Horticulture at Bellefontaine Cemetery
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Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum (BCA) offers a variety of tours that feature the beautiful plants, trees, flowers, and gardens. If you would like to learn more about horticulture at Bellefontaine, please provide your information below and we will send you our monthly newsletter about our latest news and events.
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An Accredited Arboretum
In addition to being a cemetery, Bellefontaine is a Level II Accredited Arboretum and is listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta. The mission of the Arboretum at Bellefontaine is to support and enhance the cemetery as a place of perpetual commemoration and as a garden of beauty, inspiration, and historic significance. Bellefontaine has an accessible and diverse horticultural collection and has become an important natural sanctuary and habitat for wildlife in the urban environment. It is the only accredited arboretum in the city of St. Louis.
Free Public Tours led by a Master Guide
March through November Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum offers free bus/trolley tours. These tours take place on select Saturdays and you may register to attend by reviewing our events calendar. Tours are led by a Bellefontaine Master Guide.
We also offer free Master Guide led walking tours. The tour is a three-mile walk exploring the flora, fauna, and history of the cemetery. Reservations must be made in advance. Times and dates vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.
Periodically throughout the year, we offer specialty tours such as Notable Women or the Civil War. Please see our events calendar for details on when these are offered.
Private Bus Tour
Private bus tours, led by one of our Master Guides can be arranged for a fee between $180 and $250. The tour must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance, and there is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Cost is based upon whether a bus or trolley is reserved for a period of two hours. To schedule a tour, please contact our office at 314-402-3606 or email Dan Fuller.
Bellefontaine offers private tours by foot, car, or caravan. These are also led by one of our Master Guides. Plans must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. Tours can be customized to accommodate 4-25 people. To schedule a tour, please contact our office at 314-402-3606 or email Dan Fuller.