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Missouri Botanical Garden Announces 2017 Summer Exhibit

The Missouri Botanical Garden will play host to floral glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith next summer during its Garden of Glass event. Smith is known for his custom kiln fired technique and style. He uses fusing, texturing, slumping and cold working to create his pieces. Next summer’s exhibit will feature 30 displays, all commissioned specifically for the Missouri Botanical Garden. 

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Garden Researcher Assists with Establishment of National Park

With help from a Garden researcher, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially established Lomami National Park, the first national park since 1970 and only the eighth in the country.  

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New Study Compiles Checklist of Known Amazonian Tree Species

Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Dr. Peter Jørgensen is among the authors of “The discovery of the Amazonian tree flora with an updated checklist of all known tree taxa,” published July 13 in Scientific Reports. The new study compiles a checklist of 11,676 known Amazonian tree species using records from a number of institutions collected between 1707 and 2015 including the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Garden Plans Full Week of Activities for the Public June 12-18

From concerts to happy hours to educational presentations, the Missouri Botanical Garden has a variety of events available for the public June 12-18, 2016. Among them, the 80th Birthday of Garden President Emeritus Dr. Peter Raven featuring  $.80 general admission on June 13. 

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Enjoy Garden-style Happy Hours During Sensational Summer Nights

This summer, spend your Thursday evenings at the Missouri Botanical Garden for Sensational Summer Nights. The Garden will be open Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day for visitors to enjoy garden-style happy hours. Full story.


Celebrate Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Experience the tradition and customs of Chinese art, music, performances, parades and cuisine during Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The weekend of festivities kicks off on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. with a grand parade and opening ceremony featuring a colorful, dancing 70-foot dragon. Traditional martial artists and lion dancers then take center stage and perform to celebrate the annual event. 
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Celebrate Spring During Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis Festival

Celebrate the Missouri Botanical Garden’s seasonal openings during the “Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis” weekend April 2-3. Activities include the seasonal reopenings of the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, Tower Grove House, Café Flora and tram rides. The newly renovated Brookings Exploration Center and the new PlantLab, a greenhouse-like space for hands-on learning will also open. There will be exhibitors on a variety of nature-related topics and an opportunity to take home a native tree.  Full story.


Garden Scientists Discover 180+ News Species in 2015

Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden discovered more than 180 new species of plants in 2015, a number which will likely represent approximately 10 percent of all new species discovered in the world last year. More than 60 Garden researchers were credited as authors of new species descriptions.  Full story.


2016 Orchid Show "Where Wild Things Grow" Opens February 6

Journey into an orchid-filled world and learn more about these amazing plants during the 2016 Orchid Show, “Where Wild Things Grow.” The Orchid Show runs February 6 to March 27, 2016.
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Garden Project Named “Best Learning Game” at Boston Festival of Indie Games

In June, the Missouri Botanical Garden and its partner organizations released two crowdsourcing games in an effort to improve access to books and journals in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).  One of those games, Smorball, was recently named Best Learning Game at the Boston Festival of Indie Games. The award recognizes games that promote civic engagement and have an impact on culture at large. Full story.

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