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Vol. XXVI No. 1 • SPRING 2013

Tulips, Fairies & Friends

Build your own Fairy House // pg. 5

Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys

Vote for Wichita’s Best Bloody Mary // pg. 14

2013 Board of Trustees Officers Justus Fugate, President Jennie Becker, Vice-President Linda Kizzire, Treasurer

Trustees Cari Clayton Steve English DeeAnne Fahnestock Roarke R. Gordon Steve Hauck Mark Jolliffe Melissa Mangan Elton Parsons

Peter Salmeron Dana Smith Kathi Stark Linda Stewart Nancy Stubbs Len Suchy Beverly Thornton

Ex-Officio Trustees Bryan Frye, President, Board of Park Commissioners Cathy Holdeman, Assistant City Manager, City of Wichita

Julia Butterfly, Photo by Paul Packer

In this issue

1 2-4 5-6 7 8 9 10-12 13 14 15 16-17 18-19 20 21

Letter From The Director In Bloom Tulips, Fairies & Friends Fairy House Competition Lunchtime Lectures Birding at Botanica March - April May Calenders Volunteers Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys, Kelley Hunt Concert Butterfly House is Back Education Tribute List and Save the Date In The Garden Tuesdays on the Terrace

Doug Kupper, Director of Park & Recreation, City of Wichita Janet Miller, City Council, City of Wichita Mayor’s Appointee

Check us out on facebook at BotanicaWichita Cultivate is the member magazine for Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. For more information about Botanica's programs, events or Gardens, please call 316-264-0448 or visit our website at While on our website, be sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter. You can also connect with us through facebook and twitter pages linked on our website. For information on advertising to a targeted audience through Cultivate, contact Kristin Marlett at 316-264-0448 ext. 108 or Cultivate © 2013, Botanica, The Wichita Gardens Vol. XXVI. No. 1 • March - May 2013

Cover: “Apricot Parrot” by Thane Rogers



Spring into Botanica this season Botanica’s future continues to look bright with new growth. The organization’s reinvention process is focused on becoming a community garden for everyone. Creating a special place for each visitor to personally experience nature through education programs, special events, rentals or a pleasurable walk through the garden is Botanica’s objective. The great partnership between the City of Wichita and Botanica has enabled the building of a new event center during 2013. The new event center will not only generate a source of revenue but will also allow for additional community events. The building project has created an opportunity to design a new garden. The search began for something unique that will introduce exquisite gardening techniques, deep cultural details and elegant garden intensions. The Sister Cities Chinese Garden met the search requirements and is being planned in conjunction with the new event center.

It will benefit the entire Wichita community and will promote friendship between the two sister cities at a new level. Reaching out to these communities is another important step to becoming a community garden for all. It is the beauty of the gardens that attract visitors to Botanica. Start the year by visiting Botanica’s beautiful display of 52,000 tulips. Watch for new and improved “Tuesdays on the Terrace,” the return of special events such as “Tulips, Fairies and Friends,” “Blooms, Brews and Bloody Marys” and new flower displays. All of us at Botanica thank you for your continued support through memberships, donations and volunteering. It is the wonderful support from the community that helps Botanica remain a premier attraction. See you in the gardens,

The Sister Cities Chinese Garden will provide a connection to the local Chinese community and Kaifeng, China, Wichita’s sister city. We are encouraging both the local Chinese community and the leaders in Kaifeng to participate in the development of Botanica’s Chinese Garden.

“Drops of Life,” by Pam Tropp

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In Bloom Greetings from the Gardens and welcome to spring. March, April and May return spring to us like a long, lost friend. Even if it is cold outside today, you anxiously await the warm weather and the bright splashes of color that will be here soon. With our warm falls and early winters, Botanica has had a few flowers blooming in the garden 12 months a year for the last four years. Our first big display each year comes with our daffodil display. We expect over 120,000 blooms this spring, over a six to eight week period. “February Gold,” a cultivar in the parking lot, is usually the first to bloom each year at the Gardens. The plantings last fall include two new varieties to our collection. “Avalon,” which has yellow petals with a large white cup center and “Yellow River,” has yellow petals and a large yellow cup center. Both varieties were added to new areas in the garden to help usher in spring with their bold colors.


spring we had a large collection of them blooming in the Downing Children’s Garden and our visitors were particularly interested in them. The flower heads dry and hold their shape well; many of them stayed in the garden for several weeks after they bloomed while others were cut and dried for indoor arrangements. Tulips are the queen of the spring show. We planted 54,000 last fall to usher in spring in a big way. Our display will include 92 varieties, 25 of which we have never had before. A few of the new cultivars are “Fire Wings,” a lily type with a yellow flower with a red base and edges; “Gold Dust,” a double fringed type with a red flower edged orange and “Victoria’s Secret,” a parrot type with a dark purple flower. In theme with the Downing Children’s Garden we found “Teletubby,” a triumph variety with orange and pink flowers. Our tulip display should be a spectacular show of color and offers diversity in shapes. Thanks to Fidelity Bank and Vera Leuning Challis for their contributions to this year’s display.

“Our display will include 92 varieties, 25 of which we have never had before.”

Minor bulbs are spring bulbs that usually have smaller flowers that bloom early in the spring. Botanica has over 10,000 bulbs made up of many genus and species. Some of which are crocus, miniature iris, anemones, fritillaria, hyacinths and many more. The genus that received the most attention last year was our wide selection of alliums. One in particular was our shubertii spider flower. One catalog descried its flower as “volleyball to beach ball sized, loose spidery rose/purple flower filled with star shaped florets—each on stalks unequal in length.” It looks a bit like a bizarre space ship with many antennae. We have had a few of these for years but last

Coleus “Chocolate Covered Cherry”

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There are many trees and shrubs that bloom in spring and serve as a backdrop to our bulb displays. Two traditional varieties for Botanica are redbuds and crabapples. Redbuds have always signaled spring’s arrival. Redbuds are tough, drought tolerant trees that seem to be everywhere in Kansas. Botanica has 10 different redbuds. The two with the most unique flowers are “Appalachian Red,” a red color in bloom

Coleus “Pistachio Nightmare”

Coleus “Peter’s Wonder”

Canna ‘Pretoria’ with its tall brilliant orange flowers and striking yellow and green striped foliage will return to the garden display this year. and “Don Egolf,” a shrub variety with so many flowers every stem is covered when it blooms. While “Forest Pansy” and “Burgundy Heart” each offer dark purple foliage most of the season, “Heart of Gold” carries a golden foliage as it leafs out. We also have a weeping variety called “Lavender Twist” to help give year round interest to the Redbud group. Visit the garden this spring and pick out your favorite redbud. Crabapples are the other mainstay of spring-blooming trees. Botanica has 21 varieties that flower in shades of whites, pinks and reds. We have two weeping varieties: “Red Jade” and “Louisa.” We also have narrow, upright varieties such as “Red Baron.” Crabapples come in multiple shapes and sizes to fit every landscape.

flowers and green leaves and “Pacific Beauty” with

A weeping variety of redbud called Lavender Twist is located in the Downing Children’s Garden.

orange peel flowers and bronze foliage. We will still have “Pretoria” with its tall brilliant orange flowers and its striking yellow with green striped foliage.

Perennials can also add to your spring floral show with cultivars of hellebores, columbine, bleeding hearts, dianthus, poppies and peonies to round off the spring show. Botanica will also be a host site for the Midwest Regional Iris Show this May with a display garden of the newest irises from the hybridizers. This bed is north of the Downing Children’s Garden meadow in the elevated stone wall. These irises have been here for two seasons, thus being established clumps to produce multiple flowers. This display gives our visitors a viewing of the newest irises, many of which are still not on the market.

Botanica has been fortunate to be an All American Selection display garden now for 25 years. Annuals are grown in test gardens across the country and the best of the best are selected each year to be All American Selections. Display gardens like ours are sent seed each year to grow and display to the public. This year we received the seeds for the winners of the last five years. 2013 winners are canna “South Pacific Scarlet,” which has scarlet flowers over green foliage with a height of four to five feet. It is the first F1 seed Canna which is more vigorous and sturdy than other seed-propagated cannas, with non-stop flowering all season long.

Annuals have helped Botanica carve our niche in the garden world. They allow us to offer large displays of color throughout the growing seasons. Annuals come in nearly every shade of bloom color, with multiple varieties having foliage color as well. We achieve heights of 12 to 15 feet over one season down to one-inch ground covers and vines, thus allowing us to divide our spaces and create a wow effect around every corner. This year we will have several new coleus plants with outrageous color mixes and names such as, “Chocolate Covered Cherry,” “Pistachio Nightmare” and “Peter’s Wonder,” all new cultivars to the garden this season. We will also have new canna varieties like “Robert Kemp” with red

Another All American Selection is the echinacea “Cheyenne Spirit,” which has flowers in shades of purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, cream and white over green foliage with a height of 24-32 inches. It has a vivid color range in a first year flowering perennial from seed. The three 2012 varieties were the ornamental pepper “Black Olive”; salvia “Summer Jewel”; and the vinca “Jams N Jellies Blackberry.” All three did very well at Botanica last summer. “Jams N Jellies Blackberry” will be joined in our garden this year with “Jams N Jellies American Pie” which is a combination of blackberry, red and white which should make the color pop out at you from the bed. This is a small

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sample of annuals you will find at Botanica this year both in our beds and our approximately 100 containers throughout the garden. Come see what is new! Our 12,000 pansies planted last September are still blooming. They not only give us winter flowers, they play an important role in filling the color reduction between our spring bulb display and our summer annual establishment. Also visit our pansy house and enjoy the beautiful flowers and the great fragrance in the netted structure. Mid-May we have to remove the pansies to switch over to the butterfly plants for the summer so visit the pansy house soon. This spring the Kansas Pond Society will again spend Saturday morning April 6 dividing Botanica’s water lily collection. This is a huge undertaking and the garden crew greatly appreciates the help. It is a huge, messy,

Tulip “Victoria’s Secret”

New Tulip Varieties • • • • • • •

Britt Brown Sugar Cape Town Fiery Club Fire Wings Fringed Rhapsody Gold Dust

Mother’s Day May 12 1-5 p.m.

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heavy project that the club has done for years. They use it as a demonstration on how to divide, repot and replace the lilies in the pond. Their club members and the public are invited to attend and observe or even help if they like. Botanica reaps the benefit of getting our entire collection done in one morning and they are a great group to work with. We thank the Kansas Pond Society for their many years of great service to Botanica’s pond. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Botanica’s garden staff and volunteers who will help clean the gardens, plant all the new plantings and continue with weeding, deadheading and making Botanica look great. While I bring this article to a close I invite each of our readers to bring a friend and visit the gardens weekly. You will see the changes and beauty that spring has to offer at Botanica. Thank you.

Tulip “Teletubby”

Tulip “Fire Wings”

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Hotpants Innuendo Jackpot Laura Fygi Max Durand Miami Sunset Moulin Rouge Night Club Orange Angelique

Orange Princess Pink Present Princess Unique Rialto Stunning Star Teletubby Toronto Double Tropical Dream Victoria’s Secret

May is a beautiful time to view the gardens, with spring perennials in bloom including irises, poppies and peonies. What a better way to honor that special lady in your life than a walk through the gardens. On Sunday, May 12 Botanica will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and all Moms get in free. Members are also free. Guests can enjoy tranquil garden music by local artists, participate in a drawing for fun mother’s day gifts and annuals will be available for purchase in the lobby. The Wichita Area Iris Club, the Rose Society and the Prairie Winds Daylily Club will have flower shows in the terrace room until 4 p.m. For the mom who has everything, give the gift that gives back all year with a membership to Botanica. Buy your membership by April 30 and save $5. Call Kathy Osler at 316-264-0448 ext. 107 for details.

Tulips, Fairies & Friends was one of the many 25th anniversary events Botanica has brought back in 2013. This year marks the beginning of the Fairy House Competition and incorporating more ecological programs . A host of new performers, activities and crafts are happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m every Saturday from March 23-April 13. Download your Fairy House Competition form at, fill it out on pg. 7 or pick up a copy at Botanica.

March 23 • • • • •

Kick-off to the Fairy House Competition Various Crafts in Terrace Room for $1 fee: Build your own fairy house, make your own wand, pixie dust) Fairy Storytelling in the Downing Children’s Garden Tulip Scavenger Hunt Appearance by the Tooth Fairy from Small Smiles Dentistry 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

March 30 • • •

Fairy-inspired Egg Hunt throughout the garden Easter Bunny on site for photo opportunties in the Downing Children’s Garden MGM Fairy Dancers teaching and performing fairy dances in Downing Children’s Garden

April 6 • • •

Performances by Wichita Children’s Theater on the Terrace Patio at 11 a.m. Performances by Magic Mama at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Downing Children’s Garden Recycling crafts in the Downing Children’s Garden and presentation by Beth McDonald from PRoKansas Miller Recycling Center. Tulip Scavenger Hunt

April 13 • • • • •

Performances by Wendy the Singing Scientist and Flumpa the Tree Frog 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Fairy House Competition winner announced, 3 p.m. Recycling crafts in the Downing Children’s Garden Paint the Towne in the Downing Children’s Garden Tulip Scavenger Hunt

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Sponsored by:


otanica’s Tulips, Fairies and Friends event is featuring a variety of performances; everything from dance, music, theater and the arts.

The Tooth Fairy from Small Smiles Dentistry will kick off the festival performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 23, followed by the MGM Fairy Dancers on March 30. Magic Mama, performing at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on April 6, is a nationally touring Eco-Edu-tainer who performs Organic Hip Hop and World Beats. Through her music, Magic Mama delivers an empowering and hope-filled message of love and respect for all and inspires creative thinking and Earth-friendly actions. Performances are lively and interactive; audience participation is invited throughout each set. The Wichita Children’s Theater will also be back on April 6 for an 11 a.m. performance. Flumpa and Friends is performing April 13. This nationally acclaimed, multi-award winning family entertainment duo stars Flumpa, the blue eyed, red footed, adventurous tree frog and Wendy Whitten, “The Singing Scientist.’” These interactive musical science stage shows are charged with energy blending various musical styles and isolated and full body movement to incorporate basic science concepts in an educationally accurate and musical show for the entire family.

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Fairy House Competition Sponsored by:

A fairy house, or gnome home, is a small structure built in the woods, usually found at the base of a tree or in lower branches alongside a mossy tree stump, or driftwood on a beach. Building materials include natural things found in the woods.

Construction Requirements: •

Must be made of only elements found in nature (Examples: Twigs, bark, grass, pinecones, etc.)

Dimensions must be no bigger than 3’x 2’

All houses must be mounted on a flat base that is NOT required to be natural material.

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 12

Enter to Win Participants must bring their completed fairy homes and

registration form to Botanica March 23 – April 12. All fairy homes will be placed on display in the Downing Children’s Garden until the end of the four-week Tulips, Fairies & Friends event. • •

1st Place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Johnson’s Garden Centers for fairy garden supplies and a 1-year membership to Botanica. 2nd Place winner will receive (1) Family pass to Botanica’s BOOtanica fall festival

Winners will be announced on April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Downing Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Fairy homes must be picked up by 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. For questions on competition rules email or call Gabby Brandt at 264-0448 ext. 110.

----------------------------------------------------REGISTRATION FORM-------------------------------------------------Name: _________________________________________________________ Age: 0-5 years

6-12 years

13+ years

Address: ________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________________

State: _________ Zip code: _______________________

Phone Number: ____________________________________

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Every Wednesday • 12:15 to 1 p.m. Lectures are included with membership or admission Vertical Gardening March 6 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Learn how to construct and select plants for a vertical garden space. Master Gardener Susan Holewa will share tips to make a fun gardening experience.

A Kansas Cutting Garden March 13 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Growing flowers for a cutting garden is Mary Buffo’s specialty. Mary, with the Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market, will show example arrangements and talk about how to select, grow and harvest plants for a cutting garden.

Evergreens for Shade March 20 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Enhance your shady yard with more evergreens. Learn about the variety of these plants with Master Gardener and landscaper Kathy Bagwell.

A History of Orphan Trains March 27 • 12:15-1 p.m.

From 1850-1900, many homeless children lived in the streets of New York or in orphanages. Listen to Botanica volunteer Mardella Freund as she tells the history of Orphan Trains and details the story of her mother’s journey from St. Vincent Orphanage in New York to Kansas.

New Plant Selections April 3 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Planting time is upon us. Dan Parcel with Kaw Valley Greenhouses will share some of its exciting new selections.

Container Gardens and New Plants for 2013 April 10 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Ron Marcum of Dutch’s Greenhouse will show you how to use a variety of plants, including new plants for 2013, to create the perfect container.


Fragrant Roses April 24 • 12:15-1 p.m.

The beauty of a rose and its sweet fragrance can brighten up your day. Diana Jones from the Wichita Rose Society will introduce us to some new and traditional varieties of fragrant roses.

Growing Herbs for a Cooking Garden May 1 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Kay Neff of Neff Family Farms will give information on growing herbs for your own cooking garden. As always, Kay will have free samples and recipes.

Basic Beekeeping May 8 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Where have all the bees gone? Beekeeping could be your new hobby. Local beekeeper Richard Abel will share his knowledge and experience of this interesting hobby.

Hostas for Color May 15 • 12:15-1 p.m.

A yard with extensive shady areas needn’t be a yard lacking color. Check out some of the beautiful foliage that hostas can add to your yard. Karl Miller of the Wichita Hosta Society will present this lecture and the society will have plants available to purchase.

Learning to Garden in Kansas May 22 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Author and Organic Garden Club member Melvin Epp’s great-grandfather took the challenge of gardening in Kansas the 1880’s and replicated his beloved West Prussian garden on the windy prairies of Butler County. The details of his journey and other interesting facts are included in Melvin’s new book, “The Petals of a Kansas Sunflower.” Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Dinosaurs Unearthed May 29 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Coming to Exploration Place this summer is the fascinating exhibit about these ancient and extinct creatures. Traci Kallhoff, education manager at Exploration Place will give us a preview of this new exhibit.

April 17 • 12:15-1 p.m.

Learning about recycling and taking time to actually do it can go a long way to reducing what we contribute to landfills. Beth McDonald, Education Director from PRoKansas Miller Recycling Center will talk on the history of the center and items they recycle.

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Lunchtime Lectures sponsored by:

Birding at Botanica 9 a.m.

19 March 16 April 21 May free with admission or membership

Art at Botanica Ausherman, March: Kayann mixed media

April: Kansas Art Guild May:

Beverly Strouse Photography Lobby Art Sponsored by:

Wichita River Festival June 1-8 $2 off regular admission with festival button! March • April • May 2013

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31 •Easter


Day! •Orchid Society Meeting, 1 p.m.

Meeting, 6:30 p.m. •Herb Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

19•Hosta Society

Meeting, 9 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: Evergreens for Shade, 12:15 p.m.

20 •Garden Guide

Dinner, 5:30 p.m.

21 •Volunteer Kick-Off

9 a.m.

Meeting, 7 p.m.

Meeting, 6 p.m.


The History of Orphan Trains, 12:15 p.m. •Botanica Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.


•Home Grown Education: Towering Trees, 1 p.m. (reservations required) •African Violet Club Meeting, 1 p.m.




13 •Friends of Botanica 14 •Birding at Botanica, 15 Meeting, 9 a.m. •Volunteer Coffee, 10 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: A Kansas Cutting Garden, 12:15 p.m.



•Home Grown Education: Towering Trees, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required)

25•Prairie Winds Daylily 26•Organic Garden Club 27 •Lunchtime Lecture: 28

7 p.m.

If I were a Tree, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required) •Rose Society Mtg., 7 p.m. •Bonsai Club Mtg., 7 p.m.

12•Garden Sprouts:

Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. •Daylily Meeting, 7 p.m.

11 •Suburban Garden

Vertical Gardening, 12:15 p.m. •Garden Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


5 •Weed & Feed, 8 a.m. 6 •Lunchtime Lecture:



17 •Happy St. Patrick’s 18•Iris Club Meeting,

•African Violet Club Sale, 1 p.m. •Junior Gardeners, 2 p.m.



• Emprise Bank Lobby Gallery: Kayann Ausherman, mixed media • Sweet Basil will serve lunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for $7


March 2013

Friends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

30 •Tulips, Fairies &

Friends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

23 •Tulips, Fairies &





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Meeting, 7 p.m.

Planting Day, 8 a.m.

30 •Summer Annual

Planting Day, 8 a.m. •Organic Garden Club Meeting, 6 p.m.

22•Prairie Winds Daylily 23 •Summer Annual

Meeting, 1 p.m.

21 •Orchid Society


Fragrant Roses, 12:15 p.m. Planting Day, 8 a.m. •Botanica Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Planting Day, 8 a.m.

18 •Summer Annual


•Home Grown Education: Ecosystem Explorers - The Pond, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required)


24•Lunchtime Lecture: 25 •Summer Annual


10 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: Container Gardens and New Plants for 2013, 12:15 p.m.

10 •Volunteer Coffee,

•Garden Guide Planting Day, 8 a.m. Meeting, 9 a.m. •Birding at Botanica, 9 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: Recycling, 12:15 p.m. •Hosta Society & Herb Society, 6:30 p.m.

16 •Summer Annual

7 p.m.

15•Iris Club Meeting,



•Garden Sprouts: Planting a Rainbow, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required) •Rose Society Mtg., 7 p.m. •Bonsai Club Mtg., 7 p.m.

New Plant Selections, 12:15 p.m. •Garden Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


2 •Weed & Feed, 8 a.m. 3 •Lunchtime Lecture:


•Junior Gardeners, 2 p.m.


•Suburban Garden Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. •Daylily Meeting, 7 p.m.





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Brownie Program: Spring has Sprung, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required)

20 •Girls Scouts

Friends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

13 •Tulips, Fairies &

•Tulips, Fairies & Friends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


• Emprise Bank Lobby Gallery: Kansas Art Guild • Truffles Catering will serve lunch from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for $7

(Brownie and Junior) Program: Urban Overnighter Campout, 5:30 p.m. (reservations required)

26•Girls Scouts



•African Violet Club Meeting, 1 p.m.

•Home Grown Education: Ecosystem Explorers - The Pond, 1 p.m. (reservations required)


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26 •Iris Show

•Orchid Society Meeting, 1 p.m.

Opening! 9 a.m. •Prairie Winds Daylily Mtg, 7 p.m.

Meeting, 6 p.m.

Dinosaurs Unearthed, 12:15 p.m.

28•Organic Garden Club 29•Lunchtime Lecture: 30

Concert, doors open at 6:30 p.m. concert at 7:30 p.m.


27•Butterfly House

Learning to Garden in Kansas, 12:15 p.m. •Botanica Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Meeting, 9 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: Hostas for Color, 12:15 p.m.

15 •Garden Guide


21•Birding at Botanica, 22•Lunchtime Lecture: 23 •Kelley Hunt 9 a.m. Hosta Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m. •Herb Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Snails and Shells, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required) •Rose Society Mtg., 7 p.m. •Bonsai Club Mtg., 7 p.m.


•Summer Annual Planting Day, 8 a.m. •Home Grown Education: Root Eye View: Kansas Crops, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (reservations required)



Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. •Daylily Meeting, 7 p.m.

14•Garden Sprouts:

in free, everyone else $5. •Prairie Winds Daylily Sale, Rose Society and Wichita Area Iris Club Show, 1 p.m. •Junior Gardeners, 2 p.m.

12 •Mother’s Day, moms 13 •Suburban Garden

Meeting, 9 a.m. •Volunteer Coffee, 10 a.m. •Lunchtime Lecture: Basic Beekeeping, 12:15 p.m.

•Lunchtime Lecture: Growing Herbs for a Cooking Garden, 12:15 p.m. •Garden Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


7 •Weed & Feed, 8 a.m. 8 •Friends of Botanica


5 •Iris Club Show, 9 a.m. 6

• Emprise Bank Lobby Gallery: Beverly Strouse Photography • Syl’s will serve lunch from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for $7


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Campout, 5:30 p.m., (reservations required)

Program: Juniors Flower Badge Workshop, 10 a.m. (reservations required)


17 •Moonlight Meadow 18

Meeting, 1 p.m.


•Girl Scouts Program: Daisy Clover Petal Badge Workshop, 10 a.m. (reservations required) •Iris Club Show, 9 a.m.


10 •African Violet Club 11 •Girl Scouts

•Home Grown Education: Root Eye View: Discover Kansas Crops, 1 p.m. (reservations required) •Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys, 6:30 p.m.



Call Jodi McArthur

at 316.264.0448 ext. 103 or visit to sign up or for more information!

Upcoming Opportunities Volunteer Coffees

These fun gatherings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Light refreshments are provided by The Regent Retirement Living and The Spice Merchant.

Volunteer Opportunities Garden Guide Meetings If you love sharing nature with others, please consider becoming a garden guide. Learn more about this opportunity at monthly meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Volunteer Kick-Off Dinner There is no better way to start off the season than with a party. Whether you are a veteran volunteer or just starting, please join us for this fun evening. Meet new people and learn about the activities and plans scheduled for this year. Main dish will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and RSVP by Friday, March 15.

Tulips, Fairies & Friends Boys and girls alike will love the spring activities we have planned on these special Saturdays. Your help is needed to assist in facilitating the fun. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Butterfly House Opening/Memorial Day

Volunteer Coffee

Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 10 a.m.

Garden Guide Meetings

Wednesday, March 20, 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 9 a.m..

Coffee and other fine gifts also provided by The Spice Merchant

Weed & Feeds: 1st Tuesday of each month Tuesday, March 5, 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 2, 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 7, 8 a.m. to noon Lunch provided by Friends of Botanica

Summer Annual Planting Days

April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & May 2: 8 a.m. to Noon Lunch provided by Friends of Botanica

Special Events:

Volunteer Kick-off Dinner: Thursday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Tulips, Fairies & Friends Saturdays: March 23, 30 & April 6, 13 Memorial Day/Butterfly House Opening Monday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Warmer weather welcomes the return of butterflies. Help celebrate Memorial Day and the re-opening of our Butterfly House by assisting with the various crafts and activities we will offer guests. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Above: Volunteer Jazz Warner works at the Illuminations Preview Party in November. Jazz has been volunteering at Botanica for three years and will be moving to St. Louis in March for her husaband’s job. She is looking foward to volunteering her time at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Thanks Jazz for everything you’ve done! You’ve been a joy to work with. Left: Volunteers are the backbone of the Family Fun Fair. Photo by Janie Lang

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Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys May 3, 2013

6:30 p.m. $40 Stop and smell the flowers, satisfy your tastebuds with samples from local breweries and vote for Wichita’s Best Bloody Mary!

Beer provided by: River City Brewery & Wichita Brewing Company Music by: Spirit of the Stairs Food provided by: The Flying Stove Bloody Mary Competitors: More than a half-dozen bars competiting for Wichita’s Best Bloody Mary

Sponsored by:

Reservations by 4/29 at or by calling 264-0448

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Memorial Day Butterfly House Opens

May 27!

Back by popular demand, the Bugs & Balloons performers Allynn Gooen and Annie Hickman will dazzle and delight crowds at Botanica’s Butterfly House Opening on May 27. With Annie’s stunning costumes and Allyn’s quick wit they are sure to be a hit again. •

Bugs & Balloons performances on the Terrace Patio 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Butterfly & Caterpillar crafts in the Meadow

Butterfly Education

Tattoos, Sidewalk Chalk

Funnel Cakes and more from Pat’s Concessions

sponsored by:

Tom & Jill Docking

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Education Home Grown Education

Garden Sprouts

Bring your budding botanists to Botanica for an incredible learning experience! Topics will be related to plant and animal life in the garden. Each class will include: instructional teaching, hands-on learning projects, and (weather permitting) activities in the gardens. Lessons are designed for early elementary (K-5th) and follow curriculum guidelines.

Come to the garden with your preschool aged child (3-5) for an opportunity to explore nature together. Each month we focus on a theme from the garden using children’s literature, games, eco-art and a scrumptious snack.

Classes are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays at 1 p.m. only

Tuesday, March 12: If I were a Tree

Cost: $7, $21 cap per family $5 for Botanica members; $15 cap per family Class limit 15 per session

Classes are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $9, $6 for Botanica members

Imagine what kind of tree you might be!

Tuesday, April 9: Planting a Rainbow Seeking color in the gardens

Tuesday, May 14: Snails and Shells Thursday, March 7th & 8th: Towering Trees Explore their impact on our environment

Thursday, April 4th & 5th: Ecosystem Explorers The Pond

Thursday, May 2nd & 3rd: Root Eye View Discover Kansas crops

Junior Gardener

Finding shapes in nature

Programs are limited to 15 children per session and pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Registration and payment must be made by 5 p.m. the Friday before the class. Fees are $9/$6 members. One adult is included with each child. Children under 6 must accompany an adult. Additional non-member adults must pay regular admission. Refunds will be made for cancellations made 24 hours before the class. We are not able to issue refunds after that deadline.


Classes are every 2nd Sunday from 2-4 p.m. April-October Gardeners grades 3rd-5th will meet in the Downing Children’s Garden where they will tend their own raised garden bed through the seasons. Each session involves hands on projects that teach the basics of gardening. $49, $35 Botanica members Class size is limited to 15 gardeners therefore requires all classes be paid in advance. There will be no refund for missed classes. All Junior Gardeners will receive a Children’s Garden T-shirt. Extension activity book for further studies is available for order upon request.

Reservation Contact For reservations, please contact Karla Jahn at (316) 264-0448 ext. 115.

Planting seeds Growing Minds EDUCATION FUNDING PROVIDED BY:

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Young Women as Leaders: Girl Scout Classes

For reservations, please contact Karla Jahn at (316) 264-0448 ext. 115

Botanica invites Girl Scouts of all levels to visit our garden to learn about plants, garden creatures and environmental stewardship. Programs help Scouts earn badges.

Saturday, April 20: Spring has Sprung, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Brownies and Daisies will take a trip through the seasons by exploring the presence of wind, water, and the sun. You will assemble your own backyard weather observation kit.

Friday, April 26: Urban Overnighter Campout in the Downing Children’s Garden Brownies and Juniors come to the gardens after hours for a thrilling night of outdoor exploration. Set up at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served. Pancake creations begin at 7 a.m. Pack up and head out at 9 a.m.. Special thanks to Friends of Botanica for their contribution.

Saturday, May 4: Daisy Clover Petal Badge Workshop, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11: Juniors Flower Badge Workshop, 10 a.m. To register for any of these classes, please visit and select the class title. For program questions, please contact Kate Sheppard at (316) 264-0448 ext. 113.

Moonlight Meadow Campout:

Last year’s Moonlight Meadow Campout was remarkable. Be sure to reserve your space early as space is limited. Photo by Janie Lang

Friday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. to Saturday, May 18, 7 a.m. Children ages 3-12: $10, $8 for Botanica members Adults: $15, $13 for Botanica members Back by popular demand! Join the Education staff from dusk till dawn to explore the gardens like never before. Pack your tent and sleeping bags for a night under the stars. Enjoy a series of night hikes to explore nocturnal plants and creatures. Devour mouthwatering S’mores while being entertained around the campfire by Orin Friesen of the Prairie Rose Rangers. Dinner and breakfast are provided. Special thanks to Friends of Botanica for their contribution.

Enhance your experience with an eco-explorer bag filled with items to make your nature discoveries even more exciting! Check out an eco-explorer bag next time you’re at Botanica. (details at front desk) March • April • May 2013

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Additional memorials for: Tom Allen Jim & Shari Hand

TRIBUTES In Memory Nick Caro Paul Attwater, II Paul Attwater, III Coleman Materials, LLC John Coultis Associates, Inc. David & Sarah Jervis Mechanical Systems, Inc. Jay Samra Charlie & Brenda Traffas Carl Cole Linda McFarland Hazel Moore Dr. Ray Cook Duane & Dixie Petersen Reba (Sally) Cothron Craig & Carolyn Carter Thomas & Diane Overby Thomas & Dorothy Overby Daniel & Stacey Pogue Dan & Dorothy Pogue Shirley Schaplowsky Jean Garvey Nick Tipton Dick Weidenbach Rebecca Hunzicker Tom & Christie Triplett Nellie (Meyer) Redenbaugh Dick Weidenbach Betty Patterson Lawrence & Virginia Alley Hugh & Gwenda Biggs David Black John & Terri Ford Gary & Lois Galyardt Colleen Hamlett Fred & Doris Harvey Charles & Sharon Ingrim Eldon & Ester Kater Guy Kawamura Dannis & Vera Krueger Patricia McClellan Alvin & Phyllis McGuire Linda Money Eugene & Jacqueline Neigenfind

Donations received Nov. 2012- Jan. 2013 Greg & Andrea Parson Jimmie & Greta Parson Dale & Rosemary Reynolds Marvin & Vivian Rink Myron & Doris Schwartz Everett & Mary Scovel William & Joyce Shook Nancy Stubbs Carolyn Tarr Lisa Taylor William & Margaret Waller Marj Ward Charles Sill Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Borger David & Maureen Henning Alan Orr Darrell & Betty Terbush Dave & Jane Anne Tiemeyer Eldon & Karen Ward Bill & Rose Wasinger Wichita A’s Model A Ford Club Shirley Smith Dick Weidenbach Emelia Spade Anonymous Gail & Marietta Brabec Robert Bridges Brenda Crouse Francis Depenbusch Marium Dick Jack & Leona Gladfelter Kala Musick Julius & Charlene Powell Joan Proctor Curtis & Diana Rakestraw Greg Schafer JC Schnittker Gina Spade Ken & Mary Spade Douglas & Sheryl Wohlford Dana Stahr Paul Attwater III Enas Walker Dick Weidenbach

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Rita Chaffin Laresta Dunfield Caroline Hamma Shiloh Fetters Beth Biar-Stearns Butler County 911 Employees City of Andover Carrie Davis DJ & Jennifer Erion Daniel & Ruth Fechter Delbert & Gwen Fetters Rick & Kathy Guy William Ignowski Intrust Bank, NA Floris & Vickie Leatherman Roberta McGrew Nova Magnetics, Inc

Douglas & Lisa Baughman Diane Baughman-Chambers Bill Chambers Ella Zuercher Ethan Zuercher Almeda Lappin Jerry Maloney Susan Vickers Brad Bishop Karl & Mary Lee Berg Helen Stevens Southwest National BankOfficers & Employees Belle Todd Mark Todd Mary Joyce Flynn Larry & Kay Strange

Chuck Hartwell Allan & Carolyn Hartman

Barkley Grace Rishel

Vern Heinsohn Roland & Kate Bainbridge Helen Cole Kenneth Dingwall Insurance, Inc Joe & Sandee Francel Allan & Carolyn Hartman Max & Jacque Herzet Steve & Jan Randle Buzz & Ruth Steinke Pam Stoner Darrell & Betty Terbush Curtis & Marjorie Terflinger

Al & Florence Litzerman Jerry Litzerman

Marjorie Roehr Raymond Morrissette Elaine Tischhauser Aleta Gile Dennis & Brenda (Laflin) Gile Alexander & Mary Lou Padilla

Engraved Bricks & Pavers Ralph & Murlee Pyles Ray Pyles Ann Flores John Pyles Colleen Stagner Matthew Stagner Marray Stagner Jane Sumer

Sid & Winnie Neufeld Ieenee Yoon Marilyn Yoon Curtright Family Bob Curtright Gregory & Mary Zeorlin Judy Zimmerman Dan & Judy Zimmerman Sabian & Layla Witcher Rose Litsey Mary Werner Wendy Werner Sherry Moore Charles & Sandy Richardson Bill Conner Larry & Suzie Peak Lavaun Anderson Ann Mawhirter Jazz Warner SFHJ

Bill Singleton Nellie Moan Bethel Mary Singleton Don McArthur Nancy, Linda, Ilsa, Sandy, Dana, Susan, Marj & Nancy Betty Patterson Linda Alley

Supporting Memberships Seed: Scott & Kathy Bagwell Julie Doll Jim & Diane Felt Jeananne Hampel Richard Kerschen Mike Klaassen Richard & Jackie Longberg Bill & Jana McCabe Janet Miller & Nile Dillmore Barry & Jane Murphy Jack & Dayle Pulley John & Monica Schlegel Willard & Barbara Thompson Jeff & Rhonda Turner

Sprout: Warren Grube Club: Wichita Organic Garden Club Wichita Rose Society

Recent Gifts: Bank of the West Don & Lora Barry Nile Dillmore & Janet Miller Stephen English Justus Fugate Jeannette Fuller Bud & Toni Gates Jim & Shari Hand Steve & Teresa Hauck Mr. & Mrs. Joe Nold Richard & Lori Rumsey Spots Party Bus, LLC Westar Energy Wichita Daffodil Society Phil Worden

In Kind: Clear Channel Media Connoisseur Media

“Backlit Tulips,” by Neil Marcus, 2012 Best Spring

“Ladies in Red,” by Kenneth Fluke, 2012 Honorable Mention

Entercom Radio Fat Jewish Girl Catering KAKE Kale Hamel Justus Fugate Davis Moore Spice Merchant Tallgrass Film Festival Wichita Art Museum

Downing Children’s Garden: Fidelity Bank Foundation

Annual Appeal: Dr. & Mrs. Richard Ahlstrand Terri & Marty Dondlinger, Jr. John & Roberta Frye IM Khicha Family Charitable Trust Hazel Moore Robert & Ann O’Bleness Susan Vickers Annual Appeal in Memory of: Janis Tener Don Tener

Save The Date June 21: Alfresco Gala, tickets are $100 per person, $75 for Botanica members. For reservations, go online to or call Kathy Osler at (316) 264-0448 ext. 107.

June 22: Eco-Awareness Day in the Downing Children’s Garden with Pro Kansas Miller Recycling Center. July 20 & 21: Family Arts & Music Festival, details online at Aug. 1: Volunteer Picnic, RSVP requested.

Brick & Paver Order

Custom Bricks and Pavers are a great way to honor a loved one. Bricks and Pavers are available in specific gardens and orders are made four times a year. The deadlines are March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31. For questions or to place an order please contact Kathy Osler at or (316) 264-0448. The form can also be downloaded at • Engraved brick on the Button Fountain Tribute Pathway ($100) • Engraved brick on the Downing Children's Garden Rainbow Trail ($250) • One 12"x12" paver in the Downing Children's Garden ($500) • Four 12"x12" pavers in the Downing Children's Garden ($1,750 for four)

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In The Gardens

at Botanica

Above from left to right: Piper Leigh and guitarist Jim perform for the Illuminations Preview Party on Nov. 15. Children surround Santa Claus as he reads The Night Before Christmas at Spaghetti with Santa on Dec. 12. A child participates in one of the many crafts offered at Family Fun Fair on Feb. 2. Family Fun Fair had more than 800 visitors. Mrs. Wichita, Airin Rhinehart, visited Illuminations on Dec. 29. Children run towards the entrance of the Downing Children’s Garden during Illuminations. Illuminations had record attendance with more than 40,000 visitors from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30. Photos by Janie Lang and Erick Riedell.

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ast year was a record breaking year for Tuesdays on the Terrace. Great bands and more advertising brought in bigger crowds than ever before.

offer you a variety of food to chose from at the same $7 price.


The Mudbugs ended the season to sell-out crowds and will again kick off the year on May 28 with Hyachinths and Hurricanes. We want a repeat of last years strong attendance and wonderful enthuasiam, but we can’t do it without the help of our members.

We’re still booking the caterers, but so far we have confirmed The Flying Stove for the last Tuesday of the month. A restaurant on wheels, the Flying Stove will offer an ever-changing menu of gourmet sandwiches, tacos and other gourmet food.

As we all know, costs are going up all around us. In order to sustain the quality of Tuesdays on the Terrace without losing money as we did last year, we’re asking our members to help out.

Tuesdays on the Terrace has been a Botanica tradition for many years and our hope is to continue it for generations to come. Thanks for your support and we’re looking forward to our kick-off celebration on May 28!

This year, members will be asked to pay a $3 cover charge for admission to Tuesdays of the Terrace. Passes are also available for $40 for an Individual Pass and $70 for an Individual Plus-One Pass. The pass is a great idea for those who attend all 18 Tuesdays, offering a $14 savings for individuals and a $38 savings if you buy as a couple. The passes are also interchangable, so anyone can use the pass. In return, we’re working on getting bigger and better bands and expanding our advertising base. We are again partnering with Entercom radio and advertising on 105.3 the Buzz. We are also partnering with KMUW and specifically with the radio show Strange Currency, hosted by Jedd Beaudoin. Strange Currency spotlights local and regional acts, and our hope is to bring the two audiences together to promote local music in Wichita and attract new visitors to Botanica. We encourage all our readers to listen to Strange Currency from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday as Jedd opens up his personal music vault and lets you in. Many of the artists featured have, or will be featured at Tuesdays on the Terrace. The last Tuesday of each month will remain Member Night. The bands will be larger and we will still feature giveaways eligible to members only, ranging from gift cards to Botanica memberships. The Bar’s Open will also remain a staple at Tuesdays on the Terrace.

on the terrace happy hour meets horticulture

5:30-7:30pm every tuesday june-september live music cash bar beautiful gardens $7 ($3 member)

kick-off celebration may 28: hyacinths and hurricanes live music by the mudbugs, member appreciation 6-8 p.m.

Last year’s addition of food every night was also extremely popular. After listening to you — our members — we are rotating between four caterers each week to

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RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 701 Amidon • Wichita, Kansas • 67203

“Yellow Charm” Peony Marty Miller Executive Director

Gabby Brandt Special Events Coordinator

Paula Englert Director of Finance

Jamee Ross Director of Development

Karla Jahn Tour Coordinator & Registrar

Kathy Osler Director of Membership

Kristin Marlett Director of Marketing & Communications

Kate Sheppard Director of Education

Linda Keller Private & Corporate Events Manager Jodi McArthur Director of Volunteers Patrick McKernan Landscape Supervisor

Neva Thiessen Downing Children’s Garden Daily Activities Coordinator Laurel Nichols Education Specialist

Hours of Operation November-March Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

General Information 316.264.0448 The Gift Garden: ext. 106 Class Registration ext. 115 Available Mon-Fri, 10 a.m . - 4 p.m.

Hours of Operation April-October Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday through September

Donations & Planned Giving ext. 105 Event Information ext. 110 Facilities Rentals ext. 104 Membership ext. 107 Memorial Gifts ext. 107 Volunteer Services ext. 103

Botanica is maintained by Botanica, Inc. in cooporation with the City of Wichita Department of Parks & Recreation.

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, shall be a significant horticultural display garden for the enjoyment and education of the community that sets the standard of excellence for botanical gardens in the Midwest.

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