2013 Tours Archive

Transformations:  The New Landscape – St. Louis, MO

Bellefontaine Cemetery Tour
Thursday, March 21 from 3-5pm

Take an extraordinary tour of an extraordinary cemetery. (first 30 registrants)

Bellefontaine Cemetery

Established in 1849 as the first rural cemetery west of the Mississippi, the picturesque grounds of Bellefontaine Cemetery comprise 314 acres of rolling hills, peaceful valleys, and shaded glens populated by grand mausoleums, monuments and sculpture.  As the final resting place for over 87,000 souls and room for an additional 90,000, the cemetery takes great pride in its beautiful historic grounds while also expanding the range of traditional burial options.

The rural cemeteries of the nineteenth century were established not only as places of burial, but as civic and cultural centers for the community where people could appreciate art and nature.  Today, Bellefontaine is still an important cultural institution to the St. Louis region – a history museum, sculpture garden, forested park, arboretum and botanic garden.

This tour will visit the historic areas within the cemetery and new areas that are under development, exploring the evolution of the cemetery landscape and changes in burial traditions.

The tour will be led by Eären Hummel, Landscape Architect and Director of Design for Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Tour is limited to 30 participants.  Transportation is provided to and from the cemetery from the convention site.

Healing Garden Tour
Thursday, March 21 from 3-5pm

Join us for an exciting tour of BJC’s Olson Family Garden and Maya Lin Fountain Plaza.  The tour includes a MetroLink ride from downtown to Barnes Jewish Healtchare on the edge of Forest Park, a walk through the fountain plaza and then up onto the rooftop garden. (first 30 registrants)

A 75,000-square-foot plaza designed by Maya Lin Studio with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates adorns the BJC HealthCare and Washington University Medical School campus, providing a positive environment for patient care as well as a new focal point for the St. Louis campus. The plaza features a concrete-and-limestone infinity pool with water lilies and fiber optic lighting, along with a dense landscape of native plants, serpentine paths, and outdoor seating areas.

The tour will be guided by Steven Sobo, Director of Design Construction at Washington University School of Medicine.

The Olson Family Garden opened in 1999 to patients, patients families and staff. The Garden was designed as a healing garden and to afford a place for recess, solace and respite. A space to ‘Reconnect with Nature’ in an un-natural setting:  The roof.

The Garden is designed with wandering paths, water features, raised planters of trees, perennials and annuals for seasonal color and interest in addition to sensory components for touch, smell, sight and sound.

Seating along the pathways offers a place to sit and rest, decompress and just release some stress during stressful situations.

The views looking out over Forest Park and beyond offers a great vista year-round for our local families as well as those that travel here from across the country and around the world for services offered at Children’s Hospital. The tour will be guided by Mr. Gary Wangler, Horticultural Therapy Specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Tour limited to first 30 participants.

Citygarden Tour and Reception
Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7pm

Join us for an evening of inspirational landscape design! Our premiere evening event of the Central States will feature a self-guided tour of the garden, led by the creators of the iconic downtown St. Louis landmark. (All conference attendees)


The tour will commence at Joe’s Chili Bowl at The Terrace View restaurant, with a brief presentation by the restaurant’s architect, Philip Durham of Studio Durham Architects and Citygarden Landscape Architect Breck Gastiner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Durham and Gastiner will serve as tour guides of the garden, and will be joined by Tim Slazinik, St. Louis Landscape Architect responsible for updates and maintenance to the garden. Completed in 2009, the park boasts beautiful art, sculptures and water features and an abundance of native plant life. The tour will be followed by a reception cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Joe’s Chili Bowl. This event is free to all conference attendees, and is exclusively sponsored by St. Louis Composting.