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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.

2018 Gardeners’ Gathering

Thursday August 23 at 6:30-8pm. “The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Japanese Gardens”
Join local gardener Bryan Boccard on a journey through the myth, history, philosophy, and aesthetics of the Japanese garden identity. Bryan will compare and contrast Japanese and western gardens and discuss Japan’s unique connection to nature through Shinto with its reverence and gratitude to the land, to nature, and to the life that these natural elements give human beings. He will address the use of negative space, seasonality, the function of gardens in Japan, and the essential components of a Japanese garden.
This year, Bryan has been cultivating beauty at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden. Prior to moving to Kansas City, he spent four years in horticulture training at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. As a ‘Great Gardens of the World Triad Fellow’, Bryan lived in Japan for four months while working at several Japanese gardens, both traditional and modern. His firsthand experience brings a unique perspective to a garden style so popular, yet not fully understood by many westerners. Maybe you will find some ideas to carry over to your own garden.  PRESENTATION HANDOUT

Thursday, October 25, 2018 “Growing to New Heights: Using Ornamental Vines”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present Growing to New Heights: Using Ornamental Vines Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Yes, vines are potential thugs with their rampant growth, suckering and self-seeding. However, their virtues can justify the extra effort to manage their behavior and create stunning “vertical elements” in your landscape. Come see the array of garden structures designed to support climbers and learn the management techniques that can turn these wayward children into model citizens. Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener Lenora Larson gardens for beauty and for wildlife on her 27 acre property, Long Lips Farm, in rural Paola. She is a proud ‘science geek’ with a degree in microbiology, a career in molecular biology and a life-long interest in botany, gardening and critters. She is a frequent contributor to Kansas City Gardener magazine.  Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call (816) 523-5526

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Native Trees for Kansas City Landscapes
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present Native Trees for Kansas City Landscapes Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Our presenter will be Chuck Connor who is a Community Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation and has over 30 years’ experience in the care of trees and forest land. If you have not seen Chuck speak, don’t miss this event. He is very informative and adds humor and liveliness to his presentations. This presentation will cover how to select, plant and establish native trees in urban landscapes. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call (816) 523-5526

 The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present ‘16 Together’, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Our speaker is Roy Diblik, a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Roy will discuss how 16 plants contributed to his development of design in plant community relationships and the importance of plants being placed and growing together in healthy living systems.  He will share how the well-being of perennial plants is determined by understanding how they develop from youth to maturity.  These associations determine the evolving dynamics of aesthetics and the type of stewardship the plantings require. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Tour of KC Water Swope Campus Green Infrastructure
Tour of KC Water’s Swope Campus Infrastructure
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Rain gardens, bioswales, native plantings, permeable pavers—are you interested in these gardening/water management elements but not sure how they work together?   Then please join the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas city for a tour of the Kansas City Water Department’s new Swope Campus at 4800 E 63rd Street. This is definitely not your father’s water department!

KC Water employees will conduct guided tours of the green infrastructure, including native plantings, pervious concrete, porous asphalt, grasscrete, permeable pavers, rain gardens and bioswales. You will learn how these elements are built and maintained to catch, infiltrate and slowly release storm-water runoff from the campus, improving water quality in the Blue River and preventing erosion in the neighboring Big Blue Battlefield historic site.  The campus includes a paved walking trail and an outdoor plaza to support healthy living and connect campus buildings. Plants by the trail vary from mowed lawn to prairie and new tree plantings that will eventually provide shade.

Even the parking lots will knock your socks off! Medians, trees, landscape plantings and intelligent traffic flow enhance parking lot safely, sustainability and beauty. Outdoor lighting uses energy efficient LED technology to reduce energy consumption and light pollution while providing high quality light. The landscaping reduces the heat island effect, reduces water runoff and makes the site beautiful.

Tours start at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required through Eventbrite,  Registration starting on May 25 and ending June 15. For more information, call 816-523-5526 or e-mail:

2017 Presentations

Thursday, October 19, 2017 “Invasives – Plants Gone Wild”
T Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension

Thursday, February 16, 2017 “Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation”
“Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation”  John Dunn, a Biologist and Environmental Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency

Thursday, April 13, 2017 “Why Prairie Matters-New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”
Why Prairie Matters –New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”,  Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm in Gladstone”

Thursday, August 17, 2017 “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies”
Heather Holm. She is the author of “Pollinators of Native Plants” and “ BEES: An identification and Native Plan Forage Guide”.


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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