The Sustainable Backyard Tour, held each year in June, is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how homeowners in St. Louis City and County are living greener lives and utilizing their yards and rooftops in more environmentally sensitive ways.
More than 200 families have welcomed tour goers into their yards since the first tour in 2011, demonstrating such practices as composting, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, native plant landscaping, rainwater conservation, renewable energy production and backyard habitat creation. Attendees design their own routes, choosing from locations and descriptions written by the homeowners.
“Practices like permaculture, naturescaping and edible landscaping are spreading into every neighborhood and municipality—we want to find the trailblazers so we can shine a light on their efforts and learn from their experiences,” says Tour Founder Terry Winkelmann.
While many host sites are the traditional backyards of single family homes, tour organizers welcome hosts who garden from apartment buildings, rooftops, and front yards. Institutions are also encouraged to apply.
The deadline to register as a host is May 1st.
Visit www.sustainablebackyardtour.com for details and a link to the online registry.
Not ready to be a host? Information on attending this FREE Tour can also be found on the website.
WHAT: The St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour
WHEN: Sunday, June 11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Private yards and gardens throughout St. Louis City and County.