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  • Gardeners’ Gathering

    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.

     

  • Planting Asparagus

    Though it is too early to plant asparagus, it is not too early to make plans and prepare soil. This crop is a perennial and will survive for many years if given proper care. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil and is usually placed on the edge...

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  • 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...

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  • February Gardening Calendar

    OrnamentalsWeeks 1-4: Winter aconite (Eranthis sp.) and snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) are hardy bulbs for shady gardens that frequently push up through snow to bloom now.Weeks 1-4: Water evergreens if the soil is dry and unfrozen.Weeks 1-4: Inspect summer...

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  • Care of Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti

    Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are epiphytes native to the jungles of South America. Epiphytic plants grow on other plants and use them for support but not for nutrients. Though these cacti...

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  • Poinsettia Care

    Modern poinsettia varieties stay attractive for a long time if given proper care. Place your poinsettia in a sunny window or the brightest area of the room, but don't let it touch cold windowpanes. The day temperature should be 65 to 75 degrees F with...

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  • Garden Soil Preparation – It’s Not Too Late

    Autumn is an excellent time to add organic materials and till garden soils. Winter can still be a good time to take care of this chore as long as the soil isn’t frozen. It is far wiser to till now than to wait until spring when cold, wet conditions...

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  • Winterizing Roses

    Though most shrub roses are hardy in Kansas, other types of roses can be more tender. For example, the hybrid teas have certain species in their ancestry that originated in the warm climate of southern China. These roses need protection to reliably survive...

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  • Fall Colors of Trees

    Part of the allure of fall foliage is color variation. There are trees that turn red, purple, yellow, orange and brown. Specific plant pigments determine individual colors. Foliage derives its normal green color from chlorophyll, the substance that captures...

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  • Fall Armyworms on Turf

    Though we had some fall armyworms last year, the last time we had a significant outbreak on turf was August, 2000. Armyworms are so-called because they invade fields or landscapes as large groups and can cause a lawn to turn brown seemingly overnight. Young...

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  • Gardeners’ Gathering

    Thursday, October 20, 2016   "Apps for Birds and Plants"The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas city present:  "Apps for Birds and Plants" Thursday October 20, 2016, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Mary Nemecek,...

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