Photographs by Jennifer Silverberg
Our passionate horticulturists and gardeners — joined by their terrific volunteers — work to make Forest Park more beautiful and more sustainable every single day. (It's hard to believe that just a decade ago our team of 20 horticultural professionals was just a team of 1!) From the manicured landscapes at the World's Fair Pavilion to the Nature Reserve areas around the Park, our team plays an integral role in maintaining Forest Park as one of the world's greatest urban parks.
Highlights from the field during 2015 include:
- Starting a year-long project to restore the health, function and biodiversity of 10 acres of Kennedy Forest, made possible by a grant from the Mysun Charitable Foundation.
- The installation of a one-acre butterfly garden, made possible through funds raised during Give STL Day.
- Another successful volunteer day removing invasive honeysuckle from Kennedy Forest.
- Developing a new trail system in the Park's northeast corner: the West Pine Woodland.
- Completing successful prescribed burns of Forest Park's natural areas, including the our first "re-burn," which took place in the Deer Lake Savanna.
- A successful year for our first team of young Nature Works crew members, who are improving the Park's riparian zone while being mentored by our staff.
- Planting 50,590 bulbs and 4,560 trees across the Park. A special hats off to our City of St. Louis partners, who planted another 30,000 bulbs around the Jewel Box in partnership with Flora Conservancy of Forest Park.
- Distributing 75 pounds of seed throughout Forest Park's Nature Reserve — made up of 114 different species, including 26 that were new to the Nature Reserve and 23 that were new to Forest Park entirely.