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 17, 9:30am; meet at the parking lot on the SE corner of Third & Cedar in Bonner Springs. We’ll be touring several garden centers. The first stop will be Suburban Lawn & Garden on K7 and Prairie Star Parkway. 75% of trees, shrubs and bedding plants sold in the nursey are supplied by two local growing facilities. This means that their plants are adapted for our growing area and arrive fresh daily. The second stop will be at the Oak Creek Nursery located at 14301 Parallel Parkway, Basehor, KS. This is a newly opened garden center. Following the tours the group will have lunch and a short meeting in Basehor. All are welcome. For more info email: bonnerspringsgardenclub@gmail.com.

Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Ju1 21, 9am-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Mini Exhibit. www.bsgkc.org. 816-513-8590

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Jul 15, 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, Jul 11, noon; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Program: Good Weeds Bad Weeds. In this program we discover some of the “weeds” we accidentally pull from our beds are really beneficial herbs that have great healing properties…learn to identify those herbs as compared to plants like “bind weed” and morning glory which tend to take over garden plots. This will be presented by Dennis Patton from K-State Extension. Lunch: Bring a main or side dish or dessert. 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 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 and visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.

Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Sat, Jul 28, 10am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

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 a DIFFERENT LOCATION: Trailside Center, 99th St and Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO. Coming in August back at the Loose Park Garden Center, the 40th ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE on Sat, Aug 11, 9am-5pm (Judged show opens to the public at 11am. Sales open at 9am.) and Sun, Aug 12, 11am-4pm. Both the club meeting and Show and Sale are free and open to the public. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net for more information. kccactus.com

Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Jul 15, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Jul 2, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Nancy Chapman, Johnson County, Kansas Master Gardener for 2017 and club member will present “Fall for Fall Vegetable Gardening”. She states that July is the time to be planning for your autumn vegetable garden. Nancy adds that often fall vegetable gardening is more productive than your spring gardening in Kansas City. We are talking about lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, beets, kale, and more. Then, Club President, Betty Bonness, will talk about “All About Horticulture” on how to prepare horticulture specimens for flower shows. Betty, a Federated Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge will give you many excellent tips. Bring a sack lunch, and join us for dessert and drinks after the meeting. 913-636-4956

Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group
We meet bi-monthly to learn about herbs. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing and harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications. Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations. We meet every 2nd Tues evening in Jan-Mar-May-Jul-Sept-Nov. Everyone with an interest in herbs is welcome. We meet near Lawrence. More info/newsletter: email herbstudygroup@gmail.com.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jul 11, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Barbara Willson, a Johnson County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on Fairy Gardens. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Jul 28, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Jul 17, 12:30pm; the meeting room at The Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive, (I-35 & 119th) Olathe. Donna Schneck, NGC, KGAC Flower Show Judge will lead us in the art of Flower Design. The public is welcome. Prior to the meeting, lunch at Uncle Buck’s at 11am. For information, email Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com.

Raytown Garden Club
Wed, Jul 3, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Eric Perrette, Powell Gardens Horticulturist and butterfly breeder, will present a program sharing his expertise about butterflies. Refreshments will be served prior to the program. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our Facebook page at Raytown Garden Club or visit our website at www.sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentraldistrict/raytown

EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE

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.

25th Annual Water Garden Tour
Jul 7 and 8. Sponsored by Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society. 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. 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. For information on discounted tickets at $8 per person for groups of 10 or more, email us at tour@kcwatergardens.com. Visit www.kcwatergardens.com and Facebook. For further inquiries, call Linda H. at 816-305-5963.

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.

Preserving the Harvest
Tues, Jul 10, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terr, Ste 1; Lansing, KS 66043. Chelsi Myer, Leavenworth County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will give a presentation on preserving food from our gardens. Preserving the harvest will focus on preserving fresh foods at home and how to follow proper procedures to prevent foodborne illness. These safety-tested methods can be used for freezing and canning produce popular in Kansas. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Save Our Monarchs – One Backyard at a Time
Wed, Jul 11, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Patti Davis, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to create a backyard Monarch butterfly habitat. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Preserving the Harvest
Thurs, Jul 19, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Chelsi Myer, Leavenworth County Family and Consumer Science Agent will give a presentation on preserving food from our gardens. Preserving the Harvest will focus on preserving fresh foods at home and how to follow proper procedures to prevent foodborne illness. These safety-tested methods can be used for freezing and canning produce popular in Kansas. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

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 County Extension Master Gardener. Open to the Public. 785-843-7058

Pest of the Week
Thurs, Aug 2, 11:30am-1pm; at Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County EMGs. Most gardeners feel they are continually fighting one problem or another in the garden, whether it’s insects, weeds, critters or the weather (too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry). Ward Upham, KSU Master Gardener Coordinator & Hotline Response Manager, and author of the weekly online Horticulture Newsletter and “Pest of the Week” for homeowners, will teach this class. During the class, he will feature timely problems faced by gardeners. Learn when to expect what problems and the best practices to combat them. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Make a Kokedama
Mon, Aug 6, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Class on making Kokedema (moss planter) hosted by Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. This is an easy family-friendly class on making a planter from moss and string. Great for kids and adults of all ages. This is a free class. Please call Margaret 816-942-8889 for reservations, so we can have materials available. Hope to see you there.

Pruning for Beginners
Tues, Aug 7, 6-8pm; at Strang Park, W 88th Ter and Farley St, Overland Park KS. Heartland Tree Alliance will offer basic tree pruning course for shade and ornamental trees utilizing hands-on and teacher instruction. All tools provided, must register in advance, $5 fee covers cost of USFS booklet for each student. https://tinyurl.com/pruneop or call Sarah 816-561-1086.

Native Trees of Kansas
Wed, Aug 8, 1pm; at the Mr and Mrs F L Schlagle Library & Environmental Learning Center, 4051 West Dr, Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, KS 66109. Jim Earnest will give a one hour PowerPoint. Jim Earnest is with the Kansas City Region of The Kansas Native Plant Society and has given several tree tours and presentations in this area. This will be a good event for master gardeners needing advanced training. Reservations are not needed or taken as we will have seating for 50 people. The Mr and Mrs F L Schlagle Library & Environmental Learning Center is located in the 1400-acre Wyandotte County Lake Park. Walking trails are nearby. The Kansas City Region of the Kansas Native Plant Society is sponsoring this important presentation.

GKC Iris Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 18, 10am-3pm; at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Add color to your garden by selecting from hundreds of locally grown iris varieties for sale. Includes 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!

Beekeeping I
Wed, Aug 22 & 29, 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.

Pruning for Beginners
Sat, Aug 25, 9-11am; at Buffalo Meadows Park, 9650 Lone Elm Rd, Lenexa KS. Heartland Tree Alliance will offer basic tree pruning course for shade and ornamental trees utilizing hands-on and teacher instruction. All tools provided, must register in advance, $5 fee covers cost of USFS booklet for each student. https://tinyurl.com/pruneLenexa or call Sarah 816-561-1086

Pruning for Beginners
Wed, Sep 5, 6-8pm; at Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Rd, Kansas City MO. Heartland Tree Alliance will offer basic tree pruning course for shade and ornamental trees utilizing hands-on and teacher instruction. All tools provided, must register in advance, $5 fee covers cost of USFS booklet for each student. https://tinyurl.com/pruneKCMO or call Sarah 816-561-1086

Beekeeping II
Wed, Sep 5 & 12, 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.

Potpourri, Sachets & Teas
Thurs, Sep 6, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Wyandotte County EMGs. Anyone who grows herbs and flowers knows firsthand about the wonderful aromas to be enjoyed when working among these plants. But how can you capture these fragrances to enjoy long term? Paula Winchester, who until recently operated Herb Gathering, a business growing and supplying fresh herbs to area grocers and restaurants, will demonstrate how to prepare, and then assemble the ingredients for potpourris and herbal teas, using easily attainable ingredients from the garden. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more info, call 913-299-9300.

Winter Gardening: Growing Greens to Beat the Blues
Thurs, Sep 13, 6-9pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Growing nutritional edibles during the dreary fall and winter months has many advantages. It is easier gardening than in the heat of the summer, less watering is needed and there are fewer bugs and weeds! Discuss the science, methods and some simple structures that work well for a small scale home garden and learn which plants do well in the cold. Leave excited about growing in an unexpected, yet productive season. Early Sept is the time to plant! Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

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.

Beekeeping III
Wed, Sep 19 & 26, 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.

Learn to Make a Pine Needle Basket
Sat, Sep 22, 12:30-4:30pm. Join us as an experienced guest instructor guides us in the making of lovely traditional pine needle baskets. Take home a basket you’ve made! $39 (supplies included). Register now: www.GoodEarthGatherings.com.

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

Pruning for Beginners
Wed, Oct 3, 9-11am; at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam KS. Heartland Tree Alliance will offer basic tree pruning course for shade and ornamental trees utilizing hands-on and teacher instruction. All tools provided, must register in advance, $5 fee covers cost of USFS booklet for each student. https://tinyurl.com/pruneJOCO or call Sarah 816-561-1086

Advanced Beekeeping – Fall and Winter Honeybee Management
Wed, Oct 3, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Proper preparation of your hives for winter is the most important activity for a beekeeper. The better you manage your hives for Winter, the better the odds are that your bees will not only survive but will thrive when spring arrives. Review harvesting, processing and storing honey, processing beeswax, securing your hive from pests, verifying your bees have adequate honey stores and the methods of feeding when necessary, treatments for varrora mites, wind breaks, and how and when to check your hive over the winter. Fee: $29. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People!
Sat, Oct 13, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Not all dirt is dirty. Discuss the importance of composting, its many uses and advantages, and the basics of the process, including how to build and manage a compost pile. Also review other methods of handling food and yard waste such as mulching and worm composting. This course focuses on the micro-biome of the soil, the ecology of the soil food web and the complexity in the underground environment. Guest speaker Stan Slaughter will share best practices from his 25 years composting and recycling. Healthy soil makes healthy food, which makes healthy people! Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.