Spotlight on Science: Ashley Glenn

Ashley Glenn, Research Specialist, William L. Brown Center For many people, holidays bring warm memories of a delicious meal shared with family or friends. Maybe it’s a Christmas feast or traditional Hanukkah foods. For Garden Scientist Ashley Glenn, the holidays mean Christmas cookies baked with heirloom recipes and time spent making and jarring gallons of…

Spotlight on Science: Dr. Robbie Hart

Dr. Robbie Hart Assistant Curator, High Elevation Ethnobotany and GLORIA Robbie Hart has always been a mountain man. No, he doesn’t sport a long beard and flannel apparel, but since Hart was a kid, he’s loved spending his days immersed in the unique ecosystems of the mountains. He grew up above Port Angeles, Washington, in…

Spotlight on Science: Dr. Jan Salick

A monthly look at the people behind plant science at the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Jan Salick Senior Curator of Ethnobotany, William L. Brown Center As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Jan Salick couldn’t decide on a major, so she took a temporary leave to figure it out while traveling the world. …

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…

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…

Plant Profile: Cacao

There are few plants whose scientific name translates as “food of the gods,” but the Greek name for cacao—Theobroma cacao —does. It makes sense that this plant, famous for being the key ingredient in modern day chocolate, has become important for many cultures around the world. Ethnobotany: The study of the relationships between people and…

Bringing Ethnobotany Home

Garden Researcher Recognized for Bosnian Ethnobotany Research   Ashley Glenn, Research Specialist at the William L. Brown Center, has been selected as the 2017 Richard Evans Schultes Research Award Recipient for her project “Exploring migrating foodways through the cuisine of St. Louis Bosnians.”  “It’s the story of how people move here and set up home,…

The Future of Agriculture

Contemporary agriculture is largely based on monocultures of annual plants. Endless rows of single crops––corn, bananas, soybeans, wheat––are the norm when you think of today’s farms in many places in the world. However, the cultivation and harvesting cycle of these annual plants can lead to soil erosion problems, changes in the composition of soil, and…