St. Margaret of Scotland

Butterfly Garden

saint louis, missouri

Nature as educator


St. Margaret's School continues to grow and has an exterior to match its educational basis


Early schematics tie the landscape to the building addition


Children and neighbors came out to help with the planting


The interior courtyard accentuates the building form


Our proud hands-on collaborators


Texture and form create a boundary that is approachable

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."

Bradley Miller


St. Margaret of Scotland School

I5 Group

Brake Landscaping

Local Residents

Project Facts

550 sf


Operation Brightside Neighbor’s Naturescaping Grant recipient
Planting help from 5th, 6th and 7th grade Girl Scout Troops

When St. Margaret of Scotland School added a new Middle School building to their Campus just in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year, [dtls] principal and alumni parent Rick Kacenski provided his landscape design services in a pro-bono capacity. With a palette of primarily native Missouri plants, the design included an MSD raingarden along the west side of the building and foundation planting bands at the north and east sides. On the south side, facing the center of the Campus, a Milkweed/Butterfly garden was planted by The school’s Girl Scout troops with help from their families and friends. Awarded to the school based on the design, all the plants for the Butterfly garden were provided by an Operation Brightside Neighbors Naturescaping Grant.
Intended and envisioned as a hands-on learning lab, the garden provides formal and informal opportunities to study native plantings, pollinators and sustainable design. And with design elements to honor the legacy of the school’s namesake, the students can often be found jumping off the large boulders incorporated into the landscape.

The Details

  • Monarda

  • Elatus

  • Clematis

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