Events

Here’s what’s happening in gardening around Kansas City. If you’d like to list gardening related meetings, classes and workshops, send details with contact information to elizabeth@kcgmag.com. This is a FREE listing.

African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City
Tues, Dec 10, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Dec 11, noon, at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. This month the members will enjoy a joyful and fun holiday party with music and delicious food. Come prepared for a great time with your friends…we enjoy sharing stories of holidays past…and perhaps a Christmas herbal gift. Members will bring a potluck dish and a white elephant gift to share at this holiday party. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome. Questions: Call Lynn at 816-308-5450.
Greater Kansas City Iris Society
Sun, Dec 8, holiday potluck. Setup at 12:30pm, Meal at 1pm; at the Trailside Center, 99th and Holmes, Kansas City, MO.
Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Dec 8, noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Besides having a great potluck meal, we’ll have a gardening-themed gift exchange and play bingo to win small cacti and succulents. Everybody wins at least 1 or 2 plants! Visitors are welcome at both of these enjoyable events. Just bring a dish to share and a wrapped, garden-themed gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange. For more information, email evaal@att.net.
MoKan Daylily Society 
Sat, Dec 7, 10:30am Meet and greet; Potluck at 11am, meeting and program follows; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership information contact Mary Niemeyer: 816 853-5332.
Raytown Garden Club
We will not have our regular meeting in December as we break for the holidays and dream of next year’s gardens! We will resume our regular meetings in FEBRUARY 2020 on the first Tuesday of each month. Look for our announcement in the JANUARY issue of this magazine for details about our first 2020 meeting in FEBRUARY! Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season! Visitors are always welcome! Please come meet our group; we would love to get to know you! Check out our Facebook page at Raytown Garden Club or visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentral/clubs/raytown
Sho Me African Violets
Fri, Dec 13, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center Building, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Membership. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
Waterfowl Migration Second Sundays at Smithville
Sun, Dec 8, 1-4pm; at Jerry Litton Center, 16311 County Rd DD, Smithville, MO 64089. Because fall and early winter are such great times for waterfowl migration, we will be visiting Smithville Lake each month to keep tabs on what is coming and going. We should see great diversity as the gulls, loons, grebes, ducks, geese and raptor populations constantly change during the course of this season. Questions? Contact Backyard Bird Center, 816-746-1113, info@backyardbirdcenter.com; backyardbirdcenter.com
Kansas City Garden Club Annual Holiday Auction Fundraiser and Luncheon
Mon, Dec 9, live auction begins at 10am; at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64112. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and bargains. Up for sale are a wide range of garden items, baked goods, and a grand selection of merchant donated items and gift certificates. We usually have over 200 lots-of-fun items to bid on and buy. After the auction at 12:15pm there will be a potluck luncheon with the club furnishing meats, drinks and tableware. Park on the southwest corner of the church parking lot off of Brookside Boulevard, and come in the west entrance. 913-341-7555
Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series
Sat, Jan 18, 10am; at the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Andrew Fox, now owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse, will discuss what’s new and cool. gardenersconnect.org
Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series
Sat, Feb 15, 10am; in the Auditorium of the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Cookbook author Judith Fertig on “Garden to Grill.”
gardenersconnect.org
Gardening by Design Symposium in Paola
Sat, Feb 29, 9am-3:30pm (check-in at 8:30am) at the Lighthouse Church, 1402 E 303rd St, Paola, KS. Theme: “The Color-Filled Garden.” Presenters and topics are Lenora Larson, “Eye Candy: Color Theory for Gardeners” and “Beyond Impatiens: Colorful Shade Gardens.” Ania Wiatr, “Designing with Colorful Native Plants.” Timothy Moloney, “354 Days of Amazing Color.” Susan Mertz, “Colorful Low-Maintenance Gardens.” Sponsored by Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners. The $40 fee includes lunch and snacks. Open to all, but pre-registration is required by Feb 15. Space is limited. Watch for details and registration form at www.maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. For more information call 913-294-4306.
Kansas City Garden Symposium
Mar 6-7, 2020; in Arrupe Hall at Rockhurst University. Composed of three events spanning two days. A Friday workshop and Banquet with a full day Saturday Symposium. Attend any of the events or attend all three for maximum learning and fun. Symposium: A full day of programs by four acclaimed garden presenters including lunch, $99 through Feb 15. Reg Price $129. Banquet: An evening of dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City including a program by presenter Brie Arthur entitled Fragrance in the Air; $79 through Feb 15, Reg Price $99. Workshop: Implement the Design. A garden design for the gardener workshop. $49 through Feb 15, Reg Price $69. For details, including purchase tickets, go to gardensymposium.org
Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale
Sat, May 2, 2020, 7am-noon. Indoor plant sale at the Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO. The sale features tomatoes, vegetables, peppers, herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, hanging baskets, container plantings, shrubs, and trees. Proceeds from the sale fund scholarships, community garden projects, and the River City Gardens.