In our continued effort to maintain our landscape with sustainable practices and native plants, we include as many natural products on the property as possible.
We use rain sensors at many of our irrigation zones and have access to the aquifer at our Maryland Heights Campus to reduce city water usage. The 10 acres at 78 Progress Parkway (formerly a Coca Cola Bottling Plant) use a solar panel to generate power for the irrigation system. Our bio-swales help filter the rain runoff from our parking lot and garage at 201 Progress Parkway to allow clean water back into the natural water table. At our Des Peres campus, a green roof along with bio-swales act as filters to reduce and improve the quality of storm water runoff, resulting in our significant investment in the renovation of Des Peres Lake for the benefit of local residents.
Plants and trees across both campuses are planned to keep our property looking consistent and in unison with nature. Many varieties are also butterfly and pollinator-friendly, such as red twig dogwood, sweet bay magnolia, oak and birch trees. In an effort to support the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat, we cleared this invasive plant from the slope along Highway 270 from Dorsett Road to 130 Edward Jones Blvd., allowing mature trees to grow freely and native grasses to provide a safe and healthy habitat for local wildlife.
Sustainability in Flight was our motto in designing the new 3,000-square-foot Butterfly and Pollinator Garden between 100 Progress Parkway and 78 Progress Parkway at our Maryland Heights Campus. In an effort to continue the Jones Farm culture of conservation, and to provide food, shelter and a habitat for endangered species, in spring 2017 we incorporated more than 1,000 flowering plants. Our completed garden welcomes several varieties of butterflies, bees, and birds with its 12- by 250-foot sweeping bed of purple coneflowers, black-eyed susans, butterfly milkweeds and more. Butterflies are indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem, so it is important that we do our best to co-exist with nature.
Our garden is a certified Monarch Waystation, as well as a NABA (North American Butterfly Association) Certified Butterfly Garden. In an effort to support the Monarch lifecycle, specific milkweed varieties have been planted to offer Monarchs a place to lay eggs, to provide food for caterpillars, and to provide shelter for the butterflies to emerge from their cocoons. Up to three generations will live in our garden before the fourth migrates South and returns the following spring.