What energy-saving actions will work best where you live? How can you waste less by reusing, recycling and composting? How can plants help you and our environment be healthier?
The Green Living Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers sustainable solutions to these questions and more.
A Day of Hands-on Learning
Each year on the first Saturday in June, local exhibitors and vendors, useful conversations and expert workshops and demos fill the lovely grounds of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening and share practical and inspiring insight for whatever your green interests may be.
Presented by Ameren Missouri (with additional 2018 sponsorship from The Boeing Company, MSD Project Clear and Spire) and hosted by the Garden’s EarthWays Center, the Green Living Festival invites visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment.
A roster of fast-paced Presentations to the People features local experts in solar power, sustainable cooking with natural gas, fun and functional plants, chicken keeping, composting and energy efficiency basics for your home or apartment. More in-depth DIY demonstrations offer eco-friendly tips and tricks for greener living every day.
This Fest is Family Friendly!
Kids have fun building solar-powered racing cars, sampling treats cooked in solar ovens and decorating recycled ceramic tiles. They can also complete the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and earn a colorful EarthWays patch.
Festival visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to bring their yoga mats or towels for free, all-levels yoga classes hosted by St. Louis non-profit Yoga Buzz—and participants in the afternoon class enjoy post-yoga beer samples from Earthbound Beer.
Reducing the Festival “Waste-Line”
Volunteer-powered recycling and composting help keep the Green Living Festival—and all of the Garden’s public events—among the greenest in the St. Louis area. Ample transportation options (from Bike St. Louis to Metro Bus and Metro Link) help further reduce the festival’s eco-footprint.
The EarthWays Center is the sustainability division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our work enriches lives and protects plants and our environment by educating and connecting people to practical sustainable solutions where they live, learn, work and play. Learn more at mobot.org/sustainability.
Green Resources Manager
Photography by Ning He, Tom Incrocci and Phoebe Mussman