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Date: July 6, 2020 
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Missouri Botanical Garden Receives $24,000 Grant from Bayer Fund 
Donation to Help Therapeutic Horticulture Program 

For Immediate Release 

ST. LOUIS The Missouri Botanical Garden announced today it received a grant for $24,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used for the Garden’s Journey to Well-Being program for adults in the St. Louis area impacted by cancer. 

The Journey to Well-Being is an intentional walking program, designed to aid participants in experiencing the calming, restorative powers of nature. The Japanese Garden serves as a peaceful setting for people to explore their relationship with nature and with themselves. 

Funding from the Bayer will enable individuals impacted by cancer to participate in the Journey to Well-being at no cost. The Journey is designed for individuals to complete a series of reflective walks on their own schedule and pace, with a focus on improving well-being through time in nature, guided reflection, and the inspiration of the Japanese Garden. The program includes three meetings designed to enhance the experience as well as a tour of the Japanese Garden. Funding from Bayer will be available to patients in treatment, patients previously treated for cancer, caregivers, and family members.  

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.” 

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $14 million to over 3,200 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $79 million. 

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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, 161 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.