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.

African Violets of GKC
Tues, Oct 8, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. What the judges are looking for in a show plant and how they are scored. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Oct 12, 9am-12pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. www.bsgkc.org; 816-513-8590.
Garden Club of Shawnee
Thurs, Oct 3, 7pm; at the Town Hall at Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. Our grant recipients will give presentations on the projects they have done over the summer with the money they received from the club. Our proceeds from our biennial garden tour fund our grant program. This will also be our fall plant, seed and bulb exchange. Guests are welcome, and we will serve snacks, drinks and hand out door prizes. Please visit our website gardenclubofshawnee.org and our Facebook page for information about our club.
Greater KC Dahlia Society
Sun, Oct 20, 1-3pm; the Fern Room at Loose Park Garden, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Show award winners will be recognized. We will also have a demonstration on how to store dahlia tubers over winter.
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Oct 9, noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome. Questions: Call Lynn at 816-308-5450.
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Oct 7, 6pm; at Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Refreshments will be served. Membership
Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Fri, Oct 18, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Sale only. Sat, Oct 19, 9am-4pm; Show and Sale.
Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Oct 20, 1:30-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome! For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, call 816-444-9321 or visit our website: kccactus.com.
Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Oct. 7, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center Building, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Our program is “Great Trees of the Kansas City Region and Where to See Them” by Jim Earnest, Overland Park Arboretum member. Jim will show several photos of rare and champion trees, and give interesting details about them. Iva Stribling, club member, will present “Helpful Tips” for your autumn gardening. Bring a sack lunch and join us after the meeting for drinks and desserts furnished by the club. 913-341-7555
Kansas City Rose Society
Sat, Oct 5, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Fall rose care demonstration. All are welcome.
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Oct 9, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Lenora Larson, owner of Long Lips Farm and a Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener, will present “The No-Sow Garden.” Self-sowing flowers take responsibility for their own procreation and return to your garden year after year without replanting. Learn which flowers are candidates and the horticultural techniques. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Oct 22, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, William Roth Gibson, co-owner of Green Thumb Gardens, will present “Landscaping with Natives.” The meeting and our membership are open to everyone and guests are most welcome. Please come and enjoy a potluck luncheon. For more information, please visit our website www.leawood.org/committees/lgc or send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com.
Lee’s Summit Garden Club
Tues, Oct 8, 7pm; at Winterset Clubhouse, 2505 Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Subject: Dahlias presented by Bernard Lohkamp. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments are always served. Let’s promote education in horticulture, participate in community projects and promote conservation. Call 816-914-3970 if you have questions.
Mid America Begonia Society
Fri, Oct 18, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Sale only. Sat, Oct 19, 9am-4pm; Show and Sale.
Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sat, Oct 12, 10:30am-1:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center. A Potluck lunch will be served at 11am with the meeting to follow. We are privileged to have daylily hybridizer Eric Simpson from Blue Ridge Daylilies located in the mountains of North Carolina. He will talk about his hybridizing efforts and then following there will be an auction of several of his Daylily introductions.
Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Oct 13. Beginners Group for new growers 1:30-2:15pm. General meeting and presentation at 2:15pm. Speaker at 3pm. Ribbon Judging of locally-grown orchids. at the Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St. Peter T. Lin, Diamond Orchids. Peter will be speaking about growing Dendrobiums. He is a nationally recognized expert grower and hybridizer from Southern California, and will be bringing plants to sell. Come join the fun. Open to the public. For more on the KC Orchid Society: www.osgkc.org. And find us on Facebook.
Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Oct 21 **note 3rd Monday of month, 7pm; in the Heritage Room at Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Exchange Night! We will be exchanging seeds, plants, bulbs, garden magazines and experiences from this growing season. Visitors always welcome. Come and get to know us. Refreshments at 7, meeting starts at 7:30pm. Call Karen, 785-224-7279 for more information.
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Oct 1, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. We will have a brief presentation at the beginning of the meeting entitled “Bufflehead Ducks”. Our program PowerPoint and lecture is entitled “Planting Mushrooms”, presented by Alix Daniels, Native Plant Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation and President of the KC Chapter of the Mycological Society. 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
Sho Me African Violets
Oct 11, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors welcome. 2019 American Violet Convention (DVD)
Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City 
Tues, Oct 15, 5:30pm for snacks and socializing, meeting at 6:30pm; at Our Lady of Sorrows Church lower level meeting room at 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. Carolyn Payne/Tile Artist, (http://www.paynecreations.com) will be our featured guest speaker to discuss her signature style of ceramic glazing that blends impressionistic painting and stain glass characteristics. Our meetings are open to the public and I think you will find Carolyn’s work amazing! There is plenty of free parking behind the church.
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
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. All homes open daily from 11am-6pm, free admission. Free Parade guides will be available for pickup at the HBA (I-435 & Holmes) the week prior and at all Parade homes during the event. Download a user-friendly mobile app at KCParadeofHomes.com.
Soil Health Equals Human Health
Tues, Oct 1, 4pm; Lansing Community Library, 730 Terrace, Suite 1, Lansing, KS 66043. How do we become more resilient to modern day stress? How do we make our garden ecosystem more resilient? Come learn how our digestion and the plants digestion depend on nurturing the symbiotic relationship between human and microbes. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will be the speaker. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
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.
Kansas City Butterflies
Thurs, Oct 3, 11:30am-1pm; at Sunflower Room of the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Kansas City Butterflies: Betsy Betros, author of A Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies in the Kansas City Region has compiled an extensive and impressive field guide of butterflies in the Kansas City region. Not only is she very familiar with our butterflies, but she is also knowledgeable about how to attract these beauties to our gardens, and chock-full of information about naming system, range, flight times, habitat. Join her in this class sponsored by the 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.
Fall Festival
Fri, Oct 4, 9am-5pm and Sat, Oct 5, 9am-4pm; at Swan’s Water Gardens, 4385 W 247th St, Louisburg, KS. Our annual Fall festivities are just around the corner! Bring friends and family to spend the day touring the gardens, fill up on free lunch and enjoy cooler weather and time outdoors. We will have a new selection of plants and retail items specific to the Fall season. You will leave inspired for the new season ahead! Phone: 913-837-3510
Kaw Valley Farm Tour
Oct 5-6. For more information, visit www.kawvalleyfarmtour.org.
Soil Health Equals Human Health
Wed, Oct 9, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. How do we become more resilient to modern day stress? How do we make our garden ecosystem more resilient? Come learn how our digestion and the plants digestion depend on nurturing the symbiotic relationship between human and microbes. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will be the speaker. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Huge Peony Sale
Sat, Oct 12, 9am-3pm or until sold out; at NEW LOCATION: Asbury United Methodist Church, 75th and Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS. Featuring ‘Lemon Chiffon,’ a sought-after yellow beauty and an extensive selection of choice, hard-to-find colors, Japanese tree peonies, and a wonderful selection of Herbaceous and Intersectional peonies. By Heartland Peony Society; www.peonies.org.
Pruning for Beginners
Tues, Oct 15, 5:30-7:30 pm; at Clay Woods Park, Liberty 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, space limited. https://tinyurl.com/pruneliberty or call Sarah 816-561-1086.
Gardeners’ Gathering
Thurs, Oct 17, 6:30-8pm; at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. Presented by Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Topic: Gardening for the Birds and Bats. Free and open to the public.
Gardening Basics for Fall
Thurs, Oct 17, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Anne Reilly and Meaghan Bircher, both Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, will discuss getting your garden and lawn ready for fall. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
African Violet Show and Sale
Sat, Oct 26, 9am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Show and Sale by African Violet Society of Greater Kansas City.
Owls and Bats
Sat, Oct 26, 9am-3pm; at Wild Birds Unlimited of Leawood, 11711 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66211. Operation Wildlife will be here with owls and bats. Come visit and learn about these fascinating animals. 913 491-4887; www.wbu.com/kansascity
Plants that Add Interest in the Winter 
Thurs, Nov 7, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Does the winter and its gloominess get you down? Come learn from Lynn Loughary, K-State Research & Extension Horticulture Agent, about the many plants that will add interest to your landscape, particularly in the winter months. This presentation, sponsored by the 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.