10.16.12 – Saving Seeds and Sowing the Future

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday October 16th, 6:30 to 9pm

Half the fun in the fall garden is harvesting seeds and planning what new edibles you want to try next year. But seeds can be expensive, and not everyone has room to plant a whole package of zucchini seeds! Find out what you need to know to save and share seeds and where can you trade for new-to-you varieties. We’ll also have an informal swap after the presentation.

Got Seeds to Swap?

Make sure to check all expiration dates on store-bought packaged seeds you may have leftover and want to share. They may still be okay, but without a germination test it’s hard to say and discouraging for newbies if they get a poor germination rate from swapped seeds. If you are packaging your own collected seeds, please clearly identify the seeds by name, the year you harvested them, and note whether they are fruit, veg, herb, or flower seeds, even if it seems obvious to you!

$3 suggested donation

5.15.12 – Missouri’s River Gems – The Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday May 15th, 6:30 to 9pm

As summer begins, many of us will be gearing up for paddling trips on Missouri’s great rivers. So at this month’s Green Drinks, we’ll feature two of our finest – the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, which make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

It’s no wonder that this was the first national park area in the county to be established to protect a wild river system – the Current and Jacks Fork are sparkling, spring-fed rivers that draw more than a million visitors each year from St. Louis and beyond. The park is an international biodiversity hot spot and has towering limestone bluffs, hundreds of caves, and some of the largest springs in North America.

Come grab a drink and learn about the rivers, the threats to them, and what you can do to help protect them for the future. Kally Coleman of Friends of Ozark Riverways will be on hand to talk about the unique wonders of the area. Ted Mathys with Environment Missouri will discuss the statewide campaign to get stronger protections for the Riverways from the National Park Service this summer. And if it’s not sunny in the Ozarks, Dr. Alan Templeton will be out of the field and in the Bottleworks to talk about his famous collared lizards and the rich natural history of the Ozark Mountains! We’ll also have folks on hand to help set up your next float trip!

And we’ll have an Ozark area geologist to answer your questions about the landscape, as well as folks from St. Louis canoe and kayak shops to help you set up your next trip!

Speakers include:

Ted Mathys – Environment Missouri
Kally ColemanFriends of the Ozark Riverways
Alan R. Templeton – Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis (tentative)
Lisa Hollenbeck – Co-Owner, Alpine Shop

$3 suggested donation


6.22.05 – Storm Water and Conservation Design

June 22nd, 2005 @ Schlafly Bottleworks


Bruce Litzsinger – Environmental Compliance Director, Metropolitan Sewer District

Gerry Boehm – Executive Director, Greenway Network & President, Brookside Environmental Services

Stephen Ibendahl – Landscape Architect, HNTB – Shady Creek Greenway Project

Chris Ricci – Certified Permaculture Designer

More Information

Building the River Ring: A Citizen-Driven Regional Plan
The Great Rivers Greenway District is building The River Ring, an interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails.

Dardenne Creek Watershed
Dardenne Creek Watershed is located in St. Charles County and extreme eastern Warren County, Missouri near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and is in the most rapidly developing area of Missouri. This rapid rate of development in the watershed has resulted in the loss of wetlands and the degradation of remaining wetlands and other water resources. Flooding and flash-flooding events are taking an increasing toll. The watershed’s citizens have a strong interest in improving the management of the stream, increasing open space for recreational use and preventing flooding.

Chouteau Lake & Greenway Project
A master plan and conceptual design for the proposed 1400 acre Chouteau Lake and Greenway, a master development plan for a mixed-use urban district, greenway and technology corridor along the south edge of downtown St. Louis. This plan will create a greenway and system of streams and lakes that connect forest park to the Mississippi River. View pictures, maps, and details online.

Why Use Rain Barrels/Rain Barrel Set Up
A more detailed description and tips on finding a barrel. Plus good links for more info.