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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough Irises of Wild Wood Valley Blue flag (Iris versicolor), is a wetland iris growing along shorelines or in a few inches of standing water.  The blue flag can cause dermatitis in susceptible individuals, so be sure to wear gloves when dividing the rhizomes. Yellow flag (Iris…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough   Soapweed (Yucca glauca), a plant native to Missouri which has a very intimate relationship with the yucca moth.  Soapweed flowers emit a sweet smell at night to attract moths, but the only one that matters to the plant is the yucca moth.  Yucca moths are…...

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A Sanctuary for St. Louis

Inside these gates, solace can be found in the beauty of weathered stones, the music of playful streams, or the surprise of meeting a red fox.  We invite you to seek your inspiration in the memories and splendor of Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Attend Decoration Day Celebration on June 4…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough   Sir Peter Smithers was many things in his life – lawyer, diplomat, and spy to name a few, but his life’s passion was his garden. Planted in front of his monument at Bellefontaine are two of the peonies he introduced to the horticultural trade, a…...

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