Meet the Young Friends Council Chair
Interview with Megan Maher

The Young Friends Program of the Missouri Botanical Garden is led by a 50-member council of leadership volunteers. The Young Friends Council was formed in 2008 and is responsible for the creation and support of events like Fest-of-Ale, Trivia Night—Garden Style, and Run, Walk, Stretch. They also support major initiatives of the Garden, such as the Garden for the World campaign.

Megan Maher, Trade Marketing Manager–Sales Planning at Energizer Holdings, became the sixth chair of the Council in July 2018. Here’s a little more about her.

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When did you start visiting the Garden?

I was born in St. Louis, and I visited the Garden as a kid for school trips. But I became really active with the Garden when I returned to St. Louis six years ago. Shortly after, I joined the Young Friends Council.

How did you learn about the Young Friends Program?

A friend of mine was a member of the Young Friends Council. She helped me get involved.

What do you like most about serving on the Council?

I’m in my fifth year with the Council, and I really love the events we host. I think Young Friends events bring an audience mix that might not otherwise engage with the Garden.

Personally, I’ve been able to network with great people through the Council and learn about some of the great companies in St. Louis. I’ve also loved the “behind-the-scenes” opportunities to learn more about the Garden. 

What do you think the Garden brings to our community?

We offer a best-in-class facility, and I think people can take that for granted. Other cities don’t have this. And we’re doing world-class research. We need to understand and support that mission, because that work makes St. Louis better. We all benefit from it.

Is there anything else we should know?

The Garden is beautiful all times of the year. It offers something to everyone at all stages of life. I love coming here through the year and seeing what’s growing, what’s new. I can’t wait until my daughter can walk, so we can fully enjoy the Children’s Garden.