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Cooking from the Garden
Thurs, Jun 1, 11:30a; at Wyandotte County Extension Office, Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Lori Wuellner, Wyandotte County Extension FACS Agent, will be discussing techniques and recipes that will make our home-grown vegetables the stars of the dinner table. Free and pre-registration not required. 913-299-9300

Native Plants: Native Landscape Chat
Fri, Jun 2, 1-2pm; at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) June is one of the “prairie birthday” months, as it seems there is a new native plant starting to bloom every week. Join our native landscape specialists on a walk around the grounds to see these blooms in action. This is a cooperative program with Deep Roots. Registration is not required. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program. 

Discover Nature: Composting 101—Virtual
Sat, Jun 3, 9-10a; at MDC Virtual Nature Center. Composting is the process of transforming organic scraps into nutrient rich garden fertilizer and it can start in your own kitchen! This talk will discuss the science of decomposition, common household methods and provide tips for getting started. Registrants will receive an invite to WebEx prior to the event. To register: go to, in the Links section, click on Burr Oak Woods Events.

Train Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 3, 10a-4p and Sun, Jun 4, Noon-4p. Adults and kids are invited to tour the unique train gardens at homes in the greater Kansas City area. They are like a miniature world with model trains running through garden landscaping, with small houses and buildings, trees, plants, water features, bridges and tunnels. Hosted by the MO-KAN Garden Railroaders, the admission cost for this self-guided tour to all gardens is $10 per car. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to Harvesters Food Network. For tickets and tour guide, go to

Kansas City Rose Show
Sat, Jun 3; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Free and open to all rose gardeners with assistance provided for first-time exhibitors. Classes for live blooms and rose photographs. Entries accepted from 8-11a. Visit for the show handbook with class lists and show rules. Also find links to tips on how to grow and show prize-winning roses.

Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society Annual Spring Plant Sale
Sat, Jun 3, 9a-2p; at Woods Chapel Community of Christ Church, 500 NE Woods Chapel Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. The sale features over 1200 plants including 68 varieties of Hosta and plenty of shade/part shade perennials! Prices start at $10 and we have all sizes of Hosta from mini to giant to suit all size gardens. This sale is open to the public. Sale list with pictures and descriptions will be available on the club website prior to the sale. For more information please visit or the Facebook page

MoKan Daylily Club 
Sat, Jun 3, 10:30a; at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 W 75th St, Prairie Village. The meeting starts at 10:30a with a meet and greet, followed by a pot luck lunch and presentation. The guest speaker is Alleen VanBebber, a Master Gardener from Overland Park, KS. Alleen’s presentation will cover Victory Gardens and garden adaptations for different abilities. Guests are welcome!

Kansas City Rose Day
Sun, Jun 4, 1-5p; at Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden in Loose Park. View the results of the Rose Show in the Garden Center with hundreds of blue-ribbon winners and gleaming trophies. In the garden, enjoy family activities, live entertainment, and an afternoon of beauty in this world-renowned rose garden. Free to everyone. Visit for further information.

Union Hill Annual Garden Tour
Sun, Jun 4, 10a-3p. Located downtown between 31st St and Union Cemetery, and bordered by Main St and Gillham, Union Hill is a walkable, charming historic Victorian neighborhood filled with avid gardeners. The tour starts at 31st and Grand then follows a walking path through the neighborhood. Attendees will receive a map and guide to the gardens on the tour. There will also be live music, food trucks, activity map for kids. Tickets for the tour can be purchased on the day of the tour for $15, with funds going to help with restoration of Union Hill Cemetery and to beautify the public spaces in the neighborhood. Advance purchase tickets are just $10 through the Union Hill Garden Tour Facebook page: @UnionHillGardenTour or by visiting

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Jun 6, 10a; at Connection Point Church, 10500 E 350 Hwy, Raytown, MO 64138. Program will be “Tree Care Basics and Planting Specimens for Smaller Spaces,” given by a representative of Heartland Tree Alliance speakers bureau. Guests are always welcome. For more information please check out our Facebook page:

Garden Sampler Tour and Raffle
Sat, Jun 10, sponsored by the Garden Club of Shawnee. Our Club sponsors a biennial tour of the private gardens of Shawnee and surrounding cities. Proceeds from the tour and raffle are used to fund a Grant Program for local schools, churches, and not-for-profit organizations to beautify and educate about gardening. Tour tickets will be available to purchase in advance via Eventbrite at and at area business starting mid-April. Also plan to purchase raffle tickets (cash only) for chances to win great prizes donated by community merchants and generous citizens. COME JOIN US! Enjoy a day filled with the beauty our featured gardens offer on Jun 10, 9 am to 5 pm (rain or shine).

Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sat, Jun 10. We will sell plants at Powell Gardens Pavilion, 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 9a-2p, featuring both cold hardy plants suitable for outdoor planting and succulents for the home. Our Jun 11 meeting will include a talk on the “Botany and Water Preserving Adaptations of the Cacti and Succulents.” Members will also share specimens in our Plant of the Month display. We meet at 1:30p, at Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Rd, Kansas City MO. And, mark your calendar for a FULL DAY plant and pottery sale at Trailside Center on Aug 5. Details will be printed in July.

Succulents in Driftwood Workshop
Sat, Jun 10, 10-11:30a; at EEVC Classroom, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. Fun and interactive, nature inspired, 100% natural preserved moss, and real succulents. All supplies provided, take your creation home. Fee: $70. To register, go to; 913-685-3604.

Vegetable Gardening Presentation
Sat, Jun 10, 10a; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150 B Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Join us at the Unity Village Farmer’s Market at the historic white barn for a special presentation to learn about the challenges of vegetable gardening, both for warm and cool seasons! You will receive tips and resources to support your vegetable gardening success from presenter Michele Livergood, of the Kansas City Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information please check out our FaceBook page:

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jun 14, 11a; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth KS 66048. Lauren Cain, founder of Elm Dirt, a local KC worm farm and organic fertilizer manufacturer, will give a presentation on Vermicomposting. Find out how to easily worm compost in any setting and the benefits that come from worm castings. The meeting is free and visitors are welcome. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Insects: Fascinating Fireflies
Sat, Jun 17, 10a-2p; at Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) Celebrate Missouri’s only flying bioluminescent insect! The return of lightning bugs, or fireflies, each June makes for magical sights on summer nights. Let’s explore the secret lives of fireflies, how they communicate and what we can do to help keep these important insects around for years to come. Instead of keeping fireflies in a jar this summer, come make your very own firefly-inspired lantern to enjoy during every season! Registration is not required. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.

Bonner Springs Garden Club
Tues, Jun 20, 10a. Anyone interested in gardening is invited to join in our fun at our next meeting. We’ll be touring our member’s six-acre farm and garden. On their property, they stress natural and Earth-friendly gardening. Following our tour we’ll be going to a local restaurant for lunch and business meeting. For further information about our club or our upcoming programs, please contact [email protected]

Composting….Easy Peasy? Absolutely!
Thurs, Jun 22, 6:30p; at Tonganoxie Public Library, 217 E 4th St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086. Jackie Lee, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead an informal discussion on the chemistry of compost and how it works; how to get started; choosing slow or quick composting; using compost; the many benefits of composting and more. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Native Plants: Ethnobotany of the Midwest
Sat, Jun 24, 10a-2p; at Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) Humans have been using native plants for everything from food to medicine to shelter for thousands of years. Join us for this program to see some of the many ways that people in the past and present have and still are using native plants that are growing right here at the Discovery Center. Registration is not required. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Jun 27, 12-1p; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66203. “GMOs in the Garden” by Sidney Platz, A Douglas County Master Gardener, Sidney became a Master Gardener and Hobby Beekeeper in 2016, after her retirement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Both hobbies have enabled her to continue to utilize her degree and career experience in genetics, specifically molecular population genetics. Her primary interest is the genetic research being performed in the development of Varroa destructor mite resistance in bee colonies, as well as the genetic techniques used in the development of genetic modified organisms. Her presentation will cover topics on GMOs, What does it mean, what are they, how are they made GMO-Good Bad and Ugly GMO Examples and Uses.

Daylily Garden Open House
Jul 1-3. Open 9a-1p; at Hart’s Daylilies, 7460 W 255th, Louisburg, KS. Over 700 varieties on display. Call 913-837-5209 for additional information.

SAVE THE DATE for Mo-Kan Daylily Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 26, 8:30a-3:30p or until sold out; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. There will be hundreds of different bare root daylilies, including a variety of colors, shapes, patterns, heights, and bloom sizes. Pictures and descriptions will be displayed to help in your selection. If you want to learn how to plant and care for your daylilies, there will be a Planting Corner with demonstrations, tips, and educational handouts. All plants have been grown locally in members’ gardens. Payment by cash and credit cards. Mo-Kan members available to answer questions.

Save the Date!
Marais de Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners will host its “September to Remember” garden tour Sep 8 and 9. Five unique private gardens will be feature in the Louisburg and Paola area along with the Miami County Courthouse garden and Monarch Way station. Watch this space for more information.