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Saxon Transylvania: Lost World and Botanical Paradise – The Missouri Botanical Garden’s 2011 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology

Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Dr. John R. Akeroyd, botanist, conservationist, and author of, The Historic Countryside of the Saxon Villages

Lecture and Book Signing

An expert on European plants, Dr. John Akeroyd is devoted to the promotion of sustainable farming and conservation of unique, plant-rich countryside. In the remote Saxon villages of southern Transylvania, it’s an older Europe where species-rich plant and animal communities thrive alongside traditional agriculture. Dr. Akeroyd offers compelling information on the agricultural systems of Transylvania, Romania and other European countries, covering sustainable farming in communities and plant usage, in supporting rural culture. And he talks about current projects that aim to conserve both biodiversity and the European farming communities that have been maintained for more than 800 years.

“I first visited Romania in June 2000. Within two hours, on my first walk, I knew I’d discovered the finest wildflower meadows in Europe.”

— Dr. John Akeroyd

Since 1987, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s John Dwyer Lecture in Biology has been honoring the memory of Dr. John Dwyer (1915-2005), a professor of biology at St. Louis University for 32 years and former research associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Missouri Botanical Garden Monsanto Center

4500 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.

Parking is FREE in the Monsanto Center lot.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Dec. 25. Grounds open at 7 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Labor Day weekend, and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is easily accessible by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line to the Central West End station and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-9400 or 1 (800) 642-8842. For membership information, visit www.mobot.org/membership call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit www.mobot.org/volunteer or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.


Friday, April 8, 2011
4:00 PM-5:30 PM