Woodland and Floral Garden student effort coincides with launch of MU campus beautification

In the late 70s, a handful of energetic horticulture students planned and executed an ambitious garden project located next to MU’s Agriculture Building, dedicated as the Woodland and Floral Garden in April 1980. The effort marked the beginning of a campus beautification project launched by Chancellor Barbara Uehling, which in turn led to the MU campus dedication as Mizzou Botanic Garden in 1999.

Read about students' efforts and MU campus beautification here.


MUBG awarded MDC TRIM Grant

Mizzou Botanic Garden was one of 38 Missouri Department of Conservation-awarded Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant recipients in the 2019 funding cycle. The award targets removal of ash trees at risk of infection by the emerald ash borer as well as tree replacement. Read more here.


MUBG named Tree Campus USA® by Arbor Day Foundation

For the third year in a row, Mizzou Botanic Garden was designated a Tree Campus USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation. The program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals in addition to meeting the Foundation's five standards. Read more here.


MUBG supports student floriculture programs

Mizzou Botanic Garden provides financial support to budding and newly accomplished floraculture students through both the Columbia Public Schools Career Center and MU’s Division of Plant Science Floral Design program. Both programs interest and prepare students for careers in the floral industry. Find out more here.


Sharon Schattgen dedicates Tribute Bench to her husband Robert, a long-time Columbia florist

When Sharon Schattgen's husband Robert Schattgen passed away unexpectedly in 2013, she made the decision to sponsor a Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) Tribute Bench in his honor. Located in what was then known as the Woodland and Floral Garden, which Robert loved, the bench also sits right outside of Tiger Garden, the MU student-sponsored floral shop, a space where Robert both attended classes and taught floral management.

"It's a lovely place to sit," Sharon said.

Read more about Robert's and Sharon's ties to MU and Columbia here.


Curiosity and a love of horticulture led Barbara Rothenberger to a life of learning and teaching about plants

Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) board member Barbara Rothenberger's love of plants began when she was a young girl admiring the flowers, ferns and a special red oak in her family's home in Carollton, Mo. Ultimately, her interest in plants and gardening led to a satisfying career teaching horticulture and a very fulfilling personal life gardening and traveling the world with husband Ray Rothenberger. Read more about Rothenberger’s exploits here


Ecologist encourages connection to science through work with plants and pollinators

In addition to utilizing MUBG’s gardens in her senior capstone course “Life of a Garden”, MU Professor of Biological Science Candace Galen engages students at MU in acoustic-based research into the behavior of bumblebees.

Galen also recruited grade-schoolers as citizen scientists to analyze the behavior of bees during the total eclipse in 2017. Their findings earned national attention.

Read more about Galen’s bee research, student involvement and future plans here.


Botanic Garden Tribute Benches honor and memorialize loved ones

Three Tribute Bench sponsors share the stories behind their tributes

Mizzou Botanic Garden Tribute Benches are classic style wrought-iron benches installed around the University of Missouri campus offering relaxing vantage points to enjoy the virtues of Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG). These benches additionally provide an opportunity to recognize, celebrate or memorialize a friend, family member or an occasion with a permanent on-campus legacy through MUBG’s Tribute Bench program.

Tribute Benches — which make a great gift for Tigers who “have everything” — are designated with a bronze plaque bearing a personalized message of the sponsoring donor’s choice.

Wayne and Jo Behymer, Ann Eisenhardt and Kathy Digges share their tribute stories.


Lifetime connection to Mizzou campus sparks board member’s involvement

Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) board member Cindy Mustard’s ties to the MU campus reach back to the University’s earliest days. The Conley House on the corner of Sanford and Conley, was built by her great-grandfather, Sandford Conley. In addition to her support of MUBG as a board member, Mustard’s passion and energy have changed many lives in Columbia and Boone County. Read more about her life and work here.


‘Georgia Champions of Landscape Gardening’ programs offered rare chance to rub shoulders with horticulture celebrities

Mizzou Botanic Garden and Friends of MUBG annually sponsor programs to highlight the work and mission of the garden and to attract new members. In September 2018, four high-profile garden experts — all with ties to the Peach State — traveled to the MU campus for MUBG’s “Georgia Champions of Landscape Gardening” program.

The first of two events, an MUBG Walkabout, was held in the morning. Featured guests Michael Dirr, Allan Armitage, Vince Dooley and Natalia Hamill led a group on a walking tour of portions of the MU campus, bantering back and forth, took turns discussing various annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs in the MUBG landscape. Read more about the walkabout and the observations of featured guests here.

In the afternoon, a book signing and symposium featured the Champs sharing their expertise on various topics and highlighting their current gardening passions. The symposium was followed by an ice cream social featuring everyone’s favorite Tiger Stripe ice cream. Read more about the program celebrities’ plant trend predictions and their passions here.


Journalism student’s job with Missourians for Monarchs and MUBG is an education

MU Journalism student Jessica Sherwin’s part time communications job with Missourians for Monarchs and the Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) resulted in full time appreciation for the orange and black “creatures who weigh less than a paperclip.” She also has developed a deep respect for the “intelligent and thoughtful community of people” who work to educate citizens about the importance of increasing and improving habitat for pollinators, and those who work in support of the MU campus garden. Read about Jessica’s rewarding work with both organizations here.


Career-inspired enthusiasm for all things MU includes support for MUBG

Gary L. Smith attributes his 30-year career working with students as the University of Missouri’s director of admissions and as registrar for the youthful energy that has infused his life since his retirement in 2000. His time on campus has convinced him that “perception is key,” making him an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of Mizzou Botanic Garden. Read about his life and his long-view into the history of the campus that became a garden here.


MUBG Friends Advisory Board past-president served with energy and passion

Bill Ruppert’s three-year tenure as President of Mizzou Botanic Garden’s Friends Advisory Board was eventful and personally satisfying. A very active MU alumnus, he believes his many ties and associations to MU contributed to his success. He is most proud of his work with the Legacy Oaks of the Francis Quadrangle project. Read more about Ruppert’s work on behalf of MUBG here.


MUBG takes the pledge; invasives beware

Late in September 2018, Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) joined forces with other Missouri conservation groups to fight the spread of invasive species at an event on the MU campus. MUBG Director Pete Millier signed the Missouri Invasive Plants Task Force pledge to identify and control invasive species on the MU campus and to refrain from planting them in the future. Read about the pledge event and the ceremonial removal of a Bradford pear, and learn how you too can become a pledgee here.


Legacy Tribute Tree memorializes beloved husband

As part of the University of Missouri’ Legacy Tribute Tree program, Susan Stalcup Gray purchased a Korean Fir as a Christmas gift for her husband Tom to memorialize their life together. Read more about the couple and their ties to MU here.