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Senior Manager Horticulture

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
United States

Company Description: About the Missouri Botanical Garden: The Missouri Botanical Garden's mission is "to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • University of Missouri
  • degree , horticulture
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Web References
APGA | New Board Member Jim Cocos
www.publicgardens.org, 2 Sept 2010 [cached]
New Board Member Jim Cocos APGA | New Board Member Jim Cocos APGA
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New Board Member Jim Cocos
A native of St. Louis and a graduate of University of Missouri graduate, Jim Cocos was serving as City Horticulturist/Parks Superintendent in Savannah, Georgia in 1994. At that time, he was offered the position of Landscape Construction Supervisor to oversee the installation of a number of large, new garden projects that were planned at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In 1997, Jim was promoted to Operations Manager for the Horticulture Division and served in that position until the retirement of Dr. G. Shannon Smith in 2005.
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Jim was new to the botanical garden world when he arrived at Missouri Botanical Garden. He thanks Shannon Smith for urging him to become involved in the public horticulture field's primary organization, the American Public Gardens Association. Jim found that the more APGA events he attended the more valuable his participation became, due in large part to the valuable relationships that have resulted from his involvement. Jim is currently serving on the Program Selection Committee for the 2008 Annual Conference and also serves as Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the 2009 Annual Conference to be held in St. Louis. He was honored to be asked to serve as a member of the APGA Board of Directors and hopes that his participation can help to continue the good things that the APGA is accomplishing for its institutional and individual members. Jim said, "It is exciting to see how many different "user groups" are utilizing the many services that our organization has to offer. Please join us in welcoming Jim to the APGA Board of Directors.
Jim and Joe visit ...
www.gardensmart.com, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Jim and Joe visit several.
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Jim and Joe next visit THE JAPANESE GARDEN OR SEIWA-EN, A GARDEN OF PURE, CLEAR HARMONY AND PEACE. This is one of Jim's favorite gardens if not his favorite. Jim thinks this garden is always interesting, it's always beautiful.
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Jim believes that the Camellia story says a lot. He believes that gardeners need to push the envelop a little. PLANTS ARE FORGIVING. Work with them, try new things. Jim believes that this will increase ones gardening pleasure, making gardening a more enjoyable pastime. He always says - "nothing ventured, nothing gained."
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Jim Cocos is the Vice President of Horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden. His interest in horticulture started as a little guy at home with his dad and vegetable gardening. He went to the University of Missouri, got a degree in horticulture, had his own business for a number of years in the landscape contracting business, went to Savannah, Georgia as the city horticulturist and was fortunate to be able to come back here in this position. Jim didn't spend time here as a child but his grandfather worked here in the 40's and 50's. His grandfather taught Jim's father the tricks of gardening and Jim's father then passed them on to Jim. And, here he is today. He realizes every morning how fortunate he is to be in this environment and looks forward to coming to work each morning. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR VISITORS OF THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN TO GET IDEAS AND INSPIRATION. The Kemper Demonstration Garden is one area. There are 23 home demonstration gardens and their purpose is to show home gardeners different gardening ideas which in turn will provide inspiration for their home gardens. Jim and Joe visit several.
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Jim believes that it's a subtle thing.
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Jim has some planted outside his office and he's noticed as guests walk by they will stop in their tracks to figure out what is creating the wonderful aroma.
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Jim and Joe next visit THE JAPANESE GARDEN OR SEIWA-EN, A GARDEN OF PURE, CLEAR HARMONY AND PEACE. This is one of Jim's favorite gardens if not his favorite. Jim thinks this garden is always interesting, it's always beautiful.
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Joe and Jim have a tough time choosing favorites because they have over 1,000 in here but Arum italicum is a good one.
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Jim likes a Missouri native Packera aureac Golden ragwort. It has bright yellow flowers that will really light up dark places in your yard. Woodland Garden Factsheet Woody Plants Jim opines - one of the things a gardener must understand is that sometimes conditions change in a garden.
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Jim shows Joe some plants that just a few years ago he would never have dreamed would have grown in St. Louis. For example, Camellia japonica 'April Tryst' a few years ago would not have been grown outside here. But because of good plant breeding they now have several varieties of Camellias that they're now trying and they're doing well. In fact several weeks ago it was full of blooms. Jim believes that the Camellia story says a lot. He believes that gardeners need to push the envelop a little. PLANTS ARE FORGIVING. Work with them, try new things. Jim believes that this will increase ones gardening pleasure, making gardening a more enjoyable pastime. He always says - "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Joe thanks Jim for his time and the tour, This has been a most enjoyable and beautiful garden tour.
PGMS Events > Photo Recap of the 2004 PGMS School of Professional Grounds Management & Green Industry Expo
dev.chra.com, 8 Feb 2003 [cached]
Jim Cocos, operation manager at Missouri Botanical Garden, was one of several individuals leading a PGMS group through the tour.
Hort Co-op of Metro St. Louis
www.hortco-op.org, 4 July 2007 [cached]
A site committee has been formed, co-chaired by Jim Cocos, Vice President of Horticulture, Missouri Botanical Garden and Deborah Frank, Vice President of Education, Missouri Botanical Garden.
Lawn & Landscape Magazine :: News :: GIE 2003: Garden Party
www.lawnandlandscape.com, 10 Nov 2003 [cached]
Jim Cocos (right), operation manger, Missouri Botanical Garden, leading a tour of PGMS members.
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"He was in St. Louis in the right business at the right time, because this was the jumping-off place before settlers went west and Shaw was in the hardware business," said Jim Cocos, operation manager, Missouri Botanical Garden.
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"Shaw retired at 39, with his fortune amassed, as well as owning hundreds of acres in the area," Cocos continued.
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"There are some very renown scientist that work here doing very deep botany all around the world, from Central America to Madagascar to Africa, mainly in those hot zones, where there is so much biodiversity," Cocos said.The Garden has more than 5 million specimens in its database."If you are a botanist, that definitely makes you go ooh and ah," Cocos added.
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We really want to thank Jim Cocos and his staff."
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