Patrick Murphy revisits his 2006 story about Missouri Botanical Garden President Peter Raven. Raven is preparing to step down as president of the garden, but his impact on both appeal of the garden to visitors and the scientific research conducted there will be felt by future generations. During his time as president he has been responsible for expanding the garden’s conservation programs and creating research institutions around the world. His role has been more important than ever due to global climate change and the race against time’ to conserve plant and animal specimens. Raven speaks of his love for nature and the living world and how it helped him turn the gardens into a world-class research center.

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