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.

CLUB MEETINGS

African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City
Tues, Jun 11, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Auction of African violets, gesneriads and related items.
Bonsai Society of GKC
Sat, Jun 8, 9am-12pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. www.bsgkc.org; 816-513-8590
Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
Sun, Jun 9, 12:30-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership.
Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Wed, Jun 12, noon. This month the members will meet at Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Garden at 4800 Rockhill Rd. At this botanical Garden, we will be enjoying the dance of the fountains, the beauty of the Lilies and many flowering bulbs and perennials. Members will pack a lunch to enjoy while visiting the garden which promises to be bursting with color and fragrance during this beautiful June day. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome.
Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America 
Sun, Jun 2, 2:30pm; at 11311 Jarboe St, Kansas City, MO 64114. Annual Picnic for Members only. Please RSVP to Margaret Singer at 816 942 8889.
KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Jun 23, 1:30-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. For information on the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society, visit our website: kccactus.com. Visitors are welcome to join the fun; please call 816-444-9321 or email evaal@att.net for more information.
Kansas City Rose Society
Sat, Jun 15, 2-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, KC, MO 64112. Poetry Reading. All are welcome. www.kansascityrosesociety.org
Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jun 12, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Gretchen Manus, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, and her 4-H students will present “Demonstration of Horticulture Competition”. Gretchen and her students will give a hands-on demonstration of what they do at a horticulture competition. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Lenexa Field and Garden Club
Tues, Jun 11, 7pm; visit the garden at the Evergreen Community and Hospice Care Facility located at 11875 South Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS. This garden is maintained by the Evergreen Community and the K-State Master Gardeners and is not normally open to the public requiring visitors to be guided. Learn more about the club at www.lenexafieldandgardenclub.org.
MoKan Daylily Society
Sat, Jun 15, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership.
Raytown Garden Club
Tues, Jun 4, 10am; at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. We will have a brief bird presentation at the beginning of the meeting entitled “Killdear.” Our program PowerPoint and lecture is entitled “Planting Iris for Beauty”, presented by Jim Hedgecock, owner of Comanche Acres Iris Gardens in Gower, MO. They have over 2,000 varieties of irises, and this presentation is sure to inform and wow you! Refreshments will be served, and visitors are always welcome! 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
Sat, Jun 14, 11am-1pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Membership. End of year meeting.
EVENTS, CLASSES, PLANT SALES AND MORE
25th Annual Town and Country Garden Tour
Sat and Sun, Jun 1 and 2, 10am; Hermann, MO. The Garden Tour includes both a walking tour of gardens in downtown historic Hermann and a driving tour to gardens in the hills around Hermann. This year’s feature will be three artists’ gardens where you will find plein air artists at work. The $15 ticket price includes visits to at least five private gardens both in town and in the country and the Garden Demonstration Area where you will see historic bee skep making and a four square garden. Garden Tours may be spread over Sat and Sun. Ticket Sale Site is the Hermann Welcome Center on the Market Street Plaza; tickets are sold from 10am-4pm on Sat and 10am-3pm on Sun. Gardens close at 5pm on Sat and 4pm on Sun. There is also a Garden Party/Silent Auction on Friday evening, May 31st from 6-9PM at the Historic Hermann Rotunda. The Hermann Garden Tours website www.hermanngardentours.com  provides up-to-date events, ticket prices, contact numbers and photographs of past tour gardens. Visit the FAQS page on the website for answers to all your questions. “Like” us on Facebook at “Hermann Garden Club Tours.” Call the Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687 for questions about lodging or go to www.visithermann.com. The Garden Tour is always the first full weekend in June.
Kansas City Rose Society Rose Show
Sat, Jun 1; at Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. All rose growers are invited to bring roses between 8:30am and 12:30pm. No entry fee. Classes for all varieties of roses from miniatures to shrubs. Photography classes for rose photos. All you need to know is the name of rose you wish to exhibit. Helpers are available for new rose exhibitors.
Douglas County Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 1, 9:30am-5pm and Sun, Jun 2, 11am-5pm. Douglas Co Master Gardeners are hosting a garden tour. There are seven gardens on the tour. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Douglas County Extension Office on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS.
Native Plant Sale
Sat, Jun 1, 9am-2:30pm, or until all plants are sold. The sale will be held in the Deal Six room at the Douglas County Extension Office on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS. Approximately 40 different species of natives will be available, with plants selling for $4 each or 3 for $10. All plants for sale are native plants. Hosted by Douglas County Master Gardeners.
Rose Day
Sun, Jun 2, 1-5pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, KC, MO 64112. Rose Garden event by the Kansas City Rose Society. Rose Show winners will be on display.
Japanese Beetles
Tues, Jun 4, 4pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 Terrace, Suite1, Lansing KS 66043. Patrick Paden, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion on the life cycle of the Japanese Beetle and determining the control method that suits your gardening goals. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Drip, Soaker, or Sprinkler
Wed, Jun 5, 6-7pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. Not sure of the best watering method for you? We will talk about the pros and cons of the big “3”; drip irrigation, soaker hoses and sprinklers. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081. Handouts provided. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wed from 4:30 to 6:30 from mid May to the end of September.
Garden Sampler Tour
Sat, Jun 8, 9am-5pm (Rain or Shine). The tour features 6 wonderful gardens, all from the Shawnee area. Presented by Garden Club of Shawnee. Proceeds from the tour are used for the club’s grant program, which provides funds to schools, churches, museums and other non-profit organizations projects to support their gardening projects which help fulfill the club’s objectives. Tickets are for sale for $15. Tickets will be available at several locations throughout Shawnee, from club members and on our website, www.gardenclubofshawnee.orgor visit us on Facebook at “The Garden Club of Shawnee”.
MGGKC Garden Tour
Jun 7 & 8, 9am-4:30pm. Tour Seven Beautiful Gardens. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City tour featuring seven unique gardens south of the Country Club Plaza. Tickets are $15 each, rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased 1) the day of tour at all of the seven garden locations 2) by mail by using PayPal 3) and beginning May 1 at all Family Tree Nurseries, Suburban Lawn and Garden at the 105 and Roe and 135 and Wornall locations, Planter’s Seed and Spice Company, and Heartland Nursery and Garden Center. Proceeds from the tour will support Master Gardener Educational projects across Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.
Beekeeping 101–Gr 8-12
Fri, Jun 7 & 14, 8am-noon; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. You will be introduced to the fun and exciting world of beekeeping. In today’s world, there are many beekeeping opportunities and challenges. Gain a good understanding about beekeeping and learn about the many products that come from bees, like honey, pollen and wax. You will also visit the JCCC Bee Yard and explore a working hive. Identify the honey, baby bees, pollen and find the Queen! This course is for students between the grades 8-12. Instructor: Robert Hughes. Fee: $99. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
25th Annual Union Hill Garden Tour 
Sun, Jun 9, 10am-2pm. Union Hill is located downtown between 31st St and Union Cemetery, and bordered by Main Street and Gillham, Union Hill is a walkable, charming historic Victorian neighborhood filled with avid gardeners. Gardens along the walking tour feature everything from spectacular floral displays to container gardens to an urban farm and even chickens! Several businesses local to Union Hill and the Martini Corner entertainment district are offering discounts to garden tour attendees. The tour starts at 31st and Grand then follows a walking path through the neighborhood. Attendees will receive a map and guide to the gardens on the tour. A donation of $10 is requested, with funds going to help with restoration of Union Hill Cemetery and to beautify the public spaces in the neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour, or in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4210069.
Horticultural Therapy Garden Tour
Tues, Jun 11, 7pm; at Evergreen Community and Hospice Care, located at 11875 South Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS. Parking is by the main entrance. You will be met in the lobby on your left as you enter. Horticultural therapy uses a garden to provide emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and intellectual well being. It’s all about interaction. Imagine living in an Extended Care environment where such a garden is right in the middle of your home. Evergreen Community of Johnson County and the Kansas State Research and Extension Master Gardeners work together with the residents of Evergreen to care for this garden. It’s for being in the moment, digging or just looking, snacks and flowers, watching birds, fish, and butterflies, sharing earlier life memories, or ones from just a few minutes ago. Because this garden is in the middle of resident’s home, it is not normally open to the public. As a special treat, the Lenexa Garden Club is going to be given a tour. Visitors are welcome this one evening.
Japanese Beetles
Wed, Jun 12, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor KS 66007. Patrick Paden, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion on the life cycle of the Japanese Beetle and determining the control method that suits your gardening goals. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Indoor Garden/Urban Farming Classes
Sat, Jun 15, 11am-Noon (Entry level Class), 1-2pm (Advanced Class); 117 S Mur-Len Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. Classes are FREE but seating is limited so please sign-up via our website year-roundgarden.com. Learn tips and tricks of how to grow a successful garden indoors, new topics every month, and discounts offered to class attendees. 913-397-0594
Horticulture at the Zoo
Thurs, Jun 20, 6:30-8pm; at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO. Meet in the Deramus building by the main entrance. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. If you love horticulture and zoology, this program is for you! Join us as Crystal Broadus, KC Zoo Horticulture Manager, and Shawn Stuettger, KC Zoo Maintenance Supervisor, take us into their world of safely incorporating plants with animals in the zoo. You will enjoy a 30-45 minute presentation followed by a walking tour. Attendance is limited to 40 people. The event is free, but registration is required and begins on May 25. Visit our website www.mggkc.org and browse MG Events to find the Eventbrite link to register. For more information call 816-523-5526 or e-mail chronwall@umkc.edu.
Japanese Beetles
Thurs, Jun 20, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth KS 66048. Patrick Paden, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion on the life cycle of the Japanese Beetle and determining the control method that suits your gardening goals. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.
Wonders of Discovery
Fri, Jun 21, 9am-2pm; at Pollinator Prairie, 320 S Blake St, Olathe, KS 66061. The Pollinator Prairie will host a family-friendly event at the garden in Olathe in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. This event is free and open to the public. People of all ages are invited to learn about pollinator species with activities including: Caterpillar Petting Zoo, Bat Exhibit, Caterpillar and Butterfly Exhibits, Birds of Prey Exhibit, Native Bees vs Honey Bees, and much more. Contact Mariruth Gruis 913-636-3497 or Marilyn Jordan 913-693-1906. Pollinator.org
Stems: A Garden Soiree
Sat, Jun 22, 7-11pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park invites you to the premier event of the summer! $250 Patron Ticket, $150 General Admission Ticket. Tickets are all-inclusive–food, beverages, entertainment and fun! Visit stemssoiree.org or call 913.322.6467 for all ticket and event information.
Midwest FlowerFest Public Day
Fri, Jun 28 and Sat, Jun 29, 8am-5pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Field Trials are the industry’s way of measuring how a particular variety will behave in our area. The Midwest FlowerFest for 2019 will showcase over 250 containers and in ground trials planted with over 100 established and trial varieties. Trials will be on display in the gardens for the month of July. During that time, we will be measuring how well they perform in our environment. Be sure to check out the display, as well as the rest of the gardens and trails. See how they perform and take note for your own garden. Thank you to Family Tree Nursery and McHutchison Distributors for being great partners in this event. Included with admission.
Koffee at Kauffman Memorial Gardens 
Sat, Jun 29, 9am; at Kauffman Memorial Gardens, 4800 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. A tour of the gardens will be given by a staff member and light refreshments will be provided. The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden draws inspiration from the couple’s journey through life and their commitment to share with others. Hosted by the Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. Please make a reservation by calling Margaret at 816-942-8889.
Train Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 29, 10am-4pm and Sun, Jun 30, noon-4pm. Adults and kids are invited to tour the unique train gardens at homes in the greater Kansas City area. They are like a miniature world with model trains running through garden landscaping, with small houses and buildings, trees, plants, water features, bridges and tunnels. Hosted by the MO-KAN Garden Railroaders, the admission cost for this self-guided tour to all gardens is $10 per car. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to Harvesters Food Network. For tickets and tour guide, go to www.mokangardenrailroaders.org.
Summer Perennials
Wed, Jul 3, 6-7pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. We will discuss some of our favorite sun and shade perennials for summer. Workshop lasts an hour plus time for questions. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081. Handouts provided. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30pm from mid May to the end of Sept.
Daylily Open House
Thurs, Jul 4 and Fri, Jul 5 from 9am-1pm; at Hart’s Daylilies, 7460 W 255th, Louisburg, KS. 900 varieties of daylilies. 913-837-5209 for information.
Water Gardens 2019
Sat, Jul 6 and Sun, Jul 7, rain or shine. The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City proudly presents its 26th annual self-directed water garden tour in Kansas City, Missouri and surrounding metropolitan communities. Tickets for the tour are $10 per person 14 years and over, and can be purchased at garden centers throughout the community as well as Hen House and Westlake Hardware in the Kansas City area. Proceeds benefit construction and maintenance of educational and restorative water gardens and other educational programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Purchase your tickets early to plan your driving tour. For groups and bus tours visit us at www.kcwatergardens.com. For Information on discounted tickets at $8 per person for groups of 10 or more call 913-599-9718 or tour@kcwatergardens.com
Sustainability Leadership–Gr 8-12
Fri, Jul 19, 8am-3pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Do you want to make a difference at your school and in your community? Learn best practices for starting a small and manageable recycling, composting, gardening and farming program. Ideas for mitigating storm water runoff and planting bio swales will also be discussed. In addition, discover how easy it is to implement alternative energy options while enjoying bike blender smoothies and solar smores. This course is great for students in environmental clubs, scouts, etc. This course is for students between the grades 8-12. Instructor: Kristy Howell and Deb Williams. Fee: $79. To enroll go to https://ce.jccc.edu or call 913-469-2323.
Indoor Garden/Urban Farming Classes
Sat, Jul 20, 11am-Noon (Entry level Class), 1-2pm (Advanced Class); 117 S Mur-Len Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. Classes are FREE but seating is limited so please sign-up via our website year-roundgarden.com. Learn tips and tricks of how to grow a successful garden indoors, new topics every month, and discounts offered to class attendees. 913-397-0594
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Wed, Aug 7, 6-7pm; at Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS 66047. A whole new season of vegetable garden awaits this fall. Learn what you can plant this fall. All workshops last an hour plus time for questions. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” on our Facebook page or call 785-842-3081. Handouts provided. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm from mid May to the end of Sept.