croat has been called the Indiana Jones of botany, and when you hear him describe his collecting journeys to the Tropics, it fits. Croat, 80, has spent about a third of his…