The Sustainable Backyard Tour

 
The Sustainable Backyard Tour is a Self-Guided Tour of Yards Near You!

Sunday June 14th, 
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Choose yards near you or nearest to your goals, then make a list using a mapping app and print out your very own customized itinerary. 

A printed map booklet will be available for you to pick up at select locations around town (Rooster on Grand, Greenscape Gardens, Larder & Cupboard, Verde Kids, Kitchen House Coffee and Isabees) in June. 

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St. Louis County Listings

(street numbers provided in June)*


Shapfield Farm

xxxxx  Shapfield Lane in Affton, 63123

Chickens, Honey Bees, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting.                                    Saint Louis Beekeepers

“Shapfield Farm Sustainable Backyard Gardens - with approximately 530 square feet of raised beds, Apiary (4 beehives), & backyard chicken coupe (8 free-range chickens). Varied use of cattle panels for trellising & support. Additional features include greenhouse, rain barrel system, hydroponics, cloche, re-purposed outdoor "wet bar", fire pit, pollinator bed with bee bath, and hugelkultur bed. Beehives are at the back of the property with four active hives & honey harvest comparisons. Varied beds with planting to include, grapes, okra, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, hot & sweet pepper, berries, brassica, apple trees, lettuce, garlic, onions, loofah, gourds, herbs & beneficials. We harvest and can our produce as well as use our products from the hives to make goat's milk soap (no goats on our farm). A display of Shapfield Farm's Soap Suds will be accessible during the tour.” Beekeepers – Lance Sides & Laurie Metz


Storz Gardens

xxxx  Rosemary Ave. in Affton, 63123

Aquaculture, Missouri Natives, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“Our yard is small, the size of a city yard.  We started 5 years ago, adding & increasing the size & plants each year.  We have personally designed, installed everything in our gardens.  A couple of years ago I started converting my plants selection to Missouri native plants to attract butterflies & bees to help the ecosystem.  We have a pondless waterfall & stream to encourage the birds to stay in the nearby area & help them survive the winters by keeping it running throughout the winter so they can bath.  I also water the garden with the rain water collected in my barrel & I only fertilize with my own compost.  I'm starting to get into host plants to help our eco system.  I've started with plants to host the monarchs.  I'm researching on other plants to host caterpillars.

    My yard is my mini Missouri Botanical Garden.  We sit on our small porch, binoculars close by (just in case) enjoying the evening watching the wildlife & de-stressing after a day at work.  Every year we have experienced something new, unique & special to us because of our garden. We love our yard - it is VERY rewarding to see what we have attracted to our yard.”


Besa's Garden

xxx Pardella Ave., Lemay, 63125

Audubon Bring Conservation Home, Wildlife Federation, Monarch Waystation

Rain Garden, Missouri Natives, Permaculture Site, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“My yard is my playground. It’s part natives, part edible, part permaculture, part rainscape, part habitat, part experiential, and part homestead.”


Garden of Dr. Deborah L. Salivar-Keene

xxxx Emerald Hill Court, Oakville, 63129

Wildlife Federation

Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting

“3/4 of our property sustains wildlife all year long. We have multiple watering features and feeding stations. We have been establishing our habitat for the past 3 years.”


Bird friendly Haven

xxx Lake Forest Dr., Richmond Hghts, 63117

Rain Garden, Missouri Natives, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, green house.            Audubon Bring Conservation Home

“Over 100 species of native Missouri plants – trees, shrubs and perennials. A bird haven in Lake Forest.”



Raintree School

xxxx S. Mason Road, Town & Country, 63131

Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden

“This new garden is located at Raintree School.  It features lots of organic and heirloom varieties and has been planted and maintained by the children of the school.  The garden also integrates an open composting system and an open air compost area.”


A Peaceful Sanctuary

xxx Jackson Rd., Webster, 63119

Wildlife Federation, Monarch Waystation

Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, vegetables in pots, native pollinator habitat

“Mature perennial garden with many Missouri native plants including host plants for Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in addition to 5 fruit trees (one of which is an espalier) and 2 pecan trees.  A pond and stream provides a year round water source for birds and animals in addition to supplemental habitat provided for birds and native pollinators.   The garden is mostly shade so vegetables are grown in pots along the driveway.   Rainbarrels  collect water used for vegetable and flower pots.  Several garden decorations are made out of reused, recycled or found items including a metal bench made out of scrap metal.  The grass lawn has been reduced to a small area in the front of the house.  The garden meets requirements for and has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Waystation.”


Herb Lovers Home

xxx Hawthorne Ave., Webster, 63119

Chickens, Aquaculture, Missouri Natives, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting                         Webster Groves Herb Society

“We have chickens, rain barrels, cold frames, vegetable garden, native garden, pond, small greenhouse and lots of love for the planet and all living creatures.”


Gateway Gardener Magazine’s Home Garden

xxx Trevillian Ave., Glendale, 63122

Missouri Natives, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

Audubon Bring Conservation Home,  Monarch Waystation

“Multiple ornamental gardens, many featuring native plants, some with native plants exclusively, examples of invasive eradication and alternative plantings, wildlife friendly certified habitats, organic turf management, permeable driveway, compost bin from recycled pallets, and more.”


Ruppert Gardens and Chicken Ranch

xxxx Forest Ave., Kirkwood, 63122

Chickens, Honey Bees, Missouri Natives, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting

Grow Native! Missouri Prairie Foundation

“Ruppert Gardens and Chicken Ranch exemplifies a symbiotic relationship of a garden landscape with a flock of backyard poultry. The gardens highlight some of the best perennial selections for lower Midwest landscapes, with new selections added each spring and autumn. The backyard flock of chickens contribute “moving color” to the landscape and supply the Ruppert family with fresh, free-range eggs daily.”


Alan @ It's Not Work, It's Gardening!

906 Dinard Dr., Manchester 63021

Missouri Natives, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, fish/frog pond

“Native plants, trees, and shrubs; grasses; perennials; flowering vines; over 35 different varieties of bamboo; wildlife habitat; personal oasis; so much to discover!”


Sprawlstainable/Acorn Landscapes

xx Forrester Dr., Manchester63011

Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Renewable Energy, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, Bird and Wildlife Habitat Diversity

Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Forsythia Garden Club

“How do you make living in suburbia more sustainable? That was the question Landscape Architect Mary Francois Deweese pondered over a decade ago before transforming her 100’ x 65’ backyard lawn into distinct outdoor rooms hosting people, plants and wildlife. Over 150 varieties of plants (dozens of which are fruit trees and berry bushes), formal kitchen garden with recycled paver walkways, organic lawn, shade garden and patio incorporating principles of food forest gardening, native plants, espalier fruit trees, DIY drip irrigation, over 40 container grown plants including fruits, berry cage, composting, screening strategies, and a 1500SF drought tolerant grass and perennial hillside garden. As a working test garden for Mary’s Design business Acorn Landscapes, and her blog about living more sustainable in the suburbs, there is A LOT to see here!”


The Wildermuth's Play Garden

xxxx Richmond Place, Maplewood, 63143

Rain Garden, Chickens, Permaculture Site, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Children's garden with natural playscape

“This yard shows how city living, sustainability and children are compatible. Its multifunctional design was inspired by  permaculture principles. Besides food and natural beauty, the yard provides the opportunity for good work, learning, playing and even praying. There is nothing off limits to the little ones and even more, they are seen as a natural, and beneficial part of the environment. There are mature grape vines growing on a pergola built by the previous owners and raised beds built on the repurposed garage foundation.”


Molina Family "Farm"

xxxx Dielman Rd., Olivette 63132

Chickens, Honey Bees, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden

“We have several vegetable and herb beds, apple and cherry trees, blueberry bushes, chickens and ducks, and honeybees.”


Jo and Andrea's Millennial Leaders

xxxx Dolores Ave., Olivette63132

Missouri Natives, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

Audubon Bring Conservation Home

Missouri Native Landscape--It's a work in progress!


Wild Bird Rehabilitation: Song Bird Biodiversity Haven

xxx Midland Blvd., Overland,  63114

Audubon Bring Conservation Home

“We are completely re-landscaping the Wild Bird Rehabiliation center. The work will be taking place this April. Audubon is sponsoring it. We want to let people that there is a crucial relationship between flora and fauna. Native Missouri plants in progress.”


Claire Schosser

xxxx Twillman Ave., Spanish Lake 63138

Rain Garden, Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting

“This 1 acre property features an edible forest garden in the front yard, an herb garden adjoining the patio, and mushroom logs. The back yard hosts a 1500 square foot vegetable garden, a 100 square foot patch of strawberries, and numerous native plants and nut-bearing shrubs and trees. Rain runoff from the house roof and garden shed are captured in rain barrels for garden use, and a rain garden catches and stores excess runoff from one set of rain barrels. The diverse plantings attract many birds as well as rabbits, snakes, and frogs.”


City of St. Louis Listings:


Brockschmidt Farms

xxxxBrockschmidt Place, 63139Dogtown

Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements)

“Brockschmidt Farms is a collection of gardens between three neighbors. We grow quite a bit each year and share our harvests. In fall 2013 we hosted a backyard popup dinner for 60 people. Our friend Robin Wheeler cooked a 6-course meal sourced form our gardens.

During the tour this year, we will be hosting another popup with Sprouthood: a new app for discovering the food produced near you. We will be serving a la carte sausages and snacks, all made in St. Louis with local, sustainably-sourced ingredients, many of them from sustainable backyards and 4 Hands cans will be available for a donation. 

We hope to demonstrate how a little land can go a long way in terms of food production.”


Generous Harvest on Villa

xxxxVilla Ave. 63139Dogtown

Rain Garden, Missouri Natives, Permaculture Site, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“This yard has just been relocated. We are focusing on plants: perennials, natives, edibles. We also have passive rainwater harvesting, garden pond, vermicompost, compost, sheet mulching, swales (planned).”


Chickens of Dogtown

xxxxRipple St. 63139Dogtown

Chickens, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Renewable Energy, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, solar panels

“Our two hens free range in our yard, and in the winter they stay warm in their coop, which has a nesting box heated with a heating element (STEP Warmfloor) that is powered by two solar panels.
These young hens (1 year old) feast on grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and find shade under dwarf apple trees, a peach tree, an almond tree and a soon-to-be paw paw tree. We also have a top bar bee hive, and some bee scouts check in on it occasionally, but none have called it home yet. We also have 20 feet of sunchokes that grow about 10 feet tall, elderberries, currants, solar powered garden lights; solar powered "predator" light on coop, rain barrel with rain catchment off shed, soon the rain barrel will have solar powered pump to pump the water.”


Bob and Francine's Front & Backyard Edible Gardens

xxxxMcCausland Ave.63143Franz Park

Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Renewable Energy, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Monarch Butterfly garden

“Our garden is progressing. Even though we have been adding compost and mulch each year, and growing vegetables for over 15 years it is still progressing. This year we will plant milkweed for a Monarch Butterfly garden. This is the focus on our garden in the back of our house.
In the front of our house we focus on our edible front yard garden.
We eat from our vegetable garden; and share what we grow with friends and cooks.This year we are installing our rain barrels. Last year we installed solar paneling on our roof.”


CoLibri Urban Housing Community Garden

xxxxAnn Ave.63104Fox Park

Permaculture Site, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Vegetable Garden, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

This is a permaculture project within a cooperative housing project.


Kim and Roy Peterson

xxxxCarroll St.63104Lafayette Square

Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden

“Vegetable garden, flower garden, orchard. Located on two side lots. Raised beds, cold frame, patio area, courtyard garden.”


Baileys' Restaurants Micro-Farm,

xxxx Henrietta St. 63104The Gate District

Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“Baileys' Restaurants is excited to introduce our first micro-farm! 80% of our 6,000 square foot backyard is being used for intensive vegetable, herb, and flower production. We do companion planting, vertical gardening with trellises, composting utilizing food from our restaurants, mulching, and drip irrigation. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers or herbicides. In the very near future we intend to have chickens and are exploring the idea of rooftop gardening and rainwater collection.”


Tom & Gloria's Urban Escape

xxxxHebert St.63107 Old North St. Louis

Missouri Natives, Renewable Energy, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, Solar Oven

“Garden has several raised vegetable and flower beds, three rain barrels, native plants and milkweed for butterfly nectaring and feeding. The garage and shed building roofs have solar panels to supply electricity for home usage. We can also demonstrate cooking with a solar oven in the yard, weather permitting.”


Susannah Eisenbraun

xxxxSullivan Ave.63107Old North St. Louis

Missouri Natives, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Kid play space and "garden" area

“The 7 buildings that used to stand on this lot were demolished many years ago. Now gardens, paths and play areas fill the space, and a pile of raw resources gives some idea of things to come. Hardscaping includes brick paths, a retaining wall and a driveway made from foundation stones dug on site, stone steps and benches, raised vegetable and herb beds, a firepit, and brick and gravel patios. In the last 5 years the current owner has planted over 135 species of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals in the half dozen garden beds.”


Melon's Mini-Botanicals

xxxxSchollmeyer Ave. 63109Princeton Heights

Honey Bees, Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, wildflowers

“Very bee friendly. Vegetable garden that feeds us the entire winter. Lovely old plants, handed down from my mother, many wildflowers. I have been told it's an amazing yard for a tiny city lot.”


A Slice of Nature and Tranquility

xxxxGoethe Ave.  63116Princeton Heights

Honey Bees, Aquaculture, Missouri Natives, Vegetable Garden, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting

“My yard has a mixture of annuals as well as perennials that support wildlife and focus on the sustainability of plants and people. The yard has a pond that provides an important water source for animals and has housing for various animals including rabbits and birds, providing that animals and gardens DO and CAN coexist if we learn from each other. I also have a rain barrel for water conservation and have been given approval by the National Wildlife Association for over 20 years as a Backyard Habitat and have a low grade approval from the Audubon Association. My mix of plants is both nature wildflowers and those for beauty mixed amongst vegetables and container growing. Recently a sidewalk was replaced with pavers for the benefit of trees as learned through Operation Brightside. Entire focus of the yard is not only of beauty but working with and for nature as well and providing food sources for humans and animals. In the fall I have large qualities of butterflies and year long sources of various birds, even the occasional turtle and frogs appear some years.”


Double J Ranch

xxxxItaska St.63109Southampton

Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“In 2014, we removed the grass from over 80% of our backyard and replaced it with an organic layout of vegetable beds and mulched paths and patio. We planted a variety of edible perennial's including blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry bushes, herbs, and a cherry tree! This year we built a grow-room in our basement and started all our annual crops from seed. We also used many free resources to fix up our yard. We took clippings from friends plants, used city mulch and compost, and got coffee bags from a local roaster to use as weed cloth.”


City House Country Mouse

xxxxShaw Blvd63110Shaw

Missouri Natives, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, raised beds and containers

“What started as compacted clay soil and construction debris, over the years has become an urban garden to try everything - veggies, herbs, natives, flowers and grasses. We maintain an organic backyard. Features: 5 raised beds, cutting garden, natives.”


xxxxBotanical Ave. 63110Shaw

Chickens, Vegetable Garden

2 box gardens, tomato garden, 6 chickens with coop, etc.


The Harris'

xxxx Botanical Ave. 63110Shaw

Chickens, Missouri Natives, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping

“Our yard demonstrates a commitment to raising our own food and working to reduce our water footprint. We utilize two vertical garden planters and a chicken coop. We also utilize drought tolerant plants, sustainable gardening practices and work to plant native plants.”


Sustainable Backyard Lab

xxxxBotanical Ave.63110Shaw

Rain Garden, Chickens, Honey Bees, Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“Last year tour really inspired us and we implemented a lot of ideas we got from it. In addition to our vegetable garden we've got chickens, who eat the weeds and table scraps and give us eggs and compost for the garden; bees, who pollinate our garden and give us honey; quails who give us very healthy nutritious eggs; vertical fence garden for strawberries and herbs; rainscaping design with 275 gallon rain barrel and any overflow is absorbed by the pile of wood chips, pollinators garden, native pollinators hotel, edible landscape, 8 fruit trees. And all that, in a small city backyard. You really can live a sustainable, fun, small farmer's life in the city.”


Hage Homestead

xxxx Utah St. 63118Tower Grove East

Honey Bees, Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“Urban homestead, come see what can be grown on a small city plot. Our garden is six years old and includes 8 fruit trees, berry bushes, beehives, native plans, container gardens, and a large veggie garden.”


Kitchen House Farm

xxxxMichigan Ave.63118Tower Grove East

Rain Garden, Chickens, Honey Bees, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Water Conservation/Rainwater harvesting, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“We have a small urban farm on the double parcel property behind our home in Tower Grove East with chickens, a bee hive, a rain barrel, a large organic vegetable garden, and a small renovated farm house we are told was originally built as a kitchen house or summer kitchen. We call it Kitchen House Farm, and within the past year opened Kitchen House Coffee a block away at 3149 Shenandoah, where we try to extend the urban farm/sustainable living theme.”


House of the Trumpet Vine Truce

xxxxUtah Place63116Tower Grove Heights

Chickens, Missouri Natives, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Perrmeable surfaces (Concrete/Asphalt replacements), Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives, meat rabbits

“Sustainable backyard on a budget. This is only our third year in this home and we do work slowly, with re-purposed materials as time and budget allow. We host chickens, rabbits, fruit and vegetable garden, and earth-bag construction. We can share with visitors about chicken pitfalls and dealing with shade and invasive weeds.”


dirty girl farms

xxxxJuniata St.63116Tower Grove South

Permaculture Site, Fruit &/or Nut Trees, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Edible (Perennial) Landscaping, Minimal Lawn/Lawn alternatives

“I run my business, dirty girl farms, from a long lot behind my house. I primarily grow culinary herbs, greens, fruit and berries that I sell to the finest chefs in Saint Louis. Present are 2 raised 4' x 8' cedar beds, multiple raised brick and paver stone beds, many, many smart pots of varying sizes, and vertical and horizontal trellis production.”



* Street numbers and Map will be uploaded in June, closer to Tour Sunday.