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 Violet Club of GKC
Tues, Jan 14, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
 
GKC Herb Study Group
Wed, Jan 8, noon-2:30pm, at Rose Room, 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.
 
Heart of America Gesnariad
Sat, Jan 18, 10am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
 
Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society
Sun, Jan 19, 1:30-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome! For information on Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, call 816-444-9321 or visit our website: kccactus.com.
 
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jan 8, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Anne Rielly, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will present “How to Prepare a Master Gardener Presentation”. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
 
Lee’s Summit Garden Club
Sun, Jan 26, 2-4pm; Lee’s Summit Social Services, 108 SE 4th St, Lee’s Summit, MO. Garden Basics/How To Get Started. There is no charge for this class. Non-perishable food items would be appreciated. These donations will be given to Lee’s Summit Social Services.
 
Mid America Begonia Society
Sat, Jan 18, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
 
Overland Park Gardeners of America 
Mon, Jan 13, Social time 7pm, meeting begins at 7:30pm; at Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Program will be an overview of the general care and propagation of African Violets, presented by Lynn Canning of the African Violet Club of Greater KC and the African Violet Society of America (AVSA). Visitors are always welcome. For more information, please call Karen 785-224-7279.
 
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Feb 4, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Happy New Year to all! Check back here when the February issue of KC Gardener comes out to see our program details for that meeting. 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
Fri, Jan 10, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center Building, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Membership. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
 
Water Garden Society of GKC
Tues, Jan 21, doors open at 5:30pm for snacks, socializing, meeting begins at 6:30pm; at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. Our featured speaker is Justin Titus, owner of Monet Aquatics and vice-president of the International Water Lily and Water Garden Society. Say goodbye to the January blues and join us for a pictorial voyage of the food, flowers and fun at the IWLGS conference in France. For decades people have enjoyed the painting “Waterlilies” by Monet. See what Monet’s gardens look like today. Parking is free and just outside the lower level doors in back. All GKC Water Garden meetings are open to the public. 
 

EVENTS, CLASSES, SEMINARS AND MORE

 
Gardening Book Discussion
Wed, Jan 8, 2-3pm; at Mid-Continent Public Library, Colbern Rd branch, 1000 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. The “As Page Turns” book discussion group will feature books about gardening and landscaping for adults with an emphasis on nonfiction. Some children’s titles and fiction will also be included. Please bring your own favorites to share with others, and discover some titles you may not know about, recommended by facilitator Leah Berg. This will give you some great ideas before spring when we have fewer hours to read! Free, but please register online or by calling 816-525-9924.
 
SAGES: Tropical Vacation
Thurs, Jan 16, 10:30-noon; at The Atriums, 7300 W 107th St, Overland Park, KS 66212. Transform your space into a lush household to enjoy during the winter months with information from this hour-long presentation with Powell Gardens horticulturist Brent Tucker. Get ahold of Brent’s top ten list of houseplants to know and grow. Receive answers to questions such as, where in the world do Schleffera come from? What is the best way to care for them? Where can I get them? Participants will be introduced to several unique examples from Powell Gardens collection. A box lunch follows this talk. $35 (Members receive 10% off) Tickets: https://25043p.blackbaudhosting.com/25043p/sages-tropical-vacation
 
Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series
Sat, Jan 18, 10am; at the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Andrew Fox, now owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse, will discuss what’s new and cool. gardenersconnect.org
 
Plant Propagation
Thurs, Jan 23, 10-11:30am; at the Sunflower Room of the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th St, Kansas City. KS. This class will give us a look at various methods available to propagate plants. Presenter Lynn Loughary, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Extension Horticulture Agent, will cover things to consider in starting plants from seed, and various vegetative propagation methods including cuttings, air layering, and plant division. 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.
 
Champion Trees of the Overland Park Arboretum
Wed, Jan 29, 1pm; at the Overland Park Arboretum, located a mile west of US Hwy 69 on 179th St, Overland Park, KS. Most of us love big trees. Jim Earnest will give a one-hour PowerPoint presentation on Champion Trees of the Overland Park Arboretum. This is an exciting new program from the Education Committee. Ken O’Dell and Jim have walked the trails and gardens at the Arboretum and measured more than 200 trees over the past three years. The largest of twenty-four species have been selected for this presentation. Jim will show and discuss these big trees, including giant cottonwoods and sycamores, beautiful oaks and hickories along with many others. He will also show you where to find these special trees at the Arboretum. 
 
A Rose for Every Garden
Thurs, Feb 6, 11:30am-1pm; at Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N 79th St, Kansas City KS. Anyone can grow beautiful roses. All it takes is understanding the plant’s needs and picking the right variety for your garden. This class will be taught by Laura Dickinson, a consulting rosarian with the American Rose Society, and retired Master Gardener from Johnson County. Ms. Dickinson will discuss basic rose care, rose varieties, how new hybrids are developed, and how to select the best roses for your gardening needs. Registration is not required. Fee: $5.00 payable at the door (waived for currently certified Master Gardeners). For further information, call 913-299-9300.
 
Seed Starting
Thurs, Feb 6, 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. Typically we focus on starting annuals and vegetables from seed. Handouts provided. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081.
 
Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series
Sat, Feb 15, 10am; in the Auditorium of the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Cookbook author Judith Fertig on “Garden to Grill.” gardenersconnect.org
 
Gardening by Design Symposium in Paola
Sat, Feb 29, 9am-3:30pm (check-in at 8:30am) at the Lighthouse Church, 1402 E 303rd St, Paola, KS. Theme: “The Color-Filled Garden.” Presenters and topics are Lenora Larson, “Eye Candy: Color Theory for Gardeners” and “Beyond Impatiens: Colorful Shade Gardens.” Ania Wiatr, “Designing with Colorful Native Plants.” Timothy Moloney, “354 Days of Amazing Color.” Susan Mertz, “Colorful Low-Maintenance Gardens.” Sponsored by Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners. The $40 fee includes lunch and snacks. Open to all, but pre-registration is required by Feb 15. Space is limited. Watch for details and registration form at www.maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. For more information call 913-294-4306. 
 
Beekeeping I
Wed, Mar 4 & 11, 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.
 
Kansas City Garden Symposium 
Mar 6-7, 2020; in Arrupe Hall at Rockhurst University. Composed of three events spanning two days. A Friday workshop and Banquet with a full day Saturday Symposium. Attend any of the events or attend all three for maximum learning and fun. Symposium: A full day of programs by four acclaimed garden presenters including lunch, $99 through Feb 15. Reg Price $129. Banquet: An evening of dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City including a program by presenter Brie Arthur entitled Fragrance in the Air; $79 through Feb 15, Reg Price $99. Workshop: Implement the Design. A garden design for the gardener workshop. $49 through Feb 15, Reg Price $69. For details, including purchase tickets, go to gardensymposium.org.
 
Beekeeping II
Wed, Mar 18 & 25, 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.
 
Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale
Sat, May 2, 2020, 7am-noon. Indoor plant sale at the Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO. The sale features tomatoes, vegetables, peppers, herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, hanging baskets, container plantings, shrubs, and trees. Proceeds from the sale fund scholarships, community garden projects, and the River City Gardens.