Missouri Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blame-wasps-and-squirrels-all-oak-leaves-your-lawn <p>If you have an oak tree in your yard, you may have found yourself picking up more leaves and branches than expected this summer.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturist Chip </span>Tynan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, there are two culprits.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first are tiny wasps that cause a growth, known as a gall, to form on twigs and small branches of oak trees. The second offender are squirrels, who think the galls make a tasty snack.</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:16:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38366 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn Artist To Explain How 300,000 LEGOs Became Climatron Surprises http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/artist-explain-how-300000-legos-became-climatron-surprises <p>Everybody thinks their own kids are geniuses when they make cars, castles and the occasional bridge out of LEGOs. But a New York artist has truly transformed what must’ve been the world’s largest LEGO set into 25 nature-themed sculptures.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:21:24 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37925 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Artist To Explain How 300,000 LEGOs Became Climatron Surprises Stopping To Smell A Corpse (Flower) At The Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stopping-smell-corpse-flower-botanical-garden <p>You still have a few hours left to smell the corpse flower.</p><p>The Titan Arum, an Aroid plant from Sumatra, is currently in bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It flowers rarely, but when it does, its strong odor definitely carries.</p><p>“It smells like rotting flesh,” said Andrew Wyatt, the Garden's vice president of horticulture. “It spreads the foul smell over many miles because it’s trying to attract pollinators from another plant several miles away.”</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:01:57 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 37678 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stopping To Smell A Corpse (Flower) At The Botanical Garden Local Journalist Details Missouri's Environmental Issues in New Book http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-journalist-details-missouris-environmental-issues-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Missourians need to be worried – and need to act.</p><p>That is the message of <em>Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability — What You Need to Know</em>, a new book from Webster University journalism professor and Times Newspapers editor Don Corrigan. &nbsp;The book is an overview of various aspects of our environment and sustainability shortfalls – in addition to what we are doing right.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:15:01 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37565 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local Journalist Details Missouri's Environmental Issues in New Book Going Green At Home With Native Plants: Tips To Build Native Habitats Into Your Landscaping http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/going-green-home-native-plants-tips-build-native-habitats-your-landscaping <p></p><p>The Missouri Botanical Garden annual Green Homes Festival is this Saturday at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. One of the focuses of this year’s festival is gardening with native plants, or “naturescaping.”</p><p>Using native plants is environmentally friendly because it works within the existing ecosystem, explained Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the <a href="http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/sustainability-in-action/at-the-earthways-center.aspx">EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:24:47 +0000 Camille Phillips 36733 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Going Green At Home With Native Plants: Tips To Build Native Habitats Into Your Landscaping Young Entrepreneurs Plant Sweet Potatoes in Missouri Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-plant-sweet-potatoes-missouri-botanical-garden <p>Sweet potatoes planted by St. Louis teens now have their own plot in the Missouri Botanical Garden.</p><p>Young members of an effort called the <a href="http://sweetpotatoprojectstl.org/" target="_blank">Sweet Potato Project</a>&nbsp;planted seedlings on Saturday, joined by Garden leaders and other supporters. The project <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sweet-potato-project-seeks-create-community-st-louis-ground">teaches teens from north St. Louis </a>how to grow sweet potatoes sustainably, mainly in vacant lots, and then how to brand and sell sweet potato products.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 18:46:31 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 36627 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Young Entrepreneurs Plant Sweet Potatoes in Missouri Botanical Garden What Does The Harsh Winter Mean For Spring Gardening? Tips From Horticulturists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-does-harsh-winter-mean-spring-gardening-tips-horticulturists <p>After an especially harsh winter, spring has returned to St. Louis. Gardeners across the region are planting and planning for the growing season.</p><p>But the plants are still feeling the effects of the unusual cold, said Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturists June Hutson and Elizabeth Spiegel.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:19:16 +0000 Camille Phillips 35693 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What Does The Harsh Winter Mean For Spring Gardening? Tips From Horticulturists Missouri Botanical Garden Completes Encyclopedia Of Missouri's Native Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-botanical-garden-completes-encyclopedia-missouris-native-plants <p>The Missouri Botanical Garden has completed a 26-year effort to document the state's native plants.</p><p>The three-volume <a href="http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/media/fact-pages/flora-of-missouri.aspx"><em>Flora of Missouri </em></a>contains illustrations, plant distribution maps, and a detailed description of each species, including its taxonomy, uses, and conservation status.</p><p>This encyclopedic work updates the original <em>Flora of Missouri</em>, first published in 1963 by the late Julian Steyermark.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:15:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29344 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Botanical Garden Completes Encyclopedia Of Missouri's Native Plants Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/climate-change-prompts-renewed-interest-native-missouri-grapes <p>If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.</p><p>Ever since the mid-1800s <a href="http://www.thehistorychannelclub.com/articles/articletype/articleview/articleid/337/the-louse-that-roared">roots from Missouri </a>grapes have been grafted on to European varieties, because of their natural resistance to certain pests.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Adam Allington 26399 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes Spring Gardening Help From The Missouri Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/spring-gardening-help-missouri-botanical-garden <p>Now that it appears that Spring has arrived in the St. Louis region, the thoughts of many residents are turning to gardening.&nbsp; Efforts thus far have been frustrating for many because of the varying temperatures and large amount of rain.&nbsp; Many have delayed their Spring planting, and those who haven’t may find that the few warm days caused vegetables to flower prematurely and that the cold temperatures at night have harmed them.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:59:33 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 25953 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Spring Gardening Help From The Missouri Botanical Garden