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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:
Radio Soul
Lasso the Moon
Aaron Lee Martin
Brutal Bear
Elliot Road
Irish Ceilidh

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.

Join the Tour de Trees, cycling peloton from Johnson's Garden Center to Bartlett Arboreum. Register here:

Thanks to our participants and sponsors:
Howerton + White
Wichita Rain Barrels
Interstate All Battery Center
Make ICT
One80 Solar
Medical Loan Closet
Bike Walk Wichita
Air Capitol Salvage
Southwestern College Green Team
Echo Landscapes
Ernstmann Tree Care
TISSU Sewing Studio
Soil Sisters & Brothers

Uncommon Ground

Songs From The Garden 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.