Look at what is happening around Kansas City 


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May 26 – Oct 16; at Powell Gardens. Fortopia, a playful outdoor exhibition comprised of awe-inspiring forts, invites explorers of all ages to discover Powell Gardens. This vibrant edition to summer in Kansas City encourages outdoor discovery and taps into the nostalgia of childhood fort building. Registration link can be found at

MoKan Daylily Society Show
Sat, Jul 2, noon-4p; at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W 179th, visitor’s center. The Daylily Show display will be open to the public to vote for their favorite blooms. Come see the variety that is Daylily and learn more about growing these beauties. Free with Arboretum admission. Contact Lois Hart at 816-769-4600 for more information.

The Colorful Shade Garden
Thurs, Jul 7, 11:30a; via Zoom. Presented by Lenora Larson, Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener. You don’t have to give up color or drama under a canopy of trees. Go beyond impatiens to embrace shade-loving flowers and brilliant foliage, accompanied by colorful yard art. Pre-Register for Zoom link:
For details and pre-registration information contact Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent in Wyandotte County, 913-299-9300 ext 104, or email After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Shade Gardens: Tips, Tricks and Plant Selection
Thurs, Jul 7, 6:30-7:30p; at Tonganoxie Public Library, 217 E 4th St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086. Joseph O’Neill, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on Shade Gardens. He will cover site selection, types of shade, landscaping design ideas, inexpensive decorative ideas and plant selection. A handout will be provided. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Turtle Crawl Water Garden Tour
The 29th annual Greater KC Water Garden Society tour will continue with the successful multi-day format success of 5 Saturdays in July and August. The tour dates are July 9 and 23, and August 6, 20 and 27. Our “Turtle Crawl Water Garden Tour” will highlight different locations around the entire metropolitan area. As we celebrate the art of nature, we will continue to host plein air artists during the day at each site and will conclude with a local business-sponsored evening garden party. Plan to attend 50 plus water features this summer. Tickets for all five tours are $10 and are available at and in local garden centers. Children under 14 attend free.

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners Club Meeting
Wed, Jul 13, 11a; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Dan Krull, a Biological Services & Regenerative Agriculture Design Consultant, will give a presentation on vermicomposting. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Wed, Jul 13, 7p; at Basehor Community Library, 1400, 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Duane Horne, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on identifying the many plant choices to attract butterflies to your garden, including host plants for specific butterflies. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society
Sun, Jul 17, 1:30-3:30p; at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO. We welcome visitors and value your attendance at the next club meeting and presentation.

Pollinators for Your Garden
Thurs, Jul 21, 7p; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Marti Crow, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on identifying local pollinators and why they are important. She will also go over how to attract and protect pollinators to keep your garden pollinator friendly. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700.

Cactus Show and Sale
Sat, Jul 23, 9a-5p and Sun, Jul 24, 1-5p; at Botanica, 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS. Wichita has a great Botanical Garden and we have a large room in their events building. There is a snack bar. Admission is free for the show and sale. To visit the gardens, it is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Our grower supplying the succulents and cactus for the sale is Chaos on Coyote Trail out of Sand Springs, OK. Coyote Trail is on Facebook. They have a lot of succulents and cactus that are not found in local nurseries and stores. Our cactus club is an old club. Some of our members have been in the club for 30 some years. They have traveled and added many unusual succulents/cactus to their collection. The club brings old mature plants to the show so people can see how big they can get. We also bring our unusual plants in.

Greater Kansas City Iris Society Plant Sale
Sat, Aug 13, 10a-3p; at Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Bearded iris in a variety of classes will be available for sale.

Renaissance in Bloom: Reimagining and Revitalizing Horticultural Therapy
Sep 9-10, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO. American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) Annual Conference. The AHTA is excited to be back in person and to have the opportunity to re-connect, re-vitalize, and re-imagine the work of horticultural therapy. The Keynote Speaker will be Abra Lee, author of the forthcoming book “Conquer The Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers.” The Plenary Speaker will be Kansas City’s own Rob Reiman, CEO for The Giving Grove. Visit for more information and registration. 

Idalia Butterfly Society
Sat, Sep 10, 6p; at Prairie Village City Hall, 7700 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Butterfly Garden Design and Maintenance: Paula Diaz. A well-designed butterfly garden considers the needs of not only our lepidopteran friends, but also its caretaker and its neighbors whether in a urban, suburban or rural setting. This includes planning for maintenance over the years as the garden matures. In keeping with the current “Leave the Leaves” movement, a balance between minimal maintenance and neighborhood aesthetics will be described. Photographs of Paula’s client butterfly gardens at various stages of maturity will be presented. Paula Diaz is the principal of GardeNerd Consultations, providing education on incorporating native flora into traditional home and business landscapes. She volunteers with MU Extension Master Gardeners, GrowNative! and Deep Roots KC and is a member of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Missouri Native Plant Society.

Missouri Master Gardener Association (MOMGA) Annual State Conference
Sep 16-18; at Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Jefferson City, MO. Registration now open through July 31. Register for conference, hotel and conference sportswear at Visit to register or download conference brochure for more information.

Garden Symposium
Sat, Sep 17, 8:30a-4p; at Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host a Garden Symposium, “Live Life in Full Bloom.” The speakers are Kelly Norris, Crystal Miles and Jonah Nelson. Tickets are $45 and are on sale June 1-August 31. A box lunch is included in the price. To purchase tickets, contact or call the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700. Or download a mail-in form at For more information contact Mikey Stafford at 913-426-3794 or Anne Reilly at 913-683-4646.

Northwest Missouri Master Gardener’s Garden Symposium
Sat, Sep 24, 8a-4p; at Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64506. Speakers/Topics: Tim Moloney – The Art of Plunking; Lenora Larson – Be A Butterfly Bartender; The Artistic Garden; Carol Davit – Grow Missouri Natives. Registration now open. $35.00 includes Breakfast pastries, Lunch, and snacks. Check in registration 8:00. Vendors 8:00 – 3:00. Welcome/Keynote 9:00. Seating is limited. Send $35.00 check payable to University of Missouri Extension, 4125 Mitchell Ave, St Joseph, MO 64507. Call Extension Office for questions 816-279-1691.