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MG Events

The upcoming events, presented by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, will be listed on this page. Check back often!

Thursday, April 13, 2017, Gardeners’ Gathering, “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.

Saturday, April 22, 10:00am – noon (lunch following) Earth Day at Weston Bend State Park MO-45, Weston, MO  64098
The Social Committee and Weston Bend State Park have planned a fantastic day for Master Gardeners, friends, family.  Come and celebrate Earth Day and 100 years in Missouri State Parks. Check out Spring into Action at Weston Bend State Park.
MASTER GARDENERS ONLY- We will be having lunch following the event at Weston Brewing Co. (500 Welt St, Weston, MO) in the historic downtown Weston. Lunch will be pay your own tab, however I need to make a reservation to confirm with the restaurant. Family and friends are welcome. Please RSVP on the link below! Its fast and easy! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa4a623a0f94-earth 

Friday, April 28th from 2-6 PM and Saturday, April 29th, beginning at 8 AM. Master Gardener Plant Sale
The 2017 sale will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Independence.  The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City began the Annual Plant Sale in 2010 and it has “grown” every year. If you have attended one of the sales in the past, you know that we have built a solid reputation for offering great plants at reasonable prices. If you have not attended in the past, you will want to make it a point to come this year. In either case, come early for best selection as quantities are limited.

Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30pm The 2017 Master Gardener Garden Tour.  The tour will feature 7 beautiful gardens located in southern Platte County. Tickets will be available May 8 at various sites in the Kansas City area. A listing of these sites will be available on the website at that time.

Thursday, June 15, 2017, Gardeners’ Gathering, “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm in Gladstone”
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide you through a “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm” in Gladstone, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 pm. The farm is located at 6607 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO 64119. Once home to many people from 1824-2004, this small family farm stands as a wonderful reminder that farms of the past are still present and will always have stories to share. Discover a home that began as a single-room log cabin with a half-story sleeping loft. Enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, walk the trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. Explore what’s growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Free and open to the public. No registration required. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, August 17, 2017, Gardeners’ Gathering
The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Gardening for Bees and Butterflies “presented by Heather Holm, Author of “Pollinators of Native Plants”. Learn how to attract, observe and identify pollinator and beneficial insects with native plants. The top native plant species for different habitats will also be highlighted for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants. Heather Holm is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations. She studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph in Canada, and for the past 20 years she has worked as a horticulturist and landscape designer in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. She is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. Heather is an environmental educator and frequent presenter at conferences in the Midwest and Northeast. Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Gardeners’ Gathering, “Invasives – Plants Gone Wild”

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Invasives-Plants Gone Wild” Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:30 pm at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension and Research will discuss invasive non-native plants that consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. Participants will learn the characteristics of the most common invasive plants in Missouri and why their management or control is important.  Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.


MINGLES-MASTER GARDENERS ONLY

Thursday, May 18th 2017,  Mingle
Speaker will be Todd Meese, Topic: Handling Wildlife Problems, Harvesters, 3801 Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO, 6 – 8 PM
“Please bring 2 jars peanut butter or jelly as a donation for Harvesters”

Thursday, July 20th 2017, Mingle, Harvesters, 3801 Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO, 6 – 8 PM

Thursday, September 21st, Mingle, Harvesters, 3801 Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO, 6 – 8 PM


MASTER GARDENERS ONLY

September 23rd, 2017, 30th Anniversary Celebration, Powell Gardens, more info coming soon


MASTER GARDENERS ONLY
Master Gardener Work and Discover Events Sessions 
-consist of a one hour educational program followed by a
two hour gardening session in the native plant beds of the Gorman Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO 64110.

Registration required for these free training classes. Register by:  Email discoverycenter@mdc.mo.gov with the title/date of the program you wish to attend and a phone number where you can be reached or Call 816-759- 7300 with the title/date of program you wish to attend (If you leave a message please leave a phone number where you can be reached)

Nature Printing Using Native Plants (February 4 9:30am-12:30pm) 2 MG volunteer hours
Pat Whalen, Gorman Discovery Center Education Specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Nature printing is the simple process of combining art, craft and science to create beautiful impressions of leaves, grasses and flowers. Pat Whalen will demonstrate the basics of nature printing using leaves, block ink, and zinc plates on an etching press. All participants are “guaranteed” to take home their own nature print suitable for framing! This hands-on class will be followed by a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape identifying and discovering native
Missouri trees.

Kansas City Natural Areas (March 4 9:30am-12:30pm) 2 MG volunteer hours + 1 Continuing Education Hour
Linda Lehrbaum, Program Coordinator, KC WildLands
Just as Union Station and the 18 th and Vine district are distinctive Kansas City landmarks, the area’s natural heritage sets it apart from anywhere else. Lush forests, remnant tallgrass prairies, limestone glades and savannas with 200-year- old chinquapin oaks invite you to explore the wilder side of Kansas City. This session will take you on a photographic journey to some of these treasured natural areas. Greater Prairie Chicken Restoration in Missouri (April 1 9:30am-12:30pm) 2 MG volunteer hours Aimee Coy, Private Lands Conservationist, Missouri Department of Conservation Once abundant in Missouri, the greater prairie chicken is now listed as endangered within the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation has employed a number of efforts to restore this iconic bird to Missouri’s prairies. Aimee will discuss the state of Missouri’s prairies and the reintroduction efforts of the greater prairie chicken to key prairies both north and south of Kansas City.

Native Garden Maintenance (May 6 9:30am-12:30pm) 2 MG volunteer hours + 1 Continuing Education Hour
Amanda Gehin, Gorman Discovery Center Landscape Specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation Native plants are lower maintenance than their non-native counterparts, but they do require some maintenance to look their best. Amanda will share tips on tackling the worst invasive species, timing of weeding or herbicide application to be most effective and how to choose plant partners that naturally minimize weeds.

Spring Wildflowers (May 16 5:30-8:30pm) 2 MG volunteer hours + 1 Continuing Education Hour
Amanda Gehin, Gorman Discovery Center Landscape Specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation
May is the best month for discovering wildflowers in Missouri. Amanda will discuss some of the best places to view spring wildflowers in the Kansas City area followed by a wildflower walk around the Discovery Center landscape. We’ll look at the progress to enhance the spring ephemeral wild gardens in the Discovery Center upland forest. Nature Photography (June 6 5:30-8:30pm) ) 2 MG volunteer hours Pat Whalen, Gorman Discovery Center Education Specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation. Pat Whalen’s photographs have been in calendars, books and exhibits. In this workshop Pat will share some of his favorite pictures and the stories behind them as well as basic photographic techniques.


Powell Garden 2017 Work and LearnMaster Gardeners Only
These provide one more opportunity for you to be involved with Powell Gardens Kansas City’s Botanical Garden!  Each date you will have a 20 minute quick workshop led by one of our expert staff, then put your skills to work volunteering.   Powell Staff appreciated the Master Gardeners’ help and look forward to working and learning together. Contact Kathy Hoggard for more information 816-523-5994 or 816-590-3103
 
Wear closed toe shoes, bring work glove, water bottle, sunscreen and hat if needed.
 
Please RSVP an approximate number a week prior to the set date so we can plan supplies and tools.  Thanks.  Master Gardeners are welcome to bring their own tools, just make sure they are clearly marked so they don’t get mixed up. 
 
FYI – I have resigned as Volunteer Coordinator for Powell Gardens.  A new person will be in place soon, in the meantime, Kristi Peterson can field questions.  Contact her at volunteer@powellgardens.org.
 
Wednesday, April 12 8:00 – Noon – Kansas City Master Gardeners – Island Garden & Living Wall with Willie Hofstetter
 
Wednesday, May 17 8:00 – Noon – Kansas City Master Gardeners – Fun Foods Farm & Heartland Harvest Garden with Cassie Doolittle & Mark Gawron
 
Tuesday June 13 8:00 – Noon – Kansas City Master Gardeners – Visitor Center Beds with Brent Tucker


Hotline Research Team Meetings – Master Gardeners Only
 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Jackson County Extension Office, 1600 NE Coronado Dr., Blue Springs, MO 64014.  Speaker:  Cory Creed, Horticulture Specialist  Topic:  Interpreting Soil Test Results, 
 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Jackson County Extension Office, 1600 NE Coronado Dr., Blue Springs, MO 64014
 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017,  Jackson County Extension Office, 1600 NE Coronado Dr., Blue Springs, MO 64014
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Jackson County Extension Office, 1600 NE Coronado Dr., Blue Springs, MO 64014
 

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