Monday, October 20, 2014

Shaw Nature Reserve

In addition to visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden on my trip last month, I also had the opportunity to visit MoBot's Shaw Nature Reserve.  SNR is about 30 miles from the main garden and consists of 2,441 acres of restored habitat and teaching collections.  Needless to say, it was very impressive!  I spent the day with horticulture staff, education staff, and restoration ecologists.  They showed me acres and acres of restored meadows and wetlands, a very cool set of overnight facilities, and a beautiful wildflower garden surrounding the property's historic home.
Native seed collected at Shaw Nature Reserve
Seed cleaning lab and refrigerated seed bank
Wildflower Garden

Fancy cabins

Restored wetland
Restored prairie

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