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

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.
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
Holiday Luminary Walk continues
The holiday season kicks off at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden with the 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk. To avoid over-crowding and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the experience fully, the decision was made this year to limit the number of tickets available and to sell for specific nights. The annual celebration runs only on Fri and Sat nights Nov 23, 24 & 30, and Dec 1, 7 & 8. The Arboretum will be transformed into a wonderland of candles and lights from 5 to 9pm, with last entry allowed at 8pm. Admission for the Luminary Walk is $10, children five and under are free. Tickets are date-specific, and must be purchased online in advance at https://artsandrec-op.org/arboretum/luminary-walk/. Parking is complimentary. The annual fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Arboretum, a part of The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.
Natural Wreaths
Sat, Dec 1, 10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Registration required on-line. (adults) Celebrate the season by crafting a natural wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Please bring a small wire or grape vine wreath as a base for your creation and any additional special decorations you wish to include. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov; 816-228-3766; www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods
Get into the Holiday Spirit at this Fabulous Event!
Mon, Dec 3, 10am; at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64112. Park at the southwest corner of the church and come into the church at the southwest entrance facing Brookside Blvd. Are you looking for some holiday fun and bargains? Then be sure to attend the Kansas City Garden Club’s annual Holiday Auction and Luncheon. The public is welcome to attend. Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, the Kansas City Garden Club knows how to have a good time. You will have many giggles and laughs while bidding on over 150 lots of sale items. Many merchants have donated items in addition to gift certificates for this fundraiser auction including plant nurseries, restaurants, hardware stores, coffee shops and several more. You may also be interested in many of the club member donated items such as plants; farm fresh honey; home baked plates of cookies; home baked breads; holiday greens that offer blue spruce, pine, juniper, fir; boxwood wreaths; vases; dried flowers; garden books; much miscellaneous and who knows what else! After the auction wraps up about 12:15 you are invited to join us for a delicious potluck luncheon. For questions, call 913-636-4956.
Natural Wreath Making Party
Mon, Dec 3, 6pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America will be hosting our annual wreath making party. Celebrate the season by crafting a natural wreath. Evergreens, pine, and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Please bring creative decorative centerpiece or wire wreath base for your creation. There will be wreath bases for sale at the party. Please bring gloves and hand clippers for easier construction. Refreshments will be served.
Making Boxwood Wreaths
Thurs, Dec 6, 11:30am-1pm; in the Sunflower Room, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Join us for a presentation on how to make boxwood wreaths by Mikey Stafford, a Leavenworth County Extension Master Gardener. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is not required. Fee: $5 payable at door (waived for certified Extension MGs). For more information, call 913-299-9300.
Christmas Open House
Thurs, Dec 6, 4-7pm; at Green Streets Market, 112 E Green St, Clinton, MO. Door prizes and refreshments. Fresh cut Fraser Firs, wreaths, swags, greenery pots, ornaments and lots of Christmas decor. Santa, reindeer and statuary too. 660-885-3441
Tomatoes and Peppers
Thurs, Jan 10, 11:30am-1pm; held in the Sunflower Room of Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Dr Chuck Marr, Kansas State University professor emeritus, will present “Tomatoes and Peppers.” Registration is not required. Fee: $5.00 (waived for certified master gardeners). Please call 913-299-9300 if you need further information.
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 Maloney, 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.
Beekeeping I
Wed, Mar 13 & 20, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm. 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. Instructor: Robert Hughes. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Beekeeping II
Wed, Mar 27 & Apr 3, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm. 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. Instructor: Robert Hughes. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Keeping Backyard Chickens
Tues, Apr 9, 2019, 6-9pm. An animal’s lover’s guide to sustainable agriculture on a small scale. Chickens provide natural bug control, as well as breakfast. Learn the how and why and what in order to avoid the perils of raising chickens on a domestic scale. Instructor: Emily Winchester. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Beekeeping III
Wed, Apr 10 & 17, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm. 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. Instructor: Robert Hughes. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $59. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Advanced Beekeeping – Spring Management
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm. Review the steps to help your bees prepare for the Honey Flow. Review different processes and techniques to add honey supers, equalizing your hives and most important, learning how to keep ahead of the honey that your bees bring to the hive. Instructor: Robert Hughes. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $29. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Farmers’ Market and KC’s Local Food Movement
Sat, May 4, 2019, 9am-12pm. Do you love shopping the local farmers’ market, but get overwhelmed deciding who to support, who are the real farmers, how and what to buy? Learn how to shop the market wisely and what to know about the vendor guidelines. Farmers’ markets are just a part of the active local food and farmer movement. Also look at the city’s historical farming roots and discover the myriad of resources that connect us to our local food growers. Discover farm to table, organic, urban and local trends. Learn about KC organizations collaborating to feed our city on many levels and key programs that are training our next gen farmers. Instructor: Sherri Thomas. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Herbs for Beginners
Sat, May 18, 2019, 9am-12pm. May is the perfect time to plant more herbs! Become more familiar with growing herbs and their many culinary and medical uses with this hands-on class. Learn which are perennials or annuals and how best to grow each in your garden. In addition, learn about medicinal uses, useful recipes and ways to preserve the herbs you grow. Class held at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Fee: $39. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.