Getting the Most from the Green Living Festival

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…

Discover + Share: The Best of 2017

This year marked the first year for Discover + Share, a new blog from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our goal was to give visitors a glimpse of the Garden most don’t often get to see or experience–to share our stories and help you learn a little more about the many facets of the Garden’s mission….

Missouri Botanical Garden Members’ Board: Growing the Garden Since 1939

Enacting the mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden would not be possible without the dedicated support of the Garden’s many members. In fact, without members, the Garden as we know it today may not even exist. In 1939, the Garden confronted significant financial woes. The strain of the Depression and the challenge of maintaining the…

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…

The Hidden Treasures of Teahouse Island

Seiwa-en, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s 14-acre Japanese Garden, is designed for discovery. Visitors who peer into secluded nooks will often be rewarded with unique views and other sensory delights. The most secluded area of all sits at the center of the 4-acre Japanese Garden lake. Nakajima, Teahouse Island, is the largest of the four islands in Seiwa-en, and…

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…

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…