sustainable backyard tour

  • June 23, 2013 · 11:00 AM

The Third Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour is a free, self-guided, open-house-style tour of sustainable outdoor residential spaces around the St. Louis area. It is a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand how others have integrated sustainable living practices into their little piece of Earth. You can experience a wide range of sustainable practices - from bees to chickens, native plants to perennial veggies to fruit trees, rain barrels to renewable energy, permaculture to aquaculture, xeriscaping to edible landscaping - all demonstrated in St. Louis area backyards, frontyards, sideyards, courtyards, and more! For details, visit www.sustainablebackyardtour.com.

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  • Trish E.

    We really enjoyed this event. I do agree w/some others that said there is too much to see & not enough time to see it all. Having the City & County tours on different days is a great idea. That way we can see all the houses & what they offer. Eliminating any houses that don't show very well may also help. This was our 1st time going on this tour. The first house we chose to visit looked very sloppy & unorganized. This made us question if taking the time to go on the rest of the tour would be worth it or not. I'm so glad we didn't let this first house discourage us. We were not able to visit all the houses, however, our favorite was 2637 Melvin Avenue! We spent more time at this house than any other house gathering all kinds of tips & info. We are moving w/in the next few years & learning & seeing examples of what we may want to duplicate will be very helpful when choosing our new home & putting our homestead together. Thanks to everyone who did any part in putting this together!

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Jim

      Thank for giving everyone a tour of your very inspiring garden, chickens, bees, yellow cups, smart pots, and much more........

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • Angela C.

      Thanks for coming by, Jim!

      June 25, 2013

  • Jim

    This meet up was GREAT. I learned so much. I'm greatly inspired by the work and creativity and passion of those who hosted the tours of their backyards.

    Suggestion for next year: Make it a two day event. Offer half the houses on the tour on Saturday and the other half on Sunday. I rushed around and was only able to see 8 houses. If I had more time I'd see more backyards.

    Thanks to one and all for all the work it took to create this great event.

    June 24, 2013

  • Marsha W.

    Dan & I had the best time today hosting here in Ellisville. What wonderfully delightful people in this group, I hope and think that we made some new friends. Bring on next year, we are ready, willing and able. Thank you everyone that came to our house today and made OUR day the best ever!!!!

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Angela C.

      Hi Marsha! My mom stopped by your place on her way to ours and said it was outstanding! She showed me some photos & it looks beautiful. Hope we get a chance to exchange visits soon! :)

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • Trish E.

      We wanted to visit but didn't get the chance to. I hope you participate next year. We would love to be able to see it :0)

      June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea.

    June 23, 2013

  • Terri

    Hello all :) Thanks for letting me be on the tour, and thanks to all the people that stopped by! There was no way to count, but I sure had a steady flow here from 11-4. It was great to meet everyone! My helpers estimated about 100 people came through, which was wonderful!

    Linda, in terms of the time... I love the concept of 9-5, but as a host, I've got to tell you I don't think I would be able to do it. I had 4 people here throughout the day helping and we were all cooked by the end, there was very little time to sit down or get out of the sun. I think an 8 hour commitment would discourage me from being on the tour, truthfully. I think it's perfect 11-4. Terry, thanks for all the work you did to get us ready!
    Thanks again, I appreciated being able to meet so many great people!

    :) Terri (#8) :)

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Katie P.

    Great ideas! I wish every place had a handout with info about their plants, supplies, etc. Thank you to all the great owners for opening up their yards for us!

    June 23, 2013

  • Jan W.

    I agree that there is way too much to see. I really enjoyed this and learned some valuable things. Perhaps you can divide this up where one time you can have the event in the city and another time it can be in the county. That way we can see more . Thanks Jan

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice, but as I've always recommended, either start earlier and/or end later because there is NO way you can see all of them in just 5 hours. Took us 3 hours just to see 8.

    The time needs to be extended to at least 9-5 PM. Some of us wait all year to see them and it's frustrating to only get to see a small portion of all listed because there is not enough time.

    June 23, 2013

    • Melissa S

      It would make it easier to see all the properties, but I would think standing outside longer than they are now, answering the same questions over and over and over might be a bit hellish for the hosts.... There is always next year : )

      June 23, 2013

  • Melissa S

    Thank you for another great tour, Terry Winkelmann!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Jan W.

    Hi everyone, I am looking forward to this event. My question is, do we pick and choose which places we would like to visit or are people meeting at a certain location and plan to go together to places on the list?

    June 22, 2013

    • raymond m.

      Can't get on website

      June 23, 2013

    • raymond m.

      I want to go but not my myself

      June 23, 2013

  • Marsha W.

    Hi All, I am one of the host #34 tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing everyone. My place is the one that is almost off the map (Ellisville) and we have a lot to see. It doesn't say in the directions but there will be lots parking on Woodhill (right on the corner of our property). Also we have fruit trees and bushes, plus lots of native plants, bees, chickens you name it. So please take the time to come on out to the outer banks and we'll try to make it worth your while. Thanks & see you all tomorrow....Marsha

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • wlindZ

    Hello? Does anyone know the location for this Sunday, June 23rd event? I'm confused

    June 21, 2013

    • Beth

      It is a self-guided tour. Go to the link below to then find the registration link (no cost, we are just tracking attendance). The tour booklets are also available at the website link. http://www.sustainabl...­

      June 21, 2013

    • wlindZ

      Ohk I get it! Thank you for clarification

      June 21, 2013

  • Terri

    Hello all! I wanted to say thanks for all of the great questions, feedback and excitement about the Tour. We are #8 on the list, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! Also:Our place is For Sale and the agent will be having an open house Sunday from 1-3. If you are interested in buying an already established sustainable yard/home, come on by! The house is priced to sell & I can leave behind a lot of things a first time home buyer would need, including appliances and garden tools. The open house is really only for those looking to buy a house, it's not an actual part of the tour otherwise. But if you or a friend are looking for an already established urban homestead, this place is perfect. Here's the house info if you are interested in buying. If not, no worries, please stop on by for the Yard Tour !
    http://www.cbgundaker.com/prope...­

    June 21, 2013

  • Chris A M.

    I would like to learn how my apartment can be turned into the sustainable garden

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Terri

      Chris, I'm #8 on the tour, if you come by here I can show you some ideas for pots and other ways to do edible landscaping. Thanks!

      June 21, 2013

  • wlindZ

    Hi I went to the site and even picked up a booklet. I still do not know location for this event

    June 20, 2013

  • Allen S.

    Chickens, bees??? I've got to be here!

    June 19, 2013

  • Emma

    Link does not work. Where can we get maps of the participants on this tour?

    May 22, 2013

  • John & L.

    Go on over to sustainablebackyardtour.com and download the tour list. Copies of the list are also available at the sponsors locations...

    June 18, 2013

  • Terri

    Hello all! Looking fwd to seeing everyone on the tour. Our house is also for sale, so if you are looking for a little urban homestead, stop on by!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI!new here and looking forward to meeting all!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Julie W.

    what was I thinking? I have to work

    June 1, 2013

  • Rob

    Hi all, I work in the area at a local non profit and am trying to start up a donation drive to provide garden gloves, hand shovels, shovels, soil, powertools, and anything else that you think might be useful for two of our Urban Farms. These urban farms have many of our international clients working for self sustenance. You can e-mail me at [masked] if you have any information regarding people I can contact, or if you want to learn more about our organization and this drive.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Rob

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the community garden i designed (commercial property - historic apartment bldg.) and participate in maintaining, will be on the tour again this year. hope to see you! 4163 Magnolia Ave. 63130 (i think that's the address) - double check program. Magnolia Community Garden.

    May 23, 2013

  • anne l.

    I can't find anything wrong with their link.
    www.sustainablebackyardtour.com
    "One week prior to the tour, the addresses and map will be posted here for this year’s tour stops. Register to go on the tour at Eventbrite.com and you will be notified via email when the map is available. You will also be able to download a PDF of the tour guide here."

    May 22, 2013

  • Julie W.

    I tried the link but it was not working. How can I find out more information about this meet-up?

    May 22, 2013

  • anne l.

    I am hosting @ Dirty Girl Farms.

    May 21, 2013

  • "Sweet-T"

    Anyone want to meet up with me?

    May 21, 2013

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