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Throughout 2014, St. Louis is celebrating its 250th anniversary. In this spirit, the Garden is looking ahead to the next 250 years and assembling a yearlong celebration designed to inspire creativity among residents and visitors alike!
Planting the Future in St. Louis

In the Garden

In the Community
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Sunflower+ field

The Sweet Potato Project

The Sunflower+ Project

The Sweet Potato Project teaches inner-city “at-risk” youth alternative and progressive ways to produce and distribute locally grown products as well as sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives and enhance their careers.

In collaboration with the North Area Community Development Corporation, the Garden sponsors the Sweet Potato Project and hosts a dedicated section of the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening where sweet potatoes are grown for the project.

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The Sunflower+ Project: StL is one of 4 winners of the St. Louis Sustainable Land Lab Design Competition, created to test experimental uses for vacant land in the city of St. Louis.

The team is lead by Richard Reilly of the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center and Don Koster of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

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Create. Connect. Grow.

Making things creates connections to more than just the materials; it connects people and ideas. There’s no feeling like that of owning or gifting something you created, especially when you know that that item is truly one of a kind. Discover the wonder that comes with making something and to connect with nature and others who share your passion for learning.

Check out a few DIY ideas below or sign up for one of our classes.

How To Build a "Worm" Compost Bin

How to: Build a "Worm" Compost Bin

Materials needed:

  • A dark (black, blue, dark green, etc.) 8-10 gallon plastic storage box with a lid
  • Drill for making drainage and ventilation holes
  • A piece of window screen large enough to cover bottom of the bin
  • Newspaper or old copy paper and cardboard
  • About 1/4 to 1lb of red wrigglers
  • Top-soil (make sure there’s no fertilizer or other chemical additives to the mix)
  • An air tight container to collect food scraps

Drill 5–10 holes at the bottom of the bin and a few small holes on the sides.

Cover the bottom of the bin with window screen.

Place 3–4 inches of moist, shredded newspaper and soggy cardboard at the bottom of the bin.

Add a handful of dirt and the worms.

Cover with another layer of the moist newspaper bedding and place your bin in a well-ventilated area with a tray for drainage.

Feed worms once or twice a week with small chunks of food scraps.

Harvest the castings about two months later by stopping to add food scraps. Add fresh bedding and a handful of soil after harvesting.

Learn more ways to lead a sustainable lifestyle in our green living classes

Grow With Us!

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From gardening practices to nature study and everything in between—the Garden offers a full range of classes for adults, families and children of all ages.

View a complete list of classes and register online today!


March 29 to January 5

Learn how plants, people, animals, and nature are all connected and discover fun ways to explore nature in your own backyards, parks, trails, and schoolyards.

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Upcoming Events

October 24, 2020 - October 25, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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October 25, 2020 - October 31, 2020
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October 30, 2020
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