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…

Veg Out for the Holidays

With the holidays upon us, many families and friends are planning gatherings and celebratory meals—most of them likely centering on meat. To help make this holiday season more sustainable, the EarthWays Center suggests adding some vegetarian and vegan alternatives to your dinner table. Why Eat Less Meat? Vegetarians and vegans are familiar with the question—why…

Insiders Guide to a Cool Summer Visit

Our water lilies love St. Louis summers, but the rest of us probably wilt at the idea of spending too much time outside on a hot day. Don’t let the heat keep you from stopping by your favorite botanical garden to experience beautiful summer blooms. Here’s our insiders guide to keeping cool during your next…

Bloomsday: The Sunflower+ Project: STL

This summer welcomes the sixth consecutive season of blooming sunflowers to the corner of Warren and 14th Streets in Old North St. Louis, a plot of land that until not long ago was nothing more than a weedy, vacant lot. Today the site not only offers a stunning seasonal display, but also a striking example…

Making Sustainability Work | The Green Business Challenge

Experts from the Garden’s EarthWays Center are cultivating a culture of sustainable thinking and practice across the St. Louis region’s business sector through its leadership of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge was delivered as a Chamber-Garden partnership through 2017, and is now managed…

Answers to Your Recycling Questions

If the approach of Earth Day has recycling on your mind, you may be pondering some common questions. What exactly can be recycled? What do I do with items that can’t be recycled? Do I need to take any steps before recycling an item? Here are a few answers from the Garden’s EarthWays Center that…

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day—And Every Day

This year, don’t just wear green; take your St. Patrick’s Day spirit a little further by being green. Being “green” means looking for ways to lessen potentially harmful effects on the environment by altering your everyday life. That may sound like a big commitment, but being green can be easy, despite what you might have…

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…

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…