Local school groups help plant a native prairie plants garden in Bellerive Park.Photo by Catherine Werner, City of St. Louis.
The City of St. Louis is creating a new home for some pretty important pollinators. With help from a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and ScottsMiracle-Gro, St. Louis will create the St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway, a pollinator pathway along a 19-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.
Local schools and community groups helped plant the first installation along the pathway, a 1,500-square-foot native prairie plants garden in Bellerive Park. As the byway expands, it will serve as a habitat for pollinators, as well as educating the public about the important role that butterflies play. The program is part of Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project, an initiative to help boost the declining local monarch population.
"Urban greenspaces provide environmental benefits and also offer a host of social and economic opportunities,” said City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “The fact is, people need nature,"
The project is supported by GRO1000, an initiative by ScottsMiracle-Gro’s to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018.