Events

 

 

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

Bonner Springs Garden Club 
Tues, Aug 21, 1pm; at United Methodist Church, 425 W Morse, Bonner Springs, KS. The workshop will be presented by Donna and Merle Schneck. They will provide gourds they have grown and dried. We will be painting, carving creating bird houses or planters or anything else desired while having fun and enjoying time with our gardening friends. Supplies will be provided and a fee will be charged. Donna Schneck KAGC Butterfly Chairman will share some of her butterfly knowledge with the group. Roll call will be “What is your hobby?” Everyone is welcome. For more info contact: bonnerspringsgardenclub@gmail.com.
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Aug 4, 9am-4pm and Sat, Aug 18, 9am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. www.bsgkc.org. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Aug 5, 1-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Aug 6, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. For any questions, please contact Margaret at 816-942-8889.
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Aug 8, noon; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Program: Harvest Potluck, Plant and Tool Sale/Swap. Do you have an overgrown garden plat, or tools that no longer are being used, perhaps a gardening book? Bring your divided plants and items to our sale…it’s a great opportunity to donate unused things, and help us to raise money for our Herb Study Group. Lunch: Harvest Potluck, bring a dish to share with the group. 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 hope you will join us. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends, visitors always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.
Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Sat, Aug 25, 10am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Heartland Hosta & Shade Society
Sat, Sep 8; Check-in and Hospitality at 9:30, Meeting at 10am; at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS 66208. Speaker Don Dean was introduced to hostas in 1984 and has spent years growing them from seed and has registered over 50 unique hostas. His presentation “Darn Right I’ve Got the Blues”. The Club will provide grilled and baked chicken for a potluck at noon, bring your favorite dish to share. Come for great information, food, door prizes, and great raffle options. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please visit our website www.heartlandhosta.club, our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HeartlandHostaAndShadePlantSociety/, or email drileycook@aol.com.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sat, Aug 11 and Sun, Aug 12; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. 40th Annual Show and Sale on Sat, Aug 11, 9am-5pm (Judged show opens to the public at 11am. Sales open at 9am.) and Sun, Aug 12, 11am-4pm. Show and Sale are free and open to the public. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net; kccactus.com
Kansas City Garden Club
Mon, Aug 6, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 913-636-4956
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 an interest in herbs is welcome. More info/newsletter: email herbstudygroup@gmail.com.
Leavenworth Co Master Gardeners
Wed, Aug 12, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. A Johnson County Master Gardener will present, “Plant Tissue Culture for Dummies…Like Me”. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more info contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Aug 25, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sat, Aug 18, 8:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Sale. 816-513-8590
Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Aug 21, 12:30pm; the meeting room at The Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive, (I-35 & 119th) Olathe. The program will be a review of entry cards, rules, and the classification process to ensure proper Flower Show entries and will be led by Debby Brewer and Sue Ercolani. The public is welcome. Prior to the meeting, lunch at Uncle Buck’s at 11am. For information, email Cathy at fraucathya@gmail.com.
Overland Park Gardeners of America
Mon, Aug 13, 7pm; meet at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. We will have Monty Williams of KC Master Gardeners speaking to us about practicing safety in the garden. Join us at 7 for social hour with our speaker at 7:30. Call Holly at 913-302-2014 with any questions.

EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE

Pest of the Week
Thurs, Aug 2, 11:30am-1pm; at Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Wyandotte County EMGs. Most gardeners feel they are continually fighting one problem or another in the garden, whether it’s insects, weeds, critters or the weather (too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry). Ward Upham, KSU Master Gardener Coordinator & Hotline Response Manager, and author of the weekly online Horticulture Newsletter and “Pest of the Week” for homeowners, will teach this class. He will feature timely problems faced by gardeners. Learn when to expect what problems and the best practices to combat them. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For info, 913-299-9300.
Make a Kokedama 
Mon, Aug 6, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Class on making Kokedema (moss planter) hosted by Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. This is an easy family-friendly class on making a planter from moss and string. Great for kids and adults of all ages. This is a free class. Please call Margaret 816-942-8889 for reservations, so we can have materials available.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Tues, Aug 7, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terr, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Leavenworth County Master Gardener, Loretta Craig, will give a presentation on Fall Vegetable Gardening. It’s that time of year again to get organized for fall vegetable gardens. Come learn some tips and tricks to getting an abundant harvest. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Pruning for Beginners
Tues, Aug 7, 6-8pm; at Strang Park, W 88th Ter and Farley St, Overland Park 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/pruneop or call Sarah 816-561-1086.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Wed, Aug 8, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400, 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener will give a presentation on Fall Vegetable Gardening. Now is the time to get organized for fall vegetable gardens. Come learn some tips and tricks to getting an abundant harvest. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Native Trees of Kansas 
Wed, Aug 8, 1pm; at the Mr and Mrs F L Schlagle Library & Environmental Learning Center, 4051 West Dr, Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, KS 66109. Jim Earnest will give a one hour PowerPoint presentation. Jim Earnest is with the Kansas City Region of The Kansas Native Plant Society and has given several tree tours and presentations in this area. This will be a good event for master gardeners needing advanced training. Reservations are not needed or taken as we will have seating for 50 people. The Mr and Mrs F L Schlagle Library & Environmental Learning Center is located in the 1400-acre Wyandotte County Lake Park. Walking trails are nearby. The Kansas City Region of the Kansas Native Plant Society is sponsoring this important presentation.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society 40th Annual Show and Sale
Sat, Aug 11, 9am-5pm (judged show opens to the public at 11am; sales open at 9am) and Sun, Aug 12, 11am-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Contact 816-444-9321 or evaal@att.net.
Noxious Weeds of Kansas
Wed, Aug 15, 10-11am; at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Dreher Bldg, Lawrence, KS. Sponsored by Douglas County Master Gardeners Class. Presented by Alan Hollinger, City of Lawrence. Open to the public. 785-843-7058
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Thurs, Aug 16, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Pat Matthews and Paula Darling, both Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, will give a presentation on Fall Vegetable Gardening. Join us as we learn some tips and tricks on successful fall vegetable gardening. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Mo-Kan Daylily Society Sale
Sat, Aug 18, 8:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Members of the Missouri-Kansas Daylily Society invite you to our annual daylily sale. There will be hundreds of varieties with pictures to choose from, including bare rooted, potted, and bargain clumps. All daylilies have been grown in members’ gardens or in our Loose Park display garden. Pay with credit card, check, or cash. We also offer education on how to plant and care for daylilies with a planting demonstration station. Members will be available to assist you.
Greater Kansas City Iris Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 18, 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!
Beekeeping I
Wed, Aug 22 & 29, 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.
The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Japanese Gardens
Thurs, Aug 23, 6:30-8pm; at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, KC MO. Join local gardener Bryan Boccard at “Gardeners Gathering” on a journey through the myth, history, philosophy, and aesthetics of the Japanese garden identity. Bryan will compare and contrast Japanese and western gardens and discuss Japan’s unique connection to nature through Shinto with its reverence and gratitude to the land, to nature, and to the life that these natural elements give human beings. Bryan is now cultivating beauty at Powell Gardens. Prior to moving to Kansas City, he spent four years at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. As a ‘Great Gardens of the World Triad Fellow’, Bryan lived in Japan for four months while working at several Japanese gardens. His first-hand experience brings a unique perspective to a garden style so popular, yet not fully understood by many westerners. Maybe you will find some ideas to carry over to your own garden. Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City is hosting this program. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further info call 816-523-5526 or e-mail chronwall@umkc.edu
BIG Backyard Birthday Bash
Sat, Aug 25, 9am-6pm; at Powell Gardens. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Powell Gardens as an official botanical garden. Join us to celebrate this major milestone with activities, food, live entertainment with music and performers, giveaways and cake! Free with garden admission. powellgardens.org; 816-697-2600
Pruning for Beginners
Sat, Aug 25, 9-11am; at Buffalo Meadows Park, 9650 Lone Elm Rd, Lenexa 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/pruneLenexa or call Sarah 816-561-1086
Pruning for Beginners
Wed, Sep 5, 6-8pm; at Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, 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, $5 fee covers cost of USFS booklet for each student. https://tinyurl.com/pruneKCMO or call Sarah 816-561-1086
Beekeeping II
Wed, Sep 5 & 12, 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.
Potpourri, Sachets & Teas
Thurs, Sep 6, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Wyandotte County EMGs. Anyone who grows herbs and flowers knows firsthand about the wonderful aromas to be enjoyed when working among these plants. But how can you capture these fragrances to enjoy long term? Paula Winchester, who until recently operated Herb Gathering, a business growing and supplying fresh herbs to area grocers and restaurants, will demonstrate how to prepare, and then assemble the ingredients for potpourris and herbal teas, using easily attainable ingredients from the garden. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more info, call 913-299-9300.
Farmer/Florist Meet and Greet with Debra Prinzing
Tues, Sep 11, 5:30-8pm; at The Homesteader Café, 100 East 7 St, Kansas City, MO 64106. Cost: $45. Join Andrea K Grist Floral Art (andreakgristfloralart.com) and Florasource KC in welcoming Debra Prinzing, the founder of Slow Flowers to the Kansas City area. Whether you are a farmer, florist, gardener, writer, landscape designer, or a fan of American grown flowers this evening is for you. Debra is an award-winning author, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. She is the creator of Slowflowers.com, a free online directory that helps consumers find florists, designers, studios and farms that supply American grown flowers. Debra’s book Slow Flowers (St Lynn’s Press, 2013) received a Silver Medal from Garden Writers Association in 2014. Learn more and purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farmerflorist-meet-and-greet-with-debra-prinzing-tickets-46309391637?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
Winter Gardening: Growing Greens to Beat the Blues
Thurs, Sep 13, 6-9pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Growing nutritional edibles during the dreary fall and winter months has many advantages. It is easier gardening than in the heat of the summer, less watering is needed and there are fewer bugs and weeds! Discuss the science, methods and some simple structures that work well for a small scale home garden and learn which plants do well in the cold. Leave excited about growing in an unexpected, yet productive season. Early Sept is the time to plant! Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Insect Symphonies in Your Backyard
Wed, Sep 15, 5:30pm Pot-luck Dinner and 6:45pm Presentation; at Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. On warm summer nights and into the fall, a chorus of insects can be heard battling acoustically for territory and mates. We will discuss how and why insects make sounds with an emphasis on Missouri’s meadow katydids, who are among the loudest and most musical of our insect choristers. The presentation will include a powerpoint, live katydids (hopefully singing) and recordings. Ginger Miller studies insect communication and graduated from the University of Kansas with her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has been teaching classes and workshops for over 15 years. She currently works as a Conservation Education Consultant for the Missouri Department of Conservation where she provides guidance and resources for K-12 teachers as they help their students to discover nature.
MPF Kansas City Native Plant Sale
Sat, Sep 15, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center’s Monarch Mania event, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. Pure Air Natives, Gaylena’s Garden, and Green Thumb Gardens will sell a variety of natives, donating a portion of proceeds to support MPF’s prairie conservation work. Customers may place pre-orders with some of the vendors. Some vendors accept credit cards; some only cash or check.
Beekeeping III
Wed, Sep 19 & 26, 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.
Learn to Make a Pine Needle Basket
Sat, Sep 22, 12:30-4:30pm. Join us as an experienced guest instructor guides us in the making of lovely traditional pine needle baskets. Take home a basket you’ve made! $39 (supplies included). Register now: www.GoodEarthGatherings.com.
Rub Shoulders with Garden Celebrities 
Armitage, Dirr, Dooley, Hamill at Mizzou Botanic Garden Walkabout and Plant Talk
Sun, Sep 23. Univ of Missouri, Columbia.This fall, “Georgia Champions of Landscape Gardening & their Published Passions for Plants” features a team of gardening celebrities with ties to the Peach State. Two events featuring guests Allan Armitage, Michael Dirr, Vince Dooley, and Natalia Hamill are scheduled for Sun, Sep 23. Featured guests will lead a Walkabout and Plant Talk in the garden beginning at 10am. With a limit of 50 participants, preregistration and a fee of $50 are required to participate. At 2 pm, a free and open to the public Garden Symposium with featured guests and others will be held in Room 22 of MU’s Tate Hall auditorium. Authors’ books will be on hand for purchase and autographing. An ice cream social will follow. For more information about MUBG, Friends of MUBG, September’s events or to register for the Walkabout, call 573-882-6896. More details on page 10 of this issue.
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.
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.