St. Louis Teachers Leading on Sustainability

Leading on research in plant biology, ecology, conservation, and preservation is what the Missouri Botanical Garden is best known for. Less well known is the impact the Garden is having in the St. Louis community. Many teams at the Garden work in partnership with organizations around the St. Louis region to support initiatives around native…

Keep Green and Carry On

The Garden’s Sustainability Staff Maintain Significant Achievements During COVID-19 Despite the current pandemic, the EarthWays Center has been resilient as ever when sharing sustainable solutions with the St. Louis region. All programs and projects continued, and staff learned many new systems to maintain virtual contact while working remotely.  This period of remote work has allowed the Garden’s sustainability division to…

Cooking with Weeds

A “mess” is a breakfast dish of German origin that involves fried chunked potatoes, onions, and whatever else you have to throw in. It’s a Sunday morning tradition in our house. In this example, I throw in wild plants available free in my own backyard. Field garlic. Photo by Wendy Applequist. This is field garlic,…

Preventing Food Waste at Home

As many of us stay at home in an effort to practice social distancing due to COVID-19, the only trip out of the house is to the grocery store. A priority for many is how to make the food in the kitchen stretch as far as possible before the next trip to the store. Learning…

Inaugural Youth Fellowship Class Sets Course for Environmental Service

Education has always been at the core of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission. The Garden’s Youth Fellowship Program, launched in late 2019, is the newest chapter in this effort to inspire the next generation of plant professionals and environmental stewards. Established through a generous gift from longtime Garden supporters Dave and Mary Tognoni and contributions…

How to Avoid a Food Waste SNAFU

The idea of composting food waste has a huge appeal. It’s not surprising since we humans have lived in nature’s expert systems for all time, observing (first-hand, until this industrial age) how anything that once lived is literally decomposed and returned to Earth in a cycle of truly zero waste. We are, happily, seeing efforts…

Garden News and Notes: January 2020

The Garden in Madagascar, 71 Homes to Install Solar Power through Garden Program, The Conservation of Fraser Firs, Why Our Scientists Are Studying Guano

Your Green Gift-giving Guide

How to Share the Holiday Spirit More Sustainably Who doesn’t dream about finding that special holiday gift? The look of joy on your loved one’s face as they open that perfect present can be heart-warming; unfortunately, it can also be expensive, stressful, and wasteful. It won’t surprise anyone who’s ever hosted their family for a…

Seeding St. Louis

How the Garden’s deep-rooted commitment to the city and region continues to bear fruit

Go Solar with Grow Solar STL

As we look to the future, solar power is one of the most promising energy sources. It’s efficient, it’s renewable, and St. Louis gets more than enough sunlight to be an ideal location. Perhaps the most significant downside of solar power is the cost of installation, which tends to be higher than other energy options….

The Garden Events Green Team

Zero Waste Ambassador volunteers help reduce the “waste line” of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s signature events. You can join this movement as a volunteer. It’s educational, impactful, shady and fun! Signature events like Japanese Festival and Best of Missouri Market are among the most popular activities at the Missouri Botanical Garden, offering thousands of visitors…

Grow a Reusable Bag Habit This Earth Day

Reusable bags are beautiful, functional, and a really impactful way to help halt plastic pollution. So why don’t we all use ‘em? The EarthWays Center staff poses this question whenever we educate companies, classes, or visitors about recycling. The #1 answer we hear is: I can’t remember to take my bags when I go to…