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…

The Wetlands: A Masterpiece of Flora and Fauna

Shaw Nature Reserve’s wetlands habitat stretches 32 acres and houses eight ponds. Of those ponds, two hold water all year, one retains a puddle amount at its deepest, and five remain shallower and run dry at various parts of the year. The wetlands are home to biological, birding and botanical highlights, which change approximately every…

Celebrate National Prairie Day

National Prairie Day was created by the Missouri Prairie Foundation in 2016 to help bring attention to our native grassland resources. The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of many organizations working to preserve and restore this unique ecosystem. What is a prairie? Prairie is an ecosystem dominated by grasses and wildflowers with few trees or…

Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dark Diversity

There are almost 3000 species of vascular plants in Missouri. Which ones should we conserve at Shaw Nature Reserve? One of the most challenging questions in restoration ecology is what species should live in a restored habitat? When we assist ecosystem recovery by removing invasive species or applying prescribed fire, for example, some plant species…