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Brightside St. Louis

Website: http://www.brightsidestlouis.org

Phone: 314-772-4646

Fax: 314-772-7444

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Mailing address:

4646 Shenandoah Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63110


Mary Lou Green

Executive Director



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Geographic areas served
Greater St. Louis metro area
Date they started providing services
What they do

Brightside cleans and greens St. Louis. We remove graffiti from vandalized properties; conduct an annual city-wide clean up; beautify public areas in neighborhoods, downtown, and along highways including millions of daffodils and the Gardens at Lake Louie, I-64 at Chestnut/20th St.

Through our greening programs, we teach neighborhood leaders to design, plan, plant and maintain a neighborhood garden plus provide the plant material and tools they need. The educational workshops are held in our Demonstration Garden and Learning Center.

The Demo Garden at Kingshighway & Vandeventer is open at all times for visitors to learn about native plants and sustainable landscaping practices. Our goal is to connect urban residents with the natural environment and teach visitors that Missouri native plants benefit both people and animals. The sustainable practices can be replicated at home, in gardens or new developments and help manage stormwater and reduce runoff to protect water quali

Who they serve

Operation Brightside was started in 1982 to clean up and beautify the city of St. Louis. In 2011, we began doing business as Brightside St. Louis. Throughout our 30-year history we have always served all of the residents in the city of St. Louis. Moreover, people living in the St. Louis metro area also benefit from the work of Brightside as we are strengthening the urban core of our region.

Our Graffiti Eradication service is provided predominantly to those living in low and moderate-income areas in the city as these neighborhoods experience the most graffiti vandalism.

How they serve

Graffiti Eradication – removes gang-related graffiti from 4,000+ vandalized homes, businesses and schools.

Blitz – organizes an annual city-wide clean up and engages thousands of volunteers to clean up over 7 million of pounds of trash.

Neighbors Naturescaping – establishes community gardens to beautify barren public spaces; provides tools and native trees and plants. Have supported over 600 community gardens.

Gardens at Lake Louie – maintains four seasons of rich, vibrant color in the gardens along I-64.

Blitz Blooms – grows and distributes 200,000+ annuals for planting in public areas.

Flowers for Downtown – leads the effort to beautify the areas around the city’s civic center including City Hall, Soldiers Memorial and medians on Tucker Blvd.

Highway Daffodils – adds more daffodils to the millions previously planted. In 2012, we planted 500,000 daffodils throughout the region in honor of our 30th anniversary.

Multi-material drop-off Recycling Cent


Clean and desirable neighborhoods and inviting green spaces cross demographic boundaries to benefit people of all races, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Plus, Brightside’s cleaning and greening programs help make neighborhoods stronger and more stable and studies have shown that cleaner, greener areas relieve stress, improve health, reduce aggression and crime as well as boost children’s performance in school.

Brightside’s team removes gang-related graffiti from 4,000+ vandalized homes, businesses and schools to protect property values and provide a greater sense of neighborhood safety. Most of the graffiti is removed from private property in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Our highly-diverse network of volunteers enables us to leverage our limited dollars and invest over 20,000 volunteer hours each year in Brightside projects that help make St. Louis a cleaner, greener place to live, work, learn, grow and play.

Success story

In 2011, Brightside, with the help of 20 U.S. Marines, established our Demonstration Garden and Learning Center on one of the city’s most-heavily traveled intersections – Vandeventer and Kingshighway. Over 75,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians pass through this intersection daily. Many take the opportunity to enjoy the Missouri native plants and the respite from the built environment. The garden also offers visitors opportunities to learn about sustainable landscaping techniques while fostering an interest in nature and cultivating environmental stewardship.

Our Demonstration Garden is a great conduit through which we can engage and educate the community and is the perfect complement to our long-time programs which enhance public areas in St. Louis. The Neighbors Naturescaping educational workshops are held in the outdoor classroom as are continuing education classes for engineers, planners, arborists, landscape architects and master gardeners.

They collaborate with:

Since Brightside was established in 1982, we have been in partnership with the City of St. Louis and all of the neighborhoods in St. Louis. We still work closely with these entities. Today, Brightside regularly collaborates with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, St. Louis Master Gardeners, and the Flora Conservancy. We are working on deepening our relationships with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Master Naturalists. We also work regularly with service organizations including student groups at Saint Louis University, Washington University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

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Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

319 N. 4th Street, Suite 300, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1906
tel 314-588-8200, fax 314-588-8088