~ Growing Seasons ~
Wildwood Valley Gardens – This year, the first full year for the Wildwood Valley Gardens, will feature a number of interesting plants. In spring look for lenten roses, blue-star and false indigo. During the summer you can find gay-feathers, phlox and a large variety of lilies. The harbingers of fall in the garden are the asters and the swamp sunflowers while winter celebrates with China Girl hollies, Okina liriope and golden sedge.
Daffodils – This spring Saint Louis hosts the 2016 World Daffodil Convention. To celebrate, Bellefontaine Volunteers and Staff planted over 60,000 daffodil bulbs along the roadways and planting beds from our front gates into Wildwood Valley. This brings the total daffodil count at Bellefontaine to over 120,000 bulbs. Amazing!
Garden of Angels Cutting Garden – Made possible by the Friends of Bellefontaine, the cutting garden adds to the serene beauty of the cemetery while offering an opportunity for those visiting the Garden of Angels to cut fresh flowers in memory of their loved ones. As with our other gardens it is designed for yearlong use with spring daffodils and allium, summer daisies and pincushion flowers, fall asters and goldenrods. The grasses included in the garden provide a unique, light-textured flower that can be cut fresh, or used as a dried cut-flower in winter.
~ Currently On Our Events Calendar ~
Cemetery Tours – March brings the return of our Second Saturday bus tours and beautiful Bellefontaine in Bloom walking tours to name just a few. Most tours are free but require an RSVP to attend. Go to our calendar to find one that’s right for you.
Beyond the Gates – This series returns on March 22 with a presentation on Bellefontaine’s famous Beer Barons. This is a free St. Louis Community College Continuing Education class at the Missouri History Museum. Click here for details.
~ Save the Date ~
Don’t miss these special Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum events.
- St. Louis Earth Day at Forest Park – April 24
- Sips Souls and Strolls – April 13, May 11, June 1
- Decoration Day – June 4
- Memorial Lantern Glow – September 18
- Beer Barons Tour – October 8
Friends of Bellefontaine receive advance notice, priority reservations and discounts for our tours and events. Learn more about becoming a Friend today.
Trikke Tours – We’ve partnered with Trikke STL for a unique tour experience of the cemetery. This tour combines the flexibility of a walking tour with the excitement of the Trikke experience. Trikke Tours are $50 per person. More information and tickets can be purchased here.
Gateway Harness Club returns September 25 for their third annual ride through Bellefontaine Cemetery. Bring a picnic lunch and revisit the past as period costumed riders drive their horse drawn carriages and buggies through the cemetery grounds. Watch this video featuring the club’s 2014 ride at Bellefontaine Cemetery.