Green Eating at the Garden

Green Dining Alliance Awards 5-Star Rating to Sassafras  The delicious lunches served daily at the Garden’s cafe are now even greener! In the Garden’s annual review as a member of the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance (GDA), the Garden’s cafe, Sassafras, rose to a 5-Star Rating, the top level of GDA certification. “This process has…

Resolution Solutions from the Garden

The new year often inspires a fresh start for many of us. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, or learn something new, the Missouri Botanical Garden and its campuses offer plenty of creative ways to help you tackle your new year’s resolution. Take a Hike If your ultimate goal is to shed a few…

The Past, Present, and Future of Corn

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development to guide global efforts through 2030. A large part of the agenda focuses on investment in agriculture as a key tool to end poverty and hunger, which result in sustainable development and can help address climate change. As a world-renowned botanical institution, the Missouri…

Mealworms’ Fascinating Feast

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House celebrates “all things creepy and crawly” every October as it transforms into the BOOterfly House, with a Scorpion Lair, Botanicals Gone Mad, and spectacular spiders.  One special insect introduced last year will be making a return this October; the mealworm. Mealworms are darkling beetle larvae that are widely cultivated…

Ever-greener Garden Events

In 2011, Garden events went super-green, adding food waste composting to our garden-variety recycling. This fall’s Best of Missouri Market® will mark seven years of evolving our sustainability efforts, as we host tens of thousands of guests. Recycling has long been standard practice for Garden signature events, including Chinese Culture Days, Green Homes Festival, Japanese…

Turning Water into Wonder

Urban areas cover only 3% of Missouri, but ecosystem impairment is present in 13% of rivers, 18% of lakes, and 32 estuaries throughout the state. Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges and property…

Garden Receives Prestigious Sustainability Award

The Missouri Botanical Garden was selected as the recipient for the Operational Sustainability Award by the American Public Gardens Association, recognizing the dedication and achievements in promoting sustainability. “Our motto, ‘Green Today. Greener Tomorrow!’ is not simply a tagline, but a commitment to making the most sustainable choices in all aspects of our operations,” says…

How to Keep Your Summer Picnic Sustainable

Summer would not be the same at the Garden without the Whitaker Music Festival, the outdoor concert series presented annually by the Whitaker Foundation on Wednesday evenings from May 29 through July 31, and regular festival attendees know the festival experience would not be the same without a picnic. On all Whitaker Music Festival performance…

Sustainability Spotlight: Pilot Program Pushes Students to Recycle

Students at several St. Louis County elementary schools are getting a lesson in the 3 R’s. Not only “reading, writing, arithmetic” … but also “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The Earthways Sustainability Network is a new pilot program from the Garden’s Earthways Center. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste going from a school and…

The Future of Agriculture

Contemporary agriculture is largely based on monocultures of annual plants. Endless rows of single crops––corn, bananas, soybeans, wheat––are the norm when you think of today’s farms in many places in the world. However, the cultivation and harvesting cycle of these annual plants can lead to soil erosion problems, changes in the composition of soil, and…

Leading by Example: EarthWays Center Celebrates 15 Years at the Garden

As Deborah Frank, Glenda Abney, and Jean Ponzi sit down to reflect on the Garden’s “zero waste” efforts for the 2015 Best of Missouri Market & More, they finish each other’s sentences, talking about what worked and what didn’t. Their view of the event, however, is through a green lens. They see dumpsters full of…