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Botanical Garden Receives Dedicated Semester Award

The Education Department of the Missouri Botanical Garden received The Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award Wednesday, Aug. 28, during Fontbonne’s annual Academic Convocation Day ceremony. The department was honored for outstanding service during the 2012 Dedicated Semester, Foodology: The Culture, Economics and Science of Food, and its year-long work with six Fontbonne practicum students. The students helped develop visitor engagement initiatives for the Garden’s year-long “Foodology: Dig In” series of exhibits, events, programs and community outreach. In addition, the Garden also arranged four specialty courses to be offered for Fontbonne at a reduced rate and organized a private expert tour of their Kemper Center’s fruit and vegetable gardens.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
Jennifer Wolff, Manager, Interpretation at the Garden, accepted the award from three of the practicum students: Sarah Woods, Nicole Farmer and Carly Reidt. Sheila Voss, the Garden’s vice president of education was also be in attendance.

The 2013 Dedicated Semester is focused on Sustainability.

Photo: Jennifer Wolff receives the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award from three Fontbonne students. L-R: Dr. Greg Taylor, Fontbonne executive vice president; Jennifer Wolff, Missouri Botanical Garden; Carly Reidt; Nicole Farmer; and Sarah Woods.