Master Gardeners and the County Parks

Work with knowledgeable Master Gardeners while beautifying County Parks. 

Who Are the Master Gardeners?
The Master Gardener program, founded in Seattle over 30 years ago, has branches in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces. In Missouri, the volunteer run program offers classes and certification through the Missouri Botanical Garden and the University of Missouri Extension Program.

How Do I Become One?
Interested gardeners apply to the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Each winter the garden offers classes in topics from basic botany to lawn care to organic gardening.  To earn their title Master Gardeners must attend 50 hours of these classes and complete 50 hours of garden related community service within a year.  To maintain active gardener status, they must complete 50 more hours of service and 10 hours of continuing education each year. Some describe the program as intense, but all enjoy applying their new knowledge.

What Are they Doing With The County Parks?
Master Gardeners supervise planting and maintenance in Creve Coeur Park, Faust Park, Queeny Park and Tilles Park. Their flower beds provide a pleasant background whether for wedding photos or an afternoon in the park.

Other Volunteering Options
While volunteering inspires some to higher aspirations, for others it is just another fun way to give back to the community. Whether you're a life long gardener looking for another outlet or a novice looking for new experiences you will be a welcome addition to the volunteers. You will learn from experts and make new friends along the way. “I don’t think there’s any nicer people than gardeners,” Pat Klimushyn said.

St. Louis Youth Master Gardener Program

Students ages 9 -13 are invited to join the St. Louis Youth Master Gardener Program at Queeny Park for a hands-on program that will foster a love of gardening, develop an appreciation of the environment and cultivate science, math and creative problem solving skills. Click here for more information. 

Project Pollinator
The Butterfly House has joined with St. Louis County Parks and Libraries to be a part of the national movement to protect pollinators and their habitats through our newly-launched initiative, Project Pollinator.

The mission of Project Pollinator is to promote an appreciation of all pollinators through education and creation of pollinator gardens. Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of pollinators, beyond the familiar bees and butterflies, and to provide demonstration gardens at county parks, libraries and other public venues.

On March 15th, 2016 we issued a challenge to the municipalities of St. Louis County to plant pollinator gardens in their public spaces. Residents of St. Louis County can join in the effort by planting pollinator gardens of their own. Together, we can work to restore habitats and improve the health of native pollinators. 

Click here for more information

Easy Pollinator Pantry Guide 2017 (pdf)

Easy, Flower-Friendly Butterfly Garden Guide (pdf)