Attracting Owls to Your Yard

No matter how cute they are, small plant-loving critters like rabbits can be a big problem in your garden. Just ask Mr. McGregor. There are many options to keep cottontails out of your garden, like fences and rabbit repellent. You can also look to the natural world to keep bunnies at bay. One option is…

Garden News and Notes: January 2020

The Garden in Madagascar, 71 Homes to Install Solar Power through Garden Program, The Conservation of Fraser Firs, Why Our Scientists Are Studying Guano

Spotlight on Science: Adam Smith

Adam Smith, Assistant Scientist, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development Studying climate change can be bleak, but there have been a couple times Garden Scientist Adam Smith has been truly shocked with the results of his studies. Smith, Assistant Scientist in the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) at the Missouri Botanical Garden, uses…

Stop and Smell the Anthuriums

Instead of stopping to smell the roses, maybe it’s time to appreciate the aroma of anthuriums. Anthurium is a genus of plants in the aroid family, Araceae. You’ve probably seen one before, and may even have one in your house. Commercially available Anthurium are often sold as houseplants—noted for their colorful spathe, long-lasting bloom, and…

From the Library: Rebuilding the Bateman Book (Part 9)

Finishing Bateman Forwarding Like all professions, bookbinding has its own specialized vocabulary. What do you think bookbinders mean when they say they are “forwarding” a book? Are they pushing it in front of them? Are they sending to on to another recipient? Not likely. After a book is sewn together, it needs to be put…

10 New Plant Species Discovered by Garden Scientists in 2019

Each year, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Science and Conservation staff discover and name about 200 plant species new to science. That’s about 10 percent of all plant species discovered by scientists worldwide annually. Discovery is the first crucial step in plant conservation. Until a species is described, we cannot think about conservation status or ensure…

Your Green Gift-giving Guide

How to Share the Holiday Spirit More Sustainably Who doesn’t dream about finding that special holiday gift? The look of joy on your loved one’s face as they open that perfect present can be heart-warming; unfortunately, it can also be expensive, stressful, and wasteful. It won’t surprise anyone who’s ever hosted their family for a…

Protecting Your Plants as You Decorate for the Holidays

As you make your yard twinkle for the holiday season, you’re probably wrapping lights around much of your landscape.  If you want your yard to shine year round, make sure to follow these tips from the Kemper Center for Home Gardening on the best way to string outdoor holiday lights on trees and shrubs. 🎄…

Saving America’s Endangered Christmas Tree

Although a common sight in living rooms across the country every holiday season, one of America’s most popular Christmas trees is under threat. However, the Missouri Botanical Garden is working to safeguard the future of the Fraser fir. Threats Facing the Fraser Fir The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is one of the most popular evergreens…