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 Greater Kansas City
Tues, Sep 12, 5:30-8:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Bonner Springs Garden Club
Tues, Sep 19, 1pm; at Kelly’s Bar and Grill in Basehor for lunch. After lunch we will tour several of our members’ gardens. Last we will tour Suburban Lawn and Garden at K7 and Prairie Star Parkway. Suburban is completing their state of the art renovation and will carry a complete line of locally grown garden merchandise from Annuals to Zebra Grass. Everyone is welcome. For more information about this event, contact Nicky Horn at 816-807-5170.

Garden Club of Shawnee
Thurs, Sep 7, 7pm; at Old Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. This will be a hands-on event as garden club member Judy Murray will lead us in making leaf castings using sand, cement, and a leaf from your garden, like a hosta or elephant ear leaf. As always, there will be refreshments and door prizes will be given away. For more information about our club visit gardenclubofshawnee.org or our Facebook page.

Greater Kansas City Bonsai Society
Sat, Sep 1, 9am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sat, Sep 16, 1-4pm & Sun, Sep 17, 11am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st & Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Show. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Sep 11, 6:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. BJ Schulenburg, a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener will speak on Butterfly Gardening. She retired four years ago, and found her passion for the great outdoors with the Wildlife Habitat Committee. When talking to groups, she likes to bring live critters such as caterpillars, chrysalises, cocoons, and maybe a butterfly!

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Sep 13, noon; in the Rose Room at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Program: Master Gardener’s Forum. Our own Master Gardeners will share their successes and stresses from this last herb growing season. Find out what they learned and suggest for next season. Come meet Haley who works for Powell Gardens and will share her expertise. Bring your suggestions and questions. There will be some recipe sharing and other surprises. 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 Society and Mid America Begonia Society
Fri, Sep 29, 1-4pm, Sale only; Sat, Sep 30, 9am-5pm, Show and Sale; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. 816-513-8590

Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society
Sat, Sep 9, Hospitality beginning at 9am and a brief meeting, followed by the Program at 10am; at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS. Matt Evans, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, will be presenting on the symbiotic relationship between small trees and shrubs with perennial garden plants. There will be a potluck with the society furnishing the meat and members bringing a dish to share. There will be a second chance sale of lovely hostas. A raffle will be conducted and there will be door prizes! Come and bring a friend, everyone is welcome! For more information, call Gwen 816-213-0598.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Oct 15, 1:30-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Eva at: 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net. Please note that there will not be a regular club meeting in September.

Kansas City Garden Club Autumn Luncheon
Mon, Sep 11, 10:30am; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Enjoy two informative garden presentations and a home cooked lunch. The morning program is “Garden Design Movements That Emphasize the Use of Native Plants” by Ania Wiatr, Powell Gardens Senior Gardener. Ania will discuss the advantages of using native plants in your garden design with a focus on plants that provide year-round interest. At noon a delicious lunch will be served by the church ladies. Then at 1pm Patty Santee of Patty Santee Designs, Overland Park, will present “Pretty and Fun Floral Designs”. Patty considers herself a “botanical” designer, and will inspire you with many ideas using texture in designs, perhaps wreaths, and whatever else grabs her imagination for autumn designs. Tickets are $20. Make checks out to Kansas City Garden Club, and mail to Kaye Vance, 4346 Lobo Court, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-1418. Ticket deadline is Sep 5. For more information, call 816-373-9073.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Sep 13, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Jack Wilson, owner of Washington Creek Lavender in Lawrence, will speak about the kind of lavender he plants, lavender related problems and information about his farm. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Leavenworth Garden & Civic Club
Thurs, Sep 7, 10am; in the Jahn Room at the Leavenworth Public Library, 4th and Spruce Streets, Leavenworth, KS. We will have a speaker and a light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Mary Sue Winneke at 913-682-7480.

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Sep 26, 10:30am; at Cure’ Of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. The Noon program will be “Nature Center Habitat for wildlife.” Scott Gamerl, Outdoor Education Supervisor and Dustin Branick, Horticulture and Forestry Supervisor from the City of Leawood. Bring a sack lunch, beverages and desserts will be provided. The meeting is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. For more information, please visit our website www.leawood.org/leawoodgardenclub or call Mary at 913-642-0357.

Lees Summit Garden Club
Tues, Sep 12, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Community Center, 2505 SW Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Our program speaker will be Teri Bowes. Her topic will be Flower Arranging. Refreshments will be provided and visitors are always welcome. Visit our website www.leessummitgardenclub.org or call 816-540-4036 for additional information.

Lenexa Field and Garden Club
Tues, Sep 12, 7-8pm; a member garden tour. For more information, contact the club at Lenexa.fieldandgarden@gmail.com or www.lenexafieldandgardenclub.org.

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Sep 5, 10am; at the Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Program: “Growing African Violets”, presented by Lavonne Ridder and Devena Hardwick, Sho-Me African Violet presidents. Refreshments will be served; visitors are most welcome. Please visit our website at www.sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentral/raytown

Sho Me African Violets Club
Fri, Sep 8, 10:30am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Water Garden Society of GKC
Tues, Sep 19, doors open at 5:30 for snacks and socializing; at 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, in a lower level classroom of Our Lady of Sorrows Church with free parking just outside the door. Our first speaker is Adam from The House of Rocks. Since 1966 they have supplied us with landscape supplies, decorative gravel and an endless variety of natural stone. Adam will be highlighting the versatility of their new natural stone veneer to enhance the exterior of homes, fireplaces, wine cellars and outdoor kitchens. Our featured speakers are Susan and Gary Adams from White Gardenia Landscapes. They have sponsored 3 ponds in the last 2 years of the annual water garden tour. With 20 years of industry experience their mission is to create beautiful outdoor living spaces to enrich the lives of their clients. All visitors are welcome.

GARDEN CLASSES, SHOWS AND SALES

 

Birds, Blooms and Yoga
Sat, Sep 2, 8–9:30am; at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center. Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired by nature. Start with 60 minutes of yoga led by Nella Yoga followed by a naturalist led walk through our gardens to explore the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov.

Missouri Bats
Sat, Sep 2, 10am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) The only mammal that can fly, the bat uses this unique adaptation to eat at night. Its ability to use echolocation to “see” prey with its ears, allows a bat to catch flying insects in midair. Bats often consume their body weight in insects every night. Come learn more about these unusual creatures as we discover where they live, why they are nocturnal and how echolocation really works. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov.

Why I Became a Master Gardener
Tues, Sep 5, 6pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 1, Lansing KS 66043. Pat Matthews, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will talk about the Leavenworth County Master Gardener program; how the program can benefit gardeners and how to become one. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Monarch Magic
Wed, Sep 6, 1-3pm; Sat, Sep 16, 1-3pm; Thurs, Sep 21, 1-3pm; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Registration required beginning Sep 1 by calling 816-228-3766 (families) Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. You will also get a chance to become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs and tracking their journey. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Beekeeping II
Wed, Sep 6 & 13, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This course offers an in depth review of current beekeeping practices. You will study beekeeping in the classroom and explore a beehive in the field. The course will give you hands on experience working a beehive. Fee: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

Master Gardener 2017 Garden Tour
Sep 8-9, 9am-5pm. Sponsored by the Marais des Cygnes Extension District Master Gardeners. Driving tour to visit various locations in Miami County to view some amazing garden creations by our Master Gardeners. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/mdcemg or call 913-294-4306. Visit the Marais des Cygnes Extension District website for more information www.maraisdescygnes.k-state.edu.

Johnson County Old SettlersCommunity Flower Show
Sep 8-9, at the Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061. The Olathe Garden and Civic Club present this Annual event. Open to public Fri, Sep 8, 1-8pm and Sat, Sep 9, 9am-3pm. Entries will be accepted from amateur (non-commercial) gardening enthusiasts 6-8pm Thurs, Sep 7, and 7:30-9am Fri, Sep 8. The public is welcome to submit both flower and horticulture (garden produce) entries. For further information contact Karen Ragland at 785-766-4678.

Easy to Grow “Super Foods
Sat, Sep 9, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Growing your own “superfoods”, those considered to be powerhouses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, can offer you super health benefits. Discover which plants are the easiest and hardiest to grow in our midwest climate. Learn which garden choices are highly nutrient dense and even medicinal. Discuss methods to preserve them for year-round health benefits. Fee: $39. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

SEED the Untold Story
Tues, Sep 12, 6-8pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Registration required (adults) This documentary film looks at the loss of biodiversity in the world and the people working to preserve the biodiversity that remains by seed saving. Come learn how seeds are saved and why it is such an important topic. SeedSavers-KC, an all volunteer 501c3 tax exempt organization, is sponsoring this free screening. Visit www.seedsavers-kc.org to learn more about the organization. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov.

Butterfly Basics
Wed, Sep 13, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th Str, Basehor, KS 66007. Duane Horne, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will present Butterfly facts, host plants and plants that attract butterflies. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Apple Butter Festival
Fri, Sep 15, 5-8pm; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150 B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit MO 64086 (1/4 mile west of Douglas St or 1 mile east of MO Hwy 350). Experience the production of our signature product, The Gardens at Unity Village Apple Butter, from start to finish and anywhere in between. Friday night is filled with fellowship and is open to the public as we peel and pare bushels of apples, prepping for our open air copper kettle cooking which commences Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, we are canning and labeling this tasty favorite. Come by to observe or participate. Saturday is festive as we offer Hay Rides, Face Painting and Musical entertainment. This event has no fees and no reservations are required. Children are welcome and need to be well supervised.

Hasta Luego Monarchs
Sat, Sep 16, 9am-2pm; at The Pollinator Prairie, 320 S Blake St, Olathe, KS 66061. Join us at the 4th Annual Pollinator Prairie Hasta Luego Monarchs event and say “adios” to the Monarch Butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. This free family-friendly event in Olathe, KS is open to the community to learn more about Monarchs and other butterfly species, pollinators, and native plants.

Fall Family Festival
Sat, Sep 16, 10am-3pm; at Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington in Swope Park, Kansas City, MO. This is KCCG’s way to give back to our community. It is free and family friendly. We will taste fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, food cooking demonstrations, face painting, horseback rides, gourd painting, games and more all located at the beautiful Beanstalk Children’s Garden.

Fall Plant Sale
Sat, Sep 16, 9am-1pm; at Blind Boone Park, 404 W Culton St, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Johnson County, MO.

Monarch Mania
Sat, Sep 16, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands on activities that will leave you in a state of “Monarch Mania.” There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaway, and much more for all ages. Join the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov

Native Plant Sale
Sat, Sep 16, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be providing a variety of native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish to preorder your choices for pickup on the 16th, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573-496-3492 or e-mail mowldflrs@socket.net. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov

Beekeeping III
Wed, Sep 20 & 27, 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: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

Why I Became a Master Gardener
Thurs, Sep 21, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Pat Matthews, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a round table discussion on the benefits of being a Master Gardener and how to join the Master Gardener program. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

30th Anniversary Celebration, Growing Through the Years – Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Sep 23, 10am-12:30pm; at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will celebrate 30 years of providing volunteer services and education throughout the Kansas City metro area at an all-day event. The celebration includes: entrance to Powell Gardens, brunch, entertainment by the Star Spangled Betties, a slide show covering accomplishments, presentations, and door prizes. After brunch, participants can enjoy a stroll through the gardens until close or view aboard the tram. Ticket fee: $20. Visit the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City website, MG Events tab for more information, http://www.mggkc.org.

Monarch Butterfly Open House
Sat, Sep 23, noon-3pm; at 500 Eisenhower Rd, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host an open house at their Butterfly Garden. Please join us as we follow the migration of the Monarch Butterflies as they continue their journey to Mexico. Learn about our Monarch Waystation. There will be activities for children. If available, there will be opportunities to catch and tag Monarch butterflies. For more information, call the Leavenworth County extension office at 913-364-5700 and leave a message for Charlotte.

Cooking with Summers Bounty
Thurs, Sep 28, 6pm; at Blue Hills Community Services, 5008 Prospect, Kansas City, MO 64130. This workshop will take place in Prospect Community Garden and Orchard on the west side of BHCS. Park on Wabash. Learn how to prepare the beautiful, fresh produce that you have harvested from your garden. We will also harvest fruit from the Prospect Community Orchard to take home and use in cooking demonstration. Come sample some creative and healthy recipes featuring garden produce. Bring your appetite! FREE. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877.

Advanced Beekeeping, Pests and Diseases
Wed, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Explore the greatest challenges in today’s beekeeping world. You will do an in-depth study and review of beekeeping diseases and pests. Learn how to identify pests and diseases in the early stages and the best practices for treatment alternatives. In addition, review new regulations and laws that impact our bees. Fee: $29. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

Growing Great Garlic and Onions
Fri, Oct 6, noon; at Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO 64132. Garlic and onions are the foundation of many recipes. They are some of the best crops to grow to donate because they store well. Join us to learn more and increase your harvest. FREE. Do let us know if you are coming. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877.

Harvest Festival
Oct 6 and 7; at Swan River Farms, 4385 W 247th St, Louisburg, KS. First Annual Harvest Festival! Come be a part of craft demonstrations and classes. Take home some specials during our end-of-season sale. Enjoy strolling the garden paths or resting near the sights and sounds of dancing water. Something for everyone to enjoy! Keep tabs on the event including who’s going to be here, class schedules and registration, vendors, demonstrations, and activities on our Facebook event page at: http://tinyurl.com/srf-harvestfest. 913-837-3510

Honey Harvest
Sat, Oct 14, 10am-noon; at 150 B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit MO 64086 (1/4 mile west of Douglas St or 1 mile east of MO Hwy 350). This is one of our most popular annual workshops offered by local beekeeper, Rick Drake. See honey harvested from a hive (you may be able to have a hands on experience). Get the buzz about beekeeping and take home a sample of this liquid gold. Reservation $15 per person (includes a sample jar of honey) $5 per person for observation only. Reservations can be made by leaving a voice mail at 816-769-0259, by email to gardens.unity@yahoo.com, or by visiting our Market Stand Saturday mornings.

Invasives–Plants Gone Wild
Thurs, Oct 19, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension and Research will discuss invasive non-native plants that consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. Participants will learn the characteristics of the most common invasive plants in Missouri and why their management or control is important. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City Show and Sale
Sun, Oct 22, (ONLY, due to the Kansas City Marathon), 9am-3pm, at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall, Kansas City MO.  There is NO ADMISSION FEE.

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 to get more information, call 913-469-2323.