Planting for Monarch Butterflies

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Planting for Monarch Butterflies
Saturday, March 3rd – 1 p.m.

Location – Whitecliff Recreation Center
9245 Whitecliff Park Ln
Crestwood, MO 63126

Learn what plants to grow which will attract Monarch butterflies to your garden.
This program is for kids, youth groups and adults.

The first part of the program, we will plant seeds in pots which participants can take home. This will be followed by a presentation on Monarch Butterflies and what plants are needed to attract them to your garden.

Please email how many people plan to attend to BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com .

This is in conjunction with the Crestwood Conservation Crew.



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Whitecliff Atrium Display

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Thanks to Denise S. for the lovely new display at the Whitecliff atrium. It’s just to your right as you enter the building.

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Help Needed – Nov. 27th – City Hall

Christmas_Tree_NSWe are decorating at city hall on November 27th starting at 10 a.m.

This is in conjunction with Christmas in Crestwood.

We hope you can make it.

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Cleaning Up the Garden in the Fall

dead-plants-fall-800With the first frosts of fall, my garden turns from a lovely shade of green to a dirty brown with withered sticks and leaves.  While my first inclination is to clean up everything, there may be seeds that you can collect or even save for the birds.

Here’s a good video which talks about some of your options.

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Daffodil – Giveaway

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Beautify Crestwood is giving away daffodil bulbs to 35 Crestwood families!

Date: Saturday October 28th
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Whitecliff Park at the Halloween Fun Fest.

Here are some planting tips for daffodils.

Planting Daffodils

  • Plant in a hole about 6 deep.
  • Set the dirt to the side. A plastic tarp will make it easier to fill the hole.
  • Add in all purpose fertilizer to the soil.
  • Add in compost to the soil.
  • Add a small amount of soil mixture to the bottom.
  • Put in your bulbs – pointy end up and roots on the bottom
  • Fill with soil and water thoroughly. Add more dirt if necessary.
  • Cover with fine mulch.
Daffodil Picture – By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
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Cleanup Rayburn Park

In preparation for the renovation project there will be a park cleanup event held on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am – noon. The goal is to clear honeysuckle and overgrown brush. We are looking for volunteers to help with this project. We would love to have you help with as much as possible. This workday is appropriate for individuals, small volunteer groups and families with children over the age of 12. An adult must supervise children under the age of 18 at all times.

The city will supply the necessities for the project. If you would like to volunteer, please email eramirez@cityofcrestwood.org so that he has enough supplies for everyone.

This is a project of the City Parks Department.
Here is a map to Rayburn park.

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Beautify Crestwood Does it Again

Sunday morning, October 8, 2017, Crestwood City Hall.

Plantings today: chrysanthemums, pansies, celosia, ornamental cabbage, tulip and daffodil bulbs.

Twelve Beautify Crestwood members and neighborhood volunteers took just two hours to get the planting done. They brought their shovels, hoes, clippers, gardening mats, and buckets to work on the islands in the parking lot,  the landscape along Sappington Road, and the terraces near the entrance to the building

Many thanks to the volunteers, including Tom Terrific and his wife Gerry, Ellen Medearis, Jerry Jockish, Joyce Menning, Alderman Darryl Wallach, Nona Swank, Liz Jegel, Elaine Tripolitis,  Matt, Josie and Catherine Green. It was an amazing and heart-warming sight to see our friends and neighbors coming together to share the work and the laughter and the camaraderie.

You should come to the next volunteer event to meet your neighbors, make new friends. Digging in the dirt is good for the soul. Making new friends and joining old buddies in a volunteer project is gratifying. But seeing the beautiful colors of the new plants gracing our city hall grounds and being a part of a convivial gathering are truly rewarding in themselves.

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