Throughout the year, we will post events of interest to gardeners that are presented by other organizations in the metropolitan area.
If you are looking for events presented by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, just click on MG Event
Companion Planting with Bulbs
Thurs, Feb 16, 7-8pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Sponsored by Leavenworth Co Master Gardener Library Series. Mikey Stafford and Pat Matthews, Leavenworth Co MG will present companion planting with bulbs. Free and open to the public. For information, Paula Darling at 913-651-2445.
Growing Beautiful Hydrangeas
Thurs, Feb 16, 7pm; at Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, 66061. Learn the different varieties and tips for growing gorgeous hydrangeas. $10. Register at www.johnson.k-state.edu or call 913-715-7000.
Selecting, Planting Fruit Trees & Berry Bushes
Fri, Feb 17, 12pm; at 6917 Kensington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132. If you want to add fruit to your garden or learn more about the best fruit varieties for our area, this workshop is for you! We will discuss the fruit plant varieties offered by Kansas City Community Gardens as well as the basic fruit planting techniques. Free. Call 816-931-3877 to register.
Sat, Feb 25, at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The Midwestern Beekeepers Association will present their 22nd Annual Beginning Beekeeping Workshop. The workshop registration fee is $35 and includes the workshop, presentation notes and First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane. Registration will begin at 8am and the workshop will be from 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch. Beekeeping Suppliers will be on site to order bees and supplies. The class size is limited to 60. To register, please visit Midwestern Beekeepers Association website at www.midwesternbeekeepers.org to download a registration form. For information, please call Bob Williams at 816-331-6634.
Vegetable Garden Basics
Mon, Feb 27, 6pm; at 6917 Kensington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132. This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including; site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting. Offered by Kansas City Community Gardens. Free. Call 816-931-3877 to register.
Container Gardening Tips and Tricks
Wed, Mar 8, 2-3pm; at Blue Valley Recreation Center, 7720 W 143rd St, Overland Park, KS. As the weather warms up are you tempted to purchase the first colorful plants that hit the market? Johnson County Master Gardener, Mae Christenson, shares her love of container gardening with you. She’ll discuss plant selection, best potting mixes, designing containers using color and texture plus finding the right pot. She’ll also talk about creating simple fairy gardens. Informative gardening handouts will help you as you start thinking about adding these instant gardens to your existing landscape. Free. Must pre-register by calling Blue Valley Recreation: 913-685-6000.
Using Native Host Plants in the Ornamental Garden
Sat, Mar 11, 5:30pm Pot-luck Dinner and 6:45pm Presentation; at Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Rd 66208. Free to the public. Sponsored by Idalia Butterfly Society, Lenora Larson will present Taming the Beasts: Using Native Host Plants in the Ornamental Garden. Most caterpillar food plants and many pollinator blooms are natives that may challenge a fastidious gardener. Fear of a weedy mess and/or the reaction of their Homeowners’ Association often prevents gardeners from planting for butterflies and bees. However, my garden contains the host plants for over 50 species of butterflies and there are no “weeds”. Using butterfly host plants as examples, this presentation will discuss the elements of garden design and provide multiple specific tactics to civilize any overly enthusiastic plants. Lenora Larson is a Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener and member of local chapters of both the Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Spring Gardening Seminar
Sat, Mar 11; at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. An all-day event offering a variety of presentations from backyard birding to everything you wanted to know about mulch. $49.00 including lunch. Visit www.mggkc.org/spring-seminar for detailed information on each of the 13 presentations plus enrollment instructions. Keynote Speaker, Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture Powell Gardens will discuss his new book “Native Plants of the Midwest” and offer ideas on how to enrich your landscape with native plants.
Wed, Mar 15 & 22, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. 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. Fee: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50597.
Naturescaping Workshop and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Native Plant Sale, 8:00-1:15 p.m. -workshop participants only and 1:15:-4:00p for the general public
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time, money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions. Keynote Speaker— It is our pleasure to host Justin Thomas, as our keynote speaker. Justin is the Director of the Institute of Botanical Training in Springfield, MO. His resume includes 17 years of botanical field work divided between The Nature Conservancy, MDC, NPS, Dunn-Palmer Herbarium, William Sherman Turrell Herbarium, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He will present “Ecological Stability: a Native Plant Story”. *All presentations are 50 minutes in length. Attendees will benefit from a total of up to four possible educational sessions: keynote speaker and three concurrent sessions out of nine options.*Registration required beginning February 1st. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
*All workshop attendees will receive a free tree or shrub seedling (select from 4 species) provided by the George O. White State Nursery.
*Complimentary coffee, water and light snacks will also be available in the lobby for workshop participants during breaks.
*All workshop attendees who turn in an evaluation at workshop’s end are eligible for the PRIZE DRAWING (including MDC publications and many native plants)!Audience: Adults; Teens are welcome only when accompanied by an adult participant. No charge for workshop.
Native Plant Sale –We will host two different plant suppliers this year:
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, selling native perennial plants. Missouri is the genetic origin for their seed sources. They have very good prices and pint, quart and 1-2 gallon size pots (trees and shrubs).
Green Thumb Gardens will also be selling native perennial plants in a variety of sizes and species. In 2015, plants were very robust, mature and mostly in gallon size pots.
Wed, Mar 29 & Apr 5, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. 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. Fee: $49. To enroll or for more information, call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50599.
Thurs, Mar 30, 7pm; at St Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence, MO 64052. Learn what tomatoes need to thrive and offer a good harvest. What challenges do tomatoes bring? What types of tomatoes are there? Presented by Lala Kumar, Univ of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist, who brings his vast knowledge and experience of horticulture. Sponsored by St Paul Community Garden. FREE; the public is invited. Questions: Sara at 816-356-6986.
Pruning Made Simple
Tues, Apr 4, 10-11:30am; at Blue Valley Recreation Center, 7720 W 143rd St, Overland Park, KS. The thought of pruning strikes fear in the hearts of many. Dennis Patton, Johnson County/K-State Extension Horticulture agent will cover the when, where, and how to make the proper pruning cut. After this session you will feel liberated and empowered to make the proper cut for a beautiful landscape. Free. Must pre-register by calling Blue Valley Recreation: 913-685-6000.
Food Not Lawns
Thurs, Apr 6, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City KS. Do you want to learn more about this nationwide program with an active presence in Kansas City? Would you like to grow more food in your city home lot? Plan to join the Wyandotte Co Extension Master Gardeners who are sponsoring a presentation by Steve Mann, coordinator for Kansas City Food Not Lawns organization. Fee: $5, payable at the door; waived for current active Master Gardeners. Registration not required. 913-299-9300
Planning Your Plot for Garden Success
Fri, Apr 7, noon; at Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, KCMO 64110. Sponsored by Kansas City Community Gardens. Find out how creating a planting plan for your garden can help you maximize garden space, get more of the vegetables that you love and save you time and money. KCCG has developed some great tools to help you create a garden plan and seed/plant list for spring, summer and fall. FREE. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877.
Summer Vegetable Gardening Success
Mon, Apr 10, 7pm; at St Paul UMC, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence MO 64052. Many vegetables grow well in our hot, humid Missouri summers. Learn what kinds to grow and how to grow them. If weather permits, part of the class will be hands-on. The class will be taught by Univ of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator Cathy Bylinowski. Sponsored by St Paul Community Garden. FREE; the public is invited. Questions: Sara at 816-356-6986.
Wed, Apr 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This class will be a fun, 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 backyard. Fee: $49. To enroll or more information call 913-469-2323, provide CRN 50601.
Why Prairie Matters
Thurs, Apr 13, 6:30pm; Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, KCMO. Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Why Prairie Matters – New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”, Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit website mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.
Annual Native Plant Sales
Saturdays, Apr 15 and May 6; Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110, 9:30am-2pm or sell out; by Missouri Prairie Foundation. Generous portion of proceeds donated by vendors to help MPF conserve vital pollinator habitat on its native prairies. A variety of native plants suitable for shade, partial shade, sun, dry or moist conditions will be available. Great opportunity to buy native plants that will look great in your home landscape and will provide essential habitat for native pollinators and birds. Many species of plants–both host and nectar plants–for pollinators, including monarch butterflies will be available. If you wish to preorder plants for pickup at the sale, call for vendor contacts. Questions? 816-716-9159. Cash, check, and credit card accepted.
Tomatoes, Peppers, and Sweet Potatoes, Oh My!
Fri, Apr 21, noon; at Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, KCMO 64110. Sponsored by Kansas City Community Gardens. Are you overwhelmed by the number of tomato varieties available? Are you confused about heirloom tomatoes? Do your pepper plants not produce as many peppers as you would like? Are you disappointed when you dig up your sweet potatoes? Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes. FREE. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877.
Spring Gardening Symposium
Sat, Apr 22, 9am-4pm; at KSU Research & Extension, Marais des Cygnes District, 104 S Brayman, Paola, KS 66071. Sponsored by Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners. $25 Registration fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Sign up registration form is at maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. Send registration form and check, payable to: Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners to the KSU R&E address (above). For information, call 913-294-4306.
Sat, Apr 22, 9am-12pm; Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Increase the health benefits of your backyard while enjoying the fruits of your labor. Learn to incorporate edible plants into your landscape design by mixing beauty with a tasty a harvest. Explore designing and maintaining landscapes with many colorful and productive edible annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees. Even yards with limited space and sunlight can be bountiful! Fee: $39. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50891.
How to Get Ready for the Rose Show
Sat, Apr 22, 9:30-11:30am; Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Do you grow roses? Do you believe that your roses are worthy of recognition? Join the Kansas City Rose Society (KCRS) for a workshop on “How to Get Ready for the Rose Show”. You will learn: 1) How to prepare your roses to be show-ready; 2) Choose the best roses and groom them for maximum beauty and award winning potential; and 3) Understand the show entry process. The class will be taught by an American Rose Society Rose Show Judge and other KCRS members who are rose show veterans. The workshop will prepare you to enter your roses in the Kansas City Rose Show on Sat, Jun 3, 2017, and give you the confidence to add your roses to the hundreds of beautiful blooms that will grace the show tables in June. Workshop is free; pre-registration is required. For information and register for the workshop, visit KCRS website, www.kansascityrosesociety.org
Sun, Apr 23, 2-4:30pm; at Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St, Lenexa, KS. The Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City will hold its annual fundraiser, an Orchid Auction, Sales plants will be available, starting at $5.00. For more information about our auction and orchid society, visit www.osgkc.org.
Annual Paola Plant Sale 2017
Apr 27, 11am-5pm; Apr 28, 8am-5pm; Apr 29, 8am-noon; at 300 Baptiste Dr. Take the Baptiste Exit off 169 Hwy and drive 1/3 mile west. This Marais des Cygnes (formerly Miami County) Extension Master Gardener sale includes annual bedding plants, vegetable seedlings, succulents and perennials. Exotic tropicals and unusual edible shrubs are also available. Native plants are featured and there will be over 20 species of butterfly caterpillar host plants, including Tropical Milkweed. All the plants are locally grown organically and are neonicotinoid-free. Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and handouts on butterfly gardening will be available. 913-294-4306
22nd Annual Plant Sale to benefit Cross-Lines
Thurs, Apr 27 & Fri, Apr 28, 8am-7pm; Sat, Apr 29, 8am-1pm; at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman, Shawnee, KS. Sale held rain or shine under a tent. New varieties of perennials, along with annuals, hostas, hanging baskets, patio planters, herbs and tomatoes. Pick up a plant for Mother’s Day. Volunteers available to custom design pots for you. Bring your own pots or buy them there. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. For further information call Kelly Carpenter at 913-281-3388 or email her at email@example.com.
Dahlia Root Sale
Fri, Apr 28, 11am-5pm (Member sale 1-4pm); Sat, Apr 29, 8am-4pm (Public Sale 8am-3pm); at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590
Thyme for Kids Annual Plant Sale
Fri, Apr 28, 9am-6pm and Sat, Apr 29, 9am-5pm; at Ozanam Campus Greenhouse, 421 E 137th St, Kansas City, MO. It’s free and open to the public! Choose from a wide variety of plants and other garden items. All things grow with love! Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. For more information, please contact Shelli Jaye at (816) 508-3606 or shelli.Jaye@CornerstonesOfCare.org; www.cornerstonesofcare.org
Central Missouri Master Gardeners 20th Annual Plant Sale
Sat, May 6, 7am-noon; at Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Rd, Jefferson City. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/centralmissourimastergardenersplantsale, or on our website: www.centralmissourimastergardeners.org. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions about the sale, contact Yolanda at 573-619-5368.
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Sat, May 13, 9:30am-2:30pm; *New Location*** First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS. Sponsored by Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society. Great collection of newer hostas and other shade perennials, including Bergenia, Heucheras, Heucherellas and Cimicifuga (Actaea), plus, mini-hostas, so wonderful for your troughs and Fairy Gardens. Children older than 4 years, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will receive their very own hosta, free! You won’t want to miss this sale! Some quantities are limited, so you will want to arrive early. The public is welcome. Bring a friend! For info – Gwen 816-213-0598
23rd Annual Garden Tour, Plant Sale & Garden Art Flea Market
Jun 3-4, 9am-5pm, Hermann, MO. Two Tours in 2017. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at www.hermanngardentours.com for 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 Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687 for questions about lodging/restaurants or go to www.visithermann.com.