This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2011 - As she spoke with the St. Louis Beacon, Beth Rothschild sat in the president's office at the Missouri Botanical Garden, looking out at an elm tree, the biggest she'd ever seen. In her home of Great Britain, many elms have fallen to disease. But here, she had view of a healthy and hearty one.
"That, for me, is like a major excitement," she said.
Today, Rothschild will receive the 2011 Greensfelder Medal from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The award is not given out every year, only when merited.