Write Outside Your Doors

Have you ever stood so still watching birds in the distance calling to one another it was as though you’d turned to stone? Ever walked along a trail only to be interrupted by a curious deer hiding between the dense leaves of nearby trees? There is power in nature to help us connect with the…

Journey to the Galápagos | Part 3

“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.” Sir Ernest Shackleton We all have our version of the unknown; the uncomfortable ignorance that lies just beyond our comfort zones. As kids, most dream of becoming explorers but few dare to take that leap; to reach out to all…

Journey to the Galápagos | Part 2

“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.” -Sir Ernest Shackleton We all have our version of the unknown; the uncomfortable ignorance that lies just beyond our comfort zones. As kids, most dream of becoming explorers but few dare to take that leap; to reach out to all…

Journey to the Galápagos | Part 1

“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.” Sir Ernest Shackleton We all have our version of the unknown; the uncomfortable ignorance that lies just beyond our comfort zones. As kids, most dream of becoming explorers but few dare to take that leap; to reach out to all…

Make an Ice Mobile

What kind of art can you create? Does the time of year affect what kind of art projects you make? Do you have a favorite seasonal art project? Making daisy chains in spring, building sand castles in summer, and carving Jack-O-Lanterns in autumn are some of our seasonal favorites. But what kind of art do…

Learning by Doing | Research Experiences for Undergraduates

When Kelli Schowalter first visited the Missouri Botanical Garden after moving to St. Louis from Virginia for college, she was not aware of the institution’s vast science and research work.  “It’s fascinating,” Schowalter says of the Garden’s internationally renowned research program. A Washington University senior, Schowalter first learned about the science side of the Garden…

From the Library: Another Kind of Conservation

When you think of “conservation” and the Missouri Botanical Garden, you probably picture a botanist in the field working with endangered plants or a horticulturist restoring a landscape by seeding native flowers. But the term conservation can also have a slightly different but equally important meaning within scientific and cultural institutions—the care and repair of…

Hiding in Plain Sight

Get up close to the best-kept secrets in the Climatron. The Climatron® Conservatory has been a Garden icon since its opening in 1960, but many visitors may pass through this tropical environment unaware it hosts one of the Garden’s best-kept secrets under its geodesic dome. While visiting the Climatron in the late 1990s, a gecko…

Leading by Example: EarthWays Center Celebrates 15 Years at the Garden

As Deborah Frank, Glenda Abney, and Jean Ponzi sit down to reflect on the Garden’s “zero waste” efforts for the 2015 Best of Missouri Market & More, they finish each other’s sentences, talking about what worked and what didn’t. Their view of the event, however, is through a green lens. They see dumpsters full of…