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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

Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Oct 13, 9am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Oct 21, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Oct 15, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Oct 10, noon; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Program: Spice it Up with Herbs and Spices presented by Anne Lewis. Learn about common spices that show up in our fall dishes. Maybe these culinary delights also have medicinal benefits that you were unaware of? This is a spice tasters dream…with all the dishes prepared and recipes shared! Lunch is a Potluck: Spice up your dishes with your favorite herbs and spices. Think fall spices–nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Also, come see us at Gardeners Connect LilyPalooza, Sat, Oct 27, 9am-1pm at Arrupe Auditorium at Rockhurst University Campus. We will have a booth there of herb cookies. We invite anyone interested in Herbs to join our group. We meet the 2nd Wednesday 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 take field trips so be sure to check with us for each meeting. We hope you will join us. 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, visitors always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.
Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society
Tues, Oct 16, 5:30pm for snacks and socializing; at Our Lady of Sorrows meeting space, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. Parking is free just outside the west doors. Our meeting will have information for all gardeners. Jamie Beyer will have the floor for the entire meeting with 2 topics – “Landscaping with Stone” and “Maximizing the Enjoyment of Gardening”. Jamie Beyer comes to us from Iowa where he owns his own water garden company, breeds shubunkin fish, has a degree in wildlife management and has never failed to charm his audience. He is a feature writer for Pond Trade magazine and is a highly sought speaker throughout the nation. His first topic at 6:30 will be on learning how to incorporate stones in the home landscape, including sources, placement, techniques to move large stones and carving granite to make the perfect stone. After a short break the second half of the evening begins. There are many ways Mr Beyer will share on how to improve your gardening experience – whimsical gardens, allocating your gardening time, and different techniques to “plant” a secret jewel tucked away in your garden for all to discover. The formal portion of the evening begins at 6:30. Visitors are always welcome. For additional information please visit www.kcwatergardens.com or follow us on Facebook.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Oct 21, 1:30-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. October will be our annual plant exchange, which is a fun way to add variety to your collection! Visitors are welcome to attend and to participate in the plant exchange. For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, visit our website: kccactus.com.
Kansas City Garden Club
Sun, Oct 1, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112. The program is “Helpful Herb Hints” presented by Club member Donna Schneck’s husband Merle who will enlighten us with his very extensive experience in the world of gardening with Herbs. He will show us several of his favorites in the Herb world. How to grow them, their uses and in particular how to use them in cooking. Merle and Donna have maintained a large garden for years growing many vegetables, flowers, and yes, herbs. To hone their gardening skills, they enjoy attending the Philadelphia Flower Show, and will attend again in 2018. 11:15am Business meeting; 11:45 Bird information by Martha Baker, noon Helpful hints for the Fall Garden by Iva Stribling. Followed by refreshments in the Fern Room. Public welcome.
Kansas City Rose Society
Sat, Oct 6, 10am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Fall rose demonstration. Winterize roses class. 816-513-8590
Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group
We meet bi-monthly near Lawrence 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 herb interest is welcome. More info/newsletter: email herbstudygroup@gmail.com.
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Oct 10, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Mark Olson will be speaking on Microgreens and Aquaponics. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Oct 23, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Brian Morley will present “Go Local with your Holiday Decor.” Brian is co-owner of Bergamot and Ivy. The meeting and our membership are open to everyone and guests are most welcome. A potluck luncheon will be served. For more information, visit www.leawood.org/committees/lgc or send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com.
Lee’s Summit Garden Club
Tues, Oct 9, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Community Center, 2505 S W Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Our guest speaker is Phil Alley. Subject: Hostas. Refreshments are provided. Visitors are welcome. Visit our website www.leessummitgardenclub.org or call 816-914-3970.
Lenexa Field and Garden Club 
Tues, Oct 9, 7pm; at the Lackman Thompson Barn, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, 11180 Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS 66219. The speaker will be Keith Wheeler on hypertufa pots. Learn more about the club at www.lenexafieldandgardenclub.org.
Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sun, Oct 7, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Oct 16, 12:30pm; at the Bass Pro Meeting Room at 12051 Bass Pro Drive (I-35 & 119th). Gerry Buehler will lead us in designing our own winter and holiday arrangements from specimens and containers we provide. The public is welcome. For information, email Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com. Prior to the meeting, lunch at Uncle Buck’s at 11am.
Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Oct 8, social hour 7pm, Speaker at 7:30pm; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Darlene Arnett with Kansas City Master Gardeners will present information on Fall Bulb Preparation. Please contact Holly Ramsay for any questions or information. 913-302-2014
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Oct 2, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Our program is entitled “Recycling for a Better Future”. Matt Riggs, Outreach Coordinator & Recycling Manager of the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District, will present. We will also be having a mini holiday flower show at the meeting. Visitors are most welcome. Check out our Facebook page at Raytown Garden Club or visit our website at www.sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentraldistrict/raytown.
Sho Me African Violets
Fri, Oct 12, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
10-Month Home Herbalism Course
Good Earth Herb School’s Home Herbalism Course is a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of everything you need to know to be an effective home herbalist. Within 10 monthly classes, you will learn seasonally the best times and methods of planting, harvesting, preserving, storing and using many herbs. This class will provide you with experience working with herbs in practical, useful ways. You will make tinctures, oils, salves, infusions, decoctions, and a variety of other herbal preparations. Aromatherapy and wild food foraging will also be covered. Whether you are a beginner or a home herbalist wanting guidance in putting all the pieces together, this course will give you a practical foundation so you feel comfortable and confident growing and using herbs for yourself and your family every day. Information/Registration: GoodEarthHerbSchool.com.
Flowers in the Winter-Forcing Bulbs
Tues, Oct 2, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terr, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Shirley Rockwell, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to force bulbs for winter blooms. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Wine in the Gardens
Wed, Oct 3, 5-8pm; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Join us and experience all that Colonial Gardens has to offer. We’ll have local wine and beer for every palette, you can sample fresh food from our Market and enjoy some amazing live music. So, relax in the gardens and experience the new Colonial Gardens. Free. 816-229-1277
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.
Pumpkin Mod Podge Workshop
Wed, Oct 3, 6:30-8pm; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Are you ready to get creative and help make your pumpkin be the star of this season? In this workshop you will learn how to prep flower petals in a creative design onto your pumpkin, and if that’s not motivation enough, receive two drink tickets that can be redeemed during the workshop. All ages are welcome! Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol, must have a valid ID. No exceptions. Cost: $50. 816-229-1277
Plants Gone Wild
Thurs, Oct 4, 11:30am-1pm; the Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap! Learn which plants are invading our landscapes and how to manage their spread. Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Specialist with K-State Research & Extension/Wyandotte County, will present this class. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.
Soil Health Q&A on the Stage
Sat, Oct 6, 8:30-9am; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Grab your coffee, grab your seat and join us Saturday morning in the courtyard. One of our Colonial Experts will talk about the importance of soil health in lawns and gardens, as well as the steps homeowners can take to improve and amend their soil. This event is free to attend, and questions are encouraged! 816-229-1277
Kaw Valley Farm Tour
Oct 6 and 7. Kaw Valley region offers a wealth of sights, tastes and traditions. The farm tour provides fun and interactive farm experiences, supports local farms and introduces individuals of all ages to the many faces of agriculture in the Kaw Valley. 33 participating farms along the Kaw River Valley in 6 counties spanning from Auburn, KS to Leavenworth, KS. Have breakfast on a farm, discover unique artisans, nurseries and greenhouses, pumpkin patches and wines produced at local vineyards. Pet a friendly alpaca, meet a horse that paints or chat with a chicken. The Kaw Valley Farm Tour is the perfect event for friends and families, and a great way to make connections between the farmers in the fields and the foods on our tables. Tickets are $10 per carload, good for both days available at www.kawvalleyfarmtour.org
Flowers in Winter-Forcing Bulbs
Wed, Oct 10, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Shirley Rockwell, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to force bulbs for winter blooms. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Birding Hike
Thurs, Oct 11, 8-10:30am; at Smithville Lake, meet in the Nature Center Parking Lot. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (http://backyardbirdcenter.com/smithville-lake-4). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113. Join us for one of our Thursday morning bird hikes!
Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival
Oct 12-14. Kick off on Fri from 6-9pm; All events at the Mission, 3403 West 53rd St, Fairway, KS. There will be a bluegrass band from 6-9pm on Fri with burgers, beer and other beverages available. The main event is 10am-5pm on Sat and Sun. It also is free to attend (suggested donation to the Mission’s Foundation of $2.00 per adult). For children, there are supervised games and activities of the 1800’s as well as the popular Drum Safari, Boy Scout rope climbing, the Marble Man, and archery with home-made bows and arrows. Children’s art and crafts are supervised in a huge, authentic Plains Indian teepee. The whole family will enjoy living history presentations, such as a blacksmith, outdoor cooking over a wood fire, a cider press, and log sawing. There’s a ride in a mule-drawn wagon, music all day from members of the Folk Alliance, and appearances of the Missouri Town Dancers. A juried selection of vendors will have art objects, woodcrafts, woven clothing and household fibers, and accessories for gift and pleasure purchases. The Johnson County Master Gardeners will have gardening tips and display the historical gardens they plant and maintain at the Mission, and there will be a quilt show. Eat from food trucks all day, and buy home-made dessert items. The Missouri Free Trappers are reenactors of life in the mid-1800s. Around their campfire, there will be music by the Bluegrass Boys, dancing, storytelling, and learning about the life of a trapper and wilderness survival skills. Information: www.simfoundation.org or 913-262-0867.
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.
Eco-Printing Workshop: Wearable Art from the Garden
Sat, Oct 13, 1-4pm. Learn the secrets of printing images of real leaves onto fabric. This method of natural dyeing makes a stunning and unique work of wear-able art, and you can easily master the basic techniques in a few short hours. Each participant will dye a silk scarf in class and take home a one-of-a-kind accessory. This is the perfect way to wear your garden! $38 plus $10 for materials. All materials provided. Enroll: www.GoodEarthGatherings.com
Birdfeeder Cleaning Day
Sat, Oct 13, 9am-4pm; at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154. This is the 13th year we have done bird feeder cleaning and we hope that the event has led to cleaner feeders and healthier birds around our area. We also sincerely hope that this isn’t the only time people clean their feeders. In a perfect world, you would clean your feeders once per month. Here is how it works: Drop off your feeder(s) in the morning (no later than 3pm) and $3 will get your feeder cleaned with all of the proceeds going to the Parkville Nature Sanctuary. If the feeder is either exceptionally dirty or if minor repairs are required, we ask that your donation be $5. We do have a “deem a feeder too fragile to clean” rule we use in the rarest of occasions. Please pick up your feeders in the afternoon or Sunday. 816-746-1113
Birding Hike
Sun, Oct 14, 1-4pm; at Smithville Lake, meet at the Jerry Litton Center at 1pm. 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. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website http://backyardbirdcenter.com/second-sundays-smithville-lake-4). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.
Flowers in Winter-Forcing Bulbs
Thurs, Oct 18, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Shirley Rockwell, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how to force bulbs for winter blooms. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Birding Hike
Thurs, Oct 18, 8-9:30am; at Wyandotte County Lake. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website (http://backyardbirdcenter.com/wyandotte-county-lake-3). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.
Outdoor Plant Prep Class
Sat, Oct 20, 2-3pm; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Prepare your plants for the cold. In this class you will learn about how to prepare your plants and yard for the winter. One of our Colonial Experts will go over trees, shrubs, pruning, mulching and perennial care. Free. 816-229-1277
Birding Hike
Thurs, Oct 25, 8-10:30am; at Lewis and Clark State Park. If you are planning on attending, fill out the form on our website (http://backyardbirdcenter.com/lewis-and-clark-state-park-1). Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.
Fall Door Decorating – Workshop
Sat, Oct 27, 10-11:30am; at at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Dress up your door for fall. In this workshop you will learn how to create a beautiful fall door decoration by arranging gourds, pumpkins, bittersweets and more in order to create your own little piece of fall. Perfect to hang on your door. Cost is $55 and includes all materials and supplies needed. 816-229-1277
Spooktacular Orchids
Kansas City Orchid Expo & Sale
Oct 27-28. The Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City (OSGKC) will celebrate Halloween by hosting Spooktacular Orchids, the Kansas City Orchid Expo & Sale, in conjunction with the Mid-America Orchid Congress (MAOC) fall meeting, Oct 27-28 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E Jackson Dr, Independence, MO. Hours are 10am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday. General Admission $6. Visit www.kcorchidshow.org for more information.
Fall Centerpiece – Workshop
Sun, Oct 28, 11am-12:30pm; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Make the freshest, living centerpiece for your fall table! You will be bringing a piece of the outdoors inside by creating a woodland fall centerpiece. Workshop is $60, includes all supplies, materials needed to create fall centerpiece. 816-229-1277
Birding Hike
Thurs, Nov 1, 8-9:30am; at Amity Woods Nature Sanctuary. If you are planning on attending, please fill out the form on our website http://backyardbirdcenter.com/amity-woods-nature-sanctuary-5. Sponsored by Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154, 816-746-1113.
Hydrangeas, Clematis and Hellebores, Oh My!
Thurs, Nov 1, 11:30am-1pm; at Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Come and learn from an expert the ‘how’s and ‘whys’ of properly selecting and caring for these lovely additions to the home garden. Ken Wood from Family Tree Nursery will present this class. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.
Lake Quivira Holiday Bazaar
Fri, Nov 9, 1-8pm; Sat, Nov 10, 9am-4pm. 50 local vendors featuring boutique home décor, jewelry, clothing/accessories, toys, gifts, pet items & more! Monster community bake sale and raffle. Live entertainment Friday evening. Cash Bar during shopping hours; dining available. All in our festively decorated 1930 stone clubhouse overlooking Lake Quivira. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Lake Quivira Garden Club. Lake Quivira is located 1 mile East of I-435 on Holliday Dr (Exit 8A). The Clubhouse is located at 100 Crescent Blvd. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. facebook.com/lakequirviraholidaybazaar