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City Garden - What it Means for Educators
Commentary by: Susan Uchitelle
Aired August 17, 2009

St. Louis is truly fortunate. Among its many attractions is a new one, City Garden, “An Urban Oasis” as it is called. It is available to all and has fountains and pools which children and adults can romp in, a new downtown café, and many species of trees and plants throughout the area. There is some fantastic sculpture by several quite famous artists with national and international reputations, an audio tour, an eight-foot stone wall, and the stones have been brought in from Missouri limestone bluffs. There are wonderful water features everywhere. It is a children and adults’ dream come true. What a fabulous gift from the Gateway Foundation and what a wonderful educational tool for all.

Students and teachers, while having a great time in the garden, can learn about environmentally friendly green roofing systems. They can learn about the Missouri Northern River bluffs, the middle flood plain band and the southern river terrace band. They can study environmental sustainability and so much more.

The sculpture is equally fascinating. Very famous artists made some of it. What a great opportunity not only for those studying art but also for all children to learn about these artists and their contributions to the art world. In addition, both students and teachers can talk about the history of St. Louis and what the Mississippi River has meant for our city.

What a spectacular gift for all St. Louisans. And it can become a special enjoyable learning tool for people of all ages. It is not to be missed and already is one of St. Louis’ great attractions. What a way for us to learn the role of the Mississippi in the growth and development of our city.

(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)

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Susan Uchitelle

Susan Uchitelle


Susan Uchitelle is a consultant for the Voluntary Interdistrict Coordinating Council.

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