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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Missouri Botanical Garden


Victoria 'Longwood Hybrid' in front of the Climatron
Last month, I visited St. Louis, MO to speak at the Missouri Master Gardener Conference.  While I was in town I was able to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden.  MoBot is a 79 acre garden that opened in 1859!  It's incredible horticultural displays include a large conservatory (the "Climatron"), demonstration gardens, formal gardens, international gardens, and historic gardens.  I had the opportunity to spend the day touring the garden with the staff and learning all about their amazing plant collections.

Water display outside of the Linnean House
Cacti display in the Linnean House
Entrance to the Children's Garden
Boardwalk and tree house in the Children's Garden
Herb Garden
Seasonal displays in the Victorian Garden
Maze Garden
Victorian-style Pincushion Garden
Mason bee nest box

Chinese Garden

Japanese Garden
Vegetable garden at the Kemper Center

Orchid greenhouses
Cacti greenhouses
Waterlily greenhouses



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