Events

 

 

Compiled here are gardening events happening in and around the Kansas City metro. If you’d like to list gardening related meetings, classes and workshops, send details with contact information to elizabeth@kcgmag.com

CLUB MEETINGS

African Violets of GKC
Tues, Apr 10, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Bonner Springs Garden Club
Tues, Apr 17, 9am; the group will tour the Free State Gardens (Wholesale Nursery) that grow Sunflower Sue Brand Plants. The group will car pool from the parking lot on the SE corner of Third & Cedar at 9am. After the tour the group will then drive to Kelly’s in Basehor, Kansas for lunch. All guests are welcome. For info contact bonnerspringsgardenclub@gmail.com

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Apr 8, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Regular meeting. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Sat, Apr 21, 10am; at Ozanam Children’s Home, 421 E 137th St, Kansas City 64131. Tour of the Greenhouses at Ozanam, led by Megan Sperry (Horticulturist Therapist). Megan will point out the plants being grown for the Ozanam Plant Sale. In addition, she will discuss the role of Horticultural Therapy in working with youth. Come and learn more. Non-members are always welcome. For additional information, contact Effie Mitsopoulos at 816-935-1594 or Vince Vogel of Vogel Landscaping at 816-313-8733.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Apr 15, 1:30-4pm. Annual potluck picnic lunch at a member’s garden. Visitors are welcome to join the fun; please call 816-444-9321 or email evaal@att.net for more information. Members, watch your email for directions and other details. The next regular club meeting will be Sun, May 20, 1:30-4pm at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. We’re looking forward to a special presentation by Mr. Kunso Kim of Powell Gardens. Visitors are welcome. For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, visit our website: kccactus.com.

Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Apr 2, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. You are welcome to join us. The program is “Garden Wonders–The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show” by Kansas City Garden Club member, Dianne Swann. She will share photos of many fabulous gardens, incredible plant specimens, creative plant and garden art, and much more along with the latest and greatest in the world of gardening gathered from this event that includes numerous national and international garden expert’s programs. Bring a sack lunch and join us for desserts and drinks after the meeting. 913-636-4956

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Apr 11, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Kim Bellemere from The Grassland Heritage Foundation will present “Native Plants and the Home Garden”. Please join us as we learn about choosing and growing native plants for the home garden. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Leavenworth Garden Club
Thurs, Apr 5, 10am; in the Jahn Room at the Leavenworth Public Library, 4th and Spruce Sts. We will have an installation of our officers and presentation of the Golden Trowel Award. This award is presented to a member in recognition of his/her exemplary service to the club. For information, call Mary Sue Winneke, 913-682-7480. Come join us!

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Apr 24, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Tracy Flowers, Master Gardener of Greater Kansas City, will present “Kauffman Memorial Garden.” The meeting and our membership is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. Bring a sack lunch – beverages and desserts are provided. For more information, please visit our website www.leawood.org/committees/lgc or send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com.

Lee’s Summit Garden Club
Tues, Apr 10, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Community Center, 2505 SW Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Program: Constanze Savysky. Topic will be Yoga for Gardeners. Refreshments are provided and visitors are always welcome. Visit our website www.leessummitgardenclub.org or call 816-914-3970.

Lenexa Field and Garden Club
Tues, Apr 10, 7-8pm; tour the garden of Susan Mertz and her husband. They will share their experience of building cold frames and growing vegetables from seed. For more information contact the club at Lenexa.fieldandgarden@gmail.com or www.lenexafieldandgardenclub.org.

Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sun, Apr 29, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Apr 17, 12pm (weather permitting); Lake at Prairie Center Park, 26325 West 135th St, Olathe. Wildflower Walk & Talk, followed by a picnic. Visitors always welcome. For information, e-mail Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com.

Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Apr 9, 7:30am; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Our guest speaker will be Craig Freeman from the Kansas Native Plant Society. Meeting time 7:30 with refreshments at 7:00. Everybody welcome to attend.

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Apr 3, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Program: “Flower Show Procedures and Changes in the NGC Flower Show Handbook” presented by Karen Barnhart, RGC Member and Master Flower Show Judge. Refreshments will be served, and visitors are most welcome. Please call 816-353-8699 or visit our website at www.sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentral/raytown.

Sho Me African Violets Club
Fri, Apr 13, 10am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Water Garden Society of KC
Tues, Apr 17, doors open at 5:30pm for snacks and socializing; at Our Lady of Sorrows, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. Our first speaker at 6:15pm is George Koepp, a financial advisor with Edward Jones. George will be sharing vital information on navigating the new tax laws AND investing strategies for 2018 and beyond. Our featured speaker is Jamie Beyer. Jamie has a masters degree in fish and wildlife biology, is a feature writer for Pond Trade Magazine, President of the Central Iowa Water Garden Association, owner of Midwest Waterscapes, a beekeeper and a world-renowned speaker. Tonight, his topic is” What secrets can the patina of your pond reveal.” Visitors are always welcome. See you there!


EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE

Summer Vegetable Gardening Success
Mon, Apr 2, 7pm; at St Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence, MO 64502. Taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator, Cathy Bylinowski; sponsored by St Paul Community Garden, Independence, MO. Free to the public. Questions: Sara at 816-356-6986.

Herbal Health
Tues, Apr 3, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terrace, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on herbs to grow in your garden and keep in your medicine cabinet. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Keeping Backyard Chickens
Tues, Apr 3, 6-9pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. An animal lover’s guide to sustainable agriculture on a small scale. Chickens provide natural bug control, as well as breakfast. Learn the how and why and what in order to avoid the perils of raising chickens on a domestic scale. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Birding Hike
Thurs, Apr 5, 8-9:30am; at Parkville Nature Sanctuary. We meet in the parking lot below the Clay County Health Building on 9 Hwy in Parkville. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/parkville-nature-sanctuary-5). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

Designing Container Gardens
Thurs, Apr 5, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to assemble a show stopping container garden. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

All About Dahlias
Thurs, Apr 5, 11:30am; in Sunflower Rm, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Dahlias are one of the most beautiful and underutilized flowers to add color and texture to the late summer garden. Hundreds of dahlias will grow in the Kansas City area, and they are available in red, orange, yellow, white and purple, and in a variety of heights. Please join us to hear a presentation by Dr Bernard Lohkamp of the GKC Dahlia Society. Dr Lohkamp is the judging chairman for the group’s shows as well as the organizer of the Dahlia Society spring tuber sale. Registration not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Lasagna Gardening:  Is it for You?
Sat, Apr 7, 10-11am; at Fairway Pool House, 6136 Mission Rd, Fairway, KS. It is time to pick up the final leaves from those pin oaks, clean out the shrub border, and cut down the weather-beaten perennials…But, what to do with all that material? The answer may well be to turn it all into a Lasagna Garden! A form of “composting in place”, this approach is a cost-effective way of the using materials at hand and reducing the amount of energy, time, and water required to maintain your garden space. Discard the tiller and Roundup, and join in learning a different way of gardening. Instructor: Ann Simpson, landscape designer and GrowNative professional. Cost: $10. To Register: call 913-262-0350 x3 or visit fairway.recdesk.com

Make a Gourd Birdhouse Class
Sat, Apr 7, 10-11am; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St. Come and make a birdhouse to take home. Fee: $15 per project plus admission. Contact: opabg.org or 913-685-3604

Watch Waterfowl Migration
Sun, Apr 8, 1-4pm; at Smithville Lake, meet at the Jerry Litton Center. Spring is a great time for waterfowl migration, we will be visiting Smithville Lake each month (second Sundays) to keep tabs on what is coming and going. We should see great diversity as the gulls, loons, grebes, ducks, geese and raptor populations constantly change during the course of this season. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/second-sundays-smithville-lake-2). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.

Add a Splash of Color with Summer Bulbs
Mon, Apr 9, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Bulbs are not just for spring. Summer or tender bulbs are a great way to add more color and interest to the landscape. This session will look at those selections that either will not survive the winter or bloom during the summer. They come in a wide variety of plant types, forms, shapes and colors. This session will introduce you to these lesser-known bulbs for the garden. Proper care will be covered to help you get the most out of these garden gems. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu.

Missouri TreeKeeper Course
Location: Memorial Park, Belton MO
Tues, Apr 10, 9am–1pm; Introduction to Trees, Urban Soils and Basic Tree Biology
Wed, Apr 11, 9am–1:30pm; Tree ID Field Day, Planting
Thurs, Apr 12, 9am–3:30pm; Pruning, Tree Problems, Pruning & Planting Field Day. Offered by Heartland Tree Alliance, Bridging the Gap. See course details at https://bridgingthegap.org/heartland-tree-alliance/treekeeper/. If you have questions, please call Sarah Crowder at 816-561-1061 ext. 138 or email Sarah.Crowder@bridgingthegap.org. If you cannot attend all the sessions, you can make them up at a later date (at no charge)!

Wildflower Walk
Wed, Apr 11, 18, 10am; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St. Explore the trails and wildflowers with a guide. Fee: Included with admission, register online. Contact: opabg.org or 913-685-3604

For Flower Lovers: Tools and Tips on how to grow flowers to Cut and Share
Wed, Apr 11, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Joy Kromer, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to grow flowers for cutting for your home or to share with friends. She will share which cutting flowers grow best in the Kansas climate. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Beekeeping III
Wed, Apr 11 & 18, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This class will be a fun and active way to learn how to be a successful backyard beekeeper. We will provide the basic knowledge needed to keep and manage a healthy beehive, and produce honey and beeswax. This class will cover bee behavior, hive management, diseases, pests, swarming and how to harvest honey right from your own backyard. Fee: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Birding Hike
Thurs, Apr 12, 8-10:30am; at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, meet at nature center parking lot at 8. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/burr-oak-woods-nature-center-0). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

The Tomato Whisperer
Thurs, Apr 12, 6:30pm; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. $10 fee, check or cash. Call:816-682-9725 for reservation.

Perennial Gardening 101
Thurs, Apr 12, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn what a perennial is, some easy care perennials for our area, and how to maintain them. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Starting with Shrubs: Designing for Birds
Sat, Apr 14, 10-11am; at Fairway Pool House, 6136 Mission Rd, Fairway, KS. Birds are attracted to a yard that has a diversity of plantings, but the foundation of your Birdscape should be shrubbery. Shrubs provide nest sites, protection from predators, food, winter shelter, and resting spots in ways that other plants in your yard cannot. We will discuss the value of native vs. non-native species, along with the most attractive and beneficial ways of planting. Welcome this Spring season, by welcoming more birds and more bird species, to your yard! Instructor: Ann Simpson, landscape designer and GrowNative professional. Cost: $10. To Register: call 913-262-0350 x3 or visit fairway.recdesk.com

Make Paper from PLANTS (Workshop)
Sat, Apr 14, 12:30-4:30pm; Class less than 5 miles from Lawrence. Join us and learn how to turn the stem, seed and leaf fibers from native plants into unique, beautifully textured papers. The paper can be used to create artwork, notecards, bookmarks, photo mats, lampshades, and MORE! Fee: $39. Instructor is the founder of Kansas Native Plants. Pre-enrollment required to attend: http://goodearthgatherings.com/register-for-a-class-online.html

Orchid Auction
Sun, Apr 15, 2-4:30pm; at Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St, Lenexa, KS. Fundraiser for The Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City. Prices starting at $5. www.osgkc.org

Tomato Gardening
Mon, Apr 16, 7pm; at St Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence, MO 64502. Taught by Cory Creed, U of MO Extension Horticulturist; Free to the public. Questions: Sara at 816-356-6986. Sponsored by St. Paul Community Garden, Independence, MO.

Growing Tomatoes with Flair and Flavor
Wed, Apr 18, 10-11am; at Douglas Co Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Dreher Bldg, Lawrence, KS. Douglas County Master Gardeners Class. Presented by Jason Graves, Saline Co Horticulture Agent. Open to the public. 785-843-7058

Birding Hike
Thurs, Apr 19, 8-10:30am; at Smithville Lake, meet at the Jerry Litton Visitor Center. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/smithville-lake-3). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

Raised Bed Gardening
Thurs, Apr 19, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Randy Oberlin, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the advantages and how to of raised bed gardening. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden
Thurs, Apr 19, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present our speaker is Roy Diblik, a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching, and yet very personal. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Landscaping with Native Plants
Thurs, Apr 19, 7pm; at Carnegie Bldg, 900 W 9th St, Lawrence, KS. Learn about important design considerations for home landscapes. This workshop will feature Patti Ragsdale, owner of Happy Apple’s Farm. She’s been growing, selling, and planting display gardens that highlight their use in home landscapes since 2014. RSVPs are encouraged. Email GHF at grasslandheritage@gmail.com.

Go Native Free Workshop and Plant Sale
Sat, Apr 21, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO. Workshop: learn native plant benefits; guided landscape tours and expert advice; make a native plant seed ball; activities for children; free tree seedling. Plant sale: Missouri Prairie Foundation will offer a native plant sale with Missouri Wildflowers Nursery; a percentage of proceeds will benefit prairie conservation. Walk-in (all ages welcome). Missouri Department of Conservation, http://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter, 816-759-7300.

Build a Bat House
Sat, Apr 21, 10-11:30am; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Fee $25.00. Call 816-682-9725 for reservation, space limited.

Tour Ozanam Children’s Home Greenhouse
Sat, Apr 21, 10am; at Ozanam Children’s Home, 421 E 137th St, Kansas City, 64134. Pink flamingos will mark the trail to the greenhouse, which will be overflowing with plants grown by Ozanam residents. Megan Sperry (Ozanam Horticultural Therapist), will lead us on a tour, pointing out plants that will be part of the upcoming plant sale. There will be hands-on activities as well. Free and open to the public. This tour is hosted by Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. For more information, contact Effie Mitsopoulos at 816-935-1594 or Vince Vogel of Vogel Landscaping at 816-289-8733.

Isn’t It Time for a Rain Garden?
Sat, Apr 21, 10-11:30am; at Shawnee Indian Mission, 3403 W 53rd St, Fairway, KS. With the record-setting rains we experienced last fall, a rain barrel gets filled up really fast. The answer to managing the over-flow–or to any soggy, poorly draining spot in your yard – might be a Rain Garden. Join us for a step-by-step workshop led by Fairway resident and landscape designer, Ann Simpson. We will discuss siting, construction, and planting details that will take you through this truly “green” method of managing water issues on your property. Instructor: Ann Simpson, landscape designer and GrowNative professional. Cost: $10. To Register: call 913-262-0350 x3 or visit fairway.recdesk.com.

Container Gardening
Mon, Apr 23, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Containers are problem solvers. They add so much flair to any location. This session will cover everything you need to know for success. The class will breakdown into two parts. First we will look at the science of container gardening and what it takes to grow the plants. The second part of the session will be the fun, art of container gardening including design tips and of course the great plants that add the wow factor. After attending this class you won’t be able to stop at just one pot! Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

Advanced Beekeeping – Queen Rearing
Wed, Apr 25, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Queen Rearing is a highly specialized process and an important part of beekeeping. There are many practices, variations and processes which you will review in depth. You will learn the DooLittle and Miller queen rearing methods, as well as best practices for queen grafting and successfully raising your own queens. Fee: $29. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Win over Weeds with Mulch
Thurs, Apr 26, 7pm; at St Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence, MO 64502. Taught by Cory Creed, U of MO Extension Horticulturist. Free to the public. Questions: Sara at 816-356-6986. Sponsored by St. Paul Community Garden, Independence, MO.

Overland Park GOA Plant Sale
Thurs, Apr 26 and Fri, Apr 27 10am-7pm; Sat, Apr 28 10am-4pm; in the basement of Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. We have ordered some spectacular annuals, perennials and herbs for this sale. We will also feature Hostas locally grown by Rob Mortko “The Hosta Guy”. Our ever-popular member grown plant selection will be even larger this year than last. For further information please call Karen Clark 785-224-7279.

Plant Sale
Apr 26-28; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am–7pm, Sat 9am until 3pm, unless sold out before then. Plant sale offers hundreds of varieties of locally grown plants from our member gardens as well as beautiful plants from a local nursery. Parking is free and the sale is totally indoors – held either rain or shine. Please come to back entrance of the Church.

Annual Paola Plant Sale
Thurs, Apr 26, 11am-5 pm; Fri, Apr 27, 8am-5pm; Sat, Apr 28, 8am-noon; at 808 Baptiste Dr. Take the Baptiste Exit off 169 Hwy and drive 1/3 mile west. This Marais des Cygnes (formerly Miami County) Extension Master Gardener sale includes annual bedding plants, vegetable seedlings, succulents and perennials. Exotic indsay and unusual edible shrubs are also available. Native plants are featured and there will be over 20 species of butterfly caterpillar host plants, including Tropical Milkweed. All the plants are locally grown organically and are neonicotinoid-free. Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and handouts on butterfly gardening will be available. Call 913-294-4306 for more information.

Birding Hike
Thurs, Apr 26, 8-10:30am; at Cooley Lake Conservation Area, depending on water levels, Cooley Lake can be a terrific migration spot. We will meet at the entrance road just north of Hwy 210, east of Missouri City. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/cooley-lake-conservation-area-1). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

Spring Garden Studio Sale
Thurs, Apr 26, 4-8pm; at From the Summer’s Garden, 8601 Barkley St, Overland Park, KS 66212. Opening Night Garden Party for Strawberry Garden Time. Refreshments, live music and lots of fun handmade garden artwork!

Dahlia Root Sale
Fri, Apr 27 and Sat, Apr 28; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Fri 11am-5pm; 1-4pm Member Sale; Sat 8am-4pm Public sale 8am-3pm.

Thyme for Kids Plant Sale
Fri, Apr 27, 9am-6pm and Sat, Apr 28, 9am-5pm; at Cornerstones of Care—Ozanam Campus, Sims Greenhouse, 421 E 137th St, Kansas City, MO. Choose from a wide variety of plants and other garden items! Houseplants, Dish Gardens, Ready-to-Go Planters, Flowering Baskets, Annuals, Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Foliage Accents, Herbs, Vegetables, Teacher Gifts, Mother’s Day Gifts. Free to attend and open to the public! Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. Questions? Contact Stefanie at indsay.lindsay@cornerstonesofcare.org or learn more at cornerstonesofcare.org/plantsale.

Annual Spring Plant and Bake Sale
Sat, Apr 28, 8am-noon; at Cave Spring Interpretive Center, 8701 E Gregory, Raytown, MO. The sale will feature a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables as well as delicious homemade baked goods. Garden club members will be available to answer any questions you may have. Sponsored by Raytown Garden Club.

Edible Landscaping
Sat, Apr 28, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Increase the health benefits of your yard by learning to incorporate edible plants into your landscape design. Mix beauty with a tasty harvest. Explore designs and tips on maintaining landscapes with many colorful and productive edible annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees. Even yards with limited space and sunlight can be bountiful! Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

5th Annual Native Plant Sale
Sat, Apr 28, 9am-2pm; at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154. Once again it benefits the conservation work of the Burroughs Chapter of the Audubon Society. Native plants attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife to your yard. They supply a great food source for nesting birds in the spring and seedeaters in the fall. We will have lots of plants from Missouri Wildflower Nursery available for sale. Come early for the best selection. If you wish to place a pre-order, to have them delivered the day of the sale, please contact Missouri Wildflower Nursery 573-496-3492 or email your order to mowldflrs@socket.net with “Order” in the subject line. Please place any pre-orders at least a week before the sale. Questions about location, times, etc, call 816-746-1113.

Spring into Your Garden Garden Show
Sat, Apr 28, 9am-4:30pm; at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS. Douglas County Master Gardeners hosting. All day seminars and demonstrations such as Growing Herbs, Birds, Shade Gardening, Wake Up Your Garden, Lawn Care, Growing Tomatoes, Trees. Cooking with Herbs talks by Master Food Volunteers each hour. Other activities include: Pollinator Gardening, Plant Sale, Raffle, Local Vendors, Food Trucks, Crafts, Master Food Volunteers, Kids’ Corner, Garage Sale, Vegetable Gardening, Yoga for Gardeners, Tool Care, Accessible Gardening, Sensory Garden, Lawn Care, Composting, Plant Sale, Garage Sale, Food Truck. Free Admission. 785-843-7058

MAY

Plant Sale
Tues, May 1, 4-7pm and Wed, May 2, 8am-noon; at 18505 West 114th St, Olathe. Olathe Garden & Civic Club annual plant sale. Purchase annuals and perennials to enhance your garden. Public is cordially invited to attend this event. For information, email Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com

Spring Plant Sale
Thurs, May 3, 3-7pm; Fri, May 4, 9am-7pm; Sat, May 5, 9am-3pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St. Find your unique healthy plants here, and ask our experts about your garden. Free to shop. Contact: opabg.org or 913-685-3604

23rd Annual Plant Sale to Benefit Cross-Lines
Thurs, May 3 and Fri, May 4, 8am-7pm; Sat, May 5, 8am-1pm; at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman Rd, Shawnee, KS. The sale will be held rain or shine under a tent. New varieties of perennials and annuals along with hostas, herbs, and tomatoes will be available. There will be a large variety of hanging baskets and patio planters fur sun or shade along with succulent and flowering pots. Volunteers will be available to custom design pots for you. Bring your own or buy them at the sale. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Cross-lines Community Outreach Inc. For further information call Kelley Carpenter at 913-281-3388 or email her at Kelley@cross-lines.org.

Birding Hike
Thurs, May 3, 8-10:30am; at Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary, meet in the Nature Center Parking Lot. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (http://www.backyardbirdcenter.com/martha-lafite-nature-sanctuary). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

Annual Wyandotte County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Fri, May 4, 9am-5pm, and Sat, May 5, 9am-2pm; in Wildcat Rm, Extension Office, 1200 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Extension Master Gardeners in Wyandotte County. There will be many varieties of vegetables grown by the Master Gardeners specifically for this sale, and a large variety of annual and perennial plants and flowers suitable for our Kansas City climate. Cash and checks accepted.

Sho-Me African Violet Club Show and Sale
Sat, May 5, 9am-3pm; Sun, May 6, 10am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St. and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. This is the Club’s 33rd Annual Show and Sale. Let us provide a colorful gift for the coming Mother’s Day celebration! Then brighten up your own home with a variety of plants and colorful blossoms. No admission fee. Questions? Call Lynn Canning, 913-649-7334.

Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale
Sat, May 5, 7am-noon; at Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Rd, Jefferson City, MO. Indoor plant sale featuring tomatoes, vegetables, peppers, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, container plantings, natives, shrubs, and trees. Proceeds from sale fund scholarships, community garden projects, and the River City Gardens. Free and open to the public. For more information call 573-556-6650.

Wyandotte County Soils & Soil Mapping Project
Thurs, May 10, 11:30am; in Sunflower Rm, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. The Soil Conservation Service in Wyandotte County offers many services to residents, including soil mapping, soil erosion, pollution and storm water management. Come find out how to utilize the soil mapping information as it pertains to your own property. Presentation by Lonnie Miller, Soil Scientist. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Birding Hike
Thurs, May 10, 8-11:30am; at Weston Bend State Park, meet at the front gate. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/weston-bend-state-park-3). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!

Monarch Watch Spring Open House & Plant Fundraiser
Sat, May 12, 8am-2pm; at 2021 Constant Ave on the West Campus of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66047. We will have more than 10,000 butterfly plants (both annuals and perennials), including seedlings of thirteen milkweed varieties. These plants are ideal for starting butterfly gardens or adding to established gardens. Monarch numbers have been declining and we need to plant milkweeds to sustain the monarch migration. A list of available plants is posted on our website (http://monarchwatch.org/openhouse/). At the Open House you can learn about creating Monarch Waystations and see the magnificent butterfly and pollinator garden maintained by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. There will be games for the kids inside and out and they can make “seed balls” containing seeds of milkweeds and other butterfly plants that can be used to create habits for monarchs and other butterflies. They can also see lots of different insects and spiders, watch videos, or complete a variety of activities. All are welcome to tour our garden and lab space. We will have live demonstrations, and, of course, monarch butterflies! Refreshments will be provided. www.monarchwatch.org

Mother’s Day Bird Hike
Sun, May 13, 7-11am; at Weston Bend State Park. Not only is this a special day for Moms, it is pretty close to peak migration. We always accumulate a nice list of birds that include warblers, vireos, thrush, orioles, tanagers and more. Most years we hear and sometime see a Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl. Wear your walking shoes and meet at the front gate at 7am! Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.

Birding Hike
Thurs, May 17, 8-9:30am; at Amity Woods Nature Sanctuary, meet in the parking lot on Amity Rd just south of HWY 152. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/amity-woods-nature-sanctuary-3). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.

GHF Native Plant Sale
Sat, May 19, 9am-1pm; at Trinity Episcopal Church Lawn, 1011 Vermont, Lawrence, KS. 50 species of locally-grown, neonic-free native species! This sale benefits GHF’s prairie education programs.

Herbs for Beginners
Sat, May 19, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. May is the perfect time to plant more herbs! Become more familiar with growing herbs, their many culinary and medical uses with this hands-on class. Learn which are perennials or annuals and how best to grow each in your garden. In addition, learn about medicinal uses, useful recipes for the kitchen and the many ways to preserve the herbs you grow. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Birding Hike
Thurs, May 24, 8-9:30am; at Parkville Nature Sanctuary, meet in the parking lot below the Platte County Health building on HWY 9. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (www.backyardbirdcenter.com/parkville-nature-sanctuary-6). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.

JUNE

24th Annual Town and Country Garden Tour
Jun 2 and 3, 10am-5pm; Hermann, MO. The Garden Tour includes both a walking tour of gardens in downtown Hermann and a driving tour to several country gardens. The tour is $10 includes visits to at least four private gardens and Garden Demonstration Area. Garden Tours may be spread over Sat and Sun, but Country Gardens are only open on Sat. Except for groups of 10 or more, tickets do not need to be reserved ahead of time. Ticket Sale Site is the Hermann Welcome Center on the Market Street Plaza; tickets are sold from 10-4 on Sat and 11-4 on Sun. There is also a By-Reservation-Only Luncheon/Silent Auction on Sat, Jun 2 at the Historic Hermann Rotunda. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at www.hermanngardentours.com for up-to-date events, ticket prices, contact numbers and photographs of past tour gardens. Visit the FAQS page on the website for answers to all your questions. “Like” us on Facebook at “Hermann Garden Club Tours.” Call Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687 for questions about lodging/restaurants or go to www.visithermann.com.

Tallgrass Prairie Birding at Dunn Ranch
Sun, Jun 3, 6am-4pm. If you want to take a step back in time and see what northern Missouri looked like before European settlement, this is trip for you. Dunn Ranch is a 3,258-acre property owned by the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in northern Harrison County and protects the largest remaining track of unplowed deep soil, tallgrass prairie remaining that we know of. We will see a herd of genetically pure bison roaming the treeless landscape and many unique species of birds native to the tallgrass prairie. We should easily find Bobolinks, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, Upland Sandpipers, Sedge Wrens and many, many more. Pack a sack lunch and snacks. We will meet at the Liberty Park and Ride Lot just north of the Liberty Hospital at 6am. We should be back to town around 4pm. Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.

Leavenworth County Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 9, 9am-3pm. The Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host nine beautiful gardens in the city of Leavenworth. This event will occur rain or shine. Tickets cost $10 and will go on sale May 1st at the Leavenworth County Extension office, the Pot Rack and Homestead Greenhouse. For more information contact the Leavenworth Extension office at 913-364-5700.

North Riverside Garden Stroll Wichita Kansas
Sat, Jun 9, 10am-4pm. Tour 5 gardens for $5.00. Our 7th biennial tour will feature gardens large and small, shaded and sunny, and homeowners will be present to welcome you and answer questions. Proceeds support neighborhood landscape and improvement projects. North Riverside Neighborhood is just west of Wichita North High School, north of 13th Street and between the Little Arkansas and Arkansas rivers. Tickets are available beginning May 13 at Johnson’s Garden Centers, at Seasonal Decorating, 2828 W 13th, and the day of the Stroll at the neighborhood gardens.

Wonders of Discovery
Fri, Jun 22, 9am-2pm; at Pollinator Prairie, 320 S Blake St, Olathe, KS 66061. The Pollinator Prairie will host a family-friendly event at the garden in Olathe in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. This event is free and open to the public. People of all ages are invited to learn about pollinator species with activities including: Caterpillar Petting Zoo, Bat Exhibit, Caterpillar and Butterfly Exhibits, Birds of Prey Exhibit, Native Bees vs Honey Bees, Building Native Bee Houses, Bringing Nature Home, “Get Your Fingers in the Dirt”, Arts & Crafts, Coloring Books and much more. Contact: Nancy Chapman 913-710-0623 or Marilyn Jordan 913-693-1906.