To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through programs and actions in the fields of conservation, civic improvement, and education.
Borrowing from Lewis Miller’s Flower Flash concept in New York City, Garden Club of St. Louis members created a floral masterpiece in a trash can outside of Children’s Hospital in June 2020. The goal of a Flower Flash is to “create a positive emotional response through flowers,” according to Miller. Our version certainly brought cheer to local health care workers under stress from working round the clock during the pandemic.
The Garden Club of St. Louis awarded grants to six nonprofits in the inaugural year of our Green Grants program. The Green Grants are designed to support community organizations whose mission aligns with ours, and help fund their efforts to inspire and support the communities they serve. In 2021, we awarded grants to EarthDance Organic Farm School, Forest Park Forever, Haven of Grace, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Veterans Endeavor, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation. For more information about our Green Grants, contact chairs Becky Smith and Liza Weiss.
Lifting Spirits with Flowers
Quarantining during the COVID-19 crisis is difficult and stressful for all of us, but it is especially hard on residents of senior living facilities in our area. Since they are at higher risk for COVID-19, residents must be isolated in their rooms much more than usual. Some are temporarily unable to have visits from family, and many group activities have been curtailed or cancelled. To help lift their spirits, the Garden Club of St. Louis arranged for local florists to deliver floral arrangements for them to enjoy during this difficult time.
Rodes Park Daffodils
Under the tutelage of veteran daffodil expert Jason Delaney, members of the Garden Club of St. Louis have planted scores of daffodils in Rodes Park at the corner of Ladue and Warson Roads in Ladue over the past several years. If you pass through this intersection in the spring weeks, take a look at the vast array of daffodils in every shade of yellow. Find more information on all things daffodils related here.
How Much Food Do We Waste?
Answer: Almost 40%, enough to feed 1.6 billion people! GCSTL hosted a screening of “Wasted, The Story of Food Waste,” narrated by celebrity chefs include Anthony Bourdain. The movie offers a frightening look at the scope and consequences of food waste, but also includes many inspiring stories of how chefs, businesses, and communities are working to minimize waste, and therefore reduce hunger and pollution and mitigate climate change.
History of the Garden Club of St. Louis
The Garden Club of St. Louis was founded in 1916 and was admitted to the GCA in 1928. In recent years, our Club has contributed time, talent, and financial support to City Academy, EarthDance Farms, Rodes Park, Gateway Greening, Tower Grove Park, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Magnificent Missouri, the Garden Conservancy, the Delmar Sunflower + Project, and Kennedy Park, among others. One of our most significant recent civic initiatives has been the Centennial Project, a dedicated garden at the newly redesigned Gateway National Park on the grounds of the Arch, where our Club Members donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars toward the transformation of the riverfront. Our members share a special bond and engage in educational meetings, conferences, and field trips, and our Club continues to flourish and serve our community in a myriad of ways.