Our Mission

Welcome to Broadway in Bloom, an initiative launched in 2009, designed to help residents enjoy working together to enhance and beautify the historic Marine Villa neighborhood through its public gardens.

 

This web site is provided as a resource for the neighborhood to learn about the gardens, plants and events encompassing workdays and future plans. Like gardens, it is a work in progress and will evolve through the interest and participation of neighbors building a better place to live.

 

Our Mission: The ongoing success of the Broadway in Bloom initiative is owed to dedicated volunteers who have generously donated countless hours of work and a lot of sweat to maintain the public gardens in the Marine Villa Neighborhood.

 

This initiative has received the support of 20th Ward Alderman Craig Schmid, Marine Villa Neighborhood Association (MVNA), Chippewa Broadway Business Association (CBBA), Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Master Gardeners and the Moore Design Group. Funding for plants and tools has been provided through two generous grants from Brightside's Neighbors Naturescaping progam. Additional plants have been donated by Robert Dielmann and Betty Moore.

 

Workdays are scheduled throughout the planting season (April through October), usually on a Saturday morning, from 8:30 a.m. - Noon, weather pending. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know by filling out the form on the Contact Us page.

The intersection of Broadway, Jefferson and Chippewa once featured a roundabout with a fountain where horse-drawn streetcars and buggies would stop for water. View of South Broadway, once known as Carondolet, is facing north from Keokuk Street. The building at lower left corner now houses the Champion Scale Company.  Building on the left with the dry goods advertisement is the Dielmann-Kaiser House. photo circa 1890s

Today the intersection of South Broadway, Chippewa and Jefferson Streets

features a landscaped fountain area and three medians. The largest median (seen above) has a 30' flag pole and a garden area with Missouri native plants selected to attract butterflies and song birds.

 

The gardens at the medians have undergone several renovations, with the most dramatic taking place on October 10, 2009. See photos of the event.

 

Volunteers from Marine Villa neighborhood including, Betty Moore, James McGee, Stephen Jehle, Sarah Frei, Danny Spencer, along with Alderman Craig Schmid and Regions Bank Manager Jake McWhorter spent several Saturday mornings (August 2014) weeding and placing donated flagstones to create paths and enhance the planted areas.

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