Missouri Botanical Garden

The genisis for the mark is found in a folk symbol for man... compounded to become men (mankind)... abstracted to become a plant form (botanical) thus reflecting the Garden's dual concerns for man and the natural world... their inseparable nature and most importantly, their "oneness".  A seed pod... germinating... seeking the common demoninator in the plant kingdom, the point at which most things look alike, so as to represent the entire kingdom and not one part. Newness... Growth.

The two forms brought together... and divided, symbolizing in their separateness plant and man, in their symmetery or reflection, the interdependence of one upon the other to create a whole. The curved lower line: the Garden as holding, cradling, nurturing the whole...the Earth