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Advanced Education

2017 Workshops

Master Gardener Advanced Education
Native Plant school: Sedges have Edges

Powell Gardens
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9am –noon

Learn about native sedges and grasses, their ecology and natural history. Discover which varieties are best for groundcovers and garden use and which are best for prairie restoration or a more natural landscape. Get hands-on training in plant identification, view herbarium specimens, and walk around the gardens to get greater insight into their astonishing diversity, function, ecological adaptions and importance in the landscape.

Speakers: Elliott Duemler, B.S. is the manager for Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery. He has extensive experience with prairie restoration, custom seed collection, native plant propagation, and nursery operations. He is a member of the executive committee of Grow Native.

Brett Budach, a graduate of Kansas State University, has a sound knowledge of our Midwestern flora specializing in native grasses, sedges and rushes. His interests include plants, birds, butterflies and moths.

This class is valid for 3 hours of advanced education in either of the areas landscaping, grasses/groundcovers or sustainable practices.

The class is organized by Powell Gardens. Register directly to 816.697.2600 or Mention that you are an MGGKC. Also e-mail Bibie so she can provide a certificate for you. The fee is $45, members get 10% off.


Master Gardener Advanced Training

Advanced Soil Health
Southeast Community Center in Swope Park
4201 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This training is valid for 3 hours of advance education training in the Grasses/Ground Covers/Soil area of emphasis. The agenda will cover:

  • How soil formation factors affect the ground beneath our feet

  • Determining your soil characteristics and needs

  • Soil health and management – soil organic matter and biology, tillage, soil cover, soil fertility

  • Soil amendments; myths and realities

This advanced soil management class will illustrate the interactions of people and soil and how easily we can unwittingly undo centuries of work by natural processes. Attendees will learn how to best manage soils for improved resilience, health, sustainability and productivity.

Speaker: Kerry Clark is a soil scientist with the University of Missouri Columbia and lead investigator for organic row crop research. Her work focuses on the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality.

Cost to attend this workshop is $20.00 (no refunds). To register, fill out the form below and mail with payment by September 6. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Cathy Bylinowski, MU Extension Horticulture Educator at 816-252-5051 or

JUNE 3rd
Please join us for an Advanced Education road-trip adventure to The Land Institute in Salina, KS, on Saturday, June 3 rd . Through the big windows of our
air-conditioned motor coach we’ll have a perfect view of the eastern Kansas prairie cloaked in the emerald green of late spring.

The Land Institute is a world renowned, science-based research organization devoted to the development of perennial grain crops and polyculture practices as an alternative to annual crop monoculture farming.

Our guided tour by Land Institute staff will include permaculture and no-till practices, the ongoing research on perennial grain crops, and their success story,
Kernza, a perennial grain crop now in production in the US and Africa. We’ll visit the beautiful Wahob Prairie overlook, the research facilities and the perennial grain research plots at the Ohio Street Farm facility.

Logistics: The motor coach will leave at 7:30 a.m. sharp from Picture & Frame Industries, 35 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103.
We will park and board at this location because of street closures for the Hospital Hill Marathon. We will depart The Land Institute at 4:00 p.m. and arrive in Kansas City around 7:00 p.m.

Credits: 4 hours of Advanced Education credits in Sustainable Practices or Leading
Edge Research in horticulture
Fee: $25 covers lunch, a small donation to The Land Institute and a tip for our driver.

Register ASAP, at the latest by May 30 th by contacting Bibie Chronwall or 816-523- 5526 and sending a check issued to MGGKC to herat 1022 W 64 th Terrace, KC MO 64113.
Your lunch choices are: turkey or ham sandwich or a chef’s salad, all with a side dish of marinated veggies. Registered participants will receive additional information ahead of the trip.

Tuesday, February 21, 20179:00 – 12:00 pm
Southeast Community Center in Swope Park
4201 E 63rd St, KCMO

Here is an opportunity to learn, in depth, care and maintenance on all sorts of tools, spreaders, and sprayers; with insight into those small engine power tools found in our garages and sheds.  Bob Schultheis, MU Extension Natural Resources Engineering Specialist, leads this class.  This training is valid for 3 hours of advance education. Register by February 17, fee is required.  Click here for all of the details!

2016 Workshops

Aliens among us: a primer on non-native plants in our landscapes

South East Community Center in Swope Park
4201 East 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO 6413
Saturday, June 4th, 9:00 am – noon

This course is valid for 3 hours of Advanced Education in the Sustainable Practices area.

Among the estimated 50,000 non-native plant species introduced in the U.S., some 4,000 exist outside of cultivation and have become established in both our wild and developed landscapes. Many non-native plants are vital to the U.S. economy; others are among the leading threats to native species and ecosystems. Kansas and Missouri are typical in terms of the number of non-native species in their floras—23% and 28%, respectively. We will explore which plants in our environments are non-native, when they became established and from where they came, which ones pose the greatest threat to human activities, and how botanists document and track them.

Craig C. Freeman is Senior Curator in the R. L. McGregor Herbarium and Senior Scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey, both at the University of Kansas. He holds a BA in biology from Wartburg College, and MS and PhD degrees in biology from Kansas State University. He is the co-author of three books: Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains (1991), An Illustrated Guide to Endangered and Threatened Species in Kansas (1995), and Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds (2015). He serves of the boards of the Kansas Native Plant Society, The Nature Conservancy of Kansas, and the Flora of North America Association.

Cost to attend this workshop is $20 and the class is limited to 30 participants. To register, fill THIS FORM and mail with payment by May 25th.   If you have questions, or for further information, contact Lala Kumar, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Cathy Bylinowski, MU Extension Horticulture Educator or Bibie Chronwall, Master Gardener, AE chair (


Plant Cloning by Tissue Culture for Horticulture

Johnson County Community College, in the Sciences Building
12345 College Blvd Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Friday April 29, 6-9 PM

Valid for 3 hours of Advance Education in the ‘Leading Edge in Horticulture’ area.

This is a great opportunity, maybe the chance of your lifetime, to experience the tissue culture technique. As a master gardener you need to know and understand about important horticulture technologies – even if you will never actually use them yourself. Plant tissue culture propagation is such a tool. It is used extensively in the horticulture industry and in plant biotechnology to allow cloning of select species.  This course will explore basic plant tissue culture techniques, including how to prepare tissue culture medium and surface sterilize explants.

Lekha Sreedhar, Ph.D., is an Associate professor and Chair in the department of Horticultural Sciences at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS. Lekha holds a M.S Horticultural Sciences and Ph.D. Botany, specialization Plant Physiology degrees from University of Guelph, Ontario Canada. Lekha’s post-doctoral research at the Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Cook College, Rutgers, NJ focused on understanding the molecular basis for pathogenic and mutualistic fungus in turf grass systems.  Lekha has extensive experience developing tissue culture protocols for various species and she is a much awarded teacher.

The fee is $20 and the class is limited to 30 participants. To register, fill out THIS FORM and mail with payment by April 25th .   If you have questions, or for further information, contact Lala Kumar, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Cathy Bylinowski, MU Extension Horticulture Educator or Bibie Chronwall, Master Gardener AE chair (



2015 Workshops

Advanced Training in Composting!

University of Missouri Extension Office – River Market
105 E. 5th Street, Kansas City, MO  64106 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This training is valid for 4 hours of advanced training in the Horticulture Sustainable Practices area.
Speaker: Dr. Hwei-Yiing Johnson, Cooperative Extension Lincoln University  
Cost to attend this workshop is $15 and the class is limited to 25 participants. To register, fill out this form and mail with payment by September 23rd. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Lala Kumar, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Cathy Bylinowski, MU Extension Horticulture Educator, both at 816-252-5051 or Bibie Chronwall, Master Gardener at 816-523-5526.
**If you are having trouble opening the registration form, please contact Sara Hill at 816-252-5051.** 


Learn where your plants come from & How to make your own

Saturday, February 21, 2015
9am-4pm (check-in at 8:30am)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kauffman Conference Center,         4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City MO

This class will take you deep into how new varieties of plants are bred, so you
understand the process and can create your own varieties. (It is WAY easier than you think!)
You will be walked through some of the main ways to propagate and make more varieties of
plants you already have or may purchase in the future.

This intensive class will include lectures and hands-on workshops to help you
understand every aspect of these topics. This session will be led by
Joseph Tychonievich, author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, who
specializes in taking seemingly complex, technical aspects of gardening and breaking them down
into simple, clear, easy-to-understand terms. You’ll leave with a new understanding of where
plants come from, and a whole new set of skills.

To register, go to this link Eventbrite. Please register immediately to provide us with a headcount.
Then send a check for $55 (which includes lunch) to Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas
City, PO Box 884, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. It would be appreciated if it was mailed no later than
2/15. If you should register after 2/15, please bring your check to the seminar.

The class will count as 6 hours of Advanced Education for Master Gardeners.

2014 Workshops

Tomato Grafting Workshop at Powell Gardens
Sat., Nov 15, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Tomato grafting can help growers organically manage soil-borne diseases and increase crop yield. We invite commercial growers and home gardeners to attend this workshop, which is led by experts from Kansas State University and Powell Gardens.

10 – 10:30 a.m. Introduction to Herbaceous Grafting and Benefits with Mark Gawron, Heartland Harvest Garden Horticulturist at Powell Gardens

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Grafting and Soil-borne Disease with Dr. Cary Rivard, Fruit and Vegetable Specialist at K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center, Olathe, Kansas

11:15 – noon K-State Grafting Research Update with Lani Meyer, Graduate Student, K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch at Cafe Thyme (included in registration fee)

1 – 2:30 p.m. Grafting Technique and Hands-on Demonstration with Dr. Cary Rivard

Space is limited. Make reservations at or 816-697-2600 x 209.

Location: Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Missouri 64061

Fee: $25 per person

Below are links to the September 2014 Advanced Training Workshops:

Thursday, Sept. 4 – Lawn Care Professional Workshop

3 Thursdays, Sept. 18, Sept 25, Oct 2 – Treekeepers

2013 Workshops

To provide more in-depth training on a specific topic, the three-hour format Advanced Training classes have been developed. They are designed to improve the member’s knowledge of a topic so they can provide more comprehensive services in the community and be recognized for their continued education and skills.

October 5, 2013 – Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application
Linda Chalker-Scott Ph.D. Washington State University
Author: The Informed Gardener, The Informed Gardener Blooms Again
Full Day registration 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) – $45
A.M. Session only– Myth Debunking
8:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch included) – $30
A.M. Session only– How Plants Survive in Urban Settings
11:30 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) – $30
Lunch, conversation, book signing and “on your own tour” of Kauffman Gardens or Discovery Center – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Sept. 5, 2013 – An Organic Approach to Lawn Care
This workshop will provide information on non-synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on lawns and cultural practices which will help maintain green lawns in a non-conventional way. MGs will earn 4 advanced education hours.
University of Missouri Extension Center
1106 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015
Workshop: 9:10am – 2:00pm

July 20, 2013 – Garden Remedies from the Pantry and Garden Center
Jeff Gillman, Ph.D. University of Minnesota – 
Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota
Full Day – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) – $45
A.M. Session only– The Truth About Garden Remedies and Decoding Gardening Advice
8:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch included) – $3
A.M. Session only– The Truth About Organic Gardening and Looking at Garden Center Products
11:30 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) – $30

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