RBG Founder Awarded the Henry Shaw Medal

Missouri Botanical Garden Awards Highest Honour to Princess Basma bint Ali

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Ali has received the Henry Shaw Medal from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The award was presented by Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 10, 2011.

Awarded since 1893 and named for the Missouri garden’s founder, the medal honors people who have made a significant contribution to environmental objectives such as sustainability, botanical research, horticulture and education.

Princess Basma bint Ali was recognized for her pioneering work in founding the Royal Botanic Garden, raising awareness among Jordanians about the urgent importance of conserving plants, and protecting the environment.

The RBG's relationship with Missouri and Dr. Wyse Jackson actually goes back a number of years.

In the very earliest planning stages for the RBG, in the year 2000, Princess Basma called up Peter Wyse Jackson, now the president of the Missouri Botanical Garden but then at Botanic Gardens Conservation International, and asked for advice on launching a botanical garden.

Two weeks later, Dr. Wyse Jackson arrived in Amman. He travelled around Jordan with Princess Basma bint Ali and RBG Site Manager back then Kamal Nuimat, to help determine the best location for a botanic garden. Tal Al-Rumman was finally selected, north of Amman, for the establishment of the RBG.

"It has a sense of place, a wonderful landscape," Wyse Jackson recalled.