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



African Violets of Greater Kansas City
Tues, Nov 14, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Garden Club of Shawnee
Thurs, Nov 2, 7pm; at the Town Hall at Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. We will be making holiday wreaths this month. Please bring a wire wreath form, available at craft stores, and wire cutters for thin wire. The club will supply the rest of the materials for the wreaths. As always, we will serve drinks and snacks, door prizes will be given away and guests are welcome. Please visit our website and our Facebook page for more information, or call Janet or Don at 913-962-5221.

Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Nov 6, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st & Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Le Potager, Kitchen Garden Design. Potager gardens feed both our body and soul; learn to design your own! Shara and Jim, who both joined Master Gardeners in 2011, are primarily vegetable gardeners. If you ask them about healthy dirt, health and its relationship to the food we eat, they may have a lot to say and talk your ear off! The soul of the modern home is often our kitchen. Many home vegetable gardens are still miniature versions of old family farm plots; by contrast, a potager is a kitchen garden different both in its history and unique design. Let’s travel back in time to medieval France where the potager originated. We’ll explore potagers designed for functionality as well as beauty. With the ‘nuts and bolts,’ resources, and lots of inspiring photographs, you’ll be motivated to design your own potager, yes, even if your potager will be limited to a small balcony! Refreshments will be served.

Greater KC Herb Study Group
Wed, Nov 8, noon; at Rose room of Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112. Program is Herb Based Crafts. Lynn Soulier will instruct on herb based crafts. This will be a hands-on opportunity to create something one-of-a kind for the season, for a gift, or for yourself. There will be a list of items to bring. Lunch: Bring your own lunch and drink. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.

Heart of America Gesneriad
Sat, Nov 18, 1oam-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Nov 19, 1:30-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 816-444-9321 or visit

Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Nov 6, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Annual Bake Sale 9am. Program by Bob Lane, Johnson County Master Gardener, on ‘How to circumvent common garden mishaps.’ Bob’s presentation is for all levels of gardening experience. We will smile at our mishaps and learn new ideas and get some good advice. Guests are welcome. Bring a bag lunch and join us for drinks and dessert after the meeting. 816-741-3705

Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group
Tues, Nov 14, 7pm; meet near Lawrence. We meet bi-monthly to learn about herbs. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing and harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications. Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations. We meet every 2nd Tuesday in Jan-Mar-May-Jul-Sept-Nov. Everyone with an interest in herbs is welcome. For more info and to RSVP, email

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Nov 14, 10:30am; at Cure Of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. 10:30 General Membership Meeting; 11:30 Break for lunch (bring your own sack lunch) we will provide the drinks and desserts; 12:00 Program: Elizabeth Cavanaugh, editor of The Kansas City Gardener Magazine. She will share her journey of how the magazine was created. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call Mary at 913-642-0357 or email,

Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Nov 18, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

MoKan Daylily Society
Sun, Dec 3, 11:30am-2:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Northland Garden Club
Tues, Nov 21, 7pm; at Sherwood Bible Church, 4900 N Norton, Kansas City, MO (just south and west of Penguin Park). This month the Northland Garden Club will have a Q&A with fellow gardeners, including several Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, MO. We plan to have a chili cook-off with several members participating. Please check website for additional information:

Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Nov 12, 1:30-4:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Glenn Decker, Piping Rock Orchids, Galway, NY. A fascinating speaker, Glenn will discuss and show how to grow Paphs, or Ladyslipper Orchids. Plants will be available to purchase.

Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Nov 13, 7pm social, 7:30pm meeting; at Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS, in basement, rear entrance. Presentation will be “Build a Worm Composting Bin”. We will cover worm composting from beginning to harvest. We will have worms and supplies to build up to 10 bins. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Questions, contact Karen Clark 785-224-7279.

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Nov 7, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Mo. Program is “2017 in Our Beautiful Missouri Gardens, What Worked?, What Didn’t Work?”, a round-table discussion by Raytown Garden Club members, Cerise Harris*, Alice Lewis, Anne Sereda, and Mary Wood*; *Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Refreshments will be served. Visitors are most welcome. Questions? Please call 816-353-8699 or visit our website at

Sho Me African Violets Club
Fri, Nov 9, 10:30am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City
Tues, Nov 21, doors open at 5:30pm for snacks and socializing; at 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, in lower level meeting room at Our Lady of Sorrows. Our first speaker at 6:30pm is Jamiel Yameen from CM Mose and Son. Since 1954 CM Mose have been providing HVAC, water heater service and backup Generac generator installations. Don’t be without power for an hour, let alone for days. Our 2nd speaker is a surprise and you will need to check us out on Facebook for updates. Membership is $35 for a single person and $45 for a 2-person household. We publish a monthly newsletter called Reflections, do fish rescues, demonstrate creative ideas at the Home Shows, build ponds for nonprofits, host a public tour and monthly members only tours. Membership has so many benefits! Visitors are always welcome!


10-Month Home Herbalism Course
Good Earth Herb School’s Home Herbalism Course is a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of everything you need to know to be an effective home herbalist. Within 10 monthly classes, you will learn seasonally the best times and methods of planting, harvesting, preserving, storing and using many herbs. This course will provide you with experience working with herbs in practical, useful ways. You will make tinctures, oils, salves, infusions, decoctions, and a variety of other herbal preparations. Wild herb identification, wild food foraging, and some Aromatherapy will also be covered. Whether you are a beginner or a home herbalist wanting guidance in putting all the pieces together, this course will give you a practical foundation so you feel comfortable and confident growing and using herbs for yourself and your family every day. Just south of Lawrence. More info & enroll: (Register now, this course fills quickly)

Orchid Society of GKC Show and Sale
Sat, Nov 4, 10am-5pm & Sun, Nov 5, 10am-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. FREE. All are welcome. 816-513-8590

Gardeners Q&A: 2017 Edition
Sat, Nov 4, 10:30am-12pm; at Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. This is your chance to get your gardening questions answered and hear about all the questions gardeners like you have. A panel of experts plan to answer our questions about gardening. The free program, presented by Gardeners Connect and open to everyone, is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Discovery Center. Coffee and some treats will be served the half hour before the program in the Lewis and Clark Room. Everyone is welcome.

Winter Sowing
Tues, Nov 7, 6pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on Winter Sowing. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Japanese Beetles
Wed, Nov 8, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Patrick Paden, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion about Japanese Beetles. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

The Local Food Movement: Then & Now
Sat, Nov 11, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Did you know Johnson County’s leading industry once was dairy farming? Now JoCo is part of Kansas City’s active food and farmer movement. Explore our farming roots and discover the myriad of resources that connect us to our local food growers including farmers’ markets, farm to table, organic, urban and local trends. Learn about organizations collaborating to feed our city and the key programs that are training our next generation farmers and chefs. Fee: $39. To enroll or more information, 913-469-2323.

Great Trees of the Kansas City Region
Wed, Nov 15, 1pm; at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. Included with admission, registration at Please join us at the Overland Park Arboretum for the Great Trees of the Kansas City Region (and where to see them) PowerPoint presentation by Jim Earnest, a member of the Kansas Native Plant Society and the Education Committee at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Jim, a former cardiologist, retired 17 years ago and has been working with trees in this area since his retirement. Affectionately known as The Tree Doctor, he will show slides and talk about some of the greatest trees in this area. Registration is appreciated,

Winter Sowing
Thurs, Nov 16, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on Winter Sowing. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

2017 Lake Quivira Holiday Bazaar
Fri, Nov 17, 1pm-8pm, and Sat, Nov 18, 9am-4pm. 50 local vendors featuring boutique home décor, jewelry, clothing/accessories, toys, gifts, pet items & more! Monster community bake sale and raffle. Dickens Carolers strolling Friday evening. Cash Bar during shopping hours; dining available. All in our festively decorated 1930 stone clubhouse overlooking Lake Quivira. Free and open to the public. Lake Quivira is located 1 mile East of I-435 on Holliday Drive (Exit 8A), the Clubhouse is located at 100 Crescent Blvd. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

Paperwhite Making Party
Sat, Nov 18, 10am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Sponsored by Gardeners Connect. Join us at the Paperwhites Planting Party for homemade soup, garden banter and lots and lots of paperwhites. Plant a few and let them brighten the bleak days of winter for you. This is a hands-on workshop with materials provided to take home a pot of paperwhites. The cost for this event is $20 with Gardeners Connect members receiving a $5 discount. This includes a pot, five bulbs and soil mix, and also Gardeners Connect will provide a soup luncheon. Participants may purchase extra pots and bulbs online or at the event. You may also bring your own pots. Sign up online or mail a check made out to Gardeners Connect to 6911 NW Blair Road, Parkville, Mo. 64152. Please include a note with the mailed check that this is for the paperwhites workshop.

Holiday Luminary Walk
Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the 19th annual Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. This major fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live entertainment, Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges. Children will be thrilled to see Santa’s Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., three weekends, Friday and Saturday, Nov 24-25, Dec 1-2, and Dec 8-9. 2017 eTicket is $9 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event for $10 per person.

Kansas City Garden Club Annual Holiday Auction and Luncheon
Mon, Dec 4, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Everyone is invited for bargains and to bid in a live fast action auction for a grand selection of treasures at our fundraiser auction. Some of the at least 140 lots include bundles of fresh holiday greens; plates of homemade cookies and other baked items; wreaths and swags; farm fresh honey; a wide variety of merchant gift certificates including restaurants; garden books and tools; plants; dried flowers; vases and many other miscellaneous items. After all the good humor bidding is completed, join us for a delicious potluck luncheon. For details 913-636-4956.