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Gardeners’ Gathering

The purpose of the Gardeners’ Gatherings is to educate Extension 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 are free and open to the public.  Counts as two hours continuing education for Extension Master Gardeners.


2024 Presentations

Helping You Learn to Grow…

Thursday, April 18, 6 – 8 pm

Lisa Richter, MDC Naturalist, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, will present

Efficient Gardening with Native Plants and
Ideas on Permaculture Guilds/Companion Planting with Natives

Designing native landscapes to greatly reduce future maintenance needs is very attainable by
planting with a plant’s growth behavior as a key factor. Competitive species are often best
planted together, and less competitive or “friendly” species planted together in a different
space. Pollinator needs, growing conditions, aesthetics and seasonal appeal will also be
addressed. Seven categories of permaculture guilds will also be presented with specific native
plants for each category.

Please register at

Trails West Branch Kansas City Public Library
11401 East 23rd St.
Independence, Mo


Previous 2024 Presentations

February 15, 2024

“Safeguarding Greenery: Insights from a State Plant Inspector”

Mandy Tizon, a Plant protection specialist from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, gave an
engaging, entertaining, and informative talk on Garden Pests and Disease. The 42 attendees, a
mix of Extension Master Gardeners and the gardening public, learned what pests and diseases
plant inspectors are looking out for, and what to be on the lookout for in our own gardens.
The event was held at the Midcontinent Public Library, Woodneath Branch.

Here is the presentation that Mandy graciously has shared with us.

“Garden Pests and Disease”


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