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, Jan 9, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Jan 10, Noon; at Rose room of Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112. Program: Herb of the Year presented by Elizabeth Cutting. The International Herb Society has selected hops (Humulus lupulus) as the 2018 Herb of the Year. Hops is a vine that traditionally preserves and flavors beer, but is an attractive ornamental plant that is easy to grow. Hops have a long history of medicinal uses as well. Probably the most popular being its use as a sedative due to the substance called lupulin. We always look forward to learning the history, how to grow, and how to use the highlighted herb of each year. Lunch: Potluck. We invite anyone interested in Herbs to join our group. We have our year of programs for 2018 planned and 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. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends & visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.

Heart of America Gesneriad
Sat, Jan 20, 9:30am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112. Membership. 816-513-8590

Idalia Society
Sat, Mar 17, 5:30pm, Pot-luck Dinner, 6:45pm Presentation; at Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Free to the public. The “Evolution of a Butterfly Garden” traces Carole’s burgeoning interest in butterflies and gardening that culminated in a magnificent memorial garden at her church, Bristol Hill United Methodist in KCKS. Brilliant photographs will demonstrate the planning process, plant selection and how the garden became an important shared space for the community. Idalia member Carole Tomlinson is a graduate of Pittsburg State and works as a Medical Technologist in the Immunohematology Laboratory at Community Blood Center. She spends her spring, summer and fall days in pursuit of butterflies, as well as insects and other critters! Her love of gardening came at an early age through the wonder of her grandfather’s amazing green thumb. She belongs to the Idalia Society, Kansas Native Plant Society and North American Butterfly Association.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Jan 21, 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, call 816-444-9321 or visit our website: kccactus.com.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jan 10, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Judy Pique, from the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, will give a presentation on how to grow succulents and cactus is the Kansas climate. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Jan 23, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent at the Johnson County Extension office, will present “Can we really answer all your Hydrangea Questions?” 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, Jan 9, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Community Center, 2505 SW Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Our Guest Speaker, a member of Greater Kansas City Master Gardener. All are welcome for an educational evening. Refreshments are provided and visitors are always welcome. Visit our website www.leessummitgardenclub.org or call 816-914-3970.

Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Jan 20, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Sho Me African Violets Club
Fri, Jan 12, 10am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Water Garden Society of KC
Tues, Jan 16, doors open at 5:30pm for snacks and socializing and our first speaker begins at 6:30pm; at Our Lady of Sorrows, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. This year we are hosting our 25th annual water garden tour on July 7th and 8th. Our first speaker is Michael Sandy, the director of the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Center. In 1976 the nature center was incorporated and has undergone many changes and expansion since. Included are hiking trails, picnic areas, a WGS-built pond as well as the large center that hosts Scouting programs, educational programs for schools and other programs throughout the year. Winter at the sanctuary center is his topic. Our featured speaker is Michelle Van Liew from Van Liew’s Home & Garden, family owned and operated for 90 years. They are considered pioneers in the decorative landscape industry. We are excited to learn what new things Van Liew’s has for the water garden, our patios and homes.

GARDEN CLASSES, SEMINARS AND SYMPOSIUMS

Go Native! Using Native Plants in Your Landscape
Thurs, Jan 11, 11:30am-1pm; the Sunflower Room of the Extension Office at 1208 N 79th Street, Kansas City, KS. Lenora Larson, a Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener and member of local chapters of both the Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society, will be presenting Go Native! Using Native Plants in Your Landscape. Her presentation will dispel the myths about native plant gardens, and will focus on how to install or convert to a native landscape that pleases the plants, the gardener and the neighbors. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Feel free to bring your lunch. Registration not required. Fee: $5.00 payable at the door (waived for active certified Extension Master Gardeners). For further information: 913-299-9300.

Celebrating the 160th Birthday of Benjamin Franklin Bush
Sat, Jan 20, 1-3pm Refreshments, demonstrations and displays, 1:30-2:30pm Interview followed by audience question and answer; at National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W Pacific Ave, Independence, MO 64050. An Interview with Independence Botanist Benjamin Franklin Bush in Celebration of His 160th Birthday. Known internationally for his skilled botanizing and numerous plant discoveries. While he spent most of his life in search of plants, he simultaneously ran the country store and post office in Courtney, MO. Until his death in 1937, Bush collected and identified thousands of plants native to our region, from the Ozarks to the Indian Territories. He prepared more than 35,000 specimens for botanical gardens internationally while carrying on lively correspondence with some of the best botanists of the time. Many trekked to Courtney to confer with him and view his plants. Sponsored by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department of the City of Independence, MO. Free to the public.

Landscape Designing From the Inside Out
Mon, Jan 22, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Have you ever thought about applying the concepts of decorating your home to the landscape? This session will help you draw parallels using many of the same concepts to help you spruce up the home. A well-landscaped home is a sense of pride and a great place to call home. Learn a few basic tips which will help you build on the framework for a pleasing setting. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

FEBRUARY

Seed Starting Workshop
Thurs, Feb 1, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence KS. Learn how to start your own seeds. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Starting Plants from Seed
Thurs, Feb 1, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room of the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th Street, Kansas City KS. Do you want to grow plant varieties the store doesn’t sell? Do you want an early start on plants instead of planting seeds outdoors? Are your seedlings pale and spindly? Grace Troeh, a Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardener, presenter. The class will cover basic seedling needs, such as preparation of picky seeds, soils, germinating temperatures, light, moisture and seedling hygiene. Mrs. Troeh will also discuss how to handle seeds saved from our own plants to preserve viability. Additionally, she will present ideas for setups to start seedlings, some of which can be made at home from readily available items. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Thurs, Feb 8, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to start a simple and manageable vegetable garden. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Getting to Know Your Weeds
Mon, Feb 12, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Weeds just seem to pop up everywhere in the lawn and garden. There are so many different types of weeds from grasses to broadleaves and annuals and perennials. Getting the upper hand on them requires us to first know the pesky weed and its characteristics. This is the first step. This class will help us identify our weed problems. This class when combined with the other February class will be the perfect one-two punch. Attendance at both is not required. Come to one or both. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

Composting
Thurs, Feb 15, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how make your own compost pile at home. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Advanced Vegetable Gardening-Cold Crops
Thurs, Feb 22, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. How to grown cold season vegetables, 4-5 different cold season vegetables to be discussed. Which ones depends on a vote from the workshop attendees. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Getting the Upper Hand on Weeds
Mon, Feb 26, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Chemical, organic, cultivation? Getting a handle on eliminating weeds is about selecting the right option that meets your needs. The second session on weeds will cover your options in weed control. It is not a one size fits all method but a strategy that meets your needs. Attendance at the first session is not required so attend one or both. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

MARCH

Advanced Vegetable Gardening-Summer Crops
Thurs, Mar 1, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. How to grown summer vegetables, 4-5 different summer vegetables to be discussed. Which ones depends on a vote from the workshop attendees. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Gardening By Design Symposium in Paola
Sat, Mar 3, 9am-3:30pm; Sponsored by the Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners, at the District Extension Office, 104 South Brayman, Paola, KS. Symposium keynote speaker, Merle Sharp, is joined by Cynthia Gillis and Bryan Kottke. Topics include The Garden Design Process, Gardening Rooms, Perpetual Garden Color and The Aesthetics of Hardscaping. The $30 fee includes a box lunch. Space is limited; you must pre-register by Feb 26. Obtain a registration form at www.maraisdescygnes.k-state.edu. Call the Extension Office, 913-284-4306, for further information.

Greening the Lawn
Mon, Mar 5, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. But each of us have a different idea of what green means. This class will cover recommendations that means green in different ways. Greener is an approach to lawn care which can reduce the use of fertilizers, water and other inputs while still having a nice green lawn. This program will help you tailor your lawn care inputs to match the desired outcomes. Proper lawn care is not a one size fits all program once you know the secrets to a green lawn while being green in the process. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

Growing the Perfect Tomato
Thurs, Mar 8, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to grow a great tomato whether it be a cherry or a beefsteak, in the ground, or in a container. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Spring Gardening Seminar
Sat, Mar 10, at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. An all day event offering a variety of presentations from edible flowers to everything you wanted to know about no sow gardening. $54 including lunch. Visit www.mggkc.org/spring-seminar for detailed information on each of the 13 presentations plus enrollment instructions.

Beekeeping I
Wed, Mar 14 & 21, 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: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Growing & Storing Herbs
Thurs, Mar 15, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to grow and store your herbs. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Sat, Mar 17, 10:30-11:30am; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to start a simple and manageable vegetable garden. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Pruning Fruit Trees
Thurs, Mar 22, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to prune cherries, apples, peaches and pears for fruit production. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Building a Raised Bed
Sat, Mar 24, 10:30-11:30am; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to build a simple wooden raised bed out of landscape timbers as well as what media to put in it for maximum results. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

Spectacular Shrubs
Mon, Mar 26, 7pm; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1060, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Tired of the same old lilac, forsythia and juniper? Desiring something new, out of the box that stands out in the neighborhood or garden? Then make plans to attend this session. Newer varieties and introductions for the landscape will be covered. Shrubs are more versatile than ever with smaller plants, more colorful foliage and longer flowering periods. After this session you will be ready to give those tired, old over-pruned shrubs the heave-ho and give the garden a facelift. Limited to 45. $10, enroll at www.johnson.k-state.edu. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

Beekeeping II
Wed, Mar 28 & Apr 4, 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: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Caring for Berries & Small Fruits
Thurs, Mar 29, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Learn how to start and care for your own strawberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries, and blueberries. Handouts will be provided. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 785-842-3081.

APRIL

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.

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.

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. Instructor: Dennis Patton, Johnson Co K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MAY and JUNE

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.

Leavenworth County Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 9, 9am-3pm; at Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host 10 beautiful gardens in the city of Leavenworth. This event will occur rain or shine. Tickets will cost $10. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5704.