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"To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life." - Mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden
"To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life." - Mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Garden research associate Leighton Reid is currently in Peru exploring local efforts in ecological restoration, a conservation strategy aimed at recovering damaged ecosystems, from vacant lots to tropical rainforests. You can follow Leighton’s discoveries and observations on restoration work in Peru and beyond at our new ecological restoration blog.

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Scientists from around the world convene this week at the Garden to honor researcher Dr. Alan Graham with a series of presentations focused on "Integrating Approaches to Macroevolution: Combining Fossils and Phylogeny." Learn more about Dr. Graham's extensive contributions to paleobotany and phylogeny in our profile.

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Advance tickets are now available for Garden Glow 2014! This expanded second annual event will feature more than a half million lights surrounding visitors in a spectacle of holiday magic. Learn more and plan your visit now at www.mobot.org/glow.
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Dr. Quinn Long of the Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) recently joined two members of the Garden’s horticultural staff and a biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a botanical expedition to the southern Ural Mountains hosted by Russian botanical gardens in the region.

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We’ve heard from some St. Louis-area residents whose trees suffered lightning damage in the storms that swept through the region on Wednesday. Here are some tips for assessing lightning damage in your yard: http://ow.ly/APmhJ
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Experience the thunderous pounding rhythms of the taiko drums, watch the unfolding drama of a sumo match, and more as Japanese Festival takes you and your family on a three-day cultural adventure right here at the Garden this Labor Day weekend!

See the full schedule of events and purchase your tickets at www.mobot.org/japanesefestival.
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We extend our condolences to the family of Jack Jennings, who passed away this weekend. Jack began photographing the Garden in 1978, and his iconic images appeared in Garden publications for more than two decades. View more of Jack's work: http://mobotgarden.tumblr.com/post/94531851928/we-extend-our-condolences-to-the-family-of-jack
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One of the largest and oldest events of its kind, the Garden's annual Japanese Festival returns this Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 1. Celebrate the history, culture and people of Japan with fun, family-friendly activities all weekend long! Learn more and purchase tickets in advance at www.mobot.org/japanesefestival!
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Registration is now open for fall and winter classes at the Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Browse hundreds of unique learning opportunities for young explorers to skilled experts and register for your favorites today: www.mobot.org/classes
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