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Posted: 9/15/2011 | Print Friendly Version

Medal Honors Individuals Who Contribute Significantly to
 Conservation, Botany and Horticulture

 (ST. LOUIS):  The Missouri Botanical Garden has awarded Beth M. Rothschild the 2011 Greensfelder Medal. Rothschild has been instrumental in furthering the efforts of several international environmental organizations focused on protecting biodiversity, and in particular plants and their habitats. Her work in the field of horticulture has contributed significantly to progress in conservation and environmental issues.

“The Greensfelder Medal is not awarded each year, rather it is given by the Garden to an individual of remarkable merit,” said Missouri Botanical Garden President Peter Wyse Jackson. “Her remarkable accomplishments in the field of conservation, horticulture and environmental protection are outstanding.” 

The Albert P. and Blanche Y. Greensfelder Medal was established in 1980 to recognize individuals who contribute significantly to designs for urban improvement, garden and park planning, and landscape planning.
Rothschild studied horticulture at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and landscape design at the Architectural Association in London.  She has led the restoration of the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, a historic home, art collection and public garden site in Buckinghamshire that was bequeathed by the Rothschild family to the U.K. National Trust in 1957.

She is a board member and trustee of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which works in 120 countries worldwide to ensure conservation of threatened plants that are intrinsically linked to global issues including poverty, human well-being and climate change.

Rothschild received the Greensfelder Award at a private ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 152 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Dec. 25. Grounds open at 7 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events - third weekend of May, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is easily accessible by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line to the Central West End station and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.