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Splendor of Spring THE GIFT OF SIGHT A PICTURESQUE GARDEN SHOWER CRYSTAL BRIDGES IS WORTH THE DRIVE


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Lifestyle Letter

Spring Sprang Early!

APRIL 2016 editor

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ince my crocuses poked their golden and purple blooms through the soil on February 29 and my daffodils were blooming on March 6, I feel like we’ve enjoyed the earliest spring on record and the (very limited) color in my gardens peaked far too early. But either way, it’s got me in the mood for gardening. And by that, I mean I’ll pick up sticks in the yard, pull some dead leaves away from my hosta pips and daylily starts and I’ll cut back the English ivy that’s creeping up the tree trunks and over the sidewalk edges. Finally, I’ll gently fold down the leaves from my already-spent bulbs and bundle them with a rubber band; a little lesson learned from my master gardener mom.

This is the total extent of my gardening expertise, so I’ll leave my joy of gardens to the experts and encourage you to do a web search of “garden tours of Kansas City.”

Lisa Harrison | Lisa@LifestylePubs.com assistant editor

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Randy Metzler | Randy.Metzler@LifestylePubs.com Mike Reilly | Mike.Reilly@LifestylePubs.com Frank Flores | Frank.Flores@LifestylePubs.com Louis Faller | Louis.Faller@LifestylePubs.com contributing writers

Lisa Allen, Katherine Bontrager, Kendra Mathewson, Susan Motley, Rachel Murphy, Charles Redfield, Denise Snodell,  Kimberly Winter Stern, Nicolette Toussaint, Jenny Wolff contributing photographers

Ryan Barrett, Alexis Cook, Stacey Maggiore, Susan Motley, 

It is amazing how many clubs and societies exist in the Metro area with a focus on a love of flowers and foliage. There are water gardens clubs, train garden societies and garden groups that focus on historic homes. There are community gardens and parks featuring historic rose gardens. There are garden clubs who maintain the grounds near City Hall and the lovely flower pots around the downtown area and the list goes on and on. Get out there and take a tour, or if you’ve got a green thumb in need of flexing, join a group!

Kyle Twogood, Jenny Wolff

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My favorites for simple viewing are the gardens at Powell Gardens and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden. And you know how I am…. I do love to send you out to discover the treasures of this amazing community in which we live. If you haven’t visited both of these particular gems, please add them to your list. In my grey-thumbed humble opinion they are at their peak in May, June and July, but they look beautiful through the fall because they’ve got experts who know how to do more than plant a few bulbs, (she says with a bit of regret and remorse.)

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ON THE COVER In honor of the arrival of spring, Lynn Fairbanks shares her spectacular Leawood gardens with our readers. See more on page 44. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN MOTLEY 6

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Around Town

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10th Annual Wabash Cannon Ball

Nearly 800 guests gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center to celebrate K-State at the black-tie event hosted by the K-State Alumni Association. The event raises money to provide scholarships for future KSU students from the Kansas City area.

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Good Times

Presbyterian Women Honor Local Members

Nearly 200 women recently gathered for their annual Celebrating Faithful Women brunch at the Village Presbyterian Church to honor the three 2016 honorees and to hear a special message by Carol Are. Honorees included Kim Higgins, Arlene Raudenbush and Priscilla Wilson. PHOTOGRAPHY CAROL TUCKER 

PW Honorary Life Members Kim Higgins, Arlene Raudenbush & Pricilla Wilson with Jennifer Sawyer

Rev. Jenny McDevitt, Carol Are & Rev. Hallie Hottle

Judy Cooper & Joy Biard

Samantha Sturgeon & Carla Rauth

Edie Hultman & Rev. Diane Quaintance

Carlene Anderson & Julie Foster

Diana Bay, Elaine Franze & Mary Lynn Cate

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District Patrons Welcome New Superintendent

The Blue Valley Board of Education and Blue Valley Schools recently hosted a reception at Hilltop Conference Center. It was a great opportunity to meet and learn more about Blue Valley Schools’ incoming superintendent, Dr. Todd White. PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN BARRETT

Rep. Jerry Lunn, Al Hanna & Rep. Ray Merrick

Bill Smithyman & Elizabeth Walter

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

JOHN WOLFE JOINS KOENIG TEAM Koenig Building and Restoration is pleased to announce the addition of John Wolfe to their team. Wolfe brings more than 30 years of experience in home remodeling to the company. He formerly co-owned a prominent, high-end remodeling company that worked extensively in Mission Hills and the Ward Parkway corridors. He enjoys helping clients achieve their goals, and exceeding their expectations by placing emphasis on attention to detail and excellent communication during the project. Wolfe holds a business degree from the University of Kansas and Certified Remodeler (CR) and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) designations from the National Association

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Their projects are built with expertise and quality craftsmanship,

down/rebuilds, and large remodeling/whole home restoration proj-

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BUBBLE SOCCER TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT HILLCREST Shawnee Mission East High School will host the 2nd Annual Hillcrest Hero Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m. The tournament benefits  Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a non-profit  dedicated to bringing homeless families and youth into self-sufficiency. About 32 teams will compete in a double elimination challenge for ages 14+ for the grand prize of a night out at Escape KC. Teams are assigned times  upon entry at: Eventbrite.com/e/ Hillcrest-Hero-Bubble-Soccer-Tournament-2016. Individual tickets are $20 and teams are $200. Teams are encouraged but not required to raise funds. Prizes are given to teams raising $500, $1000 and the  most money earned.

(L to R) Katie Fitzgerald, Karen Jaqua, Teresa Carey, Valerie Phillips, Beth Cosner at the book signing and launch of Carey's book, The Attractive Trap.

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"It can be so easy to find ourselves trapped in a destructive or abusive relationship," says Carey. "The signs may be there, but it's easier to justify or ignore the behavior of a partner than it is to delve deep and face the reality of what the relationship has become. My deepest hope for anyone in that situation is to have the insight to know she is caught in a place of deceit and that she deserves better. That awareness will enable her to work to a new place of freedom, move forward and eventually recognize how to in some way use the pain to help others.”

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LEAWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS IMPRESSIVE ACCREDITATION

BLUE VALLEY NORTH STUDENT NAMED COCA-COLA SCHOLAR One Blue Valley student’s mission to serve her community and

The Leawood Fire Department (LFD) recently received a unani-

excel in the classroom has earned her national recognition and a

mous vote for accreditation by members of the Commission on Fire

$20,000 scholarship. Blue Valley North senior Gracie Schram was

International (CFAI). The LFD had been working towards this goal for

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approximately three years.

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North community is so

are only now 218 in the world. Seven of those are in Kansas and four

proud of Gracie,” said

are in Johnson County.

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To maintain accredited status, The LFD is now required to submit an

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Group LLP, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson, &

work. She has traveled worldwide with programs like the Global Orphan

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Project to build an orphanage in Haiti, and Children International to help fund a home in Colombia. In middle school, Schram  was selected as a national Top 10 Prudential Spirit of the Community Award winner and  has received the Presidential Community Service Award for the past three years. Schram serves as a speaker and volunteer for more than 15 nonprofit organizations in addition to pursuing a career in music, maintaining a 4.45 GPA and participating in multiple school activities.

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Giving Back

COOL SHADES, Kind Hearts

FAIRWAY EYE CENTER’S GIFT OF SIGHT PROGRAM TAKES GLASSES TO THE UNDERPRIVILEGED ARTICLE LISA ALLEN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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airway Eye Center has four Kansas City locations:

Here’s how it works: for each pair of glasses pur-

Fairway, Leawood, Liberty and Raytown. At each

chased at Fairway Eye Center, a pair of eyeglasses is

location the doctors and staff provide comprehensive

donated and used in an ongoing mission to extend the

vision care and offer eyewear, contact lenses, and

gift of sight to people in need.

laboratory services with a focus on eye health, disease management, and family optometric care. But the doctors and staff have their sights set on making a difference globally as well as locally. They

Gift of Sight’s first mission trip was to Juarez, Mexico, in 2006. Since then, mission trips have helped people in Enseñada, Tampico and Poza Rica, Belmopan and Belize City, Guatemala City, and most recently Jamaica in 2015.

understand that people in many countries do not have

Because these are locations in which residents

access to eye care or the funds necessary to purchase

spend much of their time outdoors and are subject to

glasses, and they’re working to change that through

damaging UV rays and sun damage that can result in

the Gift of Sight program.

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the doctors and staff at Fairway Eye Center recognized another need: UV-blocking sun wear. Enter Share the Shade, which is part of the Gift of Sight program, which leverages the purchase of sunglasses at Fairway Eye Center to provide protective gear to those in need. Burt Schreiber, O.D., is an Overland Park native and graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Rockhurst University. He started volunteering during optometry school as part of the Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) program, where he sorted through boxes of donated glasses, cleaned them, then took them on mission trips to give to people without access to eye care and has traveled to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala with Gift of Sight to provide missionary eye care. “My experiences as a student made it exciting to continue the rewarding pursuit of providing for those in need as part of the Gift of Sight Program,” says Schreiber. “I’ve been on five mission trips. The best part of what we do is seeing someone looking out on the world—they’re seeing things clearly for the first time, and their smile when they finally see the person they are with or can see their surroundings with new eyes is what makes it exciting to travel to places where there is a lack of access to this kind of care.” Schreiber says he’s reminded each time he returns to his home in Leawood how blessed and fortunate we are in the US; but he—and his colleagues at Fairway Eye Center—are also keenly aware that there are countless people here at home who need help as well. “Because of this, we support the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), provide eye care and vision services for local schools, donate time in the local community in conjunction with our local Lion’s Club, and continue to provide both eyewear and sun wear to those who need it most,” he says. For more information visit FairwayEyeCenter.com.

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The best part of what we do is seeing someone looking out on the world—they’re seeing things clearly for the first time, and their smile when they finally see the person they are with or can see their surroundings with new eyes is what makes it exciting to travel to places where there is a lack of access to this kind of care.


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Located off of 130th Street in Overland Park, Mike “Cy” Cajthaml, Sr., CFP, ChFC, CLU and his son Mike, Jr., help take the confusion and agitation out of retirement planning. Cy has been in the business since 1986, and in 2007 Mike, Jr., joined him after graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee.  “We enjoy helping others lay  out a roadmap to a safe and secure retirement,"

Cy says. "We call it ‘The R.I.T.E. CY’s Retirement Plan’, because that’s what people really want.  Our family-run business works with those who’re already retired or nearing retirement.  When it comes to their hard-earned retirement assets, we promise our clients that we’ll work hard to help them ‘Sleep Well At Night and to Retire With Confidence!’”


Every member of this close-knit company is personally vested in its clients, and that difference shows. “We like to think of our clients as a part of our extended family—they’re certainly not just a number to us,” Cy adds.  This sort of personal focus ensures that clients receive a truly exceptional level of detailed attention. The company specializes in offering financial advisory services, including Managed-Money platforms, IRA and 401(k) rollovers, Roth IRAs, life insurance and longterm care insurance.  Cy Financial is what the industry refers to as a “Comprehensive Financial Planning Firm.”  In essence, both Cy and Mike, Jr., meet with clients and get to know their dreams and desires.  “We share with them the risks that retirement will place before them, and we plan a course of action that will take them, as safely as possible, to their destination,” Cy says. “It’s not what we think that’s important...it’s what makes a difference to them. We offer both investment-and insurance-based solutions to their problems.” Cy Financial doesn’t require a minimum amount of assets from clients, as the family firm recognizes that the monies people have amassed in preparation for retirement is possibly all they’ve been able to save and it’s critical that it last a lifetime. “We respect that and position their funds accordingly,” Cy says. “We won’t let them run out of money before they run out of time.” Another benefit? The company has a built-in succession plan, through Mike, Jr., so

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clients can be assured their money is in good hands through many a generation. In fact, the duo meets with clients together in every instance, so both a client’s situation and plans are fully known to both father and son. “I think it’s an honor and a privilege to have a legacy-type business, working with my father and carrying that name on as we help our current clients as well as their own children,” Mike, Jr., says. It's his and his father's  greatest hope to also lead the younger generations to smooth financial sailing—avoiding the pitfalls they see all too often. “The mistake most of us make is falling prey to the human nature of fear and greed,” Cy says. “We, unfortunately, make many decisions based upon emotion rather than a cool head—and that gets us into trouble. That’s why it’s great for people to work with a firm like Cy Financial. Managing wealth is a lot like mountain climbing. Climbing to the top is optional but getting down (in retirement) is mandatory! Like a good Sherpa, we set a path and guide our clients not only to the top, but then make sure their money lasts as long as they do and help them down that path in retirement.” Cy Financial offers concrete answers to one of life’s most confusing and intimidating transitions—and in the process has earned the gratitude of countless footloose and fancy-free seniors. For more information, visit CyFinancial.com 

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van Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the average home sold for $3.5 million. But that didn’t last. Zislis owned a hulking Great Pyrenees dog who developed separation anxiety and “howled like a fire engine” when left alone. Elliot got his master frequently evicted, and in the six years Zislis lived in Aspen, he moved 13 times. Little did Zislis suspect that the lessons learned from that minimalist, gypsy lifestyle would lead him to becoming a best-selling author, professional organizer and lifestyle coach. After its April 2015 launch, Zislis’ book ClutterFree Revolution:

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Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World, rocketed to the top of Amazon.com, immediately becoming an international best-seller in eight countries. The book was recently featured in Inc. magazine and Interiors Colorado. The book’s popularity stems from the fact that it’s a tough-love pep talk for American families, the quintessential pocket guide for clearing out, getting organized and thriving with less stuff and more life. As Zislis puts it, “ClutterFree Revolution is a conscious consumer's manifesto - an invitation to a life-transforming paradigm that is designed to remind us of what matters most, and that is: who we love, what we do, how and why we live, because everything else is just stuff.” Zislis was inspired to write the book in part because he’s a father. He says, “As I watch my 5-year-old daughter examining a fat caterpillar on our front porch, sandy curls blowing across her spellbound face as she watches a hundred tiny feet exploring the contours of her hand, I am filled with overwhelming joy – and also an unsettling fear of what may cross her path. I am no one special; I am just one man. My sole purpose in life is to protect my child from harm and guide her in a direction of health and happiness.” Around the time of his daughter’s birth, Zislis started a consulting firm. Working with households and businesses as a professional organizer, he discovered that “so much of who we are revolves around what we have.” He notes, “It turns out, that those things have become toxic distractions from what matters most.” That insight is the book’s central theme. ClutterFree Revolution is not about tidying up. It’s a practical guide for becoming conscious consumers committed to understanding the global impact that we have when we shop. Zislis asks us to become more intentional about what we buy, why we buy, where we buy, and from whom. Casey Sheahan, the former President and CEO of Patagonia, Inc., calls ClutterFree Revolution, "A must read for every household in America."  April 2016 | Leawood Lifestyle

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REDCOATS, That British Store

THE BRITISH ARE HERE, AND THEY ARE HUNGRY! ARTICLE RACHEL C. MURPHY PHOTOGRAPHY SUSAN MOTLEY

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hey say that you can't go home again, but for Kansas City metro expatriates, you can now bring a bit of it home to you. David Abrey, owner of Redcoats-That British Store, knows how you feel and is excited to welcome anglophiles and expats alike into his emporium of all things British. The store, located at 5309 W. 151st Street in Leawood, is the only store of its kind in the Metro. After Abrey moved to the United States with his American wife, Tracy, in the late 1990s, he visited Brits, a British goods store in Lawrence.  "The first thing that you tend to do when you move to a new country is search out things that are familiar to you," explains Abrey. "It's a comfort to find things that remind you of home. We used to go to Brits every couple of months and load up on my favorites. Even when I first went there, something wiggled at the back of my brain that I would like to do something like that in the future."  The future was a fair bit off though. Trained in city planning, Abrey landed a job as a city planner after a few months of retail at Barnes and Noble. After nearly a decade in city planning with the city of Lenexa, he moved on to a position as a travel manager for local micronutrient company, SFP. When the company was sold recently, he finally found his opportunity to open the store that he had dreamed of.  The space is a veritable smorgasbord of British goods. In addition to the expected candies and crisps (that's chips to the 26

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Yankees), Abrey is honing in on some more boutique food items such as Wilkins & Sons Tip Tree jams and marmalades. Tip Tree is a village in Essex, where Abrey grew up, known for their acres of fruit orchards and fields. Their selection of jams and jellies provide what Abrey believes is a distinctive flavor and quality, much thicker than American jams and with a variety of unusual flavors such as red currant, rhubard and several different curds.  Tea has always been a distinctly British item and Redcoats has a variety of different options, from the royal tea blenders, Fortnum and Mason, to the more recognizable Twinnings. While he will always offer the standards that people know and love such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast, he will also carry some more unusual blends. 

In addition to the tea, Redcoats carries a line of beautiful teapots, mugs and cups, both from across the pond and from a few more local producers. Currently, he has a selection of china that commemorates last year's achievement of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest ruling monarch in history. For many, the UK has invaded within the pop culture or sports realm. Redcoats offers a variety of items that check into several current obsessions, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, the Beatles, the

Rolling Stones and several different UK football clubs. He says that he has had several people pop in just to look at a t-shirt that features the 10th Doctor's signature suit printed on it, with no recognition that it was Doctor Who related. Abrey has the unique perspective of knowing what expats miss and what anglophiles crave, partially because he is one and partially because he's listening to what the community is saying. His Facebook page takes the litmus test of what items are sought after and he's taking great pains to source the things that people are asking for. Seeking Ribena, Branston pickle, HP Sauce  or Coleman's mustard? Look no further. He has them all.  Any new business should have an element of passion to it and Redcoats has that in spades. For Abrey, this store is a piece of his past and a long look into the future. God save the queen!  For more information about Redcoats, visit their Facebook page at  Facebook.com/RedcoatsThat-British-Store.

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A Garden Party Inspired by true friendship and a natural setting ARTICLE KENDRA MATHEWSON PHOTOGRAPHY KYLE TWOGOOD

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n outdoor setting offers a beautiful backdrop for any kind of spring get-togeth-

ers. White linens, tables and chairs create a light, airy canvas for beautifully understated elegance. Notice the hand-made details that set this gorgeous garden bridal shower apart: The simple styling from the hearts and hands of talented long-time friends of the bride to be and her parents.  Hand-lettered signage expresses meaningful thoughts with a personal touch. Greenery and flowers  cut fresh from the host's garden. Homemade treats sit atop a table in front of a tiered ruffle covering. A twine-wrapped tree holds photographs and visually conveys the bride's relationship with each guest. The love of friends expressed through hospitality creates a wonderful environment for connection and celebration.

Memories shared here, there and all around the garden.

A special seat for the guest of honor.

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Outdoor Garden Bridal Shower for Megan Roach Stowell Hosts/Creators: Lisa Edzards, Carmen Garlich, Susan Garlich, Melinda Lacy, Sarah Lefebvre, Angela Twogood Stylist/Visionary: Lisa Edzards Hand-lettered Signage: Carmen Garlich Mother of the Bride: Lea Ann Roach Sisters of the Bride: Haley and Sophie Roach

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THE WEEKENDER: A RT- F U L L BENTONVILLE Head over to Crystal Bridges for an exhibit celebrating the American road trip— and find a town on creative fire. ARTICLE KIMBERLY WINTER STERN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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he giant bumblebee gracing the front of Bentonville’s hip 21c Museum Hotel

is more than just another piece of art in this town that Walmart built—it could be the unofficial symbol of a place buzzing with creative energy. Initially gaining notoriety as the sleepy Northwest Arkansas burg where entrepreneur Sam Walton imagined and built America’s bargain retail darling, Bentonville is now infused with art, thanks to the sparkling Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, made possible by Walton’s daughter and heiress, Alice Walton. But Bentonville’s renaissance isn’t limited to art. The town serves up acclaimed regional-inspired food, thanks in part to culinary superstars such as James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: South Matthew McClure who helms 21c’s The Hive,

View of south lawn; photography by Dero Sanford. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

and Bentonville Square eateries like Tusk & Trotter where you can order an innovative dish called Arkansas Catfish Pastrami. CONTINUED >

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Inge Morath Outside Memphis, Tennessee, 1960 Copyright Inge Morath/Magnum Photo

In fact, when the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Colonial era to the current day—but there’s much more to discover.

unveiled the city’s official slogan last year, “A New American Town”—

Stroll the captivating galleries, including rotating exhibits such as

it became the mantra for a small town proudly combining its history

Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention”

with modern progress. Centerpiece of that forward momentum is

(through April 18, 2016) and “The Open Road: Photography and the

undisputedly Crystal Bridges, a world-class structure designed by

American Road Trip” (through May 30, 2016). Tour a Frank Lloyd

renowned architect Moshie Safdie that opened in 2011 and houses a

Wright-designed house—built in Somerset County, N.J., in 1954 and

glorious collection of art celebrating the American spirit.

disassembled, moved, and reassembled at Crystal Bridges—that

Carved into a bucolic woodsy setting, its grounds dotted with

opened last year. Savor Low Midwest and High South cuisine at

sculptures and winding trails, Crystal Bridges is a work of art itself.

Eleven Restaurant, situated in a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking

Springing from Safdie’s fertile imagination following his visit to the

the museum’s tranquil ponds. Meander the outdoor trails throughout

Ozark forest, the spectacular facility now stands, beautifully aligned

the museum’s 120-acre park that links to downtown Bentonville and

with nature, drawing visitors from across the globe.

pose for a selfie in front of Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture,

If you haven’t made the three-hour trek south of Kansas City to

one of the museum’s most-photographed works.

Bentonville to check out the buzz, consider this a gentle reminder.

However you choose to spend a weekend here, rest assured

There’s the art of course—Crystal Bridge’s permanent collection

you’ll be well taken care of by the town’s authentic and enthusiastic

spans five centuries American masterworks ranging from the

ambassadors, eager to show what the Bentonville buzz is all about. CONTINUED >

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CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

600 Museum Way 479.418.5700 CrystalBridges.org Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a charitable organization for all ages and walks of life to enjoy, View from the north to the gallery bridge Lowell’s Ocean, steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero; photography by Dero Sanford. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers many different points of access for visitors in user-friendly galleries and the outdoors. Just like Kansas City’s venerable institution,

Aerial view of Crystal Bridges; photography by Adair Creative. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, engages guests with s a sprawling expanse of lawn and outdoor areas, Crystal Bridges blends the power of art with lovely, undulating grounds punctuated by nearly four miles of wooded trails, artworks and tranquil ponds fed by Crystal Spring. The Museum Store showcases a vibrant shopping opportunity with a well-curated selection of home décor from American designers such as Simon Pearce and Michael Aram, jewelry from trendsetters Dian Malouf and others, fine-art prints, books and children’s items. Sponsored by Walmart, general admission to the museum is free for viewing the permanent collection, on display year-round.

STAY 21C MUSEUM HOTEL BENTONVILLE

200 NE A St. 479.286.6500 21MuseumHotels.com 21c has everything a boutique hotel should: the perwell-appointed rooms, a cozy, welcoming ambience and gracious, knowledgeable staff. It’s the unexpected extras the stylish, 104-room property boasts that set it apart from others in its niche: art, and lots of it.  From the main lobby and elevator lobby wallpaper and common areas to the restaurant, The Hive, public works of art comprise the centerpiece of 21c.  Rotating exhibits greet guests at check-in and scattered inside and out are permanent pieces and others that change, along with a flock of whimsical limited edition “Green Penguin” sculptures that grace the roof, restaurant and sometimes even act as a welcoming committee in guest rooms.   Check out special packages, such as Art Exploration, Kids’ Exploration, Romance and Art of Shopping, plus seasonal packages and special rates. 38

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EAT THE HIVE

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville Located off the main lobby of 21c, The Hive is a modern restaurant and bar run by executive chef and Arkansas native Matthew McClure, who was a semifinalist for Best Chef: South in the prestigious 2014 James Foundation Awards. McClure showcases Arkansas’s unique culinary identity and features local growers and producers in well-executed breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menus that highlight refined country cuisine. An inviting respite for a craft cocktail, beer or glass of wine in the bar or an intimate dinner for two in the dining room, The Hive complements the hotel’s art scene, including the chance to invite one of the Green Penguin sculptures to dine at your table. BENTONVILLE SQUARE

Just a short walk from 21c is the square, brimming with an eclectic collection of casual and upscale restaurants. Tusk & Trotter, housed in Sam Walton’s original general office warehouse space, has remnants of interesting architectural features such as exposed trusses and an arched doorway. But those are side notes to be savored while sampling award-winning executive chef-owner Rob Nelson’s divine dishes such as smoked catfish and trout chowder. Table Mesa Bistro features modern Latin cuisine while Tavola Trattoria showcases Italian cooking. And directly across from 21c is Crêpes Paulette, a food truck peddling authentic sweet and savory French crêpes. The lines for this popular al fresco dining experience—especially on weekends— are usually long. But the wait is worth it: Once you sink into the la cochon épicé (spicy piggy) or the la singe fou (nutty monkey), you’ll look around, wondering if somehow you’ve been transported to a Paris street-side café.

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Inspired By

Leawood Book Club and Area Businesses Help Lead the Way to Literacy ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY WOLFF

“If you can start opportunity on KCPT and decided to volunout young people teer. Casey Martin, an attorney with Husch volunteers in hopes of improving in a positive Blackwell, our urban schools. Quentin Savwoir, an aide way, you will set to Mayor Sly James, is a reader with a special to these kids; he attended nearby them on a path connection Kansas City Middle School of the Arts. of a lifelong love And as this group reads with first graders, 24 CBIZ employees are upstairs reading of reading and with second graders. Ideally, Lead to Read work or live within 15 minutes of learning.”   volunteers   the school and commit to one lunch hour a -Barb Nichols, Lead to Read volunteer

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t midday on any given Wednesday at King Elementary in Kansas City the parking lot begins to fill. But the people arriving at the school are not children. These people, ranging in age from 25-70, are readers with Lead to Read KC, and they are coming to school not to learn, but to read with students. Waiting inside is Lead to Read KC director of reader development, Pauly Hart, ready to equip each volunteer with a brief set of instructions. Among the volunteers are members from Hart’s Leawood book club, retirees, and professionals from nearby businesses, all joining a metro-wide effort to improve literacy. People from across the metro are volunteering with Lead to Read KC once a week in urban schools. Richard Head, who works at a nearby consulting firm, learned about the 42

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week. This allows working people to leave their offices, get to a nearby school and return within the hour. “This small time commitment can pay big dividends for struggling children,” says Hart. The investment of individualized attention is not lost on the students. “When you show up, you will see the children are so happy. They know in their hearts that someone is taking time out of their day to be with them, to sit with them, to read to them,” adds Hart. Hart’s group heads down the quiet hall and into a classroom of 24 children, all dressed in school uniforms. Many of the students smiling up at the adults are not reading on grade level. City-wide, third grade reading proficiency has improved from 33 percent in 2011, to 49 percent last year, according to a recent statement from Mayor James. While still too low, the improvements come as a result of programs such as Lead to Read KC. In the classroom, adults connect with student reading partners at desks, on the floor


children are learning to read. After that, they are reading to learn,” says Hart. “If they miss that third grade reading benchmark, they are more likely to struggle through school,” she adds. Barb Nichols, a book group member, reads with Ja’Naih. “She is very friendly and talkative, and enjoys sharing stories about her life, family and pets. We are sometimes silly together. She enjoys reading and knows she is a smart young girl.” Nichols is a long-time supporter of literacy. At her sons’ school, she ran the Book Fair, chaired Battle of Books and volunteers at the public library. “I feel reading is the gateway to all knowledge, and if you can start out young people in a positive way, you will set them on a path of a lifelong love of reading and learning.” This movement will take time and people. Lead to Read KC’s goal is to connect 5,000 readers to 5,000 children in the urban core by 2020. That’s why recruiting volunteer readers from throughout the metro will be key.

or in a cozy corner reading nook. “At first, it seems a little noisy, but one-on-one---it just seems to work!” says Hart. Educators know that children need to learn the basics by third grade, “Through third grade,

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Open House

the splendor of spring LEAWOOD HOMEOWNER'S MANY GARDENS ARE A FEAST FOR THE SENSES ARTICLE SUSAN MOTLEY | PHOTOGRAPHY SUSAN MOTLEY AND PROVIDED

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ynn Fairbanks’ passion for gardening started at an early age. She loved her grandmother’s garden and the many house plants her

mother kept around their home. As an adult, Fairbanks first settled for a  “postage stamp” garden at her condo and later a house with a small yard. In 2000, she moved to her current home in south Leawood, where she finally had room to really pursue her passion. And pursue she did. Her large “short acre” yard had some very nice trees but no flowerbeds or gardens, other than a few foundation plantings. Over the years, little by little and through countless hours of hard work each season, she has transformed it into a spectacular botanical garden. “There is a formal herb garden in the front yard,” Fairbanks explains, “and four foundation planting beds and three other flower beds. “In the back, there is a large water garden with planting areas all around it, a vegetable/cutting garden, where I grow tall Zinnias, a terrace garden, five mixed borders for both sun and shade, a rose garden, and a quasi-Japanese garden.”

Tall Zinnias are not available in garden centers so Fairbanks grows them from seed indoors. She starts a few weeks before the last frost. They germinate quickly and, when planted, provide an abundance of brightly colored flowers for cutting all season.

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All together, there are 26 flowerbeds and gardens in the yard. Fairbanks also has tropical plants in large pots that she keeps inside over the winter and then sprinkles them throughout the gardens in the spring and summer to add more color and texture. CONTINUED >


Along the east fence, several varieties of Hostas share space with Hydrangeas, Lily Turf, and various potted plants, including a Sago Palm. Blown glass art adds to the beauty of the area.

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A 4,000-gallon water garden with two waterfalls is a special feature in the back yard. Fairbanks says she loves working in the water garden because "there are no weeds, it's relaxing, and the fish are always very curious about what I am doing there!"

Visitors enter "Wild Stone" through a whimsical arched gate on the west side of her house. In 2009, Wild Stone was selected as one of the gardens on the Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) In-House Tour. Fairbanks has a large herb garden in her front yard where she grows basil, parsley, thyme, and chives for cooking, and other herbs such as Golden Pineapple Sage (pictured), lavender, and borage for their ornamental value.

“There are always a lot of mixed pots, mostly annuals, where I use various color schemes. I love blue or purple with chartreuse and the mixture of textures in the pots. Fairbanks, who became an Extension Master Gardener in 2008, says she initially learned a lot through magazines and books, but has gained a lot of knowledge over the years through trial and error. “Gardeners are always learning something new and trying different things,’ she says. Keeping up literally hundreds of plantings is no easy task. Fairbanks says she spends up to two hours a day working in the yard between April and mid-October. In the off season she’s cleaning out beds, bringing pots inside for winter, and starting seedlings for the next spring. “I love flowers and growing things,” says  Fairbanks. “I’ve loved creating my garden and improving it. As I get older, I know I should find ways to simplify and still keep it beautiful. So far, I haven’t been able to do that!” Gardeners just can’t resist the call of the garden center, she adds with a smile.

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When Fairbanks moved into her south Leawood home in 2000, there were no flowerbeds. Today the yard features 26 flowerbeds and specialty gardens and approximately 40 potted plants as well as numerous pieces of yard art sprinkled throughout the plantings.


Sold Properties

Recently SOLD Leawood Properties Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

DOM*

%Sold/List

Beds

Baths

Tuscany Reserve

$1,495,000

$1,400,000

188

93%

5

6.2

Hallbrook

$1,425,000

$1,299,000

22

91%

5

5.1

Hazelwood

$1,295,000

$1,150,000

119

88%

4

4.1

Hallbrook

$1,250,000

$1,115,000

207

89%

5

6.1

The Woods Villas

$825,000

$800,000

146

96%

4

3.1

Hallbrook

$730,000

$720,000

125

98%

4

4.1

Highlands Ranch

$725,000

$705,000

96

97%

5

4.1

Aimtree Manor

$715,000

$705,000

24

96%

5

4.1

Bradford Place

$572,500

$546,000

34

96%

4

4.1

Leawood Lanes

$549,950

$512,500

82

93%

4

2.1

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Russo’s Magic Number is

BLUE VALLEY NORTH SENIOR HAS CREATED AN IMPRESSIVE LINEUP ARTICLE CHARLES REDFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY MAGGIORE

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lue Valley North senior Maggie Russo seems to like some form of the number six.

The Mustangs pitcher/outfielder started playing softball at

the age of six. “I started playing softball in kindergarten,” says Russo. “I was six and I’ve been number six ever since then.” She achieved something that very few high school seniors achieve: a perfect score on the ACT test. And a perfect score is 36. And, the BV North pitcher started pitching in 6th grade. She earned a varsity letter last year and is looking forward to her senior season for the Mustangs. “I’m primarily a pitcher but I also play in the outfield,” she says. “I actually didn’t start pitching until the sixth grade, which was a few years after most people because my team needed more pitching.” Russo depends on her teammates when pitching. “I’m not a strikeout pitcher,” says Russo. “Most of the outs that I get while pitching are more of a team effort - groundouts and pop outs. I’ve found that I throw best with the support of my team in the field behind me.” Softball coach Marissa Ingle is impressed with his senior pitcher. “She has been with me for three seasons now, but it only took one season to get the grasp of who she is,” says 48

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Ingle. “She is determined, strong willed and gives 100 percent to all she does. She is a silent leader, very quiet and somewhat of an introvert, which allows her to lead by example. She is always ready to get on the mound and go to work.” Russo was pleased with achieving the perfect score on the ACT, but she doesn’t know specifically to what she attributes the impressive accomplishment. “For me there wasn’t any special secret, but I had already done a lot of test prep for PSAT my junior year, so I think that helped a bit.” Coach Ingle likes having a great student on her team. “ To have someone part of the team that works hard on the ball field and excels in the classroom is all the coaching staff could ask for,” she says. Russo isn’t just involved in academics and softball at BV North. “I’m the historian for the Spanish National Honor Society, which I joined last year,” she says. “ That’s been a lot of fun for me because I really love Spanish, so it has been nice to be part of organizing the events that even just last year made me more interested in the language.” And that is not her only activity. “I’ve been in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) for three years, a freshman mentor for

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MEET FRANCES VALENTINE KATE SPADE FOUNDER DEBUTS NEW COMPANY ARTICLE KENDRA MATHEWSON | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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all in love with Frances Valentine, a new

names and was chosen to represent their

accessory collection by Kansas City's own

legacies. In the same spirit, the shoes and

Kate Valentine (founder of kate spade), Andy

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bags are named after friends and family.

Spade, Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi. Halls

Kate describes her creative process as

hosted the official launch of the fashion brand

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THE FOUNDERS THE FOUNDERS

Kate Valentine grew up in Kansas City. She met Andy Spade in 1983 at college and they moved to New York in 1986, when Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle. She saw a need for practical, stylish handbags and decided to create a smart, well-edited collection. She and her husband, Andy, began the company kate spade. They were joined by their mutual friend Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi when they began to make shoes. The company grew to hundreds of stores internationally with a unique identity, inspiring countless other young women to begin their own businesses. Kate and Andy sold kate spade in 2006 when their daughter was two. Kate now joins her friends and partners to create Frances Valentine. Andy Spade grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. While working as a creative director in advertising, he and Kate co-founded kate spade, then created the men’s brand, Jack Spade. Andy is also a partner and co-founder of Partners & Spade advertising studio, in the art space Half Gallery, and in the pajama brand, Sleepy Jones. He’s produced a number of photography books and written several award-winning short and feature films. He is a co-founder of Frances Valentine. Elyce Arons grew up in Kansas. She and Kate met at The University of Kansas as freshmen. She came to New York City to work in fashion marketing at J.G. Hook, and Marithe & Francois Girbaud, joining her old friends Kate and Andy in their new company kate spade as their partner and head of operations. She left with them when her youngest daughter was two. She joins them again to create Frances Valentine. Paola Venturi grew up in Remini, Italy, in a town and a family with a legacy of making shoes. She studied at the Ars Sutoria in Milan and the School of Arts in Rimini. She designed shoes for Sergio Rossi in Italy, and Calvin Klein in New York, joining kate spade as design director for shoes in 2000. She left kate spade with Kate, Andy and Elyce, designing shoe collections at Te Casan, at Via Spiga and at Prada, leaving Prada to co-found Frances Valentine.

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Lifestyle Calendar

April APRIL 5

APRIL 23

SOCIAL WITNESS & ADVOCACY TASK FORCE

TASTE OF PARK PLACE

PRAIRIE VILLAGE

PARK PLACE

Led by Christian beliefs and a collective desire to make the world

Enjoy light tastings from a diversity of global cuisine provided by

more reflective of God's peace and justice, the Social Witness and

the restaurants in Park Place. Rain or shine event. Limited number

Advocacy Task Force at Village Presbyterian Church seeks to identify

of tickets available, only $25, and include a $5 gift card for a bev-

priority areas for advocacy, and responds through bold and faithful

erage purchase or special treat, online Bit.Ly/TasteOfParkPlace.

education and action in our church, denomination, city, state and na-

Proceeds benefit Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter.​ More in-

tion. Non-members welcome!

formation at 913.381.2229.

APRIL 9

A ​ PRIL 23

KIDS NIGHT OUT

BLACK & WHITE PARTY

OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

THE GRILLE AT PARK PLACE

Benefiting the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kan-

A premier benefit for Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter serv-

sas City. You are invited to join the evening that includes a pre-party,

ing women and their children in Kansas City. Hosted by The Grille

dinner, silent and live auctions, and, of course, a performance by ce-

at Park Place in the Rooftop Bar, this dichromatic cocktail event will

lebrity guest, Brad Paisley!

set the stage for elegance and fun in Kansas City featuring food,

APRIL 20 LEAWOOD WELCOMERS SPRING COFFEE

wine tastings,live jazz and complimentary valet. More information: 913.766.0920.​ Tickets Bit.Ly/BlackNWhiteParty.

LEAWOOD

APRIL 24

Leawood Welcomers Spring Coffee is open to new members and

SPRING TOMAHAWK TRAIL CLEAN UP

friends and will include a wonderful program this year as Heby Gold-

TOMAHAWK PARK

man will present The Beatles! For more information please call Elaine

The Parks & Rec Dept provides trash bags, gloves and snacks for this

at 816.943.0408.  The coffee is held at a private home and the address

volunteer effort. Meet at Tomahawk Park at 2 p.m. to be assigned a

will be shared to any who call for details.

start time and area from City Park south to I-Lan Park, along Tomahawk Creek. Adults must provide adequate supervision for children they bring. Pre-register by calling 913.696.7771. Rain date May 1.

APRIL 25 TROLLEY RUN KANSAS CITY Join a few thousand of our neighbors in supporting the amazing work of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired and enjoy a huge after-bash on the Plaza as an added bonus. This flat-to-downhill, 4-mile course is fun for the whole family. Register to run and you are entered for a drawing to win a 2016 Buick or GMC. TrolleyRun.org

APRIL 26 LEAWOOD GARDEN CLUB CURE OF ARS CATHOLIC CHURCH Mae Christenson presents “Growing Perennials in Kansas City.” Mae has been a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener since 1997.  This meeting also includes annual fund raising silent auction, with donations from local shops up for bids.  Open to everyone. Bring a 54

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sack lunch – beverages and desserts provided.  For more information,

cial five-course pairing menu. Chef Corvino, who hails from Walla

LeawoodGardenClub.org, email leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com or

Walla, Washington, grew up only about 13 miles from the vineyard.

call 913.642.3317.

Woodward Canyon Winery Owner Rick Small and his son, Sager will also be in attendance at this event. $125. Reservations 816.545.8001.

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yon Winery in Lowden, Washington to offer wine enthusiasts a spe-

The event features food, drinks, betting, bidding – and those amazing hats and Derby fashion – including a contest for best hat and best dressed guests. Proceeds support health programs for Mission Project participants. TheMissionProject.org

MAY 7 SACRED'S 4TH ANNUAL FINE WINE & ART AUCTION SHAWNEE TOWN 1929 A fun, "rocking' 60s night" fundraiser for Sacred (Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor), to assist families with a sexually abused child, often mothers, and equip them with resources to leave the abusive situation. Hosted by Manu and Dawn Rattan, 22825 West 47th, Shawnee, KS, 66227. Tickets $125 per person. RSVP carold@ kidsaresacred.org. KidsAreSacred.org

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What is Your Jewelry Really Worth? Your appraisal is a critical document that will protect you in a variety of situations including estate planning, divorce, or the loss or damage of your jewelry. Your appraisal is only as good as your appraiser. Simply put, when it comes to your valuables, expect nothing less. Don’t be put in a queue waiting to be called. Call today for your personal appointment.

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business directory CHARITIES & FUNDRAISERS

Heartland Habitat For Humanity (RESTORE) (913) 648-6001 heartlandhabitat.org/restore

Twin Financial (816) 333-2334 twinfinancial.com

LuLu & Mimi’s Cleaning (913) 649-6022 luluandmimis.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

JEWELERY

The Whole Person (816) 627-2220 thewholeperson.org

Reflections Body Solutions Body Contouring and Medical Spa (913) 322-3433 reflectionsbodysolutions.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS

Women’s Health Associates (913) 677-31135915

The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair (816) 830-1630 thestrawberryswing.org

DENTISTS & ORTHODONTICS

HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS

Koenig Building + Restoration (816) 457-9445 koenigbuilding.com

Two Dogs And A Cat Pet Club (913) 274-3900 twodogsandacatpetclub.com

VanBrock (913) 341-7273 vanbrock.com

REAL ESTATE

LEGAL

Estate Planning LLC (913) 735-5115 estateplanningkansascity.com

MEDICAL CLINICS & FACILITIES

Larson Building Company (913) 221-0880 larsonbc.com

ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION

Sun Roofing Contractors, LLC (913) 827-2217 sunroofingcontractors.com

Fairway Eye Center (913) 491-9123 fairwayeyecenter.com

HOME DESIGN & FURNISHINGS

Saint Luke’s Health Systems (816) 932-5100

iFly Kansas City (913) 645-4037 iflyworld.com/Kansas-City Kansas City Zoo (816) 595-1234 kansascityzoo.org

A&M Home Furnishings (913) 438-3868 amhomefinishings.com Design Connection Inc (913) 851-8776 designconnectioninc.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES HOME SERVICES Granite Garage Floors & PLANNING Cy Financial (913) 322-3500 cyfinancial.com

Sunflower Bank (800) 964-7262 sunflowerbank.com

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(913) 717-7346 granitegaragefloors.com

Puppy’s Playpen (913) 648-3647 puppysplaypen.com

Kahle Appraisals (913) 912-9122 kahleappraisals.com

Parks Children’s Dentistry (913) 491-5044 parkschildrensdentistry.com

CenterFire (913) 782-4900 centerfiress.com

PET CARE

Children’s Mercy South (913) 696-8000 childrensmercy.org/rankings

St. Joseph Medical Center (913) 942-4400 yourhealthourcalling.com

OTHER

Divorce Settlement Professionals LLC (913) 522-4859 divorcesettlementpros.com The Ritz Charles (913) 685-2600 mykcevent.com

The Communities at River Ridge (816) 898-5477 lettiann.com

THE GOLDSTEIN TEAM, Better Homes & Gardens KC (913) 345-8877 goldsteinteam.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGE Pan Asia Market (913) 345-9001 panasiamarket.com Red Door Grill (913) 222-4959 reddoorgrill.com Rock & Brews (913) 499-6495 rockandbrews.com

TRAVEL & LEISURE Overland Limousine (913) 381-3504 kclimo.com


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Parting Thoughts

Gardening Success is a Fluid Situation WORDS DENISE SNODELL

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ll along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every spring. I would look like a pro, yet all I had to do was maybe throw in a little fertilizer, and then toss enough water their way. That was only if it didn’t rain enough. Each spring, as the shade took over my back and side yards, I planted even more hostas. I discovered varieties with pretty patterns, and some solid ones with blueish or chartreuse tints. Some boasted interesting textures. Nature’s corduroy! (A description I assume master gardeners use.) No matter what type I selected, these beauties punctuated my yard with an air of paradise. Until… Wabbits. Last year, the deceptively cute furry creatures waged a war with me. The stole my easy hosta lifestyle. Imagine my shock the first time I approached my favorite original plant—the monster bloomer--only to see its massive outer leaves chomped to shreds. “Noooo, not my big blue floppy Dumbo ear!” (That’s the scientific horticultural term.) I dropped my hose and ran to the newer purchases on the side of the house, the ones I doggedly searched for in way too many nurseries. I had become picky about a certain crisp, creamy edged pattern on one particular variety, and I had to have it. (This one is known in the botanical world as The Cool Ones That Cost More.) 58

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My newbie plant$ were chewed down to the stems, like they were masquerading as chives. I hurried back indoors, revved up my search engine and found two recommended solutions: chicken wire or repellant spray. Chicken wire was out, for aesthetic reasons. Not to mention the effort. Imagine? But squirting a bottle of environmentally friendly stuff upon graceful leaves seemed simple enough. According to the directions, I just had to walk around, coat my hostas with a fine mist, and laugh maniacally at the little hungry fur balls sharpening their teeth beneath the bushes. “Go try some dandelions, you picky little hipsters!” Despite this battle plan, there were a few problems. The main one being I was late to the boxing match. Nothing is more disheartening than dousing an invisible layer of protection on a half-destroyed garden. If only I had paid attention the previous week, before word got out on nature’s yelp reviews. However, the bigger glitch was me. Once I began spraying this “liquid chicken wire,” I was overcome. What was that…smell? I was hoping for something undetectable to humans, like a dog whistle, but for the nose. Or a scent similar to mosquito-repelling citronella, which is somewhat pleasant. But Eau de No Bunny? Even a Beatrix Potter plush toy would run away from its foul mist. Here’s the most delicate, glossy magazine way to describe my take on the scent: gentle pre-dawn wafts from the dampened streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter…the morning after Mardi Gras. That’s right: bottled hurl. So what’s this amateur gardener’s overall take on the liquid solution?  It seemed to offer a total smack down on the problem. The stuff kept me out of the yard, so I didn’t even care if the hostas were there or not. 


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