St. Louis Garden Symposium (SLUGS)


Jun 4, 20229:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join Brightside St. Louis Saturday, June 4th, 2022 for this year’s St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium located at Brightside St. Louis’ Demonstration Garden at 4646 Shenandoah Avenue.

*limited virtual participation available

Register for the Symposium

The symposium will feature two special guest speakers leading hour-long presentations. We’re pleased to have Gerardo Camilo, Ph.D., Biology professor at Saint Louis University and Scott Woodbury, Horticulture Manager at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve join us this year! These two presentations will be offered virtually as well.

Following these special presentations, two 30-minute workshops led by experts in their respective fields will help gardeners learn how to plan, plant and care for a neighborhood or home garden. There will be opportunities to “Ask the MO Dept. of Conservation (MDC) Experts” between sessions and to purchase native plants after the workshops!

Concurrent Workshops

Gardening for Birds & Bees

Birds are beautiful and fun to watch.  Find out which trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses our winged friends prefer for food and shelter and see what these plants look like growing in our Demonstration Garden.  Don’t forget about beneficial insects like bees that help bring balance to a garden’s ecosystem, leading to healthier and more productive plants.  Learn about these amazing creatures and how you can create native habitats that will attract them to your garden.

Plant Healthcare & Soil

Having healthy soil is the first step in creating a healthy garden.  Different plants prefer different soil conditions and knowing the nutrient content, physical properties, pH and contaminants present in your soil are important for the health of your plants.  Beyond this, it’s important to learn the best management practices for keeping your plants healthy and your garden looking its best.  Learn to identify common weeds, pests and diseases and how to minimize damage to your plants.

Cost:  $10 per person

All who register will receive a Zoom link before June 4th to stream our keynote speaker presentations.

Neighbors Naturescaping Participants and Volunteers:  Register early! Neighbors Naturescaping participants can take part in this event at no charge. Please use your unique Neighbors Naturescaping participant code when registering.

Here is the event flyer ready to share!

Parking and Shuttle:  Parking is limited by the Demonstration Garden. Additional parking is available at the St. Louis City Water Division located at 1640 South Kingshighway, 63110.  Please park in the rear of the building and shuttle service will be available to and from the symposium.

Register for the St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium

Join us for the St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Complete the form below to register for this exciting event on gardening with native plants, which includes two guest speakers and concurrent workshops.

If you have questions or need help registering, please call the Brightside office at 314-772-4646.



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