The Flora Conservancy of Forest Park, established in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization in partnership with the St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. Its mission is to design, enhance and maintain the gardens, savannahs and prairies as outlined in the Master Plan of Forest Park. The organization is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers who work in the park each week.
Volunteers work on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, on projects at the Jewel Box, Pagoda Circle, and Murphy Lake. Those who enjoy gardening have an opportunity to plant a variety of flowers in a number of the park's beautiful settings - surrounding the Jewel Box, in front of the Muny Opera, beside the sparkling lakes and in the native prairies and savannahs.
During the late winter and early spring, Flora volunteers return to the city greenhouses, to plant seeds, make cuttings, and prepare for their annual plant sale held the Saturday before Mother's Day.