June in my hometown – St. Louis – not only brings warm weather (finally!), it also brings lots (and lots) of outdoor activities – many of them free. Just this week there are 3 outdoor concerts, a dozen farmers’ markets (some with music) and Shakespeare in the Park – and those are just the ones I know about! At more of the events and gatherings I go to I find efforts to tread a little lighter (aka be a little greener). Even our major sports teams are recycling at games. So it’s no big surprise that June brings 2 events in St. Louis that focus on green and sustainable living:
- The Sustainable Backyard Tour Sunday June 14
- The Green Home Festival Saturday June 20 (at the Butterfly House and Faust Park)
The Sustainable Backyard Tour is a self-guided tour of over 35 backyards in St. Louis City and County. The Tour “showcases yards and gardens that demonstrate features of sustainability, urban homesteading, and organic gardening. The spaces featured on the tour show that from townhome lots to acre-sized plots, beautiful and sustainable yards can be created by anyone with the right guidance and motivation! … The Sustainable Backyard Tour is about learning and sharing tips and best practices.” – from the SBYT web site. For those of you not able to get to the tour, check out SBYT’s resources or find resources online for your own yard!
Meet the Green Home Coach (me) at 11am Saturday June 20 for “How to “Talk Green” with your Builder or Remodeler” at presentations for the people in either the indoor theater in the Butterfly House or the Monsanto Pavilion outside in the Native Butterfly Garden. Or come by our table in the green home area!
And a word from The Green Home Festival –
The 14th annual Green Homes Festival returns to St. Louis on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time, the event will be held at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. The festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health of people and the planet. This family-friendly event is hosted by the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Festival admission is free. Presented by Ameren Missouri and sponsored by many local partners, this year’s festival features over 70 exhibits and demonstrations by the region’s leading sustainability focused businesses and organizations.
Festivals are a great activity for family fun all why connecting with the community and maybe learning something new! For those not in St. Louis, check your local visitor or event resources for events in your own area this summer.