President's Welcome
President's Welcome


You may come for the beautiful floral displays, or perhaps you want to find out more about gardening or making changes that support sustainable living. Whatever brings you here – whether you love strolling the grounds or you come to see a particular collection – the Missouri Botanical Garden has something to offer everyone at any time of the year.




Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson


About Our President

Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson is the president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Wyse Jackson obtained a B.A. (Mod.) in botany and an M.A. from Trinity College Dublin, where he subsequently obtained a Ph.D. for work on the taxonomy of Irish Cruciferae.
In 1981, he was appointed curator of the Trinity College Dublin Botanic Garden. In 1987, he moved to Kew to join IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, where he helped to establish the international network organization for botanical gardens that became Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). In 1994, he was appointed secretary general of BGCI and in 2005 returned to Dublin as director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. In 2010, he was appointed to his present position at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

As one of the world’s foremost and best known botanists and plant conservationists, Wyse Jackson has played an influential role in reshaping and leading the international botanical garden community over the past 25 years. He has worked extensively with botanical gardens and their network organizations worldwide, helping to establish or develop botanical gardens and other organizations in over 30 countries He played a lead role in the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, adopted by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002, and has been chairman of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation since 2005. He is also chairman of the World Flora Online Consortium, an international project that aims to have a Flora of the world available online by 2020. He was an author of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation, now endorsed by some 500 botanical gardens.

Wyse Jackson has been a member of the boards of numerous botanical, conservation and horticultural organizations around the world. In 1995, he founded the European Botanic Gardens Consortium, an organization that links botanical gardens through Europe; he was elected as an honorary member of the Consortium in 2005. He was chairman of Ireland’s Biodiversity Forum, monitoring the implementation of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan. He is a member of the board of BGCI and a former member of the boards of the Irish Biodiversity Data Centre and Dublin Zoo, Fauna and Flora International, the Botanical Society of the British Isles, the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland and the U.S. Center for Plant Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, a Fellow of the Explorers Club and a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. He holds the position of adjunct professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, and is a Research Associate in the Botany Department of Trinity College Dublin. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Red Nacional de Jardines Botánicos de Colombia. He is an External Advisor to the Chinese Union of Botanical Gardens. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a member of the Board of Trustees of Webster University, a member of the Board of Commissioners of Tower Grove Park, an ex officio Trustee of the Academy of Science St. Louis and an ex officio Board member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

His publications include fourteen books and over 250 scientific papers and other articles. His recent research includes work on plant conservation, botanical gardens, biodiversity conservation policies and Irish ethnobotany. His most recent book, Ireland’s Generous Nature – The Past and Present Uses of Wild Plants in Ireland, was published by the Missouri Botanical Garden Press in 2014.
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