Summer 2012 Newsletter
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson's Comment

I was a young botanist in 1985 when I embarked upon my first-ever tropical expedition to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. I encountered on that trip some of the rarest plants in the world, which shaped my career path as both botanist and plant conservationist.

One of the most fascinating plants I encountered was the Round Island Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis), which has been saved from extinction by being cultivated in tropical gardens worldwide. In the wild, however, fewer than 10 mature plants survive. Whenever I encounter these old friends, I greet them with a hug. 

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Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, President

Save the Dates!

Meet the Authors

Did you know that Missouri is second only to Texas in the number of small farms it boasts? Garden staff member Liz Fathman has co-authored a book with Maddie Earnest, co-owner of Local Harvest and Café, which features the people behind the local and regional food scene, and the possibilities they present at our dinner tables.

Presentation and Book Signing  
Missouri Harvest: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19
St. Charles County Library, Middendorf-Kredell Branch

Create a Rain Garden in your Home Landscape
Bring your questions and your plant specimens for this course at Shaw Nature Reserve! Sign up for Tuesday or Saturday.

1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16
Reservations required!

Returning an Extinct Tree to its Native Home

Next time you stroll through the Climatron, look toward the treetops for a spot of silver among the green. The tall tree in the center of the Climatron with a bit of silver tape on a limb represents a conservation effort that will take the tree’s offspring to the other side of the world.

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Rising to the (Green) Challenge

Hear the sustainability story of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Learn the behind-the-scenes of how we recycle and compost at our biggest events and how we will meet the monumental challenge of sustainability at Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night.

Conservation Club Special Presentation
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5
Monsanto Center (4500 Shaw Boulevard at the intersection of Shaw and Vandeventer)
RSVP: (314) 577-5181 or

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