The Flora Conservancy is not named after an elephant. Rather, it is the name of a working partnership between a hundred or so seed-collecting, flower-planting volunteers and the City’s Parks Department. Members of the organization help the Department rejuvenate, install, and maintain garden beds in the park as part of the Forest Park Master Plan. The gardens at Pagoda Circle and the Jewel Box, the Deer Lake savanna, and the Steinberg Rink prairie are all maintained by the Flora Conservancy.
Their good work is noticed and appreciated by millions of their fellow citizens who visit Forest Park, and — recently — by the St. Louis Master Gardeners, who presented the Conservancy with the Gardeners’ annual Community Service Award.
Forest Park executives estimate the volunteer landscaping work of the Flora Conservancy is worth about a half million dollars a year. I call it priceless.
Next planting season, the Flora Conservancy will also be working in Carondelet Park, Lafayette Square Park, and that park downtown with the sculpture.