EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY
The Saint Louis Science Center’s GROW Exhibit presents a variety of educational demonstrations, classes and gardens ready to be explored by anyone interested in the vast world of agriculture. Since opening in June 2016, the GROW Exhibit, which is a little larger than an acre, has aimed to tell the story of our food’s journey from farm to fork, and to connect visitors to the science behind plants, animals and farming practices.
GROW introduced a new permanent installation this year that was previously housed at the Smithsonian Institution: The All-America Soil exhibit, which features soil monoliths for each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico. Exhibition manager Maddie Earnest says the new installation is a key element of GROW; after all, soil is the foundation of all agriculture. She hopes the installation will provide visitors with a better sense of connection to the breadth of soil variety across the U.S. and demonstrate the differences in soil from region to region.
Also new this season are two gardens known as GROW’s “homegrown” areas, which will focus on flavors found in various cuisines. The Thai Garden, for example, will be home to maturing eggplants, lemongrass and Thai basil, while the Salsa Verde Garden will grow tomatillos and poblano peppers. (Photo by J. Pollack Photography)
GROW at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., King’s Oak, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.289.4400, slscgrow.squarespace.com