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Missouri Botanical Garden News Releases

6/9/2015

Online Games Use Crowdsourcing to Improve Access to Digital Text

The Missouri Botanical Garden and its partner organizations released two crowdsourcing games today in an effort to improve access to books and journals in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). The games were created as part of “Purposeful Gaming and BHL” an Institute of Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded project established in 2013 at the Garden with partners from Harvard University, Cornell University and The New York Botanical Garden. Full story.


2/25/2015

Missouri Botanical Garden Reaches Milestone in Art of Life Project

The Missouri Botanical Garden has reached a major milestone in its Art of Life project – over 1 million biodiversity images have been uploaded to Flickr from the books and journals of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). In 2012, the Garden received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Art of Life project whose goal is to increase access to the natural history illustrations found within the BHL.

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10/13/2014

Children’s Garden Celebrates End of Season With Fun for Families November 1-2

Enjoy one final fall adventure in the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden as we celebrate its seasonal closing. Join us for weekend full of fun activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons on Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2. Get inspired to be adventurous in the great outdoors and learn more about plants and the nature in your neighborhood. Full story.


8/8/2014

Best of Missouri Expands to Welcome Midwestern States

The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the 23rd anniversary of the Best of Missouri Market and will now welcome vendors from neighboring states. The BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET & MORE will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden October 3-5, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Full story.


7/30/2014

Missouri Botanical Garden Announces 2015 Lantern Festival

The Missouri Botanical Garden will play host to an international exhibition of 22 lighted works of art from Zigong, China when it debuts “Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined” in 2015. Following critical acclaim and rave reviews from visitors during the 2012 Festival, the Garden has commissioned new sets crafted from silk and steel to once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to see an event rarely staged outside of Asia. Lantern Festival will again be an outdoor, evening display running May 23 to August 23, 2015. Full story.


7/18/2014

Missouri Botanical Garden Hosts Meeting of Ecological Restoration Alliance

Conservation experts from the world’s leading botanical gardens met in St. Louis this week and called for a renewed effort to link ecological restoration with the elimination of poverty in natural resource-dependent communities. In Madagascar, for example, the Missouri Botanical Garden provides training and jobs to local people who in turn assist with ecological restoration in diversity-rich areas. All too often, there are no viable economic alternatives to the degradation of biodiverse ecosystems. Member gardens are committed to offering alternatives that restore damaged land while providing income for those living in these areas.

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7/11/2014

Missouri Botanical Garden Project Selects Designer for Purposeful Gaming Grant

The Missouri Botanical Garden and their partner organizations are pleased to announce a designer has been selected for the project “Purposeful Gaming and the BHL” which will serve to improve access to texts in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) through online gaming. Dartmouth College’s Tiltfactor was selected as designer. The Garden is working with Harvard University, Cornell University and The New York Botanical Garden on the project.

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5/7/2014

William L. Brown Center Announces Award for Excellence in Genetic Resource Conservation

The William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden selected Dr. Cary Fowler for the Center’s 7th William L. Brown Award for Excellence in Genetic Resource Conservation. Dr. Fowler has been committed to the conservation of plant resources throughout his career. Full story.


4/28/2014

Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium Collection Reaches 6.5 Million Specimens with New Genus

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Herbarium collection reached 6.5 million specimens with the addition of a new genus described by Garden curator Dr. Carmen Ulloa in collaboration with Dr. Fabián Michelangeli and Karla Sosa of The New York Botanical Garden. Their discovery, “Quipuanthus, a New Genus of Melastomataceae from the foothills of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru” was published today in the scientific journal “Systematic Botany.” Full story.


3/13/2014

Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden Opens for the Season March 29

Leave winter behind and spring into another season of activities at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children’s Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and more! Opening weekend activities at the Children’s Garden are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 and 30 and are presented by Macy’s Foundation. Full story.


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