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WHAT: Foodology: Dig In!
WHEN: May 28-August 25, 2013  
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
COST: All events included with Garden Admission. Free admission on Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. with a donation of five nonperishable food items. Chipotle Film Series is free. 
SPONSOR: Film series presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill.
INFO:; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

 (ST. LOUIS):  This summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden invites visitors to dig deep into the roots of food and explore the relationship between plants and food. From celebrity chef demonstrations to the edible garden in the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, the Garden is serving up something special every day. Join the Garden as we celebrate and explore food in a whole new way. All programming is included with regular Garden admission.

Each Monday an accomplished local chef will take the helm of the Kemper Center kitchen, whipping up a unique culinary demonstration and serving up samples and expert tips. All those in attendance will receive a recipe card of the dish prepared that day and be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to the featured chef’s restaurant. Demonstrations are held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations will be taken. Celebrity chefs include Vince Bommarito, Jr. from Tony’s Restaurant, Nick Miller from Harvest, Cassy Vires from Home Wine Kitchen, Josh Allen from Companion, Clara Moore formerly of Local Harvest, Wayne Pritchard from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl McConnell from Stone Soup Cottage, Lou Rook from Annie Gunn’s, Josh Galliano from The Libertine, Bryan Carr from Pomme Restaurant, Kevin Nashan from Sidney Street Café and Anthony Devoti from Five Bistro.

Tuesdays celebrate “Herbs & Heirlooms” with presentations in the Garden’s famed Victorian District. The St. Louis Herb Society and Garden staff will co-host a special presentation every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors will experience diverse herbs from around the world including Greek, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, French and Chinese plantings. The first 200 participants will take home a plant of their own.

Herb Garden

Join the fun in the Kemper Garden from 10 a.m. to noon for “Backyard Kitchen Wednesdays” and explore how to make your garden an extension of your kitchen. Each Wednesday a selection of three unusual edible plants will be available for visitors to taste with expert tips on how to grow, harvest and prepare these unusual fruits and vegetables. Garden staff and volunteers will be on hand to lead mini-tours of the fruit and vegetable demonstration gardens and answer questions during “What’s Growing Now” sessions.

For one in eight people in the St. Louis area, hunger is a reality. During “Food-for-all-Thursdays,” the Garden hopes to raise awareness of this problem. In partnership with St. Louis Area Food Bank, the Garden will collect food donations throughout the summer. Visitors who donate five nonperishable food items will receive free admission from 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Trek into the Garden and learn more about plants of global significance during “Food of Our Roots Fridays” at 11 a.m. each week. Guides will provide information about popular foods such as chocolate and coffee and explore how the plants of the world feed people across the globe.

Each Saturday, children and families will explore the plants they eat during “Family Food Saturdays” in the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. Participants will literally “dig in” the soil in the Children’s Garden Edible Garden with games and taste tests. The first 200 children will pot a vegetable plant to take home and plant in their own gardens. Visitors can also participate in the “Family Food Challenge” each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and answer questions after exploring the Brookings Interpretive Center.

Foodology: Dig In!

“Spicy Sundays” will feature edible delights highlighting common and unique spices from across the globe. Visitors will have the chance to savor the unusual spice in drinks and snacks available for purchase at stations in the Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. each Saturday. Food and beverages are not included with Garden admission.

As part of the Foodology celebration, the Garden will also host a food-focused film series to further explore what we eat. The film series is presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill. All films begin at 7 p.m. The Chipotle Film Series will include the following films:

·         June 13, “In Organic We Trust”

·         July 11, “Grow”

·         Aug. 8, “Cafeteria Man”

·         Sept. 12, “American Meat”

Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and

More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at

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

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.