Have you ever wondered if there are some off-the-beaten-path areas that you might find on the east side of Forest Park? This blog series has the answers! “Secrets of the East Side” will highlight those areas on the east end of the Park that are often overlooked. Next time you visit, explore this side of the Park to find new areas full of beauty, solitude and surprises. First up: A spectacular grove of saucer magnolias (Magnolia x soulangeana)!
Don’t let the lack of iceskating keep you from this area near Steinberg Skating Rink, for this is where you will discover 20-30’ tall magnolias in full bloom. The grove starts directly behind Steinberg Skating Rink and extends all the way up the hill to Kingshighway — so close to the road that you can see the enticing pink and white blooms if you are looking for them as you drive by.
We invite you to check out this “path less travelled” on foot if possible. The parking lot south of Steinberg Rink is the perfect place to start. Go for a little hike up the hill on the south side of the rink and head north. Follow the path until you've reached the stairs that run along the grove – you'll know when you've arrived! The magnolias are just starting to bloom, so now is a great time to visit.
Editor's Note: This is a new blog series penned by Forest Park Forever Gardener Susan Van de Riet and Horticulturist Mark Halpin, who together maintain 123 acres on the east side of Forest Park. To learn more about Susan, Mark and the rest of our talented Land Management team, please click here.