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We're Going Off the Grid, again at Bartlett Arboretum
With a Human-Powered Concert, Tiny House Demo and 2nd Annual Eco-Festival
Bartlett Arboretum celebrates personal environmental action and alternative energies and life styles with an eco-festival and the final Tree House Concert of 2015. The Sunday, Oct. 18, event will feature music by local artists, informational presentations on a variety of environmental themes and a Tiny House display.
Gates open at noon.
Alternative energies will be on display, including a bicycle-powered PA system, courtesy of Make ICT, and a wind-energized kinetic art installation by Mike and Meghan Miller. A kid's tent will offer eco-crafts.
Speaker Presentations in the Depot:
Eco-Laureate – Molly Traffas, InnerWorks
Our Climate Reality – Citizens' Climate Lobby
Green Building Science from scratch or retrofit – Gary Hiland
Tiny House Living – Kyle & Danae Schmidt
Pollinators in a GMO world – Britt Hopper, apiarist
Permaculture – Charolett Knapic
Music on the Loblolly Stage:
Lasso the Moon
Aaron Lee Martin
The Arboretum hopes to make it a zero landfill event, with recycling initiatives.
$5 at the gate
Pack a picnic or enjoy cuisine courtesy of Beautiful Day Café, Luciano's and College Hill Coffee
Free if you bicycle to the event. Bike valet will be available thanks to Bike Walk Wichita.
Thanks to our participants and sponsors:
Howerton + White
Wichita Rain Barrels
Interstate All Battery Center
Medical Loan Closet
Bike Walk Wichita
Air Capitol Salvage
Southwestern College Green Team
Ernstmann Tree Care
TISSU Sewing Studio
Soil Sisters & Brothers
Jaime Green's lyrical documentary ventures up the garden paths and down the Euphrates Creek,
exploring how this 100-year-old wood made it into our lives today. This short film was underwritten by
the Kansas Humanities Council as part of
initiative Kansans Tell Their Stories for the state's 150th anniversary.
Located 20 miles south of Wichita, the century-old, historic Bartlett Arboretum is
home to massive cypress, oaks and champion Japanese maples. For nearly 100 years
many generations of Kansans have enjoyed this unique sanctuary once touted as "the
only mature arboretum between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains."
In 1910 Dr. Walter Bartlett, a general practitioner from Belle Plaine, purchased
about 40 acres of pastureland along a winding stream called the Euphrates Creek.
A consummate naturalist, Dr. Bartlett collected waterfowl and minerals, but the
hobby that continued throughout his lifetime and into a second century and a
fourth generation was his passion for horticulture and his varied collection of
trees. In the 1930s the arboretum became an approved government testing ground;
the Department of Agriculture sent plants and trees from all over the world to
Belle Plaine to see if they could be grown locally. In 1926 the first Tulip
Festival was held at the arboretum and it was open each year until 1942 when
World War II made it impossible to get help or import bulbs. In celebration of
the 1961 Kansas State Centennial the garden was again open to the public and
then closed officially for good in the mid-1990s.
In its mature state the arboretum has great educational value. Each year many
students of botany visit the grounds. But mostly it remains a haven for wildlife,
artists, nature and bird lovers, brides and grooms. The Bartlett Arboretum is
privately owned and is not endowed or subsidized. Current steward Robin Macy and
her volunteers are in the process of restoring the grounds, rebuilding bridges,
removing dead and diseased plant material and trees in an effort to preserve
this favorite retreat. Although the property is no longer open daily to the
public, Ms. Macy makes the gardens available for educational purposes, concerts
on the lawn and for private functions.