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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.


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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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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'Herbs & Heirlooms' Kick Off Summer: Tuesday Giveaways, Speakers and More!

Globe basilConnect with some of the oldest friends of cultivated gardens: herbs! The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to offer fourteen weeks of giveaways and drop in activities for the home gardener. Herbs & Heirloom Tuesdays take place from 10 a.m. to noon, May 27th through August 26th, in the Garden’s Herb Garden, overseen in part by the St. Louis Herb Society.
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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.


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.


Missouri Botanical Garden Presents the 2nd Annual Desert Show, June 28-July 27

Step into a fascinating desert environment at the Missouri Botanical Garden this summer, from June 28 through July 27, and enjoy the Desert Show: Deserts of Southern Africa and Madagascar. Show admission is $5 in addition to Garden admission and is free for Garden members. Sponsorship provided by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society. This unique exhibit will feature plants rarely seen on display from the arid regions of South Africa and Madagascar, emphasizing the extraordinary biodiversity in these floral hotspots. It will also highlight the work being done to preserve these unique habitats. Full story.


Missouri Botanical Garden Announces the 2014 Whitaker Music Festival Lineup

Whitaker Music FestivalThe Whitaker Music Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 21st year, offering a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds in summertime bloom as you listen to the grooves and rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists from week to week. Concerts will be held Wednesday evenings, June 4 through August 6 at 7:30 p.m.; free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. For more information and a complete concert lineup, visit

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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.


Sign Up for Classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Wellness classes Missouri Botanical Garden classes offer something for absolutely everyone! From basic cooking techniques for newbies to advanced landscape design for the seasoned gardener to those wanting to “green up” their homes, classes are taught by talented instructors who will inspire and delight students with hands on experience. Most importantly, classes inspire and strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world. From overnights to health and wellness to canopy climbs, the Garden empowers students to stretch muscles and imaginations and limitations. Full story.

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