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  • Advanced Education Workshop opportunity

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019

    Viburnum— A genus of great diversity and functionality whose sum of the seasons are greater than the parts.

    09:30-12:30 Southeast Community Center, 420l E 63 Street, KCMO 64132
    Get hooked on Viburnums: a diverse genus with four seasons of interest. Gary Ladman of “Classic Viburnums” ( will present where and how to grow Viburnums, about hybrids and cultivars, flowers, colors, wildlife food and habitat. REGISTRATION FORM

  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall

      Pruning in August can stimulate new growth that is less hardy during the winter.  But what about pruning at this time of year?  Woody plants move sugars and other materials from the leaves to storage places in the woody portions of the plant...

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  • Gardeners’ Gathering Tour June 21st

    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...

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  • Become a Master Gardener!

    Master Gardeners and Garden ‘N Grow Participants It is time to steer our friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and any other people you know who are interested in gardening to the Master Gardener Volunteer Training! We are accepting applications...

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  • Master Gardeners of Greater KC Plant Sale News!!

    Spring is here, or so the calendar says! Since the weather has been so chilly, we are getting a slow start on our dig and divide. However, that is only a part of our annual plant sale. The plants that everyone looks forward to are the showy annuals...

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  • Gardeners Gathering Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present ‘16 Together’, by Roy Diblik Perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author Roy Diblik is a recognized Perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Roy will discuss...

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  • Phenology and potential implications of climate change

    How do you know when spring has begun? Is it the flow of maple sap? The first crocuses coming up through the snow? Ice out on local lakes? The arrival of the first red-winged blackbirds? The clamor of peepers? Apple trees and/or lilacs blooming? Merriam-Webster...

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  • Hydrangea: The chameleon of plants

    From the Easter season through Mother's Day, hydrangea is one of the most sought-after flowering plants from retail florists and garden centers alike. It's huge, globe-like clusters of blooms impart a regal elegance that is uncommon among potted plants....

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  • What You Need To Know About Seed Starting Containers

      Starting seeds can be a truly rewarding practice for the home gardener, but it does require some basic know-how and the right materials. If you’re new to growing plants from seed, it’s important to understand that not all products or DIY...

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  • Use a Planting Calendar

      If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful to list seeding dates on a calendar so that plants are ready for transplanting at the proper time. To do this, choose your transplant date and count back the number of weeks necessary to...

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  • Tomato Trials

    It is that time of year where we start thinking about our summer gardens!! ​Each year we have our Master Gardeners plant and rate a number of tomato varieties.  We also give a set to Tom Fowler with the University of Missouri Extension Service. ...

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