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An architectural rendering of the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center, a $92 million construction project due to begin in January. [10/21/19]
Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden will soon begin construction of a $92 million visitor center to accommodate growing crowds.

The current center, which offers cramped quarters for visitors during peak times, was built in 1982 and designed to accommodate 250,000 visitors a year. But annual attendance is now nearly 1 million.

Work on the privately funded center is expected to begin in January and be completed by the spring of 2022.

One list for all the world's plants

Dec 29, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 29, 2010 - Today the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew announce the online publication of The Plant List, the world's first database of all land plant species. The Plant List includes all accepted botanical names and their synonyms, as well as a number of names whose status as accepted or synonym is unresolved in the current literature.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 14, 2010 - To mark 2010's designation as the International Year of Biodiversity, the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland commissioned a 50-foot-long banner titled "Interconnected Earth," showing how everything from a grain of pollen to a blue whale are all related through the double helix of DNA.

As Peter Wyse Jackson, the director of the Irish garden, prepares to move to St. Louis as head of the Missouri Botanical Garden , he says that teaching that message of fragile interconnectedness will be both an opportunity and a responsibility that he takes seriously.

Missouri Botanical Garden names new president

Feb 10, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2010 - The Missouri Botanical Garden announced Wednesday that Peter Wyse Jackson, director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Dublin, would succeed Peter H. Raven as head of the garden.

During his tenure as director of the garden in Ireland since 2005, Wyse Jackson has emphasized organic horticulture and home gardening as well as making environmental sustainability a priority. He secured for Ireland the fourth Global Botanic Gardens Congress, which will be hosted in Dublin in June of this year.