CWEnder Anabeth Weil, founder of The Flora Conservancy of Forest Park, asked if I'd publicize the ornaments the not-for-profit organization is selling to help fund its park maintenance projects. You may not be aware that a fabulous team of volunteers plants and maintains floral displays throughout the park in partnership with the St. Louis Parks Department. Volunteers assist with the beautiful landscape installations at the Jewel Box, Pagoda Circle (in front of The Muny), Murphy Lake (on Lindell between Union and Kingshighway), and many other sites throughout our beautiful Forest Park.
Ornaments include "The Apothesis of St. Louis," photographed above, and
"The Jewel Box," $15 each. The ornaments, packaged in a gold foil gift box, are available at the Parks Administration Building (near the city greenhouses) and the Jewel Box, shown in the background.
Finally, if you're itching to dig in the dirt, and want to contribute to maintaining the beauty of Forest Park, consider volunteering. Volunteer teams gather on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. throughout the year - even in late winter. Find more information on the Flora Conservancy's website.
We had an absolutely bumper crop of over 10,000 bright yellow sunflowers. A Big Success by any measure. The yellow Finches and Doves have eaten almost every seed. We did harvest some so we can create the garden again next year. I hope you are ‘up’ for it again.
This Saturday morning we are going to pull out the plants and send them to a composter. We will begin at 9… Come pull a few plants, and enjoy a Hot Spiced Cider or Coffee with friends. Bring your gloves and a neighbor –
Many thanks from the “Delmar Sunflower Team”. Come have fun in the dirt with us… 51xx Delmar…
Richard Reilly – Missouri Botanical Gardens
Don Koster – Washington University School of Architecture
Jim Dwyer – Central West End
Doug Auer – Third Degree Glass
Lyda Krewson – 28th Ward Alderman
Mike Owens – Dirt Farmer J
Thanks to Land Lab, Washington University, St Louis City, Mo Botanical Gardens, Mo Dept of Conservation and many many Volunteers !!
On Earth Day 2014 Mayor Slay launched an initiative to promote planting 50 "Milkweeds for Monarchs" gardens throughout the City of St. Louis to attract and feed migrating Monarchs. The CWE's contribution spearheaded by Alderman Lyda Krewson, and planted by the neighborhood's Bowood Farms, is located east of the sunflower project on Delmar Blvd.
When I stopped by a couple of weeks ago, I missed spotting a Monarch but found a different kind of butterfly visiting the coneflowers planted there.