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Operation Brightside will now be known as Brightside St. Louis.

July 1, 2011 | 2 min reading time

This article is 12 years old. It was published on July 1, 2011.

New Name

After 29 years of cleaning and greening St. Louis, Operation Brightside will now be known as Brightside St. Louis. Our new logo, created by Gorilla76, displays our signature daffodil along with a greener Brightside. While our name may be changing, our dedication to our mission of a cleaner, greener St. Louis remains as strong as ever. 

New Demonstration and Learning Center

Thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps and lots of generous donors, Brightside's Demonstration and Learning Center is now open to the public. In fact, the first Neighbors Naturescaping workshop was held in the garden last Saturday and the next workshop will be Saturday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend as Mark Grueber, Urban Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, leads the discussion.

See Kristen Cornett's story on about Brightside's new garden and the Marines who helped build it.

As additional money is raised, Brightside will be able to complete Phase II of the garden which will include interpretive signage and shade structures built as giant Purple Coneflowers. You can Help Our Garden Grow by purchasing an engraved brick for our garden: -- click on the Help Our Garden Grow link on the home page. 

New Email Address

Please note, effective July 1, 2011, the email address: will no longer be in service.  To reach

Mary Lou Green email:

Gwen McFowland email:

Brightside general:

New Video

Take a few minutes to look at this wonderful video STLTV  produced for Brightside. It illustrates just how far we have come in 29 years.

Time to Order Flower Bulbs

Now is also a great time to plan your garden. Be sure to order your flower bulbs from Brightside St. Louis. New this year, the Midwest Mix, a collection of fine daffodils chosen by the Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society for their outstanding performance in the Midwest region. -- click on the Blooming Soon! flower sale tab. 


While you are on our website, be sure to become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 

Special Thanks

Best wishes to Yvette Hartsfield who will begin serving as Executive Director of St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors. Thanks Yvette for your service to Operation Brightside. 


Thanks for your continued support, 


Your friends at Brightside St. Louis!