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 Greater Kansas City
Tues, Feb 11 and Feb 25, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
 
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Feb 1, and Feb 22, 9am-12:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. Info and Master Classes, visit www.bsgkc.org.
 
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America
Mon, Mar 2, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Andrew Fox, new owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse, will speak about exciting new plant introductions available this year.
 
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Feb 12, 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.
 
Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Feb 16, 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, visit kccactus.com.
 
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Feb 12, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Mark McKellar, owner of Backyard Bird Center, presents “Spring Birds.” Meeting is free, open to the public. For more information, contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
 
Mo Kan Daylily Society
Sat, Feb 22, 10am-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Membership
 
Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Feb 9, Beginner’s group and Growers’ Roundtable 1:30-2pm, Speaker 3pm; at Lenexa Senior Center, 13425 Walnut St, Lenexa, KS 66215. Mark Prout, AOS Judge and OSGKC member: “Species, Hybrids and Cultivars…Oh My!” understanding the mysterious world of orchid names and tags. Open to the public. www.osgkc.org or on Facebook.
 
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Feb 4, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Club theme this year is “Grow Strong Roots; Grow Our Community”. We will have a brief presentation entitled “Tufted Titmouse – Bird Study and Conservation”. Program Lecture is entitled “Growing Our Community: What’s Happening At Cave Springs?”, presented by Iz Groceman, Cave Spring Program Director. Refreshments served, visitors are welcome! Check out our Facebook page at Raytown Garden Club or visit https://sites.google.com/site/fgcmwestcentral/clubs/raytown
 
Sho Me African Violets
Fri, Feb 14, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Visitors welcome. 816-513-8590
 
Water Garden Society of GKC
Tues, Feb 18, 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. We are planning for one or two guest speakers to highlight landscaping ideas. Part of our focus will be extending the beauty of our water features and ponds to the rest of our yard. Parking is free and just outside the lower level doors in back. All Greater KC Water Garden meetings are open to the public. See you there!

EVENTS, CLASSES, SEMINARS AND MORE

 
Soil Health Equals Human Health
Tues, Feb 4, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 Terr, Suite 1, Lansing, KS 66043. How do we become more resilient to modern day stress? How do we make our garden ecosystem more resilient? Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how our digestion and plant digestion depend on nurturing the symbiotic relationship between humans and microbes. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
 
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 info, 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, seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081.
 
African Violets of GKC Sale
Sat, Feb 8, 9am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO.
 
Soil Health Equals Human Health
Wed, Feb 12, 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? Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how our digestion and plant digestion depend on nurturing the symbiotic relationship between humans and microbes. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
 
OrchardKeepers
Tues, Feb 18, 9am-3:30pm and Wed, Feb 19, 10am-12pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. 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/orchard2020 or call Sarah 816-561-1086.
 
Soil Health Equals Human Health
Thurs, Feb 20, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. How do we become more resilient to modern day stress? How do we make our garden ecosystem more resilient? Loretta Craig, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on how our digestion and plant digestion depend on nurturing the symbiotic relationship between humans and microbes. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
 
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. 
 
Annual Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Sat, Feb 29, Registration 7:30am, Workshop 8am-4pm; at Westminster Hall, 417 W Lexington Ave, Independence, MO 64050. Learn about bee biology, equipment, acquiring bees, seasonal management, bee diseases, pest management, extracting honey and much more. Hosted by the Midwestern Beekeepers Association. The complete course includes classes, handbook, association membership, refreshments, lunch, monthly newsletter, prizes and beekeeping supply vendors on site. Cost $65. For information and to register, visit http://www.midwesternbeekeepers.org.
Perennials That Pack A Punch
Thurs, Mar 5, 11:30am-1pm; at Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Presented by Erin Busenhart, Family Tree Nursery. Sponsored by Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration not required. Fee: $5.00 (waived for currently certified EMGs). For information, call 913-299-9300.
 
Kansas City Garden Symposium 
Mar 6-7, 2020; in Arupe 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
 
Raising Vegetables in Large Containers
Wed, Mar 11, 1pm at Mound City Library, and Tues, Mar 17, 6:30pm at LaCygne Library. Need a way to maximize your yields while making gardening easier on your body? Marais des Cygnes EMG Mike Brown will share his real-world experience using 20-plus gallon pots to grow very lush, productive produce. Growing in large containers produces many unexpected benefits, even for flowers, and was especially advantageous during the unusually wet weather of last season. Mike will emphasize the effects of colored containers and their sun orientation in maximizing plant growth.
2020 Greater KC Home & Lifestyle Show
Fri, Mar 13, Noon-9pm; Sat, Mar 14, 10am-7pm; and Sun, Mar 15, 10am-5pm; at Bartle Hall. Designer Bobby Berk from Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye will be at the Greater Kansas City Home & Lifestyle Show Sunday, March 15 sharing his design tips and dishing about Queer Eye during his stage presentation at 11:30am, followed by a meet and greet with fans. KC’s very own TV celebrity designer Tamara Day will be headlining the show on Sat, Mar 14. Day will highlight some of the local vendors she often works with when remodeling homes for HGTV’s Bargain Mansions. Afterward, she will meet fans and answer their questions on the show floor. New this year, the Dream Home Contest offers show attendees the opportunity to guess the correct combination to unlock a vault and win $500,000. Purchase tickets in advance online for $10; $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under and Veterans with ID free. For more information, visit kchomeshow.com.
 
19th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar 
Sat, Mar 14, 8am-3pm; at Rockhurst University, Arupe Hall. If you’re a novice or avid gardener, our seminar has something for you. The all day event offers practical advice and new ideas to inspire you. The morning starts with Dave Tylka discussing Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People. The day continues as speakers familiar with the Midwest present a variety of topics from natives, mushrooms, owls and backyard vineyards. These are just four of the 12 presentations to choose from during the seminar. Bring your friends and spend a day exploring new ideas that will inspire any gardener. Counts as 6 hours continuing education. Open to the public. Presented by Master Gardeners of GKC. For more information go to www.mggkc.org/spring-seminar.
 
Sho-Me African Violet Club – 36th Annual Show and Sale – “Galaxies of Violets”
Sat, Apr 11, 9am-3pm (Not open Sunday); at Loose Park Garden Center, W 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112. Suggest not following GPS directions. Instead, follow this route: The Loose Park entrance is the West driveway immediately South of 51st St. The Garden Center side street is located just past the Pavilion (a right turn). Let us provide a colorful gift for upcoming celebrations – birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries! Then brighten up your own home with a variety of plants and colorful blossoms. NO ADMISSION FEE. If further information is needed, call Brent Scheuerman 913-738-9955.
 
Paola Spring Plant Sale
Thurs, Apr 30, Fri, May 1, and Sat, May 2; 9am-5pm; in the Family Center parking lot, 808 Baptiste Dr, Paola, KS. As part of the MdC Extension Master Gardeners’ mission to educate the public and help save our essential insects, the sale will feature butterfly host plants and the best pollinator plants, as well as other annuals, perennials, natives and veggies, all from local growers. Expert EMGs, including butterfly expert Lenora Larson, will be on hand to assist shoppers throughout the sale. More info at www.maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdcemg.
 
Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale
Sat, May 2, 7am-noon; at the Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO. The indoor plant 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.