9:04 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Honoring Dr. Moras L. Shubert‏

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May 21, 1912 – December 10, 2012
The entire history of Denver Botanic Gardens was known first-hand by only one person. Dr. Moras L. Shubert was a founder of this institution, and the board’s first secretary in 1951. He served as a trustee right up until the conclusion of his legendary life at the age of 100.

Dr. Shubert was the prime motivator behind the Gardens’ work in research and conservation. He was also an early and consistent supporter of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield site as a sanctuary of native plants, trees and agriculture. Dr. Shubert and his wife Erne were fixtures at the Gardens, enthusiastic supporters of each new addition, and wise counselors to volunteers and staff alike.

Dr. Shubert served as the Gardens’ board secretary, treasurer and president at various times, becoming a life trustee in 1987.

“Moras was and will always be an inspiration. He lived a full life right up until the end. He would give me a list of new projects whenever we talked, and he was consistently optimistic about the future. I will never forget the warmth and delight in his laugh,” said Brian Vogt, CEO of the Gardens.

A trail at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is named for Dr. Shubert, as is the conservation genetics lab. The book Flourish, written to commemorate 50 years of the York Street site, was dedicated to him. Dr. Shubert reached 100 last spring and enjoyed a true celebration with scores of his friends and admirers at the Gardens.

Hear about the history of the Gardens from Dr. Shubert
and other Pioneers of the Gardens.



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