Community projects are the hands-on programs of the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Our volunteers reach out to the community through on site gardening that involves plan-ning, maintenance, harvesting and education. Teaching classes based on research-based prac-tices, working along side community gardeners, and teaching by example in demonstration gardens all promote the mission of the Master Gardener program.
Community projects include three types of gardens, demonstration, partnership and affiliate. Demonstration gardens have a contractual or verbal relationship with an organization that gives Master Gardeners control of all of the processes in the garden. Master Gardeners begin with the development of a plan and carry that through planting, maintenance and harvesting. In a partnership garden, the partner organization and Master Gardeners work together to develop and implement a plan that meets the needs of the partner organization. Affiliate gardens are well-recognized established gardens with volunteers from many sources. Master Gardeners volunteer at these gardens under their official volunteer program. Often these volunteer activities become learning opportunities for Master Gardeners.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden – 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO
The 2-acre garden is a serene and tranquil jewel in the heart of the city. Enclosed by beautiful limestone walls and lined with brick paths, it offers visitors many places to sit and relax. The garden features 7,000 plants, varieties that include vintage and modern perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs and trees. Five distinct garden rooms, including a “Secret Garden” and a conservatory assure surprise and delight around every corner and in every season. Powell Gardens and the Kauffman Foundation manage the garden. Master Gardeners and other community volunteers work at the direction of the Kauffman’s professional horticulture staff to maintain the garden.
Powell Gardens – 1609 NW US HWY 50, Kingsville, MO
Powell Gardens is Kansas City’s major botanical garden. Celebrating the Midwestern spirit of place, it includes the 12-acre Heartland Harvest Garden, the world largest edible landscape, as well as large areas of prairie grasses and flowers, reflective of the tall grass prairie that once covered most of this region. Other highlights include an island garden with 200 varieties of water plants, the largest “living wall” rock garden in North America, and a woodland garden featuring azaleas, rhododendrons and masses of other shade loving perennials. Master Gardeners and other community volunteers work at the direction of Powell Gardens’ professional horticulture staff to maintain the garden.
Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden– 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City’s Municipal Rose Garden in Loose Park features over 3,000 roses of nearly 150 varieties on 1.5 acres. The garden is maintained through a partnership of the Kansas City Rose Society and the KC Parks and Recreation Department. The rose garden recently underwent a $400,000 renovation project, which included planting 1,200 new roses and restoring the beds to the original plans. The Kansas City Rose Society holds special events and educational demonstrations in the garden. Visitors enjoy sitting by the fountain with all the fragrances and beauty of the roses.