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 email@example.com.
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.