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 July issue is June 10. This is a FREE listing.

 

CLUB MEETINGS

Leavenworth County Master Gardeners
Wed, Jun 12, 11a; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners, Mikey Stafford and Anne Reilly, will give a presentation about invasive plants. The program will define what is an invasive plant, identify invasive species and discuss living with (or not) with invasive plants. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact the Leavenworth County extension office at 913-364-5700.

Leawood Garden Club
Tues, Jun 25, 10:30a; at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. Our speaker will be John ‘Smitty’ Smith speaking on the topic of “Strawberries.” You’ll learn some fun facts and how to harvest the nutritious fruit. Growing strawberries can be fun and is very rewarding. It might even save you some money! Who doesn’t love strawberries? You will learn the unusual fun facts about strawberries, and how to begin your patch at home, and or in your raised bed, maintenance and, most importantly, the harvesting of this wonderful nutritious natural fruit.

MoKan Daylily Club
Sat, Jun 1; at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 W 75th St, Prairie Village. The meeting starts at 10:30a with a meet and greet, followed by a pot luck lunch, presentation and short business meeting. The guest speaker is Betsy Betros, who will be speaking to the club about spiders in the garden. Guests are welcome to attend. Questions about the club or June 1 meeting can be emailed to [email protected].

Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Sun, Jun 9, 1:30p; at Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater St, Merriam, KS. Beginner’s group 1:30-2p and Featured Speaker at 3p. Dr. Douglas Needham, Oklahoma State University, “Orchid Care in the Home.” Open to the public. www.osgkc.org and find us on Facebook.

Olathe Garden & Civic Club
Tues, Jun 18, 1-2:30p; at Johnson County Extension Office, Room 1070, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. *Free to attend and open to the public, club membership not required* Please join us for our monthly club meeting and presentation about Victory Gardens from Master Gardener Aleen Van Bebber.

SYMPOSIUMS | SHOWS | SALES

Spring Studio Sale
The From the Summer’s Garden spring studio sale, “Back in Your Own Backyard,” is scheduled for Thursdays through Sundays from May 2 through June 16. Hours are 10a to 5p. The address is 8601 Barkley St, Overland Park, KS 66212.

Leavenworth County Historical Society Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 15, 10a-4p. Tickets $20. www.leavenworthhistory.org; 913-682-7759

31st Annual Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society
“Wings Over Water Gardens” Tour
Four Saturdays in July and August, highlighting various locations around the entire metropolitan area. Included with the tour will be plein-air artists demonstrating and displaying the art of nature at many sites and will conclude with a local business- sponsored evening garden party. Eventbrite will begin selling tickets May 1st and tour books and tickets will be available at area garden centers June 1st. Wings Over Water Gardens celebrates the beauty and symmetry of nature in all her glory. Moving water in streams, bubblers and waterfalls attract a myriad of magical creatures; from butterflies to dragon flies, and honeybees to humming birds. All the elusive garden fairies come out to play when there is water. Gorgeous Lotus, swaying in the breeze and a kaleidoscope of colorful water lilies complete the attraction of pollinators to these thriving ecosystems. Come celebrate with our annual public tour on July 13th and 20th and in August on the 3rd and 10th. Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 14 attend free. Sites are open from 9am to 5pm. Evening garden parties are free events and demonstrate how water features change under the stars. Builders will be present to answer your questions. Proceeds from the tour benefit construction and maintenance of educational water gardens for schools, nature centers, and other non-profit agencies. Tour one Saturday, or all four for the same price. The Greater KC Water Garden Society has built over 60 water features to date. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website Kcwatergardens.com.

MOMGA’24 Headed to St Joseph
The Northwest Missouri Master Gardeners will host the 2024 Missouri Master Gardener Conference Sep 27-29. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, acclaimed author and advocate that we can all take an active role in stopping the decline in pollinators and wildlife populations by planting native plants to create a Homegrown National Park. The conference will offer a wide variety of classes, workshops, and tours. The conference will play host to the Vendor’s Marketplace which will run Saturday and Sunday. There also will be the popular raffle and silent auction offerings. Registration now open, and you’ll want to reserve your spot early. Be sure to check back often at momga.org/momga-conference for the latest information and ‘like’ the conference Facebook page, MOMGA’24.

CLASSES | WORKSHOPS

12 Months of Color in your Garden
Thurs, Jun 6, 11:30a; held in the Sunflower Room at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th Street, Kansas City, KS. Presented by Anne Wildeboor, Horticulturalist at the Overland Park Arboretum. Pre-registration is not required. A $10 class fee, payable by cash or check, will be collected at the door.

Water as a Resource
Sat, Jun 8, 1-2p; at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057. Join Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City and George Owens staff as we celebrate water! Did you know the Earth is made up of 70% water, and our bodies are made up of 60% water? For these and other reasons, we need to realize the importance of water and how we can conserve and protect it. George Owens naturalist, Jeremiah Coomes will present a program discussing how we utilize water as a resource, how water can be polluted, and where rainwater goes after a storm. Extension Master Gardeners will have information on how to collect water in rain barrels and rain garden landscaping.

Vermicomposting for Beginners
Thurs, Jun 20, 7p; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Vermicomposting, or creating compost using worms, is the art of worms turning your kitchen food scraps into nutrient rich organic fertilizer. A simple process; all you need are worms, a bin, some organic waste, bedding and a positive outlook. We will give you the information you need to get started. We will also discuss common mistakes and how to avoid them. You will get the knowledge you need to succeed at beginning vermicomposting. Mary Eberst, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, is the presenter. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County extension office at 913-364-5700. 

The Gardens at Unity Village Farmer’s Market
Sat, Jun 22, 8a-noon; at Unity Village, 150B Northwest Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Experience a century of history and nostalgia in the barn and gardens at The Gardens of Unity Village Farmer’s Market. Three cultivated acres behind the 3-story barn provide freshly harvested vegetables and fruits. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will have a composting display and demonstration. There will also be a fun children’s activity called “Composting Basics.” Children will learn about the different phases of composting, and how non-living and living organisms work together to make it happen. Free to the public, children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Native Plant Garden
Wed, Jun 26, 6:30p; at Basehor Community Library, 1400, 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. The Leavenworth County Master Gardeners who developed and continue to maintain The Native Plant Garden (located at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds), will present a program on how the garden began, the stages of the garden and information on current plantings. They hope to inspire others to grow Native Plants for beauty as well as serve as beneficial plants for butterflies, birds and natural surroundings. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Leavenworth County extension office at 913-364-5700.

The Gardens at Unity Village Farmer’s Market
Sat, Jul 6, 8a-noon; at Unity Village, 150B Northwest Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Experience a century of history and nostalgia in the barn and gardens at The Gardens of Unity Village Farmer’s Market. Three cultivated acres behind the 3-story barn provide freshly harvested vegetables and fruits. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will have a wildflower and native plant display and a container gardening demonstration. There will also be a fun children’s activity called “Plant Parts and Vegetable Art.” Free to the public, children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Nature Photography
Sat, Jul 13, 8:30a-noon; at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 Northwest Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Join Extension Master Gardener Ric Sweeting for a macrophotography course that teaches how to search for and track the perfect nature shot. Learn how to get your camera settings ready so you can capture that spur of the moment photo. For information and registration please email [email protected].

Gladstone Children’s Garden Day
Sat, Jul 13, 9a-noon; at Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum, 4109 Northeast Pleasant Valley Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119. Join Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City at Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum for a day of family fun activities. Children and their parents are invited to participate in garden friendly activities in the garden, then take part in a garden scavenger hunt. Visitors can experience Extension Master Gardeners digging potatoes and gather their own vegetables to take home and enjoy. Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Children’s Programs will be presenting “Pollinators: Not Just Bees and Butterflies.” Children can learn about other living and non-living ways plants are pollinated, and discover these pollinators work by day and night. There will be an experiment using an insect to pollinate paper flowers and learn ways to help pollinators in their own home and community. Free to the public, family friendly.

Blooming Blue Springs—Bees, Butterflies, and how to construct Butterfly Puddlers
Sat, Jul 20, 9-11a; at Blue Springs Historical Museum Garden, 101 Southwest 15th St, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Learn about the need of bees and butterflies for water and rest during late summer and early fall. We will show you how to construct a puddler to help these important pollinators meet their needs. Enjoy creating your own puddler made from items you already have in your home. Free to the public. Please register for this event at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/blooming-blue-springs-bees-butterflies-and-how-to-construct-butterfly-puddlers.

Bug Extravaganza
Sat, Jul 20, 10a-2p; at Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 East Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132. Lakeside Nature Center presents a native wildlife event. Observe a working beehive, a caterpillar zoo, a kestrel, and a tarantula. Go for a scheduled, guided hike or browse information tables that feature insect life cycles, ways to support pollinator species, and insect predators. Arts and crafts are also available. Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Children’s Programs will be presenting “Flower Power.” Children will learn about the anatomy of a flower. They will discover plants can self-pollinate, cross-pollinate and that some true self-pollinators don’t need pollinators at all. Learn how and why flowers are pollinated, and what happens afterwards. Free to the public. Family friendly. For more information visit https://lakesidenaturecenter.org/event/fox-hollow-fest-2/.