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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 - 8 p.m.
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 of Conservation

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.

Denison DayEdgar 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
PNC Bank

For more information on events, visit www.KirkwoodinBloom.org/calendar