Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.
The tall, green Asclepias hirtella grows in solitary clumps in the prairies of Missouri.
Let’s face it: Sun protection should be on everyone’s priority list this summer—especially when it comes to the face. Never leave home without it!
There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
You love them, or perhaps you can’t stand them, but our TV dads are always there for us, ready whenever you need a dose of drama, laughter or even fantasy. Here is my list of the most memorable dads on television:
From recycling and composting to building groundbreaking, multi-million-dollar structures, local businesses and organizations are joining the sustainability movement.
Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum Lauren Padawer is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska.
From innovative education and world-class restaurants to one-of-a-kind gift shops, St. Louis is home to a broad range of successful companies. Ladue News congratulates all of the businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, and wishes them many, many more.
A sea of prairie blazing star at Schwartz Prairie
St. Louis was almost all prairie at the time of French settlement. Ladue, for example, had mixed vegetation, with open grasslands and patches of woods. Start this fall to prepare your grounds for easy spring pocket prairie planting.
The flowers of the tall green milkweed at Golden Prairie draw many pollinators because they are heavy with nectar.
Lurking on the undersides of leaves, a shade gardener’s nightmare slyly spreads. Your impatiens have been attacked by Plasmopara obducens—the impatiens downy mildew—and they will die.
When it comes to summer fun, St. Louis makes it easy to be a kid—or stay young at heart. Follow this family-friendly guide to the city’s best summer attractions for kids—and their parents.
Weather conditions and human activities affect the population of monarchs. And according to Dr. Chip Taylor, a continued decline could mean the migration of these butterflies could be lost.
Second Place: Heather Vaughan and her daughter, Gretchen Vaughan
With spring weather finally upon us, kids and adults alike are anxious to experience the great outdoors. Lucky for us, St. Louis abounds with family-friendly ways to enjoy natural beauty.
Heather Vaughan and her daughter, Gretchen Vaughan
This week, we continue our conversations with LN’s Show House designers. The 2012 William Bernoudy Ladue News Show House opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 21. For ticket information, visit laduenews.com or call 269-8836.
Clayton Garden Club presented a Citation of Commendation Certificate to Alberici Construction for its use of native plants and ongoing effort to restore a native prairie at its Overland headquarters? Pictured: JoAnn Vorih, Kathy Fulstone, Kay Alvis, Gretchen Martinson, John Alberici, Jackie Ruthsatz, Nancy Middleton, Jane Hardin, Renee Bennett and Barbara Ackerman
THE 83RD ANNUAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS presented a fashion extravaganza featuring models wearing outfits created by the school’s senior and junior fashion design majors?
Three significant St. Louis homes designed by architects Paul Randolph, William Adair Bernoudy and Isadore Shank were the focus of the recent Sheldon Art Galleries Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tour, chaired by Phyllis Langsdorf and Andrea Powers-Schankman. The event was a sellout, with proceeds benefi tting exhibition and educational programs of The Sheldon, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
A lot of my gardening inspiration comes from visiting botanical gardens around the world in my travels with Peter. This column is being written while we are on the road with the Missouri Botanical Garden group in southern China. In this part of the world— Yunnan—there are images of elephants everywhere: in fresco, embroidery and sculpture. No live ones have presented themselves to us on this trip, but we have seen some stunningly huge annuals and perennials in these warm, tropical garden zones. Combining these two thoughts brought to mind the lyrics of Oklahoma with the line, “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.” So, with inspiration from the gardens at our sister institutions in Xishuangbanna and Kunming, Julie and I have selected a suite of bodacious specimens for the back of the border or center of a very large planting island.
Officially say goodbye to Old Man Winter and welcome spring by taking in the sights and sounds at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve.
Since our Show House debuted this month, we’ve introduced our interior designers, and some of their favorite places and things. This week, we’re moving outdoors and chatting with Rand Rosenthal, Mike Marks and Chris Mueller, the talented landscape artists who got the gardens of #15 Washington Terrace ready for their close-up.
1508 Greening Lane