The Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference is offering a June 23 afternoon field trip to St. Louis' famed Missouri Botanical Garden, home of the Henry Shaw Cactus & Succulent Society. Information on other St. Louis attractions will be available at registration. See below for a few starter ideas.
After meeting outside Ridgway Center at 1:00 p.m., field trip participants will tour Missouri Botanical Garden's herbarium, library and select research greenhouses in several groups. Due to the size of the facilities, tour participation is limited to 50. Please note the separate fee and indicate your interest to join the field trip on the registration form. (Although public areas of the garden are generally accessible, some of the private working areas visited on the field trip may not accommodate wheelchair use.)
Conference attendees can also explore the desert collection and other aspects of Missouri Botanical Garden on their own. HSCSS is working to arrange reduced garden admission fees for these visitors.
Please plan to drive the short distance to the garden. Only limited courtesy transportation will be available for the field trip.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operating garden in the United States. The Historic Landmark is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city. Its 80 acres feature lovely horticultural displays, a Japanese garden, Henry Shaw's 1850 estate home and one of the world's largest collections of rare orchids.
The Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium is the second-largest herbarium in the United States. Its 6 million mounted specimens were initially built around material collected during 1850s expeditions to western North America and northern Mexico. The oldest specimens date to the 1740s. MBG scientists and collaborating institutions add over 100,000 new specimens each year.
The Missouri Botanical Garden Library includes 200,000 botanical monographs and journals, 800 current periodicals and 40,000 microfiche with an emphasis on plant taxonomy. The library archives hold historic photographs and manuscripts, garden records and original artwork. Maps and rare books, including a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, are also available for study.
St. Louis has lots more to offer. Forest Park is only minutes away from the Drury Inn & Suites. Twice as large as New York's Central Park, it holds many popular attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, McDonnell Planetarium and Jewel Box Greenhouse.
The St. Louis Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion rise high above the Mississippi riverfront. Directly to the west lies Citygarden's outdoor sculptures and fountains. A few blocks further is the eclectic City Museum -- part art, part playground for all ages. Just south of the Arch is Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Anheuser-Busch Brewery, which offers free tours and samples. Check the visitor information at registration for more.
Henry Shaw Cactus & Succulent Society A CSSA Chapter Affiliate
P. O. Box 191522 St. Louis, Missouri 63119 USA www.hscactus.org
Mid-States Conference Website: www.hscactus.org/mid-states