Articles from ‘May 2021’ Issue

2021 Pond-O-Rama Tour June 26-27

The St. Louis Water Garden Society (SLWGS) is celebrating 31 years as a society sharing information about fish, ponds, and gardens. This year is the Society’s 21st annual water garden and pond tour,

2021 Pond-O-Rama, Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2021 tour will feature private […]

2021 Virtual Green Living Festival Help your family, friends and coworkers live green!

Join the EarthWays Center online June 2-4 for a virtual series of workshops, panel presentations, family-friendly activities, and exhibitor spotlights that explore the links between sustainability, conservation, and a healthy environment. 

The Virtual Green Living Festival will help you explore: Energy and Efficiency, NatureScaping and Planet and Personal Wellness. 

Presented by Ameren Missouri and hosted by […]

Adventure Tribe Retreats Brings Back YAM Fest May 14-16

 Adventure Tribe Retreats in collaboration with Lost Hill Lake are hosting the second Yoga Arts Music Festival aka YAM Fest on May 14-16, 2021. This fully-outdoor community weekend will include camping, live music, yoga, craft workshops and healing outdoor activities.

 The Friday – Sunday weekend camping festival will feature the conscious music of Satsang Duo, Aaron […]

Capture The Magic

By Abby Lapides

Photo Caption: Little Red Head Indian Pink, Spigelia

While working in my garden I was struck by the indescribable magic some plants possess. These plants enchant our flowerbeds, turning ordinary gardens into awe-inspiring sanctuaries. I would like to share these with you and hope you enjoy these wonders as much as I do. Read […]

Conservation Corner: The Avian Alarm Clock

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The American robin is one of the most prominent singers in the springtime dawn chorus. Listen for their cheery songs among the early morning avian performers. Photo by Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Department of Conservation.

You can put away your alarm clocks for the next couple of months. Nature […]

Core Vaccines: Why They Are So Important For Your Dog

By Teresa Garden, DVM 

Core vaccines are those that have been developed to protect dogs from diseases that are common and have relatively high morbidity and mortality. Core vaccines, such as Distemper, Parvo, and Adenovirus should be offered to all puppies at 9 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age. A booster is needed a […]

Earthworms Castings: Growing Natives

By Jean Ponzi 

Photo captions: (top) Native spring ephemerals, delicate colors.(bottom) Golden Groundsel, a native ground cover.

I talk about them all the time!

Eco-Logical Landscaping with Native Plants has grown to be my ultra-fave Green educational focus. I will happily advocate this for the rest of my vocational life.

And I don’t just talk about native plants, I grow […]

Finding Peace, Health, and Wellness in the Outdoors: Trees Work for Your Health

By Holly Dentner, natural resources communication specialist, Missouri Dept. of Conservation

St. Louis Public Radio aired a story in late November 2020 about how the COVID pandemic has pushed people outdoors in record numbers. The story featured a quote from the executive director of Tower Grove Park, who noted that weekday foot traffic in the park […]

Four-Part Astrology & Tarot Workshop May 15 through June12

Nikki Nienhaus, D.C. and Gail Cloud, D.C. are presenting a workshop that marries basic astrology and the tarot to help you learn more about yourself and to learn how to work with the light and shadow sides of your personality. Everyone has parts of themselves which they don’t like. This workshop explains how to use […]

Grow Better Tomatoes with Native Plants

By Harlee Custer

Over this past year, many of us have wearied of stay-at-home orders, masks, social distancing, and missing out on major life events. Last March, officials reported the first 15 COVID-19 cases in St. Louis City. The rush to buy a year’s supply of toilet paper turned into food shortages and revived “victory” gardens […]

How to Identify and Relieve Seasonal Allergies

Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc

The colors of spring are upon us. After a harsh winter, spring brings us a beautiful scene with its warm and colorful sensations. However, with spring come allergies. People face seasonal discomfort all around the world when their local plants begin pollinating. Almost 60 million Americans get sick from seasonal allergies every […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Mound City’s Best Kept Secret

by Tom Braford

Jasmin Aber, founder of the Creative Exchange Lab, recently hosted a webinar titled Monument I Anti-Monument that looked at who is remembered, who is hidden and who is forgotten in Monumental art. https://creativeexchangelab.com/monument-anti-monument/

Two friends were panelists: Lynne Jackson, great, great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott, and Percy Green, one of St. Louis’ original […]

Latest “State of the Air” report reveals good and bad news for the St. Louis region

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

The American Lung Association’s 2021 “State of the Air” report is out, and though the data indicates some nationwide progress on cleaning up air pollution, 41.1 percent of the population — more than 135 million Americans — are still living in areas with unhealthy air quality. While this is […]

Listening In The Garden — Podcasts

by Linda Wiggen KraftHealthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

I spend lots of time in gardens. There are many hours working in my own garden and many hours in gardens I designed and help maintain. I seldom tire of pulling the weeds, digging in the soil and enjoying the presence of flower and plant’s beauty. I […]

Nature Wisdom

By Pat TuholskeMay 2021

Moths the Super Pollinators

When the stars blaze across the sky and we are tucked inside, after butterflies are done for the day, moths are just starting their work. You may see them dancing around street lights, but they actually spend most of their night visiting flowers. The work these nocturnal pollinators do […]

Net Zero Energy, Flood Mitigation, STEM Education, & Mass Timber at the 2021 Annual Green Building Showcase May 11

By Fredericka Brandt, Education & Outreach Coordinator of the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter 

As the USGBC — Missouri Gateway Chapter celebrates our 20th anniversary, we are presenting four local green building projects for the 16th Annual Green Building Showcase on May 11. This year’s projects will include net zero energy in a commercial building, the […]

Optimizing your Health: Are Nutritional Supplements Right for You?

by Dr. Amy Davis, MD

I am commonly asked from my patients, “Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?” 

In an ideal world, eating organic, whole, fresh food, would provide all the nutrients our bodies require to function optimally. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still fall short. Some of the reasons for the […]

Publisher’s Corner: What Happened To The Common Good?

What happened to the American spirit of doing things for the common good? Our country was founded on the need for freedom from tyranny and religious persecution. Communities were set up and laws enacted for the common good. Representation was established and a national government formed for the common good of the people. Protecting the […]

Seasonal Allergies and Food Sensitivities Are Not Fun, so Let’s Keep Them On the Run

By Jon P. Frieda, MBA

Among the most common and aggravating health conditions effecting people today are allergies. Interestingly, the likelihood of developing an allergy is not restricted to any particular time in our individual biological progression. In addition, the concept of “once an allergy, always and allergy” does not always hold true, as many of […]

Solid 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 […]

Spring Has Sprung In The Arts!

By Mike “Michelle” OchonickyHealthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo caption: Metro Theater Company presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Ideal for all ages.

There’s a new theatre company in town! Prism Theatre Company is focused on the “promotion of works by women and emerging artists, on stage and off, through the lens of theatre for the new world.” At […]


Ackermann’s Swim Program & Summer Swim Camp

Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety since 1942. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two week sessions. […]

The Seventh Sense and Fat Electrons: Meridians as Ancient Matrix of Brain-Gut-Immune System

 By Simon Yu, MD

Three years ago, Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, now Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at the Washington University School of Medicine, wrote, “The Seventh Sense” in the Journal of Experimental Medicine and Scientific American. I was excited reading his article on the central nervous and immune system connection, and have carried it with […]

Update: Radioactive Contamination in St. Louis, Missouri

By Christen Commuso

Missouri Coalition for the Environment has spent decades educating and advocating for the cleanup and restoration of our private and public lands and water, and ultimately the public’s health surrounding the contamination from Manhattan Project era radioactive waste in St. Louis. 

A brief history: 

In 1942, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in downtown St. Louis was contracted […]