Beautiful Crestwood Business Landscaping Awards August 2019





Kohls Department Store  9701 Watson Road

Kohls has been in this location in Crestwood for many decades and has consistently maintained a beautiful traditional landscape design.  We appreciate the mature trees and the abundant well-maintained bushes on the well traveled corner of Watson and Sappington.

EZ Storage  9900 Big Bend Road

The many beautiful flowers are well maintained throughout the year at EZ Storage. Lots of color and texture grab the attention of those driving by. Each year, it seems, they lavish more attention and effort on their landscaping. It keeps getting better. 


Lipics 10030 Big Bend Road

Gerri at Lipics designed the planters this year for their store front. This is the second year that Lipics enhanced their entrance with interesting planters. Beautify Crestwood helped get them started last year and we think Gerri did an even better job than we did. That’s the way we hoped it would work. Thanks, Gerri.


Office complex at 9420 Watson Road

Bill and Kim Schlotz have owned the attractive building since 2007. This year they planned and implemented big changes to the front. They wiped the landscape slate clean and used concrete and simple large planters with colorful flowers to create a dramatic new welcoming entrance.  They also have interesting development plans for the future of the lower level space.  


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Flowers at Sappington House

While you might rightly think of history and their museum when you hear about the Sappington House, their flower displays are spectacular. Please stop by and enjoy all their flowering plants and displays.

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Cleanup Help Needed – Father Dickson Cemetery

Saturday, August 17th at 10 a.m., volunteers are needed to help cleanup the Father Dickson Cemetery at 845 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126.

Lawnmowers and other yard tools will be welcome.

This is being led by the The Kiwanis Club of Crestwood-Sunset Hills.

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Grooming the Catalina West entrance


First row Nate, Chrissie, Steve, Josie, Matt, Gary. Second Row Brian’s daughter, Brian.


July 20, 2019.  “Many hands make light work.” This pearl goes back to the 14th century. I heard it repeated by two different people this Saturday morning. A group of neighbors gathered at the  Rayburn and Tahiti Drive entrance sign to Catalina West subdivision, all volunteers wanting to help Beautify Crestwood.

They were not planting flowers.

They were doing one of the the other vital activities in every beautification project. They were maintaining a site that was established in the 1950s when this subdivision was built and named. It has been been tended by neighbors for the last 40 years.

They removed the weeds and overgrowth that had grown up around the monument sign. They did it in less than an hour. Congratulations and thanks to these neighbors. This morning they improved the quality of our lives and the the value of our properties

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Steve and Nate’s Evergreen Yard of the Month July 2019



At Steve and Nate’s house on Montego the front is covered by a carport, an interesting architectural design, but they wanted to try a different approach. When they first moved in, a small non-functioning pond dominated the site. They set about making the bland front yard more appealing. Because they wanted something that held year round interest, they took out the pond and filled the space with native and drought-tolerant evergreens. After some trial and error they came up with a unique design featuring only evergreens of varying colors, shapes, sizes and textures.* You should see it! It is unique, outstanding in the neighborhood, beautiful in all seasons, even in the Winter. 

In the front yard Nate is trying to establish some larger trees. He has planted a Burr Oak tree and two American Smoke trees. He would like to see more neighbors plant larger hardwood trees such as oak varieties. The neighborhood still has many of those trees original to the subdivision but several have died and are not being replaced. 

On the street by the mailbox is a small garden of black eyed susans, lantana, a few small evergreens, and a very interesting gray headed coneflower which attracts native pollinators. 

Nate did most of the front yard design while Steve focused on the backyard. The entrance to the backyard is a welcoming gated patio. It is a sunny space due to the loss of a large old oak tree just behind the patio. Steve has experimented with various pots filled with delightful combinations of flowers, green plants and herbs. 

Since the backyard is a steep slope Steve and Nate have terraced it and created a number of outdoor “rooms”. Behind the patio where the oak tree once stood is an area filled with a variety of plants such as blackberries, gladiolas, and vegetables. The lower levels of the backyard house a cornucopia of beautiful foliage: a Catalpa tree, River Cane Bamboo (native to Missouri), 6 Green Giant Arborvitae, and a Sweetgum tree. 

*Here is the evergreen list: American Holly, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Hinoki False Cypress, Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce, Various Arborvitae, Green Giant Arborvitae, Various Juniper, Blue Point Juniper, Mugo Pine, Short Leaf Pine. 

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Ellen’s Yard of the Month July 2019

Ellen MacDonald moved into her Crestwood house a few years ago.  The outside of the house and yard were nice but completely devoid of adornment.  Nothing.

Soon neighbors noticed a transformation slowly taking place. Little by little small changes started to appear:  a porch swing with a cushion, a little table with 2 chairs, a potted plant, a few nice flowers, some new bushes, a new screen door. It started to look like a pleasant little cottage.

Ellen said she didn’t like the look of  the house when she bought it so she set upon trying to improve it with welcoming plants and seating areas. She planted bushes, perennials, and some annuals for a pop of color.

She certainly did succeed! Her efforts make our beautiful little city even more attractive. 

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Tuesday Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays to help work in the City Hall and Firehouse gardens.

If you can volunteer an hour or two please send an email to the address below and we’ll work out the details.

Thanks –

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