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

Bonner Springs Garden Club
Tues, Jul 18. Will be touring the Antioch Park Gardens. Carpoolers will meet at 9am at the parking lot on the SE corner of Third Street and Cedar Street, Bonner Springs. We will visit the Helen Cuddy Rose Garden, Xeriscape Garden and the Antioch Park Memorial Arboretum. We will eat lunch at Panera Bread at 75th and Antioch before returning to Bonner Springs. All guests are welcome. For more information call Nicky Horn at 816-807-5170.

Gardeners of America
Mon, Jul 3, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Bonsai Society
Sat, Jul 22, 11am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Mini Exhibit. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Jul 9, 1-3pm; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Meeting and demonstration. There will be tips and tricks demonstrated on growing dahlias. Members will be available to answer any questions on dahlias. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Jul 12, 12pm; Rose Room at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Program This Month…Meeting at Member’s Garden in K.C area. If you would like to attend, please call for information. Lunch: Bring a side dish or dessert, main course will be provided. Don’t forget to join us on Facebook; Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Friends, visitors are welcome. Questions: Nancy, 816-478-1640

Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Sat, Jul 15, 10am-12:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 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.

Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society
Sun, Jul 16, 1:30-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Coming in August also at the Loose Park Garden Center, the 39th Annual Show and Sale on Sat, Aug 12, 9am-5pm (Judged show opens to the public at 11am. Sales open at 9am.) and Sun, Aug 13, 11am-4pm. Both events are free and open to the public. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net for more information.

Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Jul 10, 9:45am-12:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Leavenworth Co Master Gardeners
Wed, Jul 12, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Join us as we present Leavenworth County Master Gardeners Fabulous Road Trips. We will have a presentation and slide show covering the Master Gardeners two road trips- May 2016 and April 2017. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Leavenworth Garden & Civic Club
Thurs, Jul 6, 10am; at 2800 S 14th St, 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.

Lenexa Field and Garden Club
Tues, Jul 11, 7-8pm; at Lackman Thompson Barn, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, 11180 Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS. Susan Mertz, regular contributor to the KC Gardener, will present a program on the Philadelphia Flower Show- Inspired Design. For more information, contact the club at Lenexa.fieldandgarden@gmail.com or www.lenexafieldandgardenclub.org.

Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Jul 15, 1-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Jul 18, 12:30pm; at the Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Dr, Olathe, KS 660061 (I-35 to 119th, West on 119th to Renner, South on Renner, to round-about; Bass Pro will be visible on the East). A program on Flower Show Judging will be presented by Flower Show Judge, Donna Schneck, followed by a flower arrangement demonstration by Gerry Buehler. Visitors and prospective flower show participants are welcome to attend.For further information, please contact Karen Ragland at 785-766-4678 or Caren Burns at 913-764-2061.

Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Jul 10, 7pm social, 7:30pm meeting; at Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS, Lower level. Speaker will be Ian Fannin-Hughes, Manager of environmental programs and compliance for the city of Overland Park. He will be presenting on the Stormwater Treatment Cost-Share Program of Overland Park, and what residents can do at home to be environmental stewards in improving water quality in our region.

Sho Me African Violets
Fri, Jul 14, 10:30am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

 

GARDEN CLASSES, SHOWS AND SALES

International Lily Show
Fri, Jun 30, 2-5pm, Sat, Jul 1, 9am-5pm, and Sun, Jul 2, 9am-3pm; at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, 191 Westport Plaza, St Louis. A spectacular Lily Show sponsored by North American Lily Society is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://nals2017.lilies.org.

Plant Hunter Coming to Missouri Botanical Garden
Sat, Jul 1, 1:30-2:30pm; at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 1344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis in the Shoenberg Theater. A free lecture by Dr Peter Zale, a modern-day plant hunter. The North American Lily Society is inviting the public to this keynote address “Lily Species Around the World and in Cultivation” as part of the NALS 70th Lily Show and Symposium. Dr Zale is the Curator and Plant Breeder at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Go to http://nals2017.lilies.org for more information and to www.missouribotanicalgarden.org for directions and admission fee to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Daylily Flower Show
Sat, Jul 1, 10am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Flower show presented by MoKan Daylily Society. 816-513-8590

Daylily Open House and Tour
Sun, Jul 2 and Mon, Jul 3, 9am-1pm both days; at 7460 W 255th, Louisburg, KS (1/4 mile east of Metcalf). Hart’s Daylilies annual open house. Over 800 varieties of daylilies on display. For information 913-837-5209.

Swan’s Water Garden Festival
Sat, Jul 8 and Sun, Jul 9, 9am-5pm both days; at Swan’s Water Gardens, 4385 W 247th St, Louisburg, KS. In coordination with the Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City’s annual Pond Tour Days, Swan’s will be celebrating our annual Water Garden Festival. Make a stop along the tour route at Swan’s and enjoy 20% off all tropical marginal plants and tropical water lilies in stock! Come on Saturday and lunch at KC Deeyas, Louisburg’s premier food truck, serving up uncommonly delicious Mexican dishes. They will be serving up smiles from 11am to 3pm, Sat, Jul 8. www.swanswatergardens.com. 913-837-3510

Water Garden Tour 2017
Sat, Jul 8 and Sun, Jul 9; 9am-5pm rain or shine. Buy early to plan your personal driving tour of 40 plus gardens in Greater Kansas City and nearby communities and Lawrence. There are a variety of private gardens and Water Garden Society constructed educational water gardens for schools and nature centers. Tickets are $10 per person (ages 14 and older). A tour book with maps, driving directions, and host written descriptions of the gardens are included. Purchase tickets at all Hen House Markets and Westlake Hardware stores. www.kcwatergardens.com

Fall Vegetable Gardening
Wed, Jul 12, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will present “Fall Vegetable Gardening”. Now is the time to get organized for a fall vegetable garden. Many Kansas gardeners agree it is easier to grow vegetables in the fall, so come learn some of the tips and tricks to getting an abundant harvest. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

The Buzz About Bees
Sat, Jul 15, 10:30am; at The Kansas City Public Library–Ruiz Branch, 2017 W Pennway St, Kansas City, MO 64108. No reservation required. Join Daphne Mayes, a researcher from the University of Kansas, as she discusses native bees and their behaviors as well as  information about conservation, pollination, and results from her own local field studies. Mason and honey bees will be discussed, but so will many other interesting and less famous species that nest above ground in our area as well. The program will end with a tour of the Westside Family Farm and Orchard across the street from the Ruiz Library – which has bees! Admission is FREE. Questions? Contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565 or amymorris@kclibrary.org. Learn more about the gardening and planting resources available at the Ruiz Branch at kclibrary.org/seedlibrary.

 

Sick Plant Clinic
Sat, Jul 15, 10am-3pm; at Fairlawn Plaza Mall, Topeka, KS. The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners will host a free, sick plant clinic. Kansas State University and local experts will provide diagnosis and treatment advice for your specific lawn and garden problems. For information on how to properly collect plant and pest specimens, pertinent questions to answer and information on our experts, please visit our lawn and garden link at: www.shawnee.ksu.edu.

The Greens of Summer
Tues, Jul 18, 9-11am; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Registration required beginning July 1 by calling 816-228-3766. (adults) Do you despair because you cannot seem to win the war against those pesky weeds that grow during the heat of summer? A wise philosopher once stated, “If you can’t beat them, join them!” Discover the usefulness and tastiness of purslane and other summer plants. You will never look at “weeds” in your own backyard the same way again! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. 816-228-3766

Raised Bed Gardening
Thurs, Jul 20, 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 of raised bed gardening. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Love to Garden but hate Back Pain? Low Back Pain & Sciatica workshop/class
Sat, Jul 22, 10-11am; at Elite Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, 13157 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145 (133rd & State Line behind Starbucks). Biagio Mazza, PT will show you how to protect your back and treat low back pain/sciatica. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please register at 816-941-2550.

K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center Field Day
Sat, Jul 29, 8am–2pm; Walk and talk with university experts, tour plant trials and learn about the latest varieties and methods for achieving growing success here in Kansas City’s challenging growing conditions. Urban and cultural gardening will also be showcased. Admission is $5 per person at the gate, which includes ice cold bottled water, seminars, air conditioned classes and demonstrations. The Research Center is located at 35230 West 135th Street, Olathe. The entrance is approximately nine miles west of Highway 7 on 135th Street. For a list of classes and seminars call 913-715-7000, or visit www.johnson.k-state.edu.

Gardening for Bees and Butterflies
Thurs, Aug 17, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies” presented by Heather Holm, Author of “Pollinators of Native Plants”. Learn how to attract, observe and identify pollinator and beneficial insects with native plants. The top native plant species for different habitats will also be highlighted for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants. Heather Holm is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations. She studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph in Canada, and for the past 20 years she has worked as a horticulturist and landscape designer in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. She is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. Heather is an environmental educator and frequent presenter at conferences in the Midwest and Northeast. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website at mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Missouri State Fair Dahlia Show
Aug 18 and 19. The Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society is hosting the Missouri State Fair’s Dahlia Show. This public event is at the fairgrounds Floriculture Building, Sedalia, MO. Bring your dahlia blooms to the show or drop by to see the range of colors and shapes of dahlias on display. See www.mostatefair.com for entry and show details.

Greater Kansas City Iris Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 19, 10am-3pm; at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Hundreds of locally grown iris varieties for sale Including TB, BB, IB, SDB and MTB. Don’t know what these designations mean? Come visit us and find out or check out the American Iris Society website: www.irises.org or the GKCIS website: www.kciris.org. Come early for best selection!

Rose Rosette Workshop
Mon, Aug 21, noon-4pm; at Jacob Loose Memorial Park Garden Center, Kansas City, MO. Presented by the Kansas City Rose Society. The American Rose Society has identified rose rosette disease as the greatest threat to the future of commercial and recreational growth and enjoyment of roses. The Kansas City Rose Society, in conjunction with the Mid-American Green Industry Council, will present and informational workshop which will feature three nationally recognized experts in the study of the disease in order to provide attendees with the most current research and management practices on rose rosette. Registration fee: $25. The workshop fee covers all materials and a box lunch. One hour of Consulting Rosarian credit will be given for CR’s in attendance. For further information and to register visit: www.kansascityrosesociety.org/rose-rosette-workshop.html or contact Rob Gray at 816-520-3291 or rgray@hoerrschaudt.com for further information.

Beekeeping I
Wed, Aug 23 & 30, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This is an introductory course into beekeeping. We will review the importance of honey bees in our everyday life. Participants will learn about the life cycle of the honey bee, their history, and become familiar with today’s beekeeping techniques. Fee: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

Four Season Harvests
Sat, Aug 26, 9-11:30am; Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Growing nutritional edibles during the dreary fall and winter months has many advantages. Less watering, fewer bugs and weeds! Plus the bonus of fresh produce in your winter diet! Discuss the science, methods and some simple structures that work well for a small scale home garden. Learn which plants do well in the cold. Leave excited about growing in an unexpected yet productive season. Fee: $39. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Local Food Movement: Then and 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 please call 913-469-2323.