Look at what is happening around Kansas City 


If you’d like to list plants sales, gardening related meetings, classes and workshops, send details with contact information to [email protected]. Deadline for publishing in the March issue is February 5. This is a FREE listing.


Using Native Plants in the Ornamental Garden
Thurs, Feb 2, 11:30a; via Zoom. Sponsored by Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Presented by Lenora Larson. We’ll de-bunk the many myths surrounding native plants, then discuss garden design and horticultural strategies to civilize these potentially unruly plants. Lenora Larson is a Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener and a member of local chapters of both the Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society. For more information:

The Garden Club of Shawnee
Thurs, Feb 2, 7p; at Shawnee Town 1927 Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. This meeting will be about house plants. As always, we will serve drinks and snacks, and nifty door prizes will be given away. Guests are welcome! Please visit our website and our Facebook page for more information.

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Feb 7, 10a; at Connection Point Church, 10500 E State Rte 350, Raytown, MO 64138. The program scheduled will be “Adaptive Gardening, Techniques to Help You Garden into your Nineties.” Guests are always welcome. For more information please check out our Facebook page:

Mushrooms 101
Sat, Feb 11, 2p; at Year-Round Garden, 1201 NE Rice Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Length: 1-hour (60 minutes of instruction + time for Q&A). Join us for an educational session designed for anyone interested in growing their own mushrooms. Take a step-by-step journey through the process of cultivating mushrooms from a spore syringe, including grain jar, substrate and monotub preparation. Register Online at or call (816) 600-2300.

Resources for Extension Master Gardeners
Wed, Feb 15, 10:15a, presented via Zoom by Douglas County Extension Susie Nightingale, Hazlett Henderson, Terese O’Neill EMGs. Researched based horticultural information is the cornerstone of the Extension Master Gardener program and an important part of their training. This presentation will help you weed out less than reliable recommendations from an ocean of resources;

Pruning Fruit Trees Workshop
Two workshops, one on Feb 18 and one on Feb 26, 1-4p both days; at Turkey Creek Trees located near Meriden, KS. The pruning workshop will be a hands-on demonstration of proper fruit tree pruning techniques. Proper pruning increases fruit production and helps maintain healthier trees. Other topics such as planting, protecting your new trees from wildlife damage and disease issues will also be discussed as well. Cost is $50/ participant. Space is limited to 10 participants/ day. To get more information regarding registration or the workshop please email [email protected]

Olathe Garden & Civic Club Meeting & Flower Arranging Workshop
Tues, Feb 21, 1-2:30p; at Grace Church, 11485 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe KS. *Free to attend and open to the public, Club membership not required.* Please join us for our monthly club meeting and flower arranging workshop! Flowers will be provided, please bring your own vase or other small vessel.

Paola Spring Symposium
Sat, Feb 25, 9am-3:30pm; at the Lighthouse Church, 1402 E 303rd St, Paola, KS 66071. “Garden Design with Maintenance in Mind” will be presented by the Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners. The $45 tickets will be sold online only. Don’t delay, as we always sell out early! Presentations include Stacie Campbell discussing how to match your garden’s design and your maintenance abilities. Are weeds your nemesis? Lenora Larson shares how to win the weed wars. Brad Guhr from Dyck Arboretum debunks the myth of native plants requiring little or no maintenance and Kevin Nelson considers maintenance strategies for the aging gardener. Here is the link to register:

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Feb 28, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. For more info, visit the group’s Facebook page. Laura Dickenson, an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian is scheduled to speak on “A measure at Hand.” A Winter Bake Sale will be another highlight of this month’s meeting.

Water Gardening—Mini to Magnificent
Sat, Mar 4, 8:30a-3:30p; at Flory Building, 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St, Lawrence, KS. Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are pleased to provide a free, one-day onsite workshop on water gardening. This workshop is the culmination of a generous donation by the former Lawrence Water Garden Society. The workshop will be given by Kelly Billing, an international aquatic plant specialist, water garden designer, consultant and author with over 35 years’ experience in the water garden industry. Kelly compiled and currently maintains the regulated aquatic plant list in the U.S. and has served on the board of directors for the International Waterlily and Water Garden Society. Check-in and refreshments will be 8:30 to 9, first session 9 to 11:30, lunch on your own, and second session 1 to 3:30. The morning session will focus on finding balance in water gardens. Kelly will share innovative approaches to achieve balance using natural plant materials while empowering the ecosystem.  During the afternoon session, participants will discover creative options for establishing low-maintenance, big and small gardens with traditional aquatic plants, waterlilies, and lotus. Hands on practice dividing lotus will be available as well. Registration is required for one or both sessions. The workshop is free but registration prior to the event is required as space is limited. To register, please sign up at: A limited supply of Kelly’s book, The Lotus: Know It and Grow It, will be available for purchase and author signature. 

Healthy Yards Expo
Sat, Mar 11, 9a-2p; at Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. Local businesses, non-profits, city and county departments will offer seminars and tips helping make greener choices. Johnson County residents get one free soil test, compliments of Johnson County Stormwater Management and Johnson County K-State Extension. For more information on the Healthy Yard Expo, visit or call 913-715-7000. This is a free event. 

Flower, Home & Garden Show
Sat, Mar 25, 10a-4p; at Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St, Leavenworth, KS. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will be making presentations throughout the event.; 913-682-2122

Garden Obsession | Kansas City Garden Symposium
Sat, Mar 25, Rockhurst University. The Kansas City Garden Symposium presented by Gardeners Connect. We bring to the stage the best in local, regional and national garden experts and talent to educate and inspire gardeners of all skill levels. “Garden Obsession” is all about the gardens and plants that entice, beguile and make gardeners obsess. Three speakers. Six presentations. Lunch. Gift bag. A day of gardening delight you won’t want to miss. For details and to sign up, visit 

Kansas City Rose Society
Sat, Mar 25, 10am; at the Loose Park Garden Center. “Aphids, Japanese Beetles, and Rose Midge: How to Identify and Control Rose Pests,” by Dr. Raymond A. Cloyd: Professor and Extension Specialist in Horticultural Entomology/Plant Protection, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). After the program, all are encouraged to join Dana Flemming, KC Parks Landscape Technician/Head Rosarian, in the Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden to learn about the organic products used there and to learn how to plant a bare root rose bush.

Save the Date! 
The Garden Club of Shawnee will hold its Garden Tour 2023 on Saturday, June 10. Five wonderful and unique private gardens will be on the tour. Watch this space for more information.