Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden
6:25 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Not just for kids: a field trip to MOBOT's tree canopy climb

St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman gets some tips from her tree climbing guide, Jon Richard. He's the owner and founder of Vertical Voyages and will be taking as many as 12 people up at a time at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Most of us haven’t scaled a tree since we were kids.

But it’s not too late!

On several weekends this fall the Missouri Botanical Garden is giving both adults and kids the chance, with the help of a professional.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman got a birds-eye view of the Garden’s tree canopy climb.

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Botany
12:17 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Odorous 'corpse flower' blooms again at Mo. Botanical Garden

This corpse flower is blooming in the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A second Amorphophallus titanum has bloomed at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s known as the titan arum – the flower can reach over six feet tall – or the “corpse flower” for its strong smell of rotting meat. The odor attracts flies, which help pollinate the plant.

The corpse flower can go for years without blooming. When it does, the flower lasts just a few days. Fewer than 160 are known to have bloomed worldwide, in the almost 120 years since the plant was identified by scientists in Sumatra.

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Pollinators - Bees
3:43 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

New Missouri initiative looks to create buzz about bees

The Saint Louis Zoo’s Ed Spevak found this blueberry bee at the Missouri Botanical Garden on March 25. It is the first blueberry bee recorded in Saint Louis since the 1930s.
Ed Spevak/Saint Louis Zoo

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching a new initiative to try to create some buzz about bees.

Agriculture Director Jon Hagler says “The Great Missouri Buzz Off” aims to educate Missourians about bees and beekeeping.

“Whether it be honeybees, or native bees, they’re so vital to our agriculture’s success, and to our horticulture’s success, and we have such amazing resources here in our state,” Hagler said.

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Plant Conservation
5:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Missouri Botanical Garden to help build online global plant database

The new online World Flora database will include information on all known land plants. This Robiquetia cerina orchid was on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show.
(Missouri Botanical Garden)

The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced plans to help build an online database of the world’s plants.

Working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the New York Botanical Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden will compile information on as many as 400,000 land plant species, with the goal of having all the data available online by 2020.

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Conservation - Endangered Species
2:38 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

MOBOT scientists help rediscover two tree species thought to be extinct

The fruit and seeds of Erythrina schliebenii, a highly endangered East African coral tree.
(Frank Mbago/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have confirmed the discovery of two tree species that were thought to be extinct.

Last year botanists from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania set out to look for the trees. They discovered small populations of both species in a remote forest in southeastern Tanzania, along Africa’s eastern coast.

Missouri Botanical Garden botanist Roy Gereau worked with British scientist Phil Clarke to confirm the identity of the trees.

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Climate Change - Ethnobotany
6:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Studying climate change in the Himalayas: the Missouri Botanical Garden's Jan Salick

Missouri Botanical Garden ethnobotanist Jan Salick crosses the highest pass (5,400 m) in the Himalayas. The pass lies to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range in western Nepal, where one of her climate change research sites is located.
(Asha Paudel)

The Himalayan mountain range in Asia is one of the highest places in the world, with several peaks rising above 8,000 meters. It’s also one of the most vulnerable to climate change.

Seven years ago, Missouri Botanical Garden senior curator of ethnobotany Jan Salick traveled to the Himalayas to begin a study of how climate change is affecting alpine plants—and the local people who depend on them.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra sat down with Salick to talk about her research.

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Former prisoners, vets honor 'The Buddha' in stage
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Former prisoners, vets honor 'The Buddha' in staged productions

A series of performances at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will blur the lines separating art, theater and social work to break down barriers among people and communities.

Courtesy of the Pulitzer

 

Emily Piro, case manager at St. Patrick Center, works with "Staging Reflections of the Buddha."

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Former prisoners, vets honor 'The Buddha' in stage
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Former prisoners, vets honor 'The Buddha' in staged productions

A series of performances at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will blur the lines separating art, theater and social work to break down barriers among people and communities.

Courtesy of the Pulitzer

 

Emily Piro, case manager at St. Patrick Center, works with "Staging Reflections of the Buddha."

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Spotlight: Exhibition is a piece of cake -- really
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Spotlight: Exhibition is a piece of cake -- really

The sweetest art exhibition of the year is coming to the Missouri Botanical Garden this weekend. 

Cakes and cookies made by members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sugar Art Guild will be on display at the Garden on Sunday in “Sugared, Spiced and Everything Iced.” The exhibition is a feast for the eyes but eating the featured creations is not allowed. The event will include decorating demonstrations and the opportunity to ask the baker-designers about their craft. 

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Spotlight: Exhibition is a piece of cake -- really
11:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Spotlight: Exhibition is a piece of cake -- really

The sweetest art exhibition of the year is coming to the Missouri Botanical Garden this weekend. 

Cakes and cookies made by members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sugar Art Guild will be on display at the Garden on Sunday in “Sugared, Spiced and Everything Iced.” The exhibition is a feast for the eyes but eating the featured creations is not allowed. The event will include decorating demonstrations and the opportunity to ask the baker-designers about their craft. 

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