Conservation Conversation with the Ladue Garden Club
Ladue City Hall, Butterfly Garden
Two years ago, the Ladue Garden Club adopted as a club project the planting and maintenance of the Native Garden at Ladue City Hall. This garden was created a year before by a Ladue couple in conjunction with the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home program. Since the Ladue Garden Club has taken over this garden we have installed stonework (with the help of the Public Works Department), thinned and defined the plant borders and installed signage.
Planted in the garden are: prairie dropseed grass (Sporobolus heterolepsis), cardinal flower, (Lobelia cardinalis), downey skullcap (Scuttellaria incana), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), golden current (Ribes aureum), mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), Lead plant (Amorpha canescens), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), grey coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), beebalm (Monarda bradburniana), common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), fringed bluestar (Amsonia ciliata), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), and false indigo (Baptisia australis). One of the original plants (wild strawberry) was too aggressive, and we have been working to remove it. The Ladue Garden Club Conservation committee holds regular all-club work days for maintenance.
Our club knows this garden is important to the community. It is an opportunity to educate Ladue residents about native plants, how they attract pollinators, and how they may be used effectively in-home gardens. It is also a special place for residents and City Hall employees to take a break from their day, meander through, and enjoy the beauty around them.
Pictured above: from left to right, Jennifer Collins, Kathie English, Kim Gamel, and Laure Hullverson
9345 Clayton Road
9345 Clayton Road