What (K)not to Love?
By MaryAnn Fink, Pollinator Junction/Life Exhibit Curator "Bee"ing a steward of the land is relationship based. Too often as I've meandered thru the inspired space at the pollinary park I am task oriented. I confess sometimes slide past the awesome multifunctional beauty of the flowers of relatively small contributors, dismissed as common, and often considered weedy, Pinkweed. She is also called pink knotweed and pink smartweed. Botanically she's Polygonatum pennsylvanica, previously Persicaria pennsylvanica. There are estimates of over 200 species of these smartweeds and knotweeds worldwide and many are found in Missouri. These knotweeds, smartweeds, include familiar names like buckwheat, rhubarb, sorrel and heart's ease and are are all part of her large and diverse family. Whether a member is shrub, perennial, herb, vegetable or annual, they all are tough, sometimes vigorous, and occasionally unwanted and challenging to eliminate. This "smart" Missouri native is
Labor Day – Trolley is Running!
Labor Day is the perfect holiday to spend at the National Museum of Transportation! Come see what the great American spirit and dedication of generations produced. Always a special treat, our trolley will be running on Labor Day and is included with your admission. Our hours and activities on Monday, September 4th, are as follow: Self-Guided Tours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Public Tour: 10 a.m. Miniature Train: 9:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Trolley: 9:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Handcar Village (weather permitting): 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Creation Station: 9:15, 10:30 & 11:45 a.m. Reminder: Mark your calendars for our spectacular Saturday, September 23rd extravaganza featuring an animal-named car show (so Jaguar, Beetle, etc.), a Trabant raffle, a Plein Air artist painting event, etc. If you go to the Smithsonian Live website here, you can print tickets to admit you and a guest free on September 23rd if you select the National Museum of Transportation on Barrett Station Road in St. Louis