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, Jun 12, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Jun 30, 9am-5pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Master Weekend (rsvp). Learn more at www.bsgkc.org. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Jun 10, 1-3pm; at Fern Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. A demonstration on getting your plants fed and tended for the bloom season will be held, followed by a short business meeting. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Jul 9, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Program: Exercise Therapy for Gardeners.Gardening does not have to be a painful hobby. Travis Perret’s lecture will show exercises that gardeners can perform to improve flexibility, decrease pain and improve posture without the use of drugs. Travis’ passion is helping people get back to doing what they love to do without the limitations of chronic pain. For any questions, please contact Margaret at 816-942-8889.

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Jun 13, noon. Field trip to Powell Gardens, no meeting at Loose Park this month. See details in EVENTS section.

Heartland Hosta & Shade Society
Sat, Sep 8; Check-in and Hospitality at 9:30, Meeting at 10am; at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS 66208. Speaker Don Dean was introduced to hostas in 1984 and has spent years growing them from seed and has registered over 50 unique hostas. Don will share his presentation “Darn Right I’ve Got the Blues”. The Club will provide grilled and baked chicken for a potluck at noon, bring your favorite dish to share. Come for great information, food, door prizes, and great raffle options. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please visit our website www.heartlandhosta.club, our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HeartlandHostaAndShadePlantSociety/, or email drileycook@aol.com.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Jul 15, 1:30-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome. For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, visit our website: kccactus.com.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jun 13, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. We will have a presentation by Johnson County Master Gardeners called “Success in Garden Blooms Every Season”.The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Leavenworth Garden Club
Thurs, Jun 7, 10am; at the home of Janette Holdeman, 820 4H Rd, Lansing, KS. This is a garden meeting. Contact Mary Sue Winneke, 913-682-7480. Come join us!

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Jun 26, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Koji Morimoto will speak about Japanese gardening. The meeting and our membership is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. There will be a potluck luncheon with beverages and desserts provided. For more information, please visit our websitewww.leawood.org/committees/lgcor send an email toleawoodgardenclub@gmail.com.

Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sun, Jun 10, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Jun 19, 11am; at 22200 West 178thTerrace, Olathe. Cynthia Gillis will lead us on a tour of Gillis Landscape and Gardens, followed by lunch at Minsky’s at 18359 S Bradley Dr, Olathe. The public is welcome. For information, email Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com

Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Jun 11, 6pm; meet at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS, for carpooling to the cactus and succulent gardens of Judy Pigue. Judy is a lifetime member of the Cactus & Succulent Society and should have very interesting gardens to explore. We will return to the Church before dark. Call Holly at 913-302-2014 with any questions.

Sho Me African Violets Club
Fri, Jun 8, 10:30am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE

Landscaping 101
Tues, Jun 5, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1stTerr, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Gardener, will give a presentation on the basics of landscaping. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Monarch Butterflies
Thurs, Jun 7, 11:30am-1pm; at Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Monarch butterflies are known for their annual migration between Mexico and Canada. During their journey they lay their eggs on milkweed, the only food source for Monarch caterpillars. But monarch populations have decreased significantly over the past two decades, in part because of the decrease in native plants, including milkweed, on which their caterpillars feed. Learn how we can help bring back the Monarchs in this class taught by Leavenworth County Extension Master Gardeners Candy Dials and Charlotte VanWormer. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County EMGs. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

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

Little Sprouts Workshop: Build A Scarecrow
Sat, Jun 9, 10-11:30am; at Gardens at Unity Village, 150B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO.This workshop is for our younger gardeners to build their own scarecrow. Bring old clothes for covering scarecrow, we will provide the straw and stand. One Child $5.00, 3 or more $10.00. Adults please accompany your child. Call for reservations: 816-682-9725.

Johnson County Missouri Master Gardeners Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 9. Please contact Jennifer Bradford at 660-864-9688 for more information. Tickets are $5.00 for adults/children under 12 are free and can be purchased at any of the four gardens on the tour in Warrensburg MO. Time is 9 am to 3 pm rain or shine. More details including garden addresses can be found on the Facebook page for Master Gardeners of Johnson County Missouri as the date gets closer.

North Riverside Garden Stroll Wichita Kansas
Sat, Jun 9, 10am-4pm. Tour 5 gardens for $5.00. Our 7thbiennial 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 at Johnson’s Garden Centers, at Seasonal Decorating, 2828 W 13th, and the day of the Stroll at the neighborhood gardens.

Happy Birthday Gardeners Connect
Sat, Jun 9, 6:30-8pm; at Loose Park Pavilion, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Gardeners Connect has been helping to educate and inspire Kansas City gardeners for 60 years. We may be 60 but we still like to party, so join us. We will be in the large Pavilion on the Wornall Side of the park. Come for cake and to play games, enter contests, win prizes, take home a Gardeners Connect souvenir and swing and sway to the music of the Hot Club KC jazz band. The Hula-Hoop, which became a huge fad across America, was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, same year that Gardeners Connect came into being. So, we plan to have a Hula-Hoop contest. Come join in the fun. The year before Gardeners Connect was founded, Wham-O’s co-founders bought the rights to the “Pluto Platter” and in 1958 renamed it “Frisbee.” For Gardeners Connect’s 60th, we plan to have commemorative Frisbees to give away. It’s been 60 years, and we are look forward to another 60.

Urban Grown Farms and Garden Tour
Jun 9-10. The Urban Grown Tour is an opportunity for you to celebrate the inspirational farms and gardens throughout our community. We have 24 farms and gardens on this year’s tour, all within 30-miles of the city center. This self-guided tour is your chance to visit and learn from the farms, gardens and food projects that are in your backyard and changing the way our city eats! Ticket prices $15/person, $10/person in groups of four or more. For all the details, go to cultivate.org and click on the Urban Grown Tour tab.

23rd Annual Union Hill Garden Tour
Sun, Jun 10, 11am-3pm; in the historic Union Hill neighborhood. The self-guided walking tour of over 20 residential and community gardens will begin at 31st Street and Grand Avenue. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Union Cemetery Historical Society, helping to maintain Union Cemetery–Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery. Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased online at http://www.unionhillkc.com/garden-tour or at the time of the event. Free parking will be available in the KCPT lots on the North side of 31st St and Grand Ave. Follow us on facebook.com/unionhillgardentour.

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Trip to Powell Gardens
Wed, Jun 13, noon. Field trip to Powell Gardens, no meeting at Loose Park this month. Wear your favorite attire for a warm stroll through the beautiful grounds of Powell Gardens. Member of our group and employee of Powell Gardens, Haley Drake, will take us on a tour of the Heartland Harvest Garden and the herbal kitchen garden where we can see first-hand how vegetables and herbs are grown. There are also plenty of flowers, fountains, and an indoor plant display. There is also a gift shop. Ride: If you need a ride: Please contact us early to get a ride from Loose Park. Cost: If you are not a member of Powell Gardens: $10 per adult, $9 (60+). Lunch: Bring your own lunch and drink. There are machines and a café available. We invite anyone interested in Herbs to join our group. We meet the 2nd Wed of each month. Dues are $15, we have an Herb garden at Loose Park we maintain, and have wonderful classes and luncheons to learn all aspects of herbs and how to use them in our lives. We sometimes take field trips so be sure to check with us for each meeting. We hope you will join us. We have membership in Gardeners Connect and are looking forward to Spring and the many connections to classes available to sign up for beyond our own group. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends, visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.

Landscaping 101
Wed, Jun 13, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the basics of landscaping. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Lasagna Garden Class
Sat, Jun 16, 10-11am; at Gardens at Unity Village, 150B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO. According to by Elizebeth Parker gardening is solace and therapy from a career as a healthcare worker. She earned a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2016. Now she designs sustainable ecosystems for community gardens and private yards. We will provide container, and other ingredients to allow you to plant your own vegetable in a pot., i.e. tomatoes, green beans, etc. Workshop fee: $20.00 pre-registration. Call for reservations: 816-682-9725.

How to Attract and Nurture Bluebirds
Mon, Jun 18, 6:30pm; at the Clinton County Youth Building, 251 E 116 Hwy, Plattsburg, MO. Program sponsored by Clinton County Master Gardeners and presented by Larry Dobson, President of the Missouri Bluebird Society. Everything you need to know to attract bluebirds to your yard, and provide them with what they need to become long-term residents. Session will include a set of plans for constructing a Bluebird House. Free. For more information, contact the Clinton County Extension Office at 816-539-3765.

Creating and Maintaining a Naturalistic Garden
Wed, Jun 20, 10-11am; at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Dreher Bldg, Lawrence, KS. Douglas County Master Gardeners Class. Presented by Jill Kleinberg, Douglas Co EMG. Following the presentation there will be a garden tour of Jill’s home gardens. Open to the Public. 785-843-7058

Landscaping 101
Thurs, Jun 21, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the basics of landscaping. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Tour of KC Water Swope Campus Green Infrastructure
Thurs, Jun 21. A parking lot usually means cars and asphalt, but KC Water’s parking lot is a lesson in stormwater management. Join the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City for a tour of KC Water’s Swope Campus Parking Lot, located at 4800 E 63rd Street, in Kansas City, Missouri. The parking areas and rain gardens are designed to catch, infiltrate, and slowly release the 10% probability storm (that’s 5.25 inches of rain in less than 24 hours!) to reduce stormwater runoff from the site. Learn how different types of porous pavements, native plantings, and raingardens are performing and being maintained while enjoying an evening walk along the paved walking trail or sitting in the outdoor plaza designed to promote a healthy work environment for employees. Guided tours of green infrastructure, including native plantings, pervious concrete, porous asphalt, grasscrete, permeable pavers, rain gardens, and bio-swales will be conducted by KC Water employees. The tours will be conducted at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm.  The event is free, but registration is required and begins on May 25 and closes June 15.  Visit our website www.mggkc.org and browse” MG Events” to find the Eventbrite link to sign up sign up for your preferred tour.  Sign up early to get your preferred time; space is limited.

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.

Daylily Show
Sat, Jun 23, 10:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Stems: a garden soirée
Sat, Jun 23, 7-11pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden, invites you to the event of the summer. Tickets $150 General Admission Ticket, $250 Patron Ticket. Visit stemssoiree.org or call 913-322-6467 for all ticket and event information.

Breakfast & garden tour!
Sat, Jun 23, 8am-3pm. Anytime between 8-10am, enjoy the simple pleasures of a home style breakfast: eggs, sausage, country potatoes and all the trimmings. The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City will provide entertainment during breakfast. Come hungry and leave well fed! Garden tours begin at 10. The grounds of the Bingham will look lovely and will be the start of the tour. The tour will feature private local gardens, all of which will be a pleasure to visit! Tickets for Breakfast & Blooms are $25 – this ticket includes breakfast, the garden tour and a tour of the Bingham Waggoner Estate to be used the day of the garden tour or any day by Oct 31, 2018. Tickets for breakfast only are $11. Tickets for the gardens only are $20. Tickets may be purchased by calling Shireen at 816-461-3491.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green – What Makes Your Garden Grow? – Gr 8-12
Fri, Jun 29, 10am-4pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS.Acquire the knowledge and skills required to grow plants from seeds, cuttings, leaves, runners and slips. Propagation techniques such as air-layering and serpentine layering will be covered. Additional hands-on activities will include growing microgreens and herb gardening indoors. You will study basics of setting up hydroponic and aquaponic systems and observe existing systems in the Horticultural Sciences Center at JCCC. You will also learn about soilless growing media, potting methods, liners, fertilizers, plant growth regulators and much more. Fee: $79. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Daylily Open House/Garden Tour
Jul 4 and 5, open from 9am-1pm; at Hart’s Daylilies, 7460 W 255th, Louisburg, KS. The garden has 900 varieties of daylilies. Call 913-837-5209 for more information.

All About Succulents
Thurs, Jul 5, 11:30am-1pm; in Sunflower Room, Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Succulents and Cactus have been growing in popularity for the last few years. There are so many varieties, and some are even hardy in Kansas City! Jesse will be showing us how to arrange them in containers and how to care for them. Each class participant will be given a succulent to take home. This class, sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners, will be taught by Jesse Nelson from Family Tree Nursery. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

25thAnnual Water Garden Tour of Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City
Jul 7 and 8. Plan to visit the greater Kansas City area to tour over 40 stunning water features. Many of the sites have never been on tour before and there are numerous gardens with working trains, fairy and sculpture gardens. Visualize water sparkling like diamonds, as koi and goldfish play among the exotic water lilies and native plants, while dragon flies dance on top of the stately blooming lotus. For our 25thannual tour there will be featured artists and musicians to celebrate art in the garden at several locations. Many families make the annual Water Garden Society tour a must- see summer adventure.

Our theme this year is “The Wonderful World of Water Gardens.” A home water garden can take on many different personalities based on its’ setting, from a small city formal lot, a country cottage with a chicken house, to a palatial estate with multiple ponds and majestic waterfalls. Whether you are a pond owner looking for some new ideas and inspiration for an upgrade or you are a new homeowner thinking of taking the plunge to incorporate a water feature in your own backyard, you need to mark your calendar for July 7thand 8th, 2018.  The 25thGreater KC Water Garden Society tour is a feast for all the senses, beneficial to the environment and wildlife, and a place to get answers to many of your questions. There will be pond builders at the sponsored ponds to explain the process and how to incorporate your style in a water feature.

Tickets for the 2-day tour will be available at all garden centers in the greater Kansas City area, Hen House Markets and Westlake Hardware. Prices for the self-directed driving tour is $10 for both days. Children under 14 are free with an adult. Be sure to enter your name to have a chance to receive many gift certificates from our wonderful sponsors. This one-of-a-kind tour serves another purpose. Each year, the proceeds benefit construction and maintenance of educational and restorative water gardens and other educational programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area. To date, the KC Water Garden Society has built over 60 ponds for schools and other nonprofits. For information on discounted tickets at $8 per person for groups of 10 or more, email us at tour@kcwatergardens.com. Visit our website at www.kcwatergardens.comand on Facebook. For further inquiries, call Linda H. at 816-305-5963. The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City is a not-for-profit charitable and education society.

Exercise Therapy for Gardeners
Mon, Jul 9, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO.Gardening does not have to be a painful hobby. Travis Perret’s lecture will show exercises that gardeners can perform to improve flexibility, decrease pain and improve posture without the use of drugs. Travis’ passion is helping people get back to doing what they love to do without the limitations of chronic pain. Travis graduated from the University of Kansas and received his degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. He was a decathlete on the University of Kansas track and field team. After graduating, he was hired by The Egoscue Method and worked for Pete Egoscue for seven years. He then returned to the Midwest to open Exercise Therapy of Kansas City. He is a speaker, author, and has owned and operated Exercise Therapy of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS for 13 years. For any questions, please contact Margaret at 816-942-8889.

Sustainability Leadership – Gr. 8-12
Fri, Jul 20, 8am-3pm; held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS.Do you want to make a difference at your school and in your community? Learn best practices for starting a small and manageable recycling, composting, gardening and farming program. Ideas for mitigating storm water runoff and planting bio swales will also be discussed. In addition, discover how easy it is to implement alternative energy options while enjoying bike blender smoothies and solar smores. This course is great for students in environmental clubs, scouts, etc. Fee: $79. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Edible Landscaping
Sat, Jul 21, 10-11:30am; at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Dreher Bldg, Lawrence, KS. Douglas County Master Gardeners Class. Presented by Sherri Thomas, Johnson Co EMG. Open to the Public. 785-843-7058

MPF Kansas City Native Plant Sale
Sat, Sep 15, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center’s Monarch Mania event, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. Pure Air Natives, Gaylena’s Garden, and Green Thumb Gardens will sell a variety of natives, donating a portion of proceeds to support MPF’s prairie conservation work. Customers may place pre-orders with some of the vendors. Some vendors accept credit cards; some only cash or check. More here.

Mizzou Botanic Garden Walkabout and Plant Talk
Sun, Sep 23. Univ of Missouri, Columbia. More details to come.