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.

CLUB MEETINGS

Bonner Springs Garden Club 
Tues, Aug 20, at 9:30am carpoolers will meet at the SE corner of Third & Cedar in Bonner Springs, KS, then drive to Earl May Garden Center, 21700 Midland, Shawnee KS 66218 for a tour. Guests welcome. For further information contact bonnerspringsgardenclub@gmail.com.
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Aug 24, 10am-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. www.bsgkc.org; 816-513-8590.
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Aug 14, 11am-2pm; at at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. Questions: call Lynn at 816-308-5450.
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America 
Mon, Aug 5, 6pm refreshments, 6:30pm meeting; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Program: “Fountains of Kansas City”. Jocelyn Edson-Ball, now retired from many years of service with Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department, will share the interesting and rich history of the many wonderful fountains scattered about Kansas City’s landscape. Jocelyn is an avid gardener and an active member of The Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. All are welcome to attend (no charge).
Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Sat, Aug 17, 10am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. Visitors welcome.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sat, Aug 10 and Sun, Aug 11; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. The 41st Annual Show and Sale on Sat, 9am to 5pm (judged show opens to the public at 11am; sales open at 9am) and Sun, 11am-4pm. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net for more info or see our ad on The Kansas City Gardener’s website: http://kcgmag.com/.
Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Aug 5, 9am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Aug 14, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, Mikey Stafford, Jo Domann and Joyce Caratura will present “Herbs for the Everyday Gardener”. The program will cover how to grow, dry and use garden herbs. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Lenexa Field and Garden Club
Tues, Aug 13, 7pm; at the Lakeview Village (9000 Park Eastside Entrance) in Lenexa, KS. Master Gardener, Mae Christenson will present a program on “Gardening with Nature”, providing information on understanding the interconnectedness of our gardens ecosystem and the plants we are growing.
Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Aug 17, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. Visitors welcome.
Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Aug 12, 7pm social, meeting 7:30pm; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Sue Looney with KC Ikebana Club will be demonstrating the art of Ikebana–the art of Japanese flower arranging using local and purchased flowers. For more information, please contact Holly Ramsay 913-302-2014.
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Aug 6, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. We will have a brief bird presentation at the beginning of the meeting entitled “Titmouse”. Our program PowerPoint and lecture is entitled “Planting & Keeping Trees Healthy”, presented by Kenny Friedrich, Tree Manager in the Plant Health Care Department at Ryan Lawn & Tree. Refreshments will be served, and 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.
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
Online Food Preservation Class
MU Extension offers a self-paced online food preservation course that provides research based information to safely and successfully preserve food at home. Participants of all levels of food preservation experience are welcome, including individuals with little or no previous food preservation experience. The course covers pressure canning, boiling water bath canning, steam canning, dehydration, and freezing. Highlights of the course include preserving salsas, pie fillings, pickling, sweet spreads, and harvesting and storage of produce. Enroll at: https://extension2.missouri.edu/courses. Urban region Nutrition and Health Education Specialists will offer hands on practice sessions this summer and fall as follow-up learning opportunities. For more information, contact Nutrition and Health specialists: Denise Sullivan: 816-482-5850; Lydia Kaume: 816-252-5051; Amy Vance: 816-407-3490.
Hands-on Food Preservation Classes
As a follow up to the MU Extension online class, hands-on workshops will be offered by MU Extension-Jackson County office on the following dates:
Aug 6, 5:30-7:30pm – Pickling
Aug 13, 5:30-7:30pm – Salsa
Aug 20, 5:30-7:30pm – Pressure Canning
Online course, covering food science and safety principles, must be completed prior to attending hands-on workshops. Enroll in online course at: https://extension2.missouri.edu/courses. Registration is $20 per session or $50 for all three classes. Classes are held at the MU Extension office, 105 E 5th St, Kansas City MO. Register by calling 816-482-5850.
Small Trees in the Landscape
Thurs, Aug 1, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. There are numerous small trees that provide ornamental value to our homes. Lynn Loughary, K-State Research & Extension Horticulture Agent, will talk about those species and the attributes of each, as well as, any cultural needs to help them thrive in our challenging climate. Sponsored by Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is not required. Fee: $5.00 (waived for certified master gardeners). Please call 913-299-9300 if you need further information.
Fountains of Kansas City
Mon, Aug 5, 6pm refreshments, 6:30pm presentation; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. A presentation on the “Rich and Interesting” history of the many beautiful fountains found in Kansas City. Ms. Joecelyn Edson-Ball, an avid gardener and now retired from many years of service at the Parks & Recreation Department, will share her vast knowledge not found anywhere else. Sponsored by The Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America.
Herbs for the Everyday Gardener
Tues, Aug 6, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 Terrace, Suite 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, Mikey Stafford, Jo Domann and Joyce Caratura, will give a presentation on how to grow, dry and use garden herbs. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Wed, Aug 7, 6-7pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. A whole new season of vegetable garden awaits this fall. Learn what you can plant this fall. All workshops last an hour plus time for questions. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081.
Songbirds of Missouri
Sat, Aug 10, 10am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) Learning to become a birder is a unique experience that can begin in your own backyard! Would you like to discover how to attract a variety of native songbirds to your backyard, including making a simple homemade feeder? Once you know more about their nesting habits, eating behaviors and favorite foods it’s a sure bet you’ll have them as guests for your viewing pleasure year-round! 816-759-7300; www.mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter; For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society Annual Show and Sale
Sat, Aug 10 and Sun, Aug 11; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. This is the 41st Annual Show and Sale on Sat, Aug 10, 9am-5pm (Judged show opens to the public at 11am. Sale opens at 9am.) and Sun, Aug 11, 1-4pm. Show and Sale are free and open to the public. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net for more information. For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, visit our website: kccactus.com. Visitors are welcome to join the fun.
Herbs for the Everyday Gardener
Wed, Aug 14, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, Mikey Stafford, Jo Domann and Joyce Caratura will give a presentation on how to grow, dry and use garden herbs. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Herbs for the Everyday Gardener
Thurs, Aug 15, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, Mikey Stafford, Jo Domann and Joyce Caratura will give a presentation on how to grow, dry and use garden herbs. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Butterfly Cats: Up close and personal
Sat, Aug 17, 10am-2pm; at Wild Birds Unlimited of Leawood, 11711 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS. Get up close and personal with a day of Q&A with Extension Master Gardener Lenora Larson. Learn which foods feed and nurture caterpillars (baby butterflies), receive a list of “Gotta Have” references and enjoy Lenora’s great passion and energy. Bring your questions and inquiring minds, as she is a wealth of knowledge in all things butterflies. In addition to a Miami county master gardener, Lenora is a member of local chapters of both the Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society. She writes the caterpillar Food Plant Section for every issue of the National Butterfly Gardener Magazine and contributes a monthly ‘About Butterflies’ column to the Kansas City Gardener magazine. She also maintains a 2 acre NABA (North American Butterly Association) certified garden in the English Estate landscape style on her 27 acre property. The garden is certified as Monarch Waystation #875, as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and as a Pollinator Garden by the Xerces Society. For availability and to register click here.
GKC Iris Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 17, 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!
MoKan Daylily Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 17, 8:30am-3:30pm or until sell out; at Loose Park Garden Center, Kansas City, MO. MoKan Daylily Society sale has hundreds of different daylilies! Bare root, clumps, and newer daylilies in pots. Planting demonstrations, tips corner, and educational handouts. Members available to answer questions.
Rearing Caterpillars
Sat, Aug 17, 1-2:30pm; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. No registration required (families). Raising butterflies from caterpillars can be a fun way to learn about native butterflies, their lifecycle and importance in the natural world. From where to find larvae to housing and food, you will learn how you can be a part of this magical process at home. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov; 816-228-3766; www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods
Beekeeping I
Wed, Aug 21 & 28, 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.
Operation Wildlife Birds of Prey Presentation
Sat, Aug 24, 9am-3pm; at Wild Birds Unlimited, 11711 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS. Operation Wildlife rescues injured and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of releasing  back into the wild as many as possible. During the presentation, you have the opportunity to view the animals up close and learn their history, and details of the species. We will donate 5% of all sales during the program to support them in their mission, and they will also accept donations from the public. 913-491-4887
Mosquitos in Missouri
Sat, Aug 24, 10-11am; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. No registration required (all ages). It’s summer and beneficial bees are buzzing but so are those pesky blood thirsty mosquitos! Everyone knows them, but what do we really know about them? Why do they have a taste for blood and what is their role in Missouri’s food web? For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov; 816-228-3766, www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
Insect-O-Rama
Sat, Aug 31, 10am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages). Insects are beneficial and an amazing part of the natural world. Grab a net and discover the insects that call the Discovery Center home. You will learn identification tips and even discover if any insects are edible! There will be activities for all ages to enjoy and the opportunity to post your insect discovery on our iNaturalist page. For more information email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov; 816-759-7300; www.mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter
Beekeeping II
Wed, Sep 4 & 11, 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.
Lawn Care 101, Mowing, Reseeding, & Fertilizing
Wed, Sep 4, 6-7pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Time to start thinking lawn renovation and fall fertilizing. Get a hands-on demonstration on how to reseed, best mowing practices, and fertilizing. This workshop last an hour plus time for questions. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081. Handouts provided.
TreeKeepers
Starting Thurs, Sep 5, 6:30-9pm; at Wyandotte County Extension, 1216 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Heartland Tree Alliance is offering an evening series, 5 consecutive Thursdays and one Saturday, for anyone wanted to learn more about shade and ornamental trees. Learn about soils, biology, selection, pruning, ID, and planting. Classroom and hands-on learning taught by area experts. All tools provided, must register in advance, $50 fee www.tinyurl.com/treekeepersks or call Sarah 816-561-1086.
Fall Herbs – Healthy Ways to Use and Preserve the Harvest
Sat, Sep 7, 1-4pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Discover ideas about what to do with your abundance of healthy Fall herbs. Discuss harvest techniques and various preserving methods for culinary and medicinal uses. An informative beginner’s class, with hands-on learning and useful recipes for the kitchen. Don’t let all those precious herbs die with the first frost. The goal is to get you comfortable growing and using more of these flavorful, healthy, and nutrient-packed garden gems. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
ARS Rose Show and Conference
Sep 13-15; at the Country Club Plaza Holiday Inn. The Kansas City Rose Society is hosting the American Rose Society’s Central District Rose Show and Conference. All rose growers are invited to enter the show. You do not need to be a member of the ARS or Kansas City Rose Society to participate. The show will be open for public viewing from 2-4pm Sep 14. For more information, visit www.kansascityrosesociety.org.
Fall Native Plant Sale
Sat, Sep 14, 9am-2pm; at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154. Fall is a great time to plant natives. The growing season is almost over; the warm soil and cooler air temperatures give plants a boost in root growth, gaining a year development on natives planted in the spring. Native plants improve habitat in your yard by supporting insects that serve as an important food source for nesting birds. If you have been to one of these sales, you know that it is important to come early as there are only limited supplies of certain plants. Visit www.mowildflowers.net to get an idea of what kinds of plants he will be bringing and even place a preorder.
Plan It Native Regional Conference 
Wed, Sep 18 through Fri, Sep 20; at Intercontinental Hotel Kansas City, 401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO. Presented by Deep Roots KC, formerly the KC Native Plant Initiative, Plan It Native is coming to Kansas City. This inaugural conference brings tools, tips and experience from leading national and regional landscape professionals to one locale and combines that learning with networking time to help you advance your landscape practices. We look forward to Planning It and planting it native with you! Contact: Sarah Beier, sarah@deeprootskc.org, 816-301-7545 x 701
Beekeeping III
Wed, Sep 18 & 25, 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.
Hasta Luego Monarchs at Pollinator Prairie 
Sat, Sep 21, 9am-2pm; at Pollinator Prairie, located at 320 S Blake St, Olathe, KS. People of all ages are invited to attend a family-friendly event hosted by the Johnson County Extension Master Naturalists to celebrate the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico. This event is free. Participants will learn about Monarchs and other butterfly species with hands-on activities including: Demonstrations by Monarch Watch including catch and release of butterflies every half hour; Hands-on caterpillar and butterfly exhibit hosted by the K-State Extension Master Gardeners Wildlife Habitat Committee; Exhibits on benefits of pollinators; Entertainment, music, and more. For more information on the Hasta Luego Monarchs Event, visit www.johnson.k-state.edu or call 913-715-7000. If you would like to see more about the Pollinator Prairie, please visit www.pollinator.org/pollinator-prairie or www.facebook.com/PollinatorPrairie/
Bird Feeder Cleaning Day
Sat, Sep 21, 9am-4pm; at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64154. We have been cleaning feeders pretty much since we have been in this building 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. If you know how small our backroom is, you know we do not have room to keep feeders for several days.
Fall Parade of Homes Kicks off Sep 28
Sep 28-Oct 13. The Parade features homes by some of the area’s finest builders and includes townhomes, villas and single-family homes with a variety of floor plans featuring the latest design trends. Presented twice a year by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA), the Kansas City Parade of Homes is the second largest in the United States. Since 1947, millions of greater Kansas City residents and visitors have enjoyed viewing the latest in-home innovations, styles and decorating, and this year’s Spring Parade will be no different as it showcases the area’s premier new homes, home builders and communities. All homes will be open daily from 11am-6pm with free admission. Free Parade guides will be available for pickup at the HBA (I-435 & Holmes) beginning the week prior and at all Parade homes during the event. In addition, consumers will be able to download a user-friendly mobile app at KCParadeofHomes.com.
Advanced Beekeeping – Pests and Diseases
Wed, Oct 2, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Explore the greatest challenges in today’s beekeeping world. You will do an in-depth study and review of beekeeping diseases and pests. Learn how to identify pests and diseases in the early stages and the best practices for treatment alternatives. In addition, review new regulations and laws that impact our bees. Fee: $29. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.