Green Living Festival: Missouri Botanical Garden, September 17

  • 17 September 2022
  • Start time : 10:00 AM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Event Location : Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63110, United States
community events, Missouri, community garden
Event Description

Entrance to the Green Living Festival is included with regular entry to the Missouri Botanical Garden. FREE for Garden Members. FREE St. Louis City and County resident admission till noon.

12:30 p.m. Now We’re Cooking TACOS with Gas | Wil Pelly, Head Chef, Rock Star Tacos  

Location: Summer Plant House (outdoors), Kemper Center for Home Gardening  

Join Wil as he educates us on what he loves to do: serve fresh, local food that doesn't need to be fancy to be delicious. He will be demonstrating the making of their “Livin' on the Veg” taco, as well as his famous “Hey! Ho! Chorizo”, as well as answering any questions about himself, cooking in general, and their new location at 4916 Shaw Avenue.  

1:30 p.m. Pollinator Conservation Begins at Home | Erin Shank, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation  

Location: South auditorium, Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center  

Pollinator conservation efforts are a springboard to the conservation of many other taxa such as other invertebrates, birds, & amphibians and reptiles, and these conservation efforts provide great benefits to human communities as well. In short, when you plant natives for pollinators, a wide range of wildlife benefits and so do YOU! Explore what critters (from the tiny bee larva to warblers to deer) share your neighborhood and what you can do--- from a backyard to a schoolyard--- to benefit wildlife and make your community a resilient place to live and grow.  

2:30 p.m. Mosquito Alert! Control Pests & Protect Pollinators! | Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Information Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden  

Location: South auditorium, Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center   

Apply a splash of eco-logic to control pests while protecting pollinators - now with a new high-tech twist. Partners from Saint Louis University and the Garden invite you to join the citizen science campaign Mosquito Alert! to add mobile app person-power to the efforts of our public health agencies. With special guest, the Monarch Butterfly.  


Guided Walking Tours (Sponsored by Spire)   

Tours are approximately 45 minutes. 


11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Climate Garden and Native Landscaping Tour | Daria Mckelvey, Home Gardening Information & Outreach Supervisor, Missouri Botanical Garden  

Take a staff-lead tour of two of the Center for Home Gardening's unique demonstration gardens: The Climate Garden and Prairie Garden! The Climate Garden hosts an array of plants not normally found in the Midwest, and the newly renovated Prairie Garden features Missouri native plants and native cultivars that are ideal for home gardening landscapes. 

11:30 a.m. - SOLD OUT

1:30 p.m. 

Meet at the Kemper Circle.  

Limit 12 people with sign-up ahead of time.  

3:30 p.m. Sustainability Features of the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center | Glenda Abney, VP of Sustainability, Missouri Botanical Garden  

Sustainably designed and built for future growth, the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center features best practices in construction, design, and operation to achieve optimal use with minimal environmental impact. View and learn what some of these special features are!   

Meet at the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center Information Desk.  

Limit 15 people with sign-up ahead of time.  


Family Friendly Activities:   

Citra Fitness yoga demo, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

Location: Cohen Amphitheater Lawn  

Join us for a FREE yoga class through Citra Fitness & Movement. Led by owner Nicole Coglianese, this open-level class is welcome to all!  Please bring your personal yoga mat, water, and any props you use during your practice. Reserve your spot ahead of class time to avoid delays while checking in.  

Register here  


Pot-a-Plant, 10 a.m., while supplies last   

Location: Children's Garden  

Summer may be ending, but that doesn't mean that your garden also has too! Stop through the Children's Garden to pot a free plant that you can take home for your garden.  


Storytime with Missouri Botanical Garden, 10:30 a.m.  

Location: Canopy Area of Brookings Exploration Center 

Sit down and enjoy a read along of Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals. Families will learn what to compost and life-long habits to protect the Earth. From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile in this fun picture book!  


Create a Music Shaker, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Location: Brookings Exploration Center  

Everyday nature surrounds us with sound and inspires us to make sound. Learn how plants make and listen for sound while creating your own music shakers in the Brookings Exploration Center. After your visit stop by the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum to learn even more about nature and sound.    


Digital Sustainability Tours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Location: Garden wide  

Learn how the Missouri Botanical Garden is practicing sustainability through the EarthWays Center's "Sustainability Tour". Then discover how you can bring nature to your home by exploring "Nature in your Backyard" EngageByCell. These digital tours, and many more, can be found by texting the word "Myguide" to the number "56512".  


Bags 2 Bench, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Location: Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center Main Entrance  

Check out a traveling bench made of recycled materials. The bench, produced by Ranken Technical Institute and made of Trex® materials, serves as a visual reminder that responsible recycling of plastic bags and wraps—the number one contaminant in the single-stream recycling process—matters. The first 300 guests will receive a colorful reusable bag.


 Exhibitors and Vendors:  

  • Ameren Missouri: Energy efficiency programs  

  • Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum: Green burial and flameless cremation  

  • Forrest Keeling Nursery: Native plants and specialty crops  

  • Metro Transit: St. Louis region's public transportation agency  

  • Missouri Department of Conservation: Wildlife, nature education, community/landowner assistance  

  • MSD Project Clear: Wastewater and stormwater utility  

  • Spire: Energy saving rebates  

  • St. Louis Composting: Landfill reduction through high-quality compost production  

  • Saint Louis City Recycles and St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District: Education, outreach, and regional recycling programs  

  • U.S. Green Building Council: Missouri Gateway Chapter: Green building education and outreach 



  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Event type
    • Festival

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