Posted: 5/20/2024 | Print Friendly Version
(ST. LOUIS) - For the first time since 2019, the Green Living Festival is making a full return to the Missouri Botanical Garden with more green living exhibitors, sustainable vendors and interactive workshops. Visitors can learn new ways to make their lives more sustainable and create healthier environments while enjoying live music, a free outdoor yoga class, a special tour of the Garden, kid-friendly activities and more throughout the day.

The Garden's Sustainability Division is hosting this signature event exclusively at the Garden for the first time in four years, after switching to an online format during the COVID-19 pandemic and hosting pop-up-style events around St. Louis in 2022 and 2023.

"We are so excited to fully bring the Green Living Festival back home to the Garden for the first time since 2019,” says Glenda Abney, Vice President of Sustainability at the Missouri Botanical Garden. “The Green Living Festival embodies the Garden's mission of protecting plants by inviting the public to discover ways they can take action in their own lives to create a greener, healthier environment and community. We want to make green living less intimidating by showing how simple changes can have a big impact and give people the confidence and resources to implement these changes."

Throughout the day on June 1, guests can talk with local experts about how to make their lifestyle, workplace, community and residence greener. Through free workshops and demonstrations, guests can learn how small choices can create clean air, water and soil for plants, people and the planet to thrive.

This festival is included in Garden admission and is free for St. Louis City and County residents before Noon. For more information, visit

What the Green Living Festival has to offer
Free outdoor yoga: Visitors can get inspired to help the planet and our natural world at this outdoor all-levels yoga class hosted by Citra Fitness from 10–11 a.m. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and relax and rejuvenate in the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

50 local exhibitors and vendors: The Green Living Festival will feature an expanded exhibitor and vendor area this year. From energy efficiency and naturescaping to recycling, composting and beyond, the trustworthy pros can provide answers and resources. Support our local eco-conscious vendors offering accessible, plant-based skincare, vintage and upcycled clothing, produce, plants and other sustainably sourced everyday essentials. A full vendor list is available on the Garden's website.

Workshops, demonstrations, and a special tour: Regional specialists will be teaching interactive workshops and demonstrations on gardening to benefit and increase beneficial wildlife in your yard, practical downsizing, mushroom foraging, making your home more energy efficient and more. A guided walking tour of the Climate Garden will reveal how plants are affected by and combat climate change, and self-guided digital tours are available which tell the sustainability story of the Garden. Attend the Electric Vehicle Evolution workshop then step outside to see a Rivian truck up close, learn how electric vehicle charging works and get answers on if an EV is right for you.

Fun and family-friendly programming: The Festival will provide activities that inspire small learners to think with upcycling crafts provided by Perennial, a one-handed team tire challenge with Bworks and a nature-based activity with the Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture team.

Swing by the Brookings Exploration Center and bring the festival home with our Pot-a-Plant station. Or take our storybook walk through the English Woodland Garden and read The Happiness Tree while seeing the beautiful trees represented in the book.

Head over to our Fete Booth to capture fun, free images and immediately receive them via text or email. From Noon– 2 p.m. keep an eye out for our festive Floral Friends who will be roaming the event and happy to join photos. Grab a snow cone or iced coffee and dance the afternoon away with FIRE DOG, a band spreading positive vibrations through songs creating a sound full of energy and optimism!

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