Events

Look at what is happening around Kansas City 

 

If you’d like to list plants sales, gardening related meetings, classes and workshops, send details with contact information to [email protected]. Deadline for publishing in the March issue is February 10. This is a FREE listing.

 

CLUB MEETINGS

Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Feb 18, 1:30-3:30p; at Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO. We welcome visitors and value your attendance.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Feb 14, 11a; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Frank J Norman of Norman Ecological Consulting, LLC and Kansas Herbalist, LLC, will present “Common Medicinal and Edible Native Plants of Kansas.” With more people interested in foraging for foods and purchasing native plants for their backyard or for attracting monarch butterflies or turning their property into an edible landscape, it is a good time to extoll the virtues of native medicinal and edible plants. Given his background as a plant ecologist and herbalist, Norman will discuss the medicinal uses and edible properties of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and weeds common in Kansas. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Feb 27, 10:30a; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. Steve Hess, designer/gardener and business owner of From the Summer’s Garden, will be speaking about ‘Berried Treasure.’ He will discuss the celebration of homegrown berries for your yard and landscape. We hope you will join us! New guests are always welcome! Be advised that we follow the Shawnee Mission Cancellations Announcements concerning inclement weather plan.

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Feb 16, 10:30a-2:30p. Location: Downtown Kansas City (addresses below). *Free to attend and open to the public, club membership not required.* Please join us for our monthly club meeting and a field trip to downtown KC. We’ll meet at Planters for shopping at 10:30, head to lunch at Harry’s at noon, and then on to the museum at 1:30. If attending lunch RSVP by 2/13/24 to [email protected]. Addresses for meetup…Planters Seed & Spice Co: 513 Walnut St # A, Kansas City, MO 64106; Harry’s Country Club: 112 E Missouri Ave, Kansas City, MO 64106; Steamboat Arabia Museum: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Feb 6, 10a; at Connection Point Church, Raytown, MO. The program scheduled will be “Improving the well-being of the Missouri Gardens: Invasive vs. Nuisance Plants”, with guest speaker Nikki King, CIG, Naturalist, Missouri Department of Conservation. Guests are always welcome. For more information, please check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RaytownGardenClub.

Sho-Me African Violet Club 38th Annual Show & Sale
Sat, Mar 16, 9a-3p; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112. Show entitled: “Violets in 24 Sho-Me More.” No admission fee. If further information is needed, call Lynn Canning 913-649-7334.

SYMPOSIUMS | SHOWS | SALES

Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners
Thurs, Feb 1, 11:30a; at Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Hosting Karen Pendleton, owner of Pendleton’s Country Market, Lawrence, KS, who will present a class about using dried flowers in arrangements. Pre-registration is not needed. For further information, call 913-299-9300.

Kansas Lawn & Garden Show
Feb 16-18; at Stormont Vail Events Center, 1 Expocentre Dr, Topeka, KS 66612. Admission $10 per day; $21 for 3-day pass; Kids 12 and under are FREE! Senior Day is Fri, Feb 16, attendees 65 years and older receive 50% off ticket prices. For more information, www.kslawnandgardenshow.com.

Paola Spring Symposium
Sat, Feb 17, 8:30a-3:45p; at the Living Proof Church, 32401 Harmony Road, Paola, KS 66071. “Gardening Inspirations” will be the theme of the Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners’ Symposium. People garden for many different reasons. Four Extension Horticulturists will describe their garden inspirations with topics ranging from Growing Food and Garden Beauty to Native Pollinators and Native Plants. Then participants will complete a self-assessment to explore their own reasons for gardening. Please follow the link to the online registration: https://tinyurl.com/2024MdCEMGSymposium. Preregistration is required by Feb 1st. Payment may be online with a credit card, or by check via mail or in-person at the Extension Office, 913 N Pearl St, Paola, KS 66071.

Groovy Garden Show
Sat, Mar 2, 9a-3p; at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS. Presented by Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners. This FREE Groovy Garden Show features Expert Speakers, Educational Booths, Workshops, Raffle & Silent Auctions, Garden Art and a Garden Garage Sale as well as Vendors and Food Trucks! Open to the public. For additional information go to our website: dgemgks.org or follow us on facebook.com/douglascountymastergardeners

Spring Open House Event
Mar 15-17. Join us exclusively at Family Tree Nursery, Overland Park store for a fantastic event, including food trucks, live music, kids activities, and some unbelievably creative garden displays. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Kansas City Garden Symposium
Sat, Mar 16; at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110. $99. Four Speakers. Six Presentations. Lunch. Gift Bag. Workshop and Presentations for the Gardener in All of Us! A Day of Gardening Delight You Won’t Want to Miss. For more info and to register, gardenersconnect.org/symposium.

Flower, Home & Garden Show
Sat, Mar 23, 10a-4p; at Heritage Event & Arts Center, 109 Delaware St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will be making presentations throughout the event. Join us for a fun-filled and informative event! Show features flowers, plants, home décor and garden equipment. Admission $2 per person. 913-682-2122; www.heritagecenter-leavenworth.com

Homestead Festival
Sat, Mar 23 and Sun, Mar 24; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Join us for any or all of this 2 full day festival to learn more about the basics of homesteading. You will hear from speakers on orcharding, edible trees, permaculture, cheesemaking, small container vegetable gardening, regenerative growing, beekeeping, foraging and more. With option to join our VIP speakers on A Foraged Culinary Experience, Mushroom Growing, and/or Whole Hog Breakdown. This is perfect for everyone that is interested in growing more on their own, from backyard gardens to full homesteading. For more information colonialgardens.com.

Paola Spring Plant Sale
Apr 25, 26, 27; in the parking lot at the K-State Extension Office, 913 N Pearl (Old KC Road), Paola, KS. Thurs 9a to 5p, Fri 9a to 6p, and Sat 9a to 1p. The sale will feature pesticide-free locally grown plants. In addition to the usual selection of butterfly host plants, pollinator flowers and native perennials, there will be ornamental annuals, perennials, herbs, succulents, hanging baskets, trees and veggies. Extension Master Gardeners, including butterfly expert Lenora Larson, will be on hand to assist shoppers throughout the sale. Credit Cards welcome! More info at www.maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdcemg or call the office: 913-294-4306.

Moonlight On the Veranda
Fri, Apr 26, 5-8p; at Greenwood Vintage Market, 502 W Main St, Greenwood, MO 64034 (Lower Level). $10, Advance tickets required. A garden filled, limited entry event and first dibs on all the wonderful decor, furniture, beautiful plants and more before the general public. All tickets come with a gift bag and entry into a grand prize giveaway. Ticket sales through Apr 21 unless sold out. For tickets, go to facebook.com/GreenwoodVintageMarket/events/, the link to the tickets is in the event.

On the Veranda Garden Show
Sat, Apr 27, 9a-3p; at Greenwood Vintage Market (Lower Level) Free Admission: A show for garden lovers. Come shop wonderful garden decor, outdoor furniture, plants and more! 816-537-7172

CLASSES | WORKSHOPS

Seed Starting
Thurs, Feb 1, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to start your own seeds, what seeds work best to start indoors, and when to start them. Typically, we focus on starting annuals and vegetables from seed. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Terrariums of Love
Sat, Feb 3, 10a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Learn the dos and don’ts of making and caring for a terrarium while building your own. This activity is perfect for couples or gal pals, and takes place at Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. For more information visit  or call 816-229-1277.

Terrariums of Love

Wed, Feb 7, 5p; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Learn the dos and don’ts of making and caring for a terrarium while building your own. This activity is perfect for couples or gal pals, and takes place at Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Houseplants
Thurs, Feb 8, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn what plants work in what type of situations and how to care for them. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Succulent Container Workshops
Fri, Feb 9 and Sat, Feb 10. Hosted at Family Tree Nursery three retail stores (Overland Park, Shawnee, Liberty). At this event, you will choose from stylish containers and various healthy succulents to make a lovely combo—a fun Valentine’s Day gift idea. Registration is required for this event. Registration opens on Jan 12; visit familytreenursery.com.

Terrariums of Love
Sat, Feb 10, 10a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Learn the dos and don’ts of making and caring for a terrarium while building your own. This activity is perfect for couples or gal pals, and takes place at Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Gardeners Connect Speaker Series
Tues, Feb 13, 7p; at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater St, Merriam, KS 66202. It is across the street from Ikea. Jen Stefanchik, regular Gardeners Connect newsletter writer focused on growing vegetables and fruit and a Johnson County Master Gardener, plans to talk about “Techniques to Boost Your Harvest in Any Size Garden”. The free program is presented by Gardeners Connect.

Terrariums of Love
Wed, Feb 14, 5p; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Learn the dos and don’ts of making and caring for a terrarium while building your own. This activity is perfect for couples or gal pals, and takes place at Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Gardeners’ Gathering
Thurs, Feb 15, 6:30-8p; at Midcontinent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center Community Room, 8900 NE Flintlock, Kansas City, MO. All area gardeners are invited! Free of charge. Program: “Safeguarding Greenery: Insights from a State Plant Inspector.” Join Mandy Tizon, a Plant Inspector from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, as she unravels the secrets of plant diseases and pests lurking within nursery stock. Get insider tips on detecting trouble before it invades your own garden, safeguarding your green haven! Let us know you are coming; register at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/safeguarding-greenery-insights-from-a-state-plant-inspector

Vegetable Gardening Cold Crops
Thurs, Feb 15, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. How to grow cold season vegetables (think broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, potatoes, kale). Which ones depends on a vote from the workshop attendees. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Helping You Learn to Grow – Intro to Pollinators
Sat, Feb 17, noon-3p; at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057. Free of Charge. George Owens Nature Park Naturalists and Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City invite your family for an afternoon of learning about our pollinators, their role in our environment, how we depend on them for our survival, and how we can take care of them. The event includes a program by Jeremiah Coomes, naturalist–Intro to Pollinators (1-2p). Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) will have free researched-based information and demonstrations about attracting and taking care of our pollinators. EMGs will be happy to take your questions for the MGGKC Hotline. MGGKC Children’s Program will have pollinator activities.

Desert Retreat in the Winter: a Cactus and Succulent Workshop
Wed, Feb 21, 5p; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Enjoy the warmth of the greenhouse at the Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. You will learn how to make stunning cactus and succulent combos, using your choice of plants and incorporating colored rocks and other objects for a truly unique to you Cactus Combo Planter. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Vegetable Gardening Warm Crops
Thurs, Feb 22, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, 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 space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Desert Retreat in the Winter: a Cactus and Succulent Workshop
Sat, Feb 24, 10a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Enjoy the warmth of the greenhouse at the Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. You will learn how to make stunning cactus and succulent combos, using your choice of plants and incorporating colored rocks and other objects for a truly unique to you Cactus Combo Planter. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Smallscapes, Terrarium, and Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat, Feb 24 and Sun, Feb 25, 2p each day; at Suburban Lawn & Garden, 105th and Roe, Overland Park, KS 66207. Join us for a smallscapes, terrarium, and fairy garden workshop. The class is free, materials are for purchase. Please call 913-649-8700 to register in advance.

Homestead Gardening 101—Your backyard greenhouse
Sat, Feb 24, 11a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. From growing garden to saving money on the grocery bill, greenhouse manager Kevin Kielig will take you through how to have a successful vegetable garden. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Issues 101
Thurs, Feb 29, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. What’s wrong with _______? How to identify and treat disease, deficiencies, insects, etc. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Beginning Vegetable Garden
Sat, Mar 2, 10-11a; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to start a simple and manageable vegetable garden. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Desert Retreat in the Winter: a Cactus and Succulent Workshop
Sat, Mar 2, 10a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Enjoy the warmth of the greenhouse at the Colonial Gardens Plant Bar. You will learn how to make stunning cactus and succulent combos, using your choice of plants and incorporating colored rocks and other objects for a truly unique to you Cactus Combo Planter. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Growing Tomatoes
Thurs, Mar 7, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to grow a great tomato whether it be a cherry or a beefsteak, in the ground, or in a container. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Homestead Gardening 101—Your backyard greenhouse
Sat, Mar 9, 10a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. From growing garden to saving money on the grocery bill, greenhouse manager Kevin Kielig will take you through how to have a successful vegetable garden. You’ll leave feeling empowered and with a few seed starts to get you moving in the right direction. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Growing Tomatoes
Sat, Mar 9, 10-11a; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to grow a great tomato whether it be a cherry or a beefsteak, in the ground, or in a container. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Containers I
Thurs, Mar 14, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to grow flowers and vegetables in containers. What varieties work best. What soil to use and how to care for them to create a show stopper. Part II scheduled on Sat, Mar 16. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Containers II
Sat, Mar 16, 10-11a; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Hands-on workshop! Create your own container garden. $55 sign-up fee for up to 12’’ pot. Includes soil, 6 plants, starter fertilizer and soil moist. Pots >12’’ $ based on pot size. Bring your own pot or purchase one from us. Space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Homestead Gardening 101—Your backyard greenhouse
Sun, Mar 17, 11:30a; at Colonial Gardens, 27610 E Wyatt Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64014. From growing garden to saving money on the grocery bill, greenhouse manager Kevin Kielig will take you through how to have a successful vegetable garden. You’ll leave feeling empowered and with a few seed starts to get you moving in the right direction. For more information visit colonialgardens.com or call 816-229-1277.

Raised Beds
Thurs, Mar 21, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn about different types of raised beds as well as what media to put in it for maximum results. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Spring Container Workshops
Mar 22-24. Hosted at Family Tree Nursery three retail stores (Overland Park, Shawnee, Liberty). At this event, we supply all the materials needed to create a beautiful combo perfect for adding early spring color to your front porch, balcony, or patio. Registration is required for this event. Registration opens on Feb 22; visit familytreenursery.com.

KCRS Spring Rose Program
Sat, Mar 23, 10a-noon; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. “Easy Care Backyard Rose Gardening,” presented by Jerry Dreyer, American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian with the Kansas City Rose Society. Jerry will discuss basic steps for success in growing roses in Kansas City, along with a review of roses that thrive with minimal care.

Fruit Tree Trimming
Thurs, Mar 28, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn how to prune cherries, apples, peaches & pears for fruit production. This seminar will be held outdoors with a demonstration (weather permitting). There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Herbs 101–Growing and Storing Herbs
Thurs, Apr 4, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn the basics of growing an herb garden. From site selection and soil preparation to harvesting and using. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Creating a Pollinator Garden 101
Thurs, Apr 11, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn what it takes to create a garden that the Bees & Butterflies will love. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.

Top 10 Annuals & Perennials
Thurs, Apr 18, 6:30-7:30p; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. Learn about some of our favorite annuals and perennials and how to incorporate them into your landscape. There will be time for questions. FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP at 785-842-3081.