St. Louis Water Garden Society Pond-O-RamaSt. Louis Water Garden Society Hosts Pond-O-Rama June 25 & 26

You’re Invited to the 22nd Annual Pond-O-Rama Tour! The tour is on Saturday June 25 and June 26, 2022, 9a.m. – 5p.m. each day. Pond-O-Rama is not just the premiere event for the St. Louis Water Garden Society, it is an attraction to locals and tourists alike. The tour includes… [click headline to read more]

St. Louis Area Sustainable Backyard TourThe St. Louis Area Sustainable Backyard Tour Returns Live & In-Person June 26

What: The Sustainable Backyard Tour 2022Where: Private Yards throughout St. Louis and St. Charles When: Sunday, June 26, 2022; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free The Sustainable Backyard Tour is a free, open-yards-style tour of eco-friendly spaces throughout St. Louis and St. Charles.

Get tips and ideas for living more sustainably on a warming planet, like organic… [click headline to read more]

Susan Hunt-Bradford
Publisher’s Corner: I’M SO HAPPY TO BE HERE!

I first met J.B. Lester and The Healthy Planet Magazine in the late 90’s. I was an instant fan of both. At the time I was teaching advertising and other media classes at St. Louis Community College -Meramec in Kirkwood. I called JB while doing an advertising class assignment in which I wanted to incorporate… [click headline to read more]

J.B. LesterFounder’s Forum: Retirement After a Career Well Lived

By J.B. Lester

As I transition into retirement after 45 years in the publishing world, I am a bit reluctant to let go of those things I have created. Sort of like when a parent sees their child leave home for the first time. You know they have to leave the nest, but when they walk… [click headline to read more]

275Essential Native Plants

By Abby Lapides

If you only have room for a few, these long-lived perennials are the ones to plant.

Butterfly Milkweed – Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, serves as an adult nectar source and a larval food source of the Monarch butterfly. Brilliant tangerine orange or vibrant yellow flowers appear for most of the summer. Its showy seed pods are a lovely… [click headline to read more]

Gail CloudAstrology and Tarot Workshop Virtual Event June 18: A Look at Our Core Wounds

By Dr. Gail Cloud, D.C.

Welcome to another astrology and tarot workshop. In this event, we look at our core wounds, our evolutionary path, and ways to walk down that path to our healing.

The purpose of this class is to look at our shadows and our blind spots and find healing in ways that are unique… [click headline to read more]

Clean Air Partnership Switch Up Your CommuteSt. Louisans Encouraged to Take Action for Cleaner Air Based on Latest “State of the Air” Results

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

The recently released American Lung Association’s 2022 “State of the Air” report reveals that, despite decades of progress on cleaning up sources of air pollution, more than 40% of Americans – over 137 million people – are living in places with failing grades for unhealthy levels of ozone or… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Amy DavisStrategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Amy Davis, MD

Natural immunity to COVID-19 is not lasting. People who have had documented cases of COVID-19 when I tested months later no longer are positive for antibodies. What that means is that 8-12 months after the initial infection, protection has diminished to the point that original antibody tests are negative and new infection… [click headline to read more]

Black Eyed SusansGarden Dreams Come True With Forrest Keeling Natives!

By Judy Good

I like to say, “People don’t buy flowers, they buy butterflies in the garden.” And it’s true. We tend to plant our landscapes for the benefits of our dreams. We plant anticipating birds and butterflies, cooling shade and lush cutting gardens.

But not all plants are equal. Some have the advantage of RPM-production. RPM… [click headline to read more]

CarmenARTful Living: Much To-do About the ARTS!!!!

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

It’s back! Forest Park cheers the return of full-seat capacity for St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, June 1-26. Much Ado About Nothing promises delightful summer evenings at St. Louis’s fav picnic-theatre-in-the-park! Press release states, “6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. performance.” While there are no “doors,” there are plenty of… [click headline to read more]

Fantasy FlowersAre You a Flower Lover? – Create Your Own, Fun Fantasy Flowers

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Can’t have enough flowers? Do you swoon at the sight of the miracle of a flower’s colors and shapes? Do you love spring through fall because that is when your garden blooms? Do you  want flowers around you all year round?  

Why not create some unique… [click headline to read more]

BobcatConservation Corner: Forest Felines that are Spot-on

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The bobcat is a most secretive forest feline. Photo by Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Many of us live with cats in our homes. The furry felines can make excellent human companions. But did you know there are native wild cats that live in the woods of… [click headline to read more]

SlugEarthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Self-Talk Slugfest

For many years, about myself I said, “I’m a slug.” 

Meaning preferring to fart around, fundamentally lazy. Disinclined to do stuff, especially what I’m expected to do – and how I believe I’m expected to do it. 

As an inner criticism, it’s not totally true. But worse: this description maligns a whole genus of… [click headline to read more]

Ben FreimanSustainability Institute for Educators — Celebrating “The Joy of Nature”

By Ben Freiman, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA

The Sustainability Institute for Educators returns to onsite programming in the St. Louis area this year on June 20 and 21, 2022 with the theme of “The Joy of Nature”. This two-day event which is designed for K-12 and informal educators from all roles and environments will center… [click headline to read more]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: The St Bonaventure Greenway

By Tom Braford

The egrets and other big wading birds are back at the urban rookery at Arizmendi Ecovillage for the 4th year in a row! Just like the blossoms act as a barometer of climate change, they are arriving a few days earlier each spring.  They seem to be growing in numbers as well. 

The great… [click headline to read more]

Melissa VatterottIt is Time to Transform our Food System Through the 2023 Farm Bill

Melissa Vatterott, Policy Director


Good food policy means a healthy, fair, and sustainable food system from farm to fork. From farm to fork, our food system should be something we are proud of, making the safest and healthiest food available for everyone. One avenue through which we can see good food policy for the United States… [click headline to read more]

Animal Health & Healing Dr Teresa GardenTips For Summertime Fun With Your Dog

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Spring has sprung! It’s been another long dreary COVID winter and most of us are ready to break out of our hovels and have some fun. Our pooches probably feel the same! Spending time outdoors with our dogs can get both man and dog into better shape physically and mentally. All of… [click headline to read more]

Dr. YuMedical Acupuncture on Nerve Degeneration Meridian: ALS, MS and Parkinson’s Disease on the Rise!

By Simon Yu, MD

ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease are often overlooked, poorly understood, serious chronic diseases, after cancer and heart disease. These three neurological diseases are rising at an alarming rate. An aging population, and environmental pollutants and toxins which are often seen as the price of industrialization, are implicated. Diagnosis of ALS is […]

Solid Waste Management District Grant RecipientsSolid Waste Management District Grant Recipients Share Success Stories

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling.  The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.  These programs and services… [click headline to read more]

Plastic Bags and Wraps Impact the Single-Stream Recycling Process

Most people know that recycling is good for the planet and that it’s the right thing to do. People also understand they play a role in recycling efforts, that’s why so many people regularly participate in recycling programs offered in their communities. But few people are sure of what exactly to do with the various… [click headline to read more]

Perennial City ArtPerennial City, Coming Full Circle Into Their 5th Year

Perennial City was founded in 2017 with a mission to help transform vacant, unused land into beautiful and productive urban farms through full circle food production. Now into their fifth year, founders Beth Grollmes-Kiefer and Tim Kiefer, along with their team of couriers diverts would-be waste from area landfills and transforming it into nutrient rich compost… [click headline to read more]

Republic Services Spring CleaningMake Your Spring Cleaning More Sustainable

At Republic Services, we believe in partnering with customers for a more sustainable world. Often, that starts right in our own homes. When the weather gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom, that is also the time to dust off your spring-cleaning checklist and get to work sprucing up your place. 

When you’re clearing out… [click headline to read more]