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

African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City
Sat, Feb 9, 9am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Plant Sale.
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Tues, Feb 12, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Feb 2, 9am-12pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Feb 4, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
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Mon, Mar 4, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Basics of vegetable gardening, by Nancy Chapman, Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, in a two-part series. Part 1, Mar 4–what to grow and where to grow it including starting transplants and soil preparation, plus containers, raised beds, trellising and irrigation. Part 2, Apr 1–growing needs of different vegetables, perennial vegetables, and how to deal with insects, disease and animal control. Questions? Call Joyce at 913-383-0499.
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Feb 13, 11am-12pm; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.
GKC Water Garden Society 
Tues, Feb 19, doors open 5:30pm for snacks and socializing; at Our Lady of Sorrows Church lower level meeting room, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. At 6:30pm our first speaker is Deb Spencer, Co-owner of Water’s Edge in Lawrence, KS. Deb will be updating us on the new website for the International Waterlily and Water Garden Society. Member benefits are astounding. The heart of the new website is “ecological balance”. Come learn about the new buzzword–“habitatitude”. At 7:30pm, our featured speaker is Brandon Henderson from Blue Stone Aquatics. “Lessons from the Field” is his topic that includes tips and tricks for building or modifying a pond. Visitors are always welcome!
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Feb 17, 1:30-4pm; at 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.
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Feb 13, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Jennifer Slusher, a certified arborist and owner of Branch and Bloom, will be our speaker. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Feb 26, 10:30am, at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Lynn Loughary, Wyandotte County Extension Agent, will present “Plants Gone Wild.” 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, Feb 5, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Clubhouse, 2505 SW Wintersetcreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO. Program: Bats and Owls, presented by Nik Hiremath of Wild Birds Unlimited. Cash crops, you’ll have the opportunity to share divisions of plants, bulbs, seed, etc. Visitors are always welcome. Come join us for our lecture, refreshments are served. If you have questions, visit our website, www.leessumitgardenclub.org or call 816-914-3970.
Mo-Kan Daylily Society
Sat, Feb 23, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Feb 10, new growers Beginners Group 1:30-2:15pm, General meeting, presentation at 2:15. Film at 3pm; at Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St, Lenexa, KS. Film Premier in Kansas City, “Wild Orchid Man in the Devil’s Realm.” World-renowned orchid taxonomist and artist Stig Dalstrom, and award-winning filmmaker and composer Darryl Saffer, travel to the Australian Island of Tasmania seeking the strange and unique plants and animals that inhabit this land. Ribbon Judging of locally-grown orchids. Public welcome. For more info: www.osgkc.org. And find us on Facebook.
Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Feb 11, Meeting and hospitality at 7pm, Speaker at 7:30pm; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Featuring Nik Hiremath from Wild Birds Unlimited sharing new ideas and proper yard maintenance for birds. Everyone is welcome. Contact Holly Ramsay (913-302-3014).
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Feb 5, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Our program is entitled “Planting to Attract Backyard Birds”, a lecture and PowerPoint presentation by Terrance Thompson, retired long-time reporter and photographer for the Kansas City Star newspaper. Refreshments will be served, and visitors are always welcome. Check out Facebook at Raytown Garden Club or visit www.sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentraldistrict/raytown
Sho Me African Violets
Fri, Feb 8, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Program: You Can Do Designs. Using African Violets in designs. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
EVENTS, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND MORE
Victory Gardens
Tues, Feb 5, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terr, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the origins and advantages of Victory Gardens. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Seed Starting
Thurs, Feb 7, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to start your own seeds and what seeds work best to start indoors. Workshop lasts 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.
Gardening is Good Therapy and you get Tomatoes Too!
Wed, Feb 13, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Paula Darling, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the therapeutic advantages of gardening. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Learn about New Roots for Refugees Program
Thurs, Feb 14, 11:30am-1pm; in Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners will be hosting Molly Keenan, project coordinator for the New Roots for Refugees program in Kansas City, KS. When refugees are forced to flee their countries, they arrive in the United States with very little, except a great deal of agricultural expertise. Catholic Charities, in partnership with Cultivate KC, began this program to help them put down new roots by helping them start their own small farm businesses. Refugees begin at the Juniper Gardens 9-acre training farm, growing produce that not only feeds their families, but also is sold at local markets, and then, as they gain financial and managerial independence, they are able to move onto their own land. Fee: $5 (waived for currently certified EMGs). For information, call 913-299-9300.
Fertilizer 101
Thurs, Feb 14, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn what those numbers on a bag of fertilizer mean and what works best for different types of plants. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call (785) 842-3081. Handouts provided.
Indoor Garden/Urban Farming Classes
Sat, Feb 16, 11am-Noon (Entry level Class), 1-2pm (Advanced Class); 117 S Mur-Len Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. Classes are FREE but seating is limited so please sign-up via our website year-roundgarden.com. Learn tips and tricks of how to grow a successful garden indoors, new topics every month, and discounts offered to class attendees. 913-397-0594
OrchardKeepers
Tues-Thurs, Feb 19-21, 9am-noon; at Jacob L Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Heartland Tree Alliance is offering a NEW educational course. This series of classes focuses specifically on planting and caring for fruit trees and would be great for anyone looking to plant their own orchard or fruit tree. All tools provided. Must register in advance, $50 fee; https://tinyurl.com/orchardkeep or call Sarah 816-561-1086.
Raised Bed Gardening
Thurs, Feb 21, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Gwynn Pierce, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the advantages and how-to of raised bed gardening. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Vegetable Gardening, Planning, Prep, and Care 
Thurs, Feb 21, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn what it takes to make a garden great, from the planning stages to getting a bed ready for winter. We will walk you through an entire garden year whether it be vegetables or flowers. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call (785) 842-3081.
400 Million Years on Six Legs: Evolution of the Insects 
Thurs, Feb 21, 6:30pm, at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. Do you appreciate insects or want a greater understanding of insects? Did you know that insects are the primary pollinators of our ecosystems? Did you know that insects were the first to fly, to sing, to develop societies and language? Presented by Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Our guest speaker will be Michael S Engel, University Distinguished Professor and Senior Curator at the University of Kansas. Prof Engel studies the diversity and paleontological history of insects, exploring what the fossil record of insects can tell us about their evolution. He is also a specialist on the biodiversity of solitary bees, and has conducted entomological research in over 40 countries–from the High Arctic to equatorial deserts and rainforests. Aside from numerous entomological treatises, he is the author of the recent book, Innumerable Insects, and co-author of the earlier Evolution of the Insects. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-523-5526 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and look for Gardeners’ Gathering under Public Education.
Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Sat, Feb 23, 8am-4pm; at Drumm Farm Center for Children, Nelson Hall, 3210 South Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO 64055. The Midwestern Beekeepers Association 24th Annual Beginning Beekeeping Workshop offers in-depth instruction on current beekeeping practices, including Honey Bee biology, equipment basics, way to acquire honey bees, colony management, and much more. The workshop registration fee is $65 and $50 for each additional family member. The registration includes the workshop, lunch and refreshments, class materials, and a one-year membership to Midwestern Beekeepers Association. Current members may register for $50. Registration will begin at 7:30am. Beekeeping Suppliers will be on site to order bees and supplies. The class size is limited, and registration will close when full or by Feb 17. No refunds after Feb 17. Please visit Midwestern Beekeepers Association website at http://www.midwesternbeekeepers.org/ to register with Paypal or to download a registration form. For more information, please call Bob Williams at 816-331-6634.
Houseplants
Sat, Feb 23, 10:30-11:30am; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn the basics to having great looking houseplants. Topics include plant selection, light requirements, fertilizing and watering. Workshop lasts 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.
Vegetable Gardening-Cold Crops
Thurs, Feb 28, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. How to grow cold season vegetables (think broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, potatoes, kale), 4-5 different cold season vegetables to be discussed. Which ones depends on a vote from the workshop attendees. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call (785) 842-3081. Handouts provided.
Gardening by Design Symposium in Paola
Sat, Mar 2, 9am-3:30pm. Sponsored by Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners, at the Town Square Event Center, 15 West Wea, Paola, KS. Keynote speaker Bryan Boccard, Kauffman Gardens, will be followed by Timothy Moloney, MU Professor of Landscape Design; Dennis Patton, JoCo Horticultural Agent; and Myrna Minnis, owner of Art with Myrna. Topics include The Garden as Performance Art, The Second Time Around (rethinking an existing yard/garden), Finding Mr Good Shrub, and Using Garden Art. The $40 fee includes a box lunch and snacks. Space is limited. Register by Feb 18. Watch for details and registration form at www.maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. Call the Extension office, 913-294-4306, for more information.
Vegetable Gardening Basics
Mon, Mar 4, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Basics of vegetable gardening, by Nancy Chapman, Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, in a two-part series. Part 1, Mar 4–what to grow and where to grow it including starting transplants and soil preparation, plus containers, raised beds, trellising and irrigation. Part 2, Apr 1–growing needs of different vegetables, perennial vegetables, and how to deal with insects, disease and animal control. Presented by Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. Questions? Call Joyce at 913-383-0499.
What’s New in Annuals, Perennials and Vegetables
Thurs, Mar 7, 11:30am-1pm; in Sunflower Room of Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners invite you to join them for a presentation by Megan Glavin from Suburban Lawn and Garden. Fee: $5 (waived for currently certified EMGs). For further information, call 913-299-9300.
Vegetable Gardening-Summer Crops
Thurs, Mar 7, 6:30-7:30pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. How to grow summer vegetables, 4-5 different summer vegetables to be discussed (think peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers, squash). Which ones depends on a vote from the workshop attendees. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call (785) 842-3081. Handouts provided.
Spring Gardening Seminar
Sat, Mar 9, 8am-3pm; at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, MO. An all day event offering a variety of presentations for the avid gardener. You can learn about the Best Veggies for our Midwest Climate, Gardening with Natives or everything you ever wanted to know about Evergreen Pruning. These are just three of the 13 presentations to choose from during the event! Also included is Dr Tamra Reall’s keynote address, Beyond Butterflies: The Microcosm in your Backyard. For more information and registration please visit www.mggkc.org/public-education/spring-seminar/. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Sat, Mar 9, 10:30-11:30am; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to start a simple and manageable vegetable garden. Workshop lasts 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.

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group

Wed, Dec 12, noon; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Annual Holiday Luncheon potluck. Our party includes sharing stories of holidays past and a Christmas herbal gift exchange. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Dec 9, noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Besides having a yummy potluck meal, we’ll have a gardening-themed gift exchange and play bingo to win small cacti and succulents. Everybody wins at least 1 or 2 plants! Visitors are welcome at both of these enjoyable events. Just bring a dish to share and a wrapped, garden-themed gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange. For more information, email evaal@att.net.