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Gardeners’ Gathering

The purpose of the Gardeners’ Gatherings is to educate Master Gardeners and the public in latest trends, information and research in horticulture education. The gatherings during each year are led by experts in the field and last approximately two hours in length. All lectures begin at 6:30 pm, are free and open to the public.  Counts as two hours continuing education for Master Gardeners.

2017 Presentations

Thursday, April 13, 2017 “Why Prairie Matters-New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Why Prairie Matters –New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”, Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation. For 50 years, the Missouri Prairie Foundation has been conserving Missouri’s prairies and other native grasslands, some of the most imperiled habitats on the planet. Carol will talk about Missouri’s tall grass prairie which once covered 15 million acres in the state. Today, less than one-tenth of one percent remains. These fragments of a mighty ecosystem continue to provide benefits we cannot afford to lose. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm in Gladstone”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide you through a “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm” in Gladstone, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 pm. The farm is located at 6607 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO 64119. Once home to many people from 1824-2004, this small family farm stands as a wonderful reminder that farms of the past are still present and will always have stories to share. Discover a home that began as a single-room log cabin with a half-story sleeping loft. Enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, walk the trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. Explore what’s growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Free and open to the public. No registration required. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies “presented by Heather Holm, Author of “Pollinators of Native Plants”. Learn how to attract, observe and identify pollinator and beneficial insects with native plants. The top native plant species for different habitats will also be highlighted for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants. Heather Holm is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations. She studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph in Canada, and for the past 20 years she has worked as a horticulturist and landscape designer in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. She is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. Heather is an environmental educator and frequent presenter at conferences in the Midwest and Northeast. Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 “Invasives – Plants Gone Wild”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Invasives-Plants Gone Wild” Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension and Research will discuss invasive non-native plants that consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. Participants will learn the characteristics of the most common invasive plants in Missouri and why their management or control is important.  Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 “Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation” Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. John Dunn, a Biologist and Environmental Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency will talk about the many aspects of water quality and conservation and explore the current issues of concern. He will discuss how gardeners can be good stewards and protect our valuable water resources. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

 

2016 Presentations

Feb 18, 2016 – “Gardening with Conifers in Greater Kansas City” by Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, Powell Gardens.

April 28, 2016 – “Vegetables: Tried & True and Best of the New” by Ben Sharda, founding Director of the Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG).

June 16, 2016 – “Farm-To-Table Favorites From Kids Who Cook” a food tasting experience.

August 18, 2016 – “Annual and Perennial Weed Families and How to Send Them Packing” by Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension & Research,

October 20, 2016 – Apps for Birds and Plants” by Mary Nemecek, Missouri Master Naturalist.

 

2015 Presentations

Feb 19, 2015 – Prairie Star & Prairie Bloom Programs -What to Plant in 2015“, Dr. Alan Stevens, Director of the K-State Horticultural Research & Extension Center.

Apr 16, 2015 – Pollinators: Feel the Love, Betsy Betros, author and active citizen scientist.

June 18, 2015 – “Tours: Kauffman Memorial Garden & Native Gardens at Discovery Center”.

Aug 20, 2015 – Critter Control for Urban Gardens, Todd Meese, Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Biologist.

Oct 22, 2015 – The History & Use of Native Medicinal Plants, Dr. Kelly Kindscher, plant ecologist and professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas.

 

2014 Presentations

“The Collections of Powell Gardens” by Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, Powell Gardens.

“The Not Too Big Vegetable Garden” by Marty Ross, Garden Journalist.

“What your Backyard Tree Wants You to Know” by Chuck Conner, Missouri Department of Conservation Urban Forester.

“Gibbs Road Organic Farm Tour” at the Gibbs Road Community Farm, a certified organic vegetable production farm sitting on two acres in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Land Institute-Internationally Famous and Locally Obscureby Josh Svaty.

 

2013 Presentations

Invasive Tree Pests are Changing our Landscape” by Rob Lawrence, Missouri Department of Conservation State Entomologist.

Will Landscape for Food: What Works in an Edible Landscape that can Work for You” by Matt Bunch, Head Horticulturist at Powell Garden’s Heartland Harvest Garden. Edible Plant List Handout

Pulling Weeds: The Down Side of Gardening” by Dennis Patton, K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Agent, Johnson County, KS. MU Weed ID Guide

“The Beanstalk Garden is for Grown Ups Too!” by Ben Sharda, Executive Director, Kansas City Community Gardens.

Sustainably Designed Food Growing” by Michael Almon, Kansas Permaculture Collaborative and the Sustainability Action Network.

 

2012 Presentations

“Gardening With Nature” by Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, Powell Gardens. Alan’s Handout

Insects in the Vegetable Garden” by Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Professor of Entomology, Kansas State University. Bonide Solutions booklet recommended by Dr. Cloyd.

“Innovative Gardening Techniques at the DST Gardens” by a panel of experts from DST Systems, 360 Architecture and Vireo. 18Broadway Presentation

Missouri Climate-Historical and Current Perspectives” by Patrick Guinan, MU Extension Climatologist.

A Year in the Life at Linda Hall Library Grounds” by Scott Rieter, Groundskeeper Linda Hall Library Arboretum and Horticultural Grounds.

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