Seeding St. Louis

How the Garden’s deep-rooted commitment to the city and region continues to bear fruit

Endangered Bats Highlight Biodiversity at Shaw Nature Reserve

Proper safeguarding and stewardship of our flora has the very intended effect of also benefiting our fauna. Just like humans, animals depend on plants for things like food and shelter. And plants often rely on animals for pollination and seed dispersal. Protecting plant habitats allows these beneficial relationships to occur as nature intended. Monarch butterflies…

Spotlight on Science: Matthew Albrecht

Dr. Matthew Albrecht, Associate Scientist Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development Growing up in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden was, of course, a destination for Matthew Albrecht on family outings. He always thought it was a great institution in his hometown, but it wasn’t until later that he grasped the impressive scope of its…

Botany by Drone Takes Off at Shaw Nature Reserve

Picture in your mind a researcher in the field conducting a tree survey. Likely you imaged a trained botanist deep in a forest or jungle, swatting away insects and wiping sweat out of their eyes while keying out an unknown specimen with a hand lens, clipboard, taxonomic field guide, and a rucksack of supplies at…

Garden with a Purpose

Celebrating the Legacy of Shaw Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden Take a look at your home garden or the landscaping at your school, office, or place of worship. Chances are they feature some native plants. However, that was not always the case. Those gardens looked very different 25 years ago, when native plants—or wildflowers, as…

Discover + Share: The Best of 2017

This year marked the first year for Discover + Share, a new blog from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our goal was to give visitors a glimpse of the Garden most don’t often get to see or experience–to share our stories and help you learn a little more about the many facets of the Garden’s mission….

Fall Foliage at Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the St. Louis region to experience fall, as seemingly endless acres of tree canopies change from deep greens to luscious red, orange, and yellow hues.   There are several ways to enjoy the splendor of the season at the Reserve. 14 miles of hiking trails…

The Prairie: The First Landscape of Fall

As September begins we notice the subtle changes from summer to fall. The days are slowly getting shorter, monarchs abound, migrating bird species can be spotted, and the prairies are in full bloom.   The prairie is an ecosystem dominated by grasses and wildflowers with few trees or shrubs. Prairie once covered the central 1/3…

Why Choose Native Plants When Gardening?

One hundred years ago, Wilhelm Miller, head of the University of Illinois extension program in 1912, and Ossian C. Simonds, a landscape architect in the Chicago region, both spoke of the value of gardening with native plants. “Nature teaches what to plant.  By going to the neighboring woods and seeing the trees and plants and…

Leading Shaw Nature Reserve into the Future

Dr. Quinn Long Appointed Director of Shaw Nature Reserve Following Retiring John Behrer  The Missouri Botanical Garden recently named Dr. Quinn Long director of Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo. Long has worked for the Garden since 2011 and as a botanist and conservation biologist throughout Missouri and Kansas for 15 years. He begins…

Garden Campuses Offer Great Eclipse Views

A rare total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017, bringing thousands of sky-watchers to the St. Louis region. The partial eclipse is set to begin just after 11:45 a.m. reaching totality around 1:15 pm. The length of totality depends on your location, lasting for just a few seconds or as long as 2…