The Shaw Series

Shaw Series logoThe Shaw Series hosts informal events that bring people together to share experience and insight around 21st century issues such as community landscape planning and storm water management. Themes vary from municipal planning to public perceptions of native landscapes, developing successful landscape specifications, maintenance plans and more. All events require advanced registration. The Shaw Series is coordinated by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center and Shaw Nature Reserve staff.

Registration for these seminars and tours will occur on this page the month before the event. Continuing Education Units are pre-approved through LACES – ASLA.

For more information about the Shaw Series call Rob Kennedy at (314) 577-0202 or email

2018 Shaw Series Schedule

This year we will be hosting one Salon, one Bus Tour and one 2-Day Stormwater Solutions Training.

Mark your calendars for the following Shaw Series programs:

  • Thursday & Friday, July 19 & 20. 2018; 8 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
    Greener Stormwater Solutions Training at Alberici – 10 CEUs
    Registration: $115 for two days/$70 for one day
    This two-day workshop will highlight several case studies that integrate multiple perspectives on complex projects. Attendants will hear from the design, installation, maintenance and ownership teams. Registration is available for one or both days.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 3:30–6:30 p.m.
    Shaw Park Salon – 2 CEUs
    Registration: $35
    Join us for a tour and discussion at the newly renovated northeast end of Shaw Park!

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018;
    Location, Time, and CEUs TBD.
Previous Years



  • January 22–23, 2013
    Greener Stormwater Solutions

  • October 24, 2013
    Greener Solutions to Corporate Landscape Design
    at Alberici in Overland, Missouri
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  • November 13, 2013
    Paving the Way for Greener Corporate Landscapes
    at Novus International, Inc. in St. Charles, Missouri
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Presentations & Resources

January 22–23, 2013
Green Stormwater Solutions

Speaker Bios

Day One — January 23, 2013

Brightside St. Louis Demonstration Garden and Learning Center
MaryLou Green, Executive Director—Operation Brightside
Angie Weber, Community Conservation Planner; MO Dept. of Conservation
Mark Grueber, Urban Forester; MO Dept. of Conservation

MSD Update: MSD Green Infrastructure Pilot Project Update
Jay Hoskins, Principle Engineer-Planning/Development Review; MSD

The MSD Stormwater Best Management Guide

MO DNR’s Green Infrastructure Guide and the Neosho, MO Project
Ruth Wallace, Municipal Stormwater Program Coordinator, MO DNR

Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure

Joplin’s Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan – Panel Discussion
Ronda Headland, MDC Community Conservation Planner

Catherine Hart, General Manager for GreenTown Joplin

Jon Skinner, Urban Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Community Forestry Councils Conference in Joplin

Stormwater Management in Columbia, MO
Mike Heimos, Stormwater Educator – City of Columbia Public Works

City of Columbia Public Works

Day Two — January 23, 2013

Design Options—How to Plan for Successful Bioretention Landscapes
Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve

Native Landscaping Manual

Landscape maintenance schedule

Kirkwood Park and New Stormwater Management Approaches
Murray Pounds, Director Kirkwood Parks Department
Andy Franke, Planning Design Studio

New Developments in Bioretention Soils
Roy Gross, St Louis Compost

Erosion and Sediment Control
Shawn Garland, Eco-Constructors

Lessons Learned While Inspecting and Maintaining Post-Construction Stormwater BMPs
Steve Polk, Stormwater STL

Post-Construction Stormwater BMP Practitioners Certificate Program

The New MBG RainScaping Guide-A Whole Landscape Approach
Karla Wilson, EcoWorks Unlimited

Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping Guide


Is your company interested in becoming a Shaw Series sponsor? Sponsorship levels start at $650. Contact for more information.

2017 Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor
Alberici logo 
Sassafras Sponsor
Missouri Department of Conservation logo

Shooting Star Sponsors

Columbine Sponsors

2018 Columbine level sponsors