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Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

The Garden's annual holiday flower and train show celebrates "Gathering for the Feast."
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What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

One young Garden visitor has turned his interest in herbs into a tasty hobby.
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Take the Family Food Challenge!

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The Common Hop

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The Common Hop
The common hop (Humulus lupulus) is a green vine species that is low maintenance, native to Missouri and a tried-and-true plant, which makes it a great addition to any garden -- and an important crop for those who enjoy brewing or tasting beer!

Hops grow best in full sun or part shade and require medium water and well-drained soil. Although they prefer moist, rich soils it can tolerate droughts. Common hop grows rapidly each year and does not suffer from serious insect or disease problems. The vine, however, does need a support structure to grow on. It can serve as an interesting ornamental vine for growing on trellises, pergolas, arbors and porches or as a screen to cover unattractive structures, though most incorporate it into an herb garden.

The vine is dioecious, which means it has separate male and female plants. In order for the female plant to produce seed, male plants are needed. The female flowers mature in late summer, and emit a fragrance that attracts butterflies. Hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers, are typically harvested from late August into September and used by breweries as an ingredient to preserve and flavor beer.

To try hops in action, be sure to attend the Young Friends of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sixth annual Fest-of-Ale! This event celebrates local beer, and this region’s microbreweries will bring their best offerings to the Garden for guests to sample. The Fest-of-Ale will take place in the Spoehrer Plaza on October 18th from 6 – 9 p.m.

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Exploring Edible Plant Life

Andrew Townesmith and his edible plant referencesDiscover the extensive diversity of edible plant life around the globe with Garden research specialist Andrew Townesmith.

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