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

2020 Shaw Series Schedule

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 1–6 p.m.
Social Justice in Horticulture Conference
at St Louis Community College – Meramec Campus
Approved for 3 PDH's by LACES and 3 LU's by AIA

  • Noon Check-in
  • 1 p.m. Welcome
  • 1:10 p.m. Introduction (20 min): “Definitions of Social Justice”
    Dr. Cindy Epperson, Professor of Sociology
  • 1:30 p.m. Keynote (60 min): "The Just and the Green: Confronting Green Inequities"
    Kofi Boone, ASLA
  • 2:30 p.m. BREAK (45 min)
  • 3:15 p.m. Session 1 (20 min): "GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR PEOPLE: The Case for Diversity & Inclusion"
    Melissa Brickey, DAP (Diversity Awareness Partnership)
  • 3:35 p.m. Session 2 (20 min): “Building Company Practices That Build Communities”
    Rachel D’Souza-Siebert, Gladiator Consulting
  • 3:55 p.m. Session 3 (20 min): “Understanding Environmental Racism”
    Tosha Phonix, MCE (Missouri Coalition for the Environment)
  • 4:15 p.m. Session 4 (20 min): “Why Youth Engagement Matters”
    Guest Speaker from Green Teen Alliance / Outdoor Youth Corp
  • 4:35 p.m. BREAK (25 min)
  • 5 p.m. Panel (60 min): Audience Q&A 

Learn more and register

2019 Shaw Series Schedule

  • Thursday & Friday, August 8 & 9, 2019; 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
    Greener Stormwater Solutions Training at STLCC-Meramec – 10 CEUs

Presentations & Resources

Greener Stormwater Solutions Training at STLCC-Meramec
Day One August 8, 2019
Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve
Art of Combining Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants Manual
Rain Gardening and Stormwater Management Manual
Reconstructing a Tall Grass Prairie Manual

Kirk Lambrecht and Kaleena Menke, MSD
Post-Construction Stormwater BMPs
Rainscaping Incentive Program

Jerry Pence, STLCC Horticulture Program
STLCC-Meramec Master Plan

Gabe Presley, DTLS Studio
Native Plants and Community Base Design

Day Two August 9, 2019
Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve
Attaining Success in Stormwater Infrastructure

Rachel Witt, South Grand Neighborhood Improvement District; Angie Weber, Community Resource Specialist; Cody Hayo, Pretty City Gardens & Landscapes
South Grand Sustainability Initiatives

Josh Ward, Missouri Department of Conservation
Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities
Reference Manual

Zach, SWT Design
Forest Park Waterways

Previous Years


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

2019 Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor
Alberici logo

Sassafras Sponsor

Missouri Department of Conservation logo

Shooting Star Sponsors

2019 Shooting Star Sponsors
Columbine Sponsors

2019 Columbine Sponsors