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Missouri Botanical Garden to host Chinese lantern festival

(via Karen Hill/Missouri Botanical Garden)
Lantern sets representative of those that will be in the exhibition at the Missouri Botanical Garden next year. You can see artist renderings of the actual lanterns to be featured in the exhibition in the slideshow in the story below.

The Missouri Botanical Garden will host a Chinese lantern festival next year.

The exhibition—the first of its kind in the United States—will feature 26 large, brightly-colored lantern displays from China's Zigong province.

Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay says next year's exhibition will help attract tourism and showcase Saint Louis as a global destination. “People when they come to our city and they experience it, they like it,” Slay said. “And that can only help us long-term, in terms of just promoting ourselves not only nationally but internationally.”

Garden President Peter Wyse Jackson says the Garden has worked with Chinese institutions for more than 25 years to publish a comprehensive flora of China.

That 24-volume publication describes China’s more than 30,000 native plants, about 8,000 of which have been used for medicinal purposes.

Wyse Jackson says 2012 will be a “Year of China” at the Garden, with the lantern exhibition as its centerpiece.

“It celebrates the completion of the flora of China, but also our ongoing links with a country that’s so rich in plant resources and where the history of gardening in China goes back two-and-a-half thousand years,” Wyse Jackson said.

The lantern exhibition will run for three months starting at the end of May, 2012.

Here is a slideshow of artist renderings of the lanterns planned to be on display during the exhibition.
(via the Missouri Botanical Garden on Flickr)

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