Spotlight on Science: Dr. Aaron Floden

Dr. Aaron Floden Assistant Scientist, Flora of Missouri When Aaron Floden first started collecting plants, he purposefully chose a geographic area with low collection numbers. In fact, the 498 square mile area only had about 300 documented species. By the time Floden finished, that number surpassed 1,500 species, including seven species not previously known to…

Turning Water into Wonder

Urban areas cover only 3% of Missouri, but ecosystem impairment is present in 13% of rivers, 18% of lakes, and 32 estuaries throughout the state.¬†Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges and property…

Grapes and the Garden: The Science, Production, and Appreciation of Wine

Henry Shaw and Dr. George Engelmann, two key figures in the history of the Missouri Botanical Garden, both had strong interests in grape vines and wine making, influencing the science, production, and appreciation of vitis locally, nationally, and internationally. Each spring the Missouri Botanical Garden’s¬†Grapes in the Garden wine tasting event invites visitors to savor…