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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 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, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-kc-water-swope-campus-green-infrastructure-tickets-45693101296  Registration starting on May 25 and ending June 15. For more information, call 816-523-5526 or e-mail: chronwall@umkc.edu

  • 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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  • Spring Gardening Seminar!

    Come and spend a day with us!  We are offering an all day educational event with a variety of presentations from edible flowers to everything you wanted to know about no sow gardening. $54.00 including lunch. The  keynote speaker is Jim Long, the founder...

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  • Storing Power Equipment for the Winter

    ​Late fall or early winter is a good time to service power equipment such as mowers, tillers and garden tractors. Run the equipment out of gas or treat the existing gas with a stabilizer as untreated gas can deteriorate over time. If using a stabilizer,...

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