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Our Club has a long history of helping beautify lovely little Rodes Park at the corner of Ladue and Warson Roads. For many years our members have planted a myriad of daffodil bulbs with the help of Jason Delaney, and we have traditionally planted a dogwood tree in memory of GCSL members whom we have lost. Now, the City of Ladue, with participation from GCSL and Ladue Garden Club members, is undertaking a longer-term plan for Rodes Park, including a bridge, paths, benches and native plantings. As the shape of its implementation becomes more clear we will resume our work in this beloved oasis.

In 2022, with participation from both the GCSL and the Ladue Garden Club, the City of Ladue converted the former Ladue mulch site into the Deer Creek Preserve. Significant funding has been obtained to transform this 14 acre site along the Deer Creek, adding paths and creek overlooks, and the first phase should be complete in late 2023. The second phase, which will connect the Preserve to downtown Ladue with sidewalks, will take place in 2024. Ultimately, this preserve will be connected into the Great Rivers Greenway, with trails from the Preserve to Tilles Park.

Find more information on Rodes Park in this presentation.

Rodes Park and Deer Creek Preserve
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Members of The Garden Club of St. Louis strolled through the natural Missouri prairie in Forest Park, and learned how we can all turn parts of our own lawns into a beautiful natural habitat that supports local wildlife and cuts down on carbon emissions. This area of the park now supports local wildlife, including purple coneflower, crested iris, and a myriad of species of beetles, spiders, and small mammals.

To read more about supporting natural habitats like these, check out Douglass Tallamy’s new book Nature’s Best Hope HERE.

Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and longtime member of The Garden Club of St. Louis, has recently published his autobiography, Driven by Nature. It’s safe to say that few people have lived lives as thoroughly devoted to plants as Peter Raven has. The author of numerous leading textbooks and several hundred scholarly articles, Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity for decades. His new book chronicles his life and work in support of the planet and of our environment.

You can purchase the book here: MBG Press

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