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|99020||Missouri Botanical Garden Researcher Will Conduct Investigations in Viet Nam|
|99012||Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates Biodiversity on Earthfriends Day|
|99011||Missouri Botanical Garden Offers New Slate of Adult Education Classes: Five to Be Held in South County|
|99008||Missouri Botanical Garden Announces Summer Education Program: Over 50 Classes Available for Pre-School through High-School Students|
|99003||Beat the Winter Blues with Garden Greens|
|98106||Danforth Foundation Awards $1.5 Million Grant to Revitalize South Side Neighborhoods|
|98097||Sydney M. Shoenberg, Jr., Receives Highest Honors from MBG|
|98095||Garden Collaborative Aims to Improve Science Education|
|98094||New Off-Ramp Improves Acces to MBG and Surrounding Neighborhoods|
|98086||Victoria amazonica Blooms at MBG See website|
|98085||MBG Announces Latest Program for Older Adults|
|98076||Plants of Merit Featured at MBG|
|98071||MBG Switches from Gas Power to Pedal Power|
|98068||MBG Recognizes Volunteer Services|
|98062||MBG Appoints Marketing and Communications Director|
|98053||John Behrer Recognized for 20 Years of Service to Shaw Arboretum|
|98049||MBG Completes Partnership Campaign|
|98042||Hazelwood East High School Students Take First Place in Transportation Planning Contest|
|98031||Record Number of Flowering Bulbs Planted at MBG|
|98013||David W. Kemper Elected President of the Board of Trustees of MBG|
Spring has blessed the Missouri Botanical Garden with two new baby sheep. They can
been seen grazing along side two ewes and a ram on the lawn near the Kemper Center for Home
Gardening. The flock of life-size sheep were created by Les Lalannes - Francois-Xavier and
Claude - French sculptors who are currently featured in a major show in Paris. Made of cast
epoxy stone and bronze, the sculptures came to the Garden by way of the Greenberg Van Doren
Gallery of St. Louis.
Les Lalannes' work is fun and functional on some level and much of their work is designed
with the garden in mind. They consider themselves "artisans" in the medieval sense of the term,
often featuring animals as motifs, such as a donkey desk, a gorilla sofa, and a baboon wood stove.
The Garden's sheep are actually the equivalent of garden benches. Les Lalannes delight in their
work and insist that their objects have an everyday usefulness so that they can be readily enjoyed
by others. They get their wish daily at the Missouri Botanical Garden as children of all ages find a
place on the back of one of the sheep, while parents take advantage of the "Kodak moment."
The ewes were made as an anonymous gift to the Garden in 1993. The ram and babies are still available for naming opportunities.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, and herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit
after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
The coastal plains, deserts, plateaus and river valleys of the biblical Holy Land support a variety of plant life, of which approximately 110 species are mentioned in the Old and New Testaments of one of the world's oldest written records of human history. Originating in what many historians consider to be the cradle of civilization, the stories of the Bible were passed down by singers and story tellers before being transcribed into Hebrew and Arabic. The prayers, poems, proverbs and sermons make mention of many plants familiar today, both wild and cultivated.
The Missouri Botanical Garden highlights a number of these species in its "Plants of the Bible" exhibit throughout April. Date palm, pomegranate, fig and olive trees, caper, mint, cumin, pistachio, henna and citron are a few of the plants housed in the Biblical Garden at the Shoenberg Temperate House. While each plant is referred to at least once in the Bible, some appear more frequently than others.
Branches from the olive tree have long been symbols of peace and hope. And the dove came in to him in the morning; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off. (Genesis 8:11).
The tree provides abundant fruit, from which oil is made for holy ointments for kings and priests, for annointing the sick and for cooking. The Mediterranean redbud (Cercis siliquastrum) is long thought to have been the tree from which Judas hanged himself. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:5). Its pink flowers blossom in March, and are larger than those of the redbud growing in North America (Cercis canadensis). Some argue that it was the fig from which Judas hanged himself.
The fruit of the pomegranate (Punica granatum) has long symbolized passion and love, as in this biblical reference, Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. (Song 7:12).
Beginning with the Greeks, centuries of translations and interpretations of biblical text has obscured more than a few references. Often, when a translator encountered an unfamiliar plant name, he or she assigned it a familiar name, but not necessarily that of a plant growing in Egypt or Israel. This has led to much confusion, and researchers going back to original Hebrew face the task of deciphering names long forgotten or obscured, such as this supposed reference to capers (Capparis spinosa) as desire, The almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along and desire fails; because man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets. (Ecclesiastes 12:5).
Not all biblical plants will grow in the St. Louis area, but many can be grown. Among them are iris, coriander, cumin, bay, dill, mint, rue, muskmelon, garlic, leek, lettuce, onion, watermelon, fig, grapes and sorghum. Books concerning biblical plants and gardening can be found at the Garden Gate Shop.
The Missouri Botanical Garden announces an increase in admission rates from $3.00 to $5.00 for adult visitors and $1.50 to $3.00 for senior visitors who live outside St. Louis city or county limits. Tour group prices will be $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors. This increase will be effective February 1, 1998 and is deemed necessary to cover the new features and services offered by the Garden as well as operating costs and staffing.
Admission prices remain the same for residents of the City or County ($3.00 for adults and $1.50 for seniors). This new policy will also not effect the free admission offered to City and County residents from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Garden members and children under 12 will continue to enjoy free admission.
The Garden employs over 345 full time and 35 part time staff and has a volunteer base of over 900 people. The education department works in partnership with schools and teachers to strengthen science education, serving over 107,000 adults, children and teachers per year. It also provides community outreach to seniors through the Soule Program, and Gateway Greening, a gardening partnership program, which serves over 150 community and school gardens. The Garden's research department, used by scientists from around the world, provides the basic scientific information urgently needed to utilize plants and help save them for future generations.
New gardens have been added recently including 23 "show me" residential scale gardens at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, a Chinese garden, a boxwood garden, and a Victorian garden. Other recent additions are a Victorian observation tower overlooking the popular maze and the Brookings Interpretive Center, a hands-on educational exhibit near the Climatron®.
GARDEN INTRODUCES HANDS-ON ECOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS
How can an ice cube run a fan? Is rot the same as rust? What do rubber, cocoa, and paper have in common? Visitors of all ages to the Missouri Botanical Garden will solve these riddles for themselves as they participate in the new Eco-Cart demonstrations beginning October 18, 1997, in the Brookings Interpretive Center.
Each of 10 twenty to thirty minute presentations delve into one ecology topic. Whether the topic is energy, chemical reactions, or decomposition, visitors will take home new ideas about ways to protect Planet Earth. These free demonstrations are scheduled on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Brookings Interpretive Center between the Climatron® and Shoenberg Temperate House.
Eco-Cart demonstrations will also be avaiilable for school and youth groups. Teachers can select the science topic that compliments their curriculum and register by calling 314-577-5140. A one month advance registration is required and the cost per session is $30.
Dr. Larry DeBuhr, director of the Garden's extensive education department noted, "This is a great indoor activity for visitors to participate in during the harsh weather months, and makes for a great outing along with a visit to the Climatron® and Brookings Interpretive Center."
Development of the Eco-Carts was made possible by the McDonnell Douglas Foundation, and funding for staffing by the Edward Chase Garvey Foundation.
Beginning March 1st the Garden Gate Shop at the Missouri Botanical Garden will offer a bridal registry service to members and the public. The shop features useful and unique gifts for bride and groom, home and garden, from crystal to compost, silk scarves to luffa scrubs. Popular presents such as Portmeirion's "Botanic Garden" china, Hen-Feathers Statuary, Santa Barbara Clocks, and pottery by local artist Hellmuth-Dunn are among the Shop's wide selection. The Garden Gate Shop also carries many environmentally conscious items.
A special bonus of the registry is a free Garden membership for the bride and groom. At registration each bride will receive 25 free announcement cards that state she is registered at the Garden Gate Shop of Missouri Botanical Garden. The couple's 10% membership discount will be extended to all who purchase for them. Free gift wrapping is available as well as shipping at a nominal charge. "Gifts from the Garden are distinctive because they embrace the community and our environment," comments shop manager, Kim Riley. All proceeds from the Garden Gate Shop support the Missouri Botanical Garden's mission of research, education and horticultural display.
Personalized service is available by appointment with volunteer buyers Bette Stoneman, Renee Boehm and Florence Gaffney (314) 577-0211, and through staff members Jill Muqoz and Christa Kling (314) 577-5137. The Missouri Botanical Garden's Garden Gate Shop is located at 4344 Shaw and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day) between Labor Day and Memorial Day, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during summertime.
Located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, the Missouri Botanical Garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended summer hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Labor Day. Admission is $5.00 for visitors aged 13-64, $3 for adults 65 and older, and free to children 12 and younger. Admission for St. Louis City and County residents is $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for senior citizens. Some special events may require additional charge. Free parking on premises. St. Louis City and County residents admitted free on Wednesday and Saturday until noon. For more information call the GardenLine at 314/577/9400.