What does it really mean to be green? Come see for yourself at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Green Living Festival. Join experts for a daylong festival of learning, playing, and engaging in ideas for sustainable lifestyles. The 18th annual Green Living Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Hosted by EarthWays Center, the festival lets visitors explore the links between sustainability and a healthy environment. You can live more sustainably by focusing on your choices, no matter where you live or what you own. Our experts will offer tips to make your lifestyle, workplace, community, and residence greener. A roster of workshops will cover useful topics from local experts such as smart technology and energy efficiency, grilling with natural gas, combating climate change with every day strategies, kombucha making, composting, native plants, and green cleaning products. These expert festival speakers will also showcase in-depth interactive demonstrations with a DIY focus providing eco-friendly tips and tricks for your green life. Plus, samples and takeaways! The event is family friendly. Kids can have a blast building a sun-powered miniature roadster, sample treats cooked in solar ovens, snap photos with a costumed character, say “bye” to plastic bags with staff from the Saint Louis Zoo, and try their hand at recycled art activities.

If you make a Green Living pledge, you get a colorful EarthWays Center patch to take home. Returning this year, essays and poems by student winners of the 2019 Write Outside Your Door contest will be debuted at the event and on display. Visitors can kick off the day with a free, all-levels yoga class hosted by non-profit Yoga Buzz from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All ages/abilities welcome. Bring your own yoga mat or towel, and plan to enjoy the festival afterwards. Tasty foods and local beers will be available for purchase. Recycling and composting will reduce the festival’s “waste-line.” Bring your reusable bottle and get free water refills. 

The Green Resources Answer Service and Plant Doctors will be available to answer your questions in person at the Center for Home Gardening’s upper level Answer Desks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Green Living Festival is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $14 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy free admission on Saturday before noon and are $6 thereafter, with proof of residency. The Festival will be held in the Ridgway Center’s Monsanto Hall, at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Brookings Exploration Center’s Plant Lab, Cohen Amphitheater, and its surrounding gardens and grounds. Guests completing the Passport to Green Learning by visiting exhibitors in each Festival area will take home a terrific green living gift. 

Volunteer help is welcome for festival preparation and operation. Email volunteer coordinator Maggie McCoy or find volunteering details online. Visitors are encouraged to cycle to the Garden, using Bike St. Louis routes along Shaw and Tower Grove, which connect to routes through Tower Grove Park, along Grand, and on Macklind Avenue. Take advantage of convenient free bicycle parking. The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden enriches lives and protects plants and our environment by educating and connecting people to practical sustainable solutions where they live, learn, work, and play.

Learn more about the Garden’s sustainability efforts at www.mobot.org/sustainability or call the EarthWays Center at (314) 577-0220.

Via Press Release

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