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Bellefontaine in Bloom – Missouri’s Summer Blooming Natives

As we get into the hotter months in Missouri, many of our prairie and glade natives begin to push their blooms, taking advantage of the myriad pollinators actively foraging.  One such plant, the queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra), is a sight to behold. Growing in moist, open meadows, Filipendula towers above companion…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom – Conservation Partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden

In late 2016, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough, began collaborating with colleagues from the Missouri Botanical Garden to devise a conservation action plan between the two entities.  The collaboration resulted in a grant from the American Public Gardens Association to conserve the genetic material from populations of…...

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Bellefontaine In Bloom – Lilies

The month of June brings BCA’s diverse collection of lilies into full bloom.  True bulbous lilies, Lilium, cemetery lilies, Crinum, and hardy water lilies, Nymphaea, provide visitors myriad colors, textures, and fragrances. In the gardens of Wildwood Valley, twenty varieties and 3,125 total bulbs of true lilies, Lilium, were planted…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom – Native Fruit-bearing Plants

The climate in Missouri lends itself to growing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials.  Included in the long, diverse list of species that thrive in our four-season environment are a number of fruiting trees and shrubs.  Some, such as apples, peaches, plums, etc., require diligent attention to…...

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