Glades of Missouri

Missouri is home to more glades than any other state. These dry, rocky, thin soil natural areas occur on south-facing hillsides. They support a rich diversity of plant and animal life that occurs nowhere else. Through pictures, this talk explores the nature and history of Missouri glades, focusing on the magnificent plants and unique animals that exist in this environment.


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Carol Gravens

Carol Gravens retired from a professional career as a microbiologist and is an Advanced Level St. Louis Master Gardener. She became a Master Naturalist in 2007 and has an AAS in Horticulture from STLCC, Meramec.
Carol gives talks and teaches classes on orchids to various groups in the community and at Missouri Botanical Garden as part of the Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau. She volunteers one day a week in the orchid greenhouses at the Garden and grows orchids in her home in Glendale, Missouri. She also is a Kemper Center Plant Doctor volunteer.
She loves everything about horticulture and has a passion for orchids.