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The Dirt on Soil: Life Underground

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 6:30 PM-9:30 PM


Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS), McDonnell Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Facility, 101 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63124 + Google Map

Download a campus map with parking and directions to the McDonnell STEM Center here.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Registration deadline is Friday, May 6. Register at deercreekalliance.org!

teaming-with-microbesA Wild Ideas Worth Sharing lecture and book signing.

The BiodiverseCity Wild Ideas Speaker Series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. This year’s series features a lineup of local and global perspectives on how cities, communities, and entire cultures can live in ways that enable a greater diversity of life to survive and thrive.

6:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking
7:00 p.m. Program
8:30 p.m. Refreshments and Book Signing

Featured Speakers: Jeff Lowenfels and James Sotillo come together in St. Louis from opposite ends of the country with a focus on biodiversity on levels too long beneath our notice.

Jeff_LowenfelsJeff Lowenfels is the longest running garden columnist in North America, a noted author, and a highly entertaining horticultural speaker. His book Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, was reviewed as “the most important new gardening book in 25 years and maybe even ever.” Jeff is a national leader in the sustainable gardening movement, past president of the Garden Writers of America, and was inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame in 2005, the highest honor a North American garden writer can achieve. Jeff explains how maximizing soil health improves both plant health and water quality. His promise: No one goes away from a Lowenfels talk disappointed or unchanged. Guaranteed!

Lowenfels is the recipient of the 2016 American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.


Sotillo Crop2James Sotillo, Founder and President of Ecological Landscape Management, is recognized as one of the leading Soil Life Consultants and Arborists in the industry. James has forged his notability through his powerful lectures, innovative research and technology advances, and his passionate approaches towards projects of varied scales. He will discuss the art of creating dynamic landscapes that are ecologically balanced, aesthetically beautiful and energy balanced with a focus on making connections between how below ground and above ground food webs impact each other. Projects that will be highlighted include Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier One, MoMA Sculpture Garden, Maggi Daly Park, and the St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds project.


This event is funded in part by the Holton family and US EPA Region 7  through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G14-NPS-04), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.


Presented in partnership with: the Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance.






Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
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Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS)
101 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124 United States
+ Google Map