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Currently, the City of Saint Charles has 22 parks serving residents and visitors. These parks offer a wide variety of opportunities from swimming to nature trails.

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Todd Clements, Horticulturalist

The Horticulture Department is responsible for continued maintenance of all of the 23 Park's horticulture features. This includes growing and planting annuals in many Park entrance beds, and designing, purchasing, and planting shrubs, trees, and perennials in sign beds and foundation plantings around most Park buildings, as well as for the 2 specialty gardens. These gardens are located at Blanchette Park -Rau Garden and the Angel of Hope; and McNair Park - The McNair Park Braille Trail. We also choose and plant the trees for the Memorial Tree Programs for the Parks and City Cemetery.

Chemical applications for weed control and fertilization are done throughout the growing season. Periodic tree and shrub fertilization, pruning, and trimming are done on a regular basis. Mulching under trees and in beds make for a pleasing look and keep down weeds. Grass areas require continuous repair from the grounds many uses. Irrigation has become an important part of the maintenance program. It is necessary to draw new or periodically update old landscape plans for all our Parks.

We are available if you have any questions or if your group or organization would like for us to come speak to your group.

Plants of Merit Program at Rau Garden

Selecting good plants for the landscape can be a challenge when faced with all the possibilities. With the Plants of Merit Program, you can visit Rau Garden in Blanchette Park and view plants whose performance have been evaluated by horticulturalists to be dependable in the Midwest. Shorten your selection process for your own backyard and take a peek at what has been selected as reliable plants for our area.

We are proud to be accepted as the newest and first public park participating in the Plants of Merit Program through the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our appreciation also goes out to the Master Gardener’s who have volunteered to help us participate the program. For more information about the Plants of Merit Program visit

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Trees Are Good