Kirkwood Events to Honor Naturalist Edgar Denison
The life of Edgar W. Denison (1904 - 1993), late resident of
Kirkwood, Mo, amateur naturalist, botanist, artist and early
leader in promotion of environmental sustainability, will be
celebrated in Kirkwood this spring with events promoting education
and appreciation of Missouri's natural assets. All events are
free and open to the public:
Edgar Denison: A Modern Johnny Appleseed. A panel
discussion on the life and contributions of Edgar Denison.
Moderated by Scott Woodbury, Curator of the Whitmire
Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve. Panelists include
Peter Raven, George Yatskievych, Tom Ott, Lesley Schoedinger and
Bill Ruppert. First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, East
Adams and South Kirkwood Road, Monday, April 14, 7 p.m.
An exhibit of Edgar Denison's original botanical artwork at
Missouri Department of Conservation's Powder Valley Nature Center,
11715 Cragwold, Kirkwood, opening April 5 and running through the
month of April, including:
April 5: Gallery Opening, 6 -
April 12: Nature Drawing class, 10 a.m. - noon
April 22: Gallery Talk, 6 - 6:45 p.m., 7 - 7:45 p.m.
Edgar Denison Nature Education Series at Kirkwood Library, 140
East Jefferson. All presentations begin at 7 p.m.:
March 31: Missouri Natural
Communities and Natural Areas, by Mike Leahy, Natural Areas
Coordinator for Missouri Department of Conservation
April 9: Naturescaping: Landscaping for Life, by Mitch
Leachman, Executive Director, St. Louis Audubon Society, and
co-founder/director of Bring Conservation Home
April 15: Natives, Beyond Beauty, Plants that REALLY Work,
by Bill Ruppert, Kirkwood resident and representative
of Missouri Prairie Foundation's Grow Native! Committee
April 21: Show Me the Monarch: Adventures in Butterfly
Gardening, by Jennifer Loyet-Schamber and Tammy
Behm, Greenscape Gardens
April 29: The Best Missouri Trees for Native Landscaping, by
Mark Gruber, Urban Forester, Missouri Department
Also at Kirkwood Library, an exhibit
of nature watercolors by Kirkwood artist, Elizabeth Holm Cole.
On display April - May. Artist's reception, Wednesday,
April 9, 6 - 7 p.m.
Edgar Denison Spring Wildflower Walk: led by George
Yatskievych, PhD, Missouri Botanical Gardens Native Plants Botanist
and Curator of Steyermark'sFlora of Missouri, Emmenegger Nature
Park, Kirkwood, Saturday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.
Edgar Denison Day: Saturday, April 19, 10
a.m. - 3 p.m., Kirkwood Farmers' Market, in conjunction with
Kirkwood Living Green's Earth Day celebration, including exhibitors
and native plant sellers, kids' activities, and at 10 a.m.,
dedication of an Edgar Denison Memorial Garden, designed by
Kirkwood resident June Hutson, Supervisor of the Kemper Home
Demonstration Gardens at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Emmenegger Nature Park BioBlitz: Friday/Saturday, May
16-17, 24 hours of nature hikes and educational inventory of
on-site flora and fauna, sponsored by Webster Groves Nature Study
Society and St. Louis Academy of Science.
Events will also include Kirkwood Parks and Recreation annual
spring nature hikes (TBA), and an exhibit of nature art by Kirkwood
High School students, sponsored by Kirkwood Area Arts Commission,
at Kirkwood Train Station gallery, through April.
Kirkwood - Des Peres Chamber of Commerce
Kirkwood Living Green
Webster Groves Nature Study Society
Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
For more information on events, visit www.KirkwoodinBloom.org/calendar