VOL. XXIX NO. 3 â€¢ FALL 2016
In this issue 3
From the Director
Volunteer Opportunities and Activities
ZEN, An Alfresco Event
Tuesdays on the Terrace, Moon Fest
9 BOOtanica 10-11 Illuminations 12 13
Supper with Santa, In Our Gallery
Caring in the Community, Community Giving Day
Botanica Carousel Pavilion
16-18 Calendar 19
For the Kids
2016 Board of Trustees Officers Steve English, President Justus Fugate, Past President DeeAnne Fahnestock, Vice-President Charlie Wilson, Treasurer
Trustees Cari Clayton Matt Cortez Courtney Darrah Bill Ethridge Diana Farha John Firsching Deril Hosford Linda Kizzire Jade Martin Sarah Patterson Jo Ann Pottorff Beverly Thornton Don Zerbe
Ex-Officio Trustees Troy Houtman, Director, Parks and Recreation City of Wichita Tori Deatherage, President, Board of Park Commissioners Cathy Holdeman, Assistant City Manager City of Wichita Janet Miller, City Council, City of Wichita Mayor’s Appointee
Cultivate is the member magazine for Botanica, Inc. For more information about Botanica’s programs, events or Gardens, please call 316-264-0448 or visit our website at www.botanica.org. 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. Cultivate © 2016, Botanica, Inc. Vol. XXIX No.3 September - November 2016
From the Director
new home for old memories is the theme for the Botanica Carousel Project. Accepting the challenge of restoring the Joyland MerryGo-Round has grown into a huge, delicate task. Built in 1949 the 67 year old merry-go-round is being painstakingly restored, layer by layer and piece by piece. To our knowledge there are only five merry-gorounds of this type remaining in existence. Preserving this beautiful, nostalgic piece of history will cause many of us to remember the wonderful times we had riding the horses and will create new memories of joy and laughter for many others. When Margaret Nelson Spear donated this Wichita treasure to Botanica we instantly went to work planning for the restoration process. Then we went through a selection process and chose WDM Architects to design a building that will house the carousel and complement the gardens. The design process has been completed and a capital campaign has begun to raise $3.6 million for the carousel project and other westward expansion of Botanica. The Botanica Carousel Project is a community project. We invite everyone to help with the project, relive their memories and share the carousel with generations to come. To raise funds, naming opportunities are available for the carousel building and 27 different recognition items. Please refer to www.botanica.org or stop by and pick up the funding and design booklet. We still
have horses that can be purchased; donor recognition plaques will be placed next to each horse on the carousel floor. In June Botanica celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Downing Children’s Garden. The children’s garden was designed to promote activities where adults and children participate together. It was the beginning of Botanica’s reinvention process, and the carousel will be another phase of that process. We have reinvented Botanica to be a family place where memories are made, and everything we do in the future will be focused on family and making memories. I cannot begin to express my appreciation to all who have supported Botanica. We live in a great city, and Botanica has become one of those special places that we all can be proud of. I want to thank each and every one of you for making it possible for Botanica to grow. THANK YOU,
Marty Miller Executive Director
SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
reetings from the Gardens! Fall is in the air at Botanica even with the daytime temperatures still warm. Shorter days and cooler nights hold promise of our seasonal change into fall. In our tropical waterlilies this season we have two Longwood Hybrid Victories. We received them about a month later than normal this year due to seed crop failures so they have been slow to bloom and are not as big as most years. They complete our collection just by their uniqueness and size of leaf and flower. I love seeing them in the pond.
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by Patrick McKernan
for their help securing 20 Hosta varieties that are new to the garden, some hardy ferns and three new Japanese Maples. Their donation of the plants and their installation rounded off the rest of the landscape around the building and gave the area back the feeling of a garden. I would also like to thank Mike DeRee and the Ball Seed Company for donating 120 summer annuals from their trial beds. The top three of the 38 varieties in my opinion are Coleus ‘Flame Thrower Habanero’, Bidens ‘Bee Alive’ and Coleus ‘Flame Thrower Chili Pepper’. Look for these plants on your next visit to the gardens and at your garden centers next spring.
We purchased nine regular tropical waterlilies this year. I was pleased to read in Some have great names like Plum Crazy, Blue Spider and Bulls Eye. Their colors are just as intriguing as their the August/September 2016 issue of the names and brighten every pool that they are in. magazine ‘Birds and Blooms’ that Botanica’s Our biggest news in waterlilies is our first purchase Butterfly House was of Australian Waterlilies. These plants have 10-12” listed as number 7 in leaves and flowers with the overall plants spreading to an article titled ‘Follow 10-15 feet wide. I placed these in the big pond on the that Butterfly, these 14 west end where we have never had lilies before just to destinations will leave let them spread out, and wow is all I have to say! They have definitely made an impact this summer. The bigger you floating on cloud plant has white flowers with light blue tips at first, then nine’. We were mentioned along with exhibits all ages pure white. The other plant is a little smaller but over the country. It is has dark purple flowers and is gorgeous in bloom. We great to see our hard will continue purchasing these in the future to bring work getting national this end of the pond to life. attention. So take time to stop by the Butterfly House in September before it transforms into the Pansy House for the winter months.
Australian Waterlilies On another note, the new outdoor restroom landscape has taken great shape this summer and has gone a long way to blend the building into the garden landscape. I again would like to thank the Wichita Hosta Society 4
Beginning mid-September, we will be planting 5,500 chrysanthemums consisting of 21 varieties in various shades of six colors. They bring the gardens to life again with large patches of new vibrant colors. We then will begin planting 10,000 pansies around the rose beds, in perennial beds and in and around the pansy house for winter color throughout the gardens. As autumn progresses, our fall display usually starts showing color in late September, reaching its peak in mid-
October. Personally, this is my favorite time of year in the gardens. The summer annuals have reached their mature size and fall display has replaced the tired, summer-stressed annuals, displaying new vibrant colors. Trees and shrubs are beginning to color up and the chill in the air invites you to visit the gardens often. In your own garden, remember that September is a great time to plant asters, snapdragons, mums, pansies, cabbage and kale to fill color voids. October is time to transplant peonies. Be careful not to plant the eyes (the growing buds) no more than one inch below the surface or they will not bloom. November is time to plant bulbs like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus. I would like to thank our three summer gardening interns. Josie Riggs and Ben Ira (seniors in Landscape Design) and Bruce Moore (a sophomore in Landscape Design) have all returned to Kansas State Coleus Flame Thrower University to further their education. All of these students endured the hottest part of summer. Each had a great attitude and did a super job on their assigned garden teams and areas. Thank you from all of us for spending your summer at Botanica. We also had Michelle Martin and Lynne Snodgrass on our summer garden staff. They have both returned to teaching positions this fall. We thank both of them for
enduring the heat of the summer and doing a great job with a great attitude. We wish all our summer gardeners the best and thank them for everything they have done for Botanica.
In closing this article, I can never say thank you enough to all the garden staff and volunteers for everything you do for Botanica. You have all done a remarkable job and are appreciated more than words can ever express. So as we finish the rest of this year, know you have my deepest gratitude and respect. I would like to personally invite everyone to visit the gardens this fall and consider volunteering in the gardens. We work hard, but most of the volunteers say it’s a great social activity and enjoy what they learn and accomplish. The cooler Bidens Bee Alive weather of fall brings three Weed and Feed opportunities on the first Tuesday of each month, along with planting days for mums, pansies and 60,000 tulip bulbs. There is also the setup of Illuminations, so there are plenty of volunteering opportunities. Our volunteers help to plant and maintain all that you see in the gardens and they have a great time doing it. I thank them for all they contribute and again invite you to visit the gardens often this fall as a guest or volunteer.
Garden Council and Clubs Wichita Iris Club 3rd Monday of each month at Botanica, 7:00pm
Wichita Area Garden Council 1st Wednesday of the month at Botanica, 7:00pm
Prairie Winds Daylily Society 4th Monday of the month at Botanica, 7:00pm
Wichita African Violet Society 3rd Friday of the month at Botanica, 1:00pm
Herb Society of South Central Kansas 3rd Tuesday of each month at Botanica, 6:30pm
Project Beauty, Inc. 3rd Thursday of the month 12:30pm, Crestview South
Wichita Bonsai Club 2nd Saturday of the month at Hong’s Landscape, 9:30am
Wichita Organic Garden Club 4th Tuesday of each month at Botanica, 7:00pm
Kansas Orchid Society 3rd Sunday of the month at Botanica, 2:00pm
Central KS Cactus & Succulent Study Group last Sunday of the month at Botanica, 1:00pm
Wichita Daylily Club 2nd Monday of the month at Botanica, 7:00pm No November meeting
Wichita Rose Society 2nd Tuesday of the month at Botanica, 6:30pm
Kansas Pond Society 1st Saturday of each month at Botanica, 6:30pm
Suburban Garden Club 2nd Monday of the month at Botanica, 9:45am
Wichita Hosta Society 3rd Tuesday of the month at Botanica, 7:00pm
Clubs with no regular scheduled meetings: Wichita Area Garden Railway Society Wichita Daffodil Society
SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
Volunteer Opportunities Gardening
Get your hands dirty and join other garden volunteers during any of these special gardening days: Weed & Feed Tuesdays & Seasonal Planting. Snacks and lunches are provided by Friends of Botanica.
Tour Garden Guides
If you love our gardens and have a gift for conversation, consider becoming a tour garden guide.
September 19-23 and 26, 9:30am or 1:00pm Share in the fascination of the most recognized butterfly with our scheduled school groups during this special week. Assist in any one of our educational and engaging small group activities.
Festival of the Monarch
September 25, 1:00pm to 4:00pm If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this exciting event that is part of Monarch Days, plan to arrive at 12:45pm. There are a host of open positions from crafts, to tagging people, tagging butterflies and much more.
October 8, 11:00am to 4:00pm A fall tradition, this special event will get you excited about the fall season with wonderful crafts and games for all ages. Get your spook on and join the volunteer fun.
November 25-December 31, 5:30pm to 8:30pm You don’t have to be an electrician or climb ladders to help set-up for our beautiful holiday light displays. It takes a great deal of time and volunteers to make the magic happen. Daytime and Saturday hours available.
Supper with Santa
December 11-14, 5:30pm We need helpers to make Santa's visit to Botanica the best year ever. Supper with Santa is a family-friendly event that includes dinner, cookies, crafts and the fun of Santa reading a story for the children.
Volunteer Coffees: Wednesday, Sept 14, 10:00am Wednesday, Oct 12, 10:00am Wednesday, Nov 9, 10:00am Friends of Botanica Meetings held 8:45am before every Volunteer Coffee Monarch Days training Friday, September 16, 9:00a-12:00pm
Garden Opportunities Weed & Feeds: 1st Tuesday of each month Tuesday, Sept 6 : 8:00am to 12:00pm Tuesday, Oct 4 : 8:00am to 12:00pm Tuesday, Nov 1: 8:00am to 12:00pm Lunch provided by Friends of Botanica Seasonal Planting Days: 8:00am to 12:00pm Mums & Pansies: Sept 15, 20, 27, 29 Tulips: November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 Please gather your favorite cookie recipes to make for the Illuminations bake sale! Sponsored by:
Volunteer Benefits • Monthly volunteer coffees with light refreshments provided by THE REGENT & coffee and tea provided by THE SPICE MERCHANT on the 2nd Wednesdays at 10am. A great way to learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as you meet new people. • 10% off in the gift shop on the day you volunteer anywhere at Botanica (20% off the day you volunteer in the gift shop). • 25% off in the gift shop on one item the month of your birthday. 6
Meet our new Volunteer Director, Shelly Cannady. Call Shelly at 316.264.0448 ext. 103 or visit botanica.org to sign up for more information!
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Thanks to all who support ZEN: An Alfresco Event This is the last year for ZEN. The Planning Committee is excited to introduce VINE, an Alfresco Event that will occur on September 8, 2017. Mark your calendars now!
Suzie and Richard Ahlstrand, Gretchen and Stan Andeel, Keith L. Anderson, Thornton E. Anderson, Jennifer and Matt Arneson, Shirley and Gary Austerman, Aztec Property Services, Inc., Ann and Roy Baker, Abby and Jordan Bartel, Patty and Bill Bennett, Nancy and Doug Blackman, Jamie and Remy Blanchaert, Emily Bonavia, Susan Bowers and Keith Boscher, Katie and Nick Brewer, Kelly and Ben Brophy, Mickie and David Brown, Rebecca and Eric Bunting, Tamy and Jeff Carmichael, Cindy and John Carnahan, Kristin and Matt Conrad, Christy and Tom Cox, Charese and Chris Dakhil, Rich and Mimi DeVore, Sylvia and Pat Do, Emily and Brian Docking, Buff Dodson and Michael Myers, Dondlinger Construction, Mica and Justin Elkouri, Mardi and Dan Engel, Steve English, Mary Eves and Rigby Carey, DeeAnne Fahnestock, Genevieve and Chris Farha, Elizabeth and Sam Farha, Dr. Vincent Farha, Joanie and John Firsching, Jane and John Foster, Sarita and Jake Francis, Linda and Jim Fritzemeier, Justus Fugate, Stephanie Galichia and Ted Troth, Helen Galloway, Shawna and Mark Geist, Ilex and Michael Gelpi, Dara and Ray Geoffroy, Ruthie and Jim Gillespie, Molly and Roarke Gordon, Kathy White Goree, Teresa and Mike Grier, Kim and Brandon Haag, Cheryl Hadley and Jason Ayala, Jen and Tony Halas, Janet and Steve Hamous, Shari and Jim Hand, Phoebe and Davin Hart, Judy and Bill Hess, Shonna and Drew Jones, Susan and Mark Kiefer, Emily and Whit Kilgroe, Linda and Mike Kizzire, Tish and Don Knappenberger, Annie and Chase Koch, Lindsey and Michael Lane, Whitney and Michael Maloney, Melissa and Paul Mangan, Meg Mathewson and Duane Nordick, Janice McClelland, Nikki and Chris McCoy, Libby and Buzz Merritt, Nancy and Matt Michaelis, Jamie and Andrew Mies, Cindy and Marty Miller, Janet Miller and Nile Dillmore, Anna and Belden Mills, Erin and Clark Moeller, Mary Jane and Jeff Mullen, Kelsey and Kevin Nichols, Sarah and Joe Nold, Morgan and Logan Overman, Terra and Eric Pauly, Linda and Andy Peressin, Diane and Scott Post, Julie and Jay Prater, Sarah and Nate Purdum, Jill and Jeff Ramsey, Jaclyn and Michael Reilly, Lee and Ed Ritchie, Jamee and Mike Ross, Courtney and Phil Ruffin, Jr., Erika and Peter Salmeron, Lindy and Jacob Sands, Molly and John Shawver, Christina Hourani Shuart and Blake Shuart, Dana Smith, Laurie and Lance Spence, Kelly and Jamey Steinhauser, Emily and Brian Stockton, Marni Vliet Stone and David Stone, Camille and Ryan Stuckey, Lisa and Steve Sutherland, Kathy Sweeney, Betsy and Mike Sweeney, Katie and Chris Swyers, Susan and Dan Taylor, Jr., Deanna and Tyler Ternes, Janice and Jeff Van Sickle, Christine and Jay Voncannon, Whitney and Mike Ward, Lindsey and Ryan Wasinger, Alice and Dale Wiggins, Nancy and Charlie Wilson, Betty and Art Wood, Lily Wu, Janice and Don Zerbe
SEPTEMBER â€˘ OCTOBER â€˘ NOVEMBER
6:00pm to 8:00pm 6th
Infinite Layers - Boxwoods and Blue Margaritas
13th RKO Blues - Snapdragons and Screwdrivers 20th Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy - Coneflowers and Cuban Spice 27th Mudbugs - Shastas and Swamp Water
MOON FEST Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival! Botanica Chinese Garden of Friendship Saturday, September 10th Dinner 6:00pm - Programs 7:00pm $15 Members of Wichita Chinese Association, Wichita Area Sister Cities, Botanica $20 Non Members & at-door $7.50 Children 5-12 years $22 Late Reservation For more information, email WASCchinacommittee@gmail.com Tickets available at: www.wichitaareasistercities.org 8
Saturday, October 8th 11:00am – 4:00pm $8/$6 members With October around the corner, Botanica’s biggest family-friendly event, BOOtanica is approaching quickly. October 8th, the entire garden will be transformed into different stations with activities for children of all ages.
Games, arts and live animals are the kinds of things families can expect from BOOtanica. Some returning activities include the fortune teller, the Bug Lady, Exploration Place, Paint the Towne, live performances and so much more.
Byrne and Becky Vickers Russ and Helen Meyer
Halloween the Movie October 28, 7:00pm
Outdoor movie & haunted walk through the garden, $25 includes a brat, chips, haunted walk, popcorn, s'mores. You are welcome to bring other snacks and adult beverages. Join us in the Children’s Garden Meadow for our first ever Fright Night. Walk the gardens as the sun goes down but don’t be surprised if our gardens become haunted with live beings. Borrow one of our 300 Coleman outdoor blankets. No lawn chairs please.
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Exploration Place presents: Mad Scientist DJ Ronnie Choy Studio Performers: Listen and watch talented locals Paint the Towne: Art project Plant Graveyard with the Master Composters Great Plains Nature Center: Owls The Bug Lady: Over 90 insects and animals Theater Thrills in the Shakespeare Garden Spider Stop: Craft, activities and education Bugging Out: Dig for bugs, bug cases, education Four art projects throughout the gardens Games: Oversized lawn games, sack races and much more Fairies and Gnomes take over the woodlands: Fairy and Gnome bingo Bee Man Hear your fortune from our friendly Fortune Tellers Seed Stop: Take home seeds to plant at home Pumpkin Patch and Decorating: Pumpkins for purchase
SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
We turn the light on from 5:30pm to 8:30pm every day from November 25 to December 31 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). You’ve heard about it, now see it to believe it. Tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit Santa every night. And don’t forget you can eat dinner on the pavilion with hot chocolate and s’mores! Illuminations transforms every single garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Larger than life lit flowers and bugs are placed throughout the gardens. An oversized fish and ocean setting is placed in the Butterfly Garden. The pond and our fountains have floating lit giant trees that dance to music. Santa is here every single night visiting and taking pictures with all of the children. Candy Cane Lane, Candy Land and starfield projector shows are huge hits. We have a traditional light show to beautiful music that is installed in our main meadow. The Children’s Garden meadow Transforms into a whimsical video, light and musical extravaganza with a video board the size of a drive-in theater screen. The Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze and fun holiday creatures lighting up every corner. Live carolers and music groups come out every single night to entertain. Hot drinks, dinner and treats are sold throughout the gardens and on weekends, an adult hot toddy bar is available as well.
Wichita’s premier light display. With more than 1 million lights, we transform the gardens into a vast winter wonderland with themed light displays throughout. Making Illuminations your holiday tradition.
November 25 - December 31 Seven days a week 5:30pm – 8:30pm Adults - $8 ($7 members) Children - $6 During Illuminations, additional parking and shuttle service will be available to make your arrival and departure as convenient as possible. Park in the south parking lot across from the Wichita Art Museum on Museum Blvd where shuttles will pick up passengers. Shuttles begin at 5:30pm and will make final pick ups from Botanica’s south gate at 8:15pm. The shuttle will be running every night! We will also offer another parking option located just west of Cowtown at the South gate and comfortably within walking distance.
SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
Supper with Santa December 11 - 14, 5:30pm Adults $14 ($12 members) Children 3-12 $10 ($8 members) 225 people max each night For four festive nights, Santa and his elves will be taking a break from their holiday preparations to host a special meal at Botanica: Supper with Santa. Children can discover surprises in their stockings, decorate a cookie with Santa’s elves, enjoy stories of the season, have an art project, join in a few holiday songs and share their wishes with Santa Claus. We will also have Frosty the Snowman serve custard from Freddy’s Frozen Custard after storytime with Santa. After dinner, families can walk through the Gardens and take in the wondrous lights of Illuminations. Follow the trains around the Sensory Garden, watch the lights dance to music in the Meadow, take a stroll through Candy Cane Lane and enjoy the beauty of more than 5,000 luminaries in the Gardens and millions of lights throughout, including the Downing Children’s Garden. Be sure to bring your cameras, appetites and holiday spirit! It’s sure to be a memorable night for your family this holiday season. 11th - Blue Moon – Breakfast 12th - Molino’s – Nachos and burritos 13th - Carrabba’s – Spaghetti, breadsticks and salad 14th - Corporate Catering – Mac & cheese and chicken tenders
In Our Gallery September - ILUSQUI by Diana Carbajal October - Her Story, a Jaime Lott-Peterman Exhibition November - Featuring the Botanica 2016 Photo Competition Winners Lobby art sponsored by: 2015 Photo Competition Winner, Rick McPherson 12
otanica is proud to partner with Wichita’s Littlest Heroes. This is a small but quickly growing grass roots collection of dedicated, committed parents, businesses and organizations in our community with the mission to inspire life-long relationships between Hero children and families who are fighting life-threatening medical battles through fun and free events. Wichita’s Littlest Heroes is the vision, and now the successful reality, founded by Brianna Coffey. Littlest Heroes is not only helping other little heroes and their families, it is helping to bring community together. The organization was formed in 2014 after Brianna’s son Triston was diagnosed with a very rare and life-threatening auto-immune disease. Brianna built relationships with other parents, coping with their own child’s challenges. She realized the little heroes, themselves, hanging out together at a hospital for treatment were bonding and supporting each other regardless of their own diagnosis. It carried over to parents supporting each other with encouragement and coping through day-to-day struggles.
Today there are over 70 Heroes enrolled with Wichita’s Littlest Heroes programs and activities, with a growing list of community partners. Brianna explains, “These diseases have created incredible obstacles for families to survive. The hoops, medical forms and financial challenges they must cope with are enough to split up families causing irreparable harm with no return to normalcy.” Wichita’s Littlest Heroes has established resources that help families cope physically and emotionally to make their journey a little easier. Botanica is supporting Wichita’s Littlest Heroes by providing family memberships to each of the families. All of us at Botanica hope our community’s Littlest Heroes have the opportunity to explore the Downing Children’s Garden, their parents take a soothing walk through the gardens to re-energize, or for the entire family to share the gardens for the healing process in a time of need. For more information about Wichita’s Littlest Heroes activities, making a donation or sponsoring, check out their website at www.wichitaslittlestheroes.com.
Botanica and Whole Foods Market are partnering for Community Giving Day on Wednesday, September 21st. There are two great ways you can support Botanica. If you are a customer who reuses bags to save paper, consider donating your credit to Botanica. Whole Foods Market gives customers a 10-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags. On Wednesday September 21st, we have Botanica Community 5% Day, which is a meaningful way Whole Foods gives back to our community. A total of 5% of the day’s net sales are donated to Botanica. SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
A New Home for Old Memories
estoration of the Joyland Merry-GoRound continues. At this writing we are only 8 horses away from completing the team needed for the carousel. The excitement builds as horses are purchased and the spectacularly restored carousel horses gallop their way into Botanica’s main entrance. Knowing what was once a community tradition, loved by all, the desire of owners Stanley and Margaret Nelson will live on for generations. As owner Margaret Nelson Spear said so eloquently, “My desire for the carousel is that it be restored and function for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and children of all ages in the Wichita community as a reminder of the amusement park thrills that once were.”
Owner of Custom Carving and Restoration, Marlene Irvin continues to work on the restoration of the Joyland carousel horses. It is a project that is very close to her, recalling memories as a child riding the merry-go-round. “Every kid my age was there to ride the carousel. I love being able to imagine what the original carvers and artists wanted and then have the opportunity to bring their goals and dreams back to life.”
If you would like to help us achieve our goal to complete our team of carousel horses, here is your opportunity to preserve this uniquely Wichitan legacy: -For $2,500, your name will share a plaque with 8 total donors. Giddy up! -For $5,000, your name will share a plaque with 4 total donors. Hi-yo! -For $20,000, the plaque below the horse will reflect a single donor. Yee haw! To be part of this effort to keep the Joyland Merry-Go-Round alive as Botanica’s Carousel or if you need more information, call Jamee Ross at 316-264-0448 ext. 105 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can support Botanica’s Carousel. 14
Joyland Amusement Park 1949 – 2014
Carousel Pavilion, Botanica, Wichita 2014 – Future
We have a wonderful opportunity to save the centerpiece of Joyland. The carousel was donated by Margaret Nelson Spear to Botanica, where it will once again come to life.
1. Event Stage — $50,000 2. Grand Lawn — $250,000 3. “Your Name” 2’ x 5’ engraved stone pavers (x285) — $1,000 each 4. Formal Reflection Pool — $35,000 5. Observation Deck overlooking Grand Lawn — $20,000 6. Water features (x4) — $25,000 each 7. Large planted artist decorated pots (x6) — $10,000 each 8. Gathering Plaza & circulation walks — $200,000 9. Raised observation deck between Party Room and Grand Lawn — $75,000 10. Organ Room, organ display and maintenance — $15,000 11. Party Room adjacent to Carousel — $200,000 12. Stanchions around Carousel (x24 panels) — $300 each 13. Carousel Horse Cupola — $15,000 14. Small Family Garden — $10,000 15. Family Garden — $15,000 16. Shaded Deck seating (x3 areas) — $75,000 each 17. Stone surround at main entries (x2) — $6,000 each 18. Large Family Garden — $35,000 19. Recognition coins in the floor pattern (x100) — $200 each 20. Entry Walk — $30,000 21. Landscaped extension of Grand Lawn — $50,000 22. Accent stone wall (approx. 3’ tall) — $30,000 Total 23. Custom Joyland themed light fixtures (x8) — $4,000 each 24. Joyland history, Botanical education, Sculpture, Points of Interest along Entry Walk (x5) — $4,000 each 25. Joyland themed sconce lighting (x6) — $3,000 each 26. Benches (x10) — $1,500 each 27. Children’s grotto water feature — $15,000
SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
What’s happening at Botanica ?
SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 2016 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Emprise Lobby Gallery exhibit opens: "ILUSQUI" by Diana Carbajal (Through September)
Story Time, 10:30am Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Tuesdays on the Terrace – Infinite Layers, 6:00pm-8:00pm WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Lunchtime Lecture: Unmasking Domestic Violence Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace – RKO Blues, 6:00pm-8:00pm WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Friends of Botanica Meeting, 8:45am Volunteer Coffee, 10:00am Lunchtime Lecture: Trends for You Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Project Beauty, Membership Tea and Fashion Show, Lotus Hall, 1:00pm Story Time, 10:30am
Wichita Garden Council Meeting, 7:00pm
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 2016 Photo Competition Entry Deadline
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Wichita Hosta Club, guest speaker “Mr. Guacamole” Bob Solberg, 7:00pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Adult Education Class: Title Boxing Club - Shadow Boxing, 8:00am, $10
Story Time, 10:30am FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 ZEN: An Alfresco event, 6:30pm Story Time, 10:30am SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Adult Education Class: Pure Barre body workout, 8:00am, $10 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Garden Sprouts – Autumn & Apples, 10:00am or 1:00pm
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Garden Sprouts – Autumn & Apples, 10:00am or 1:00pm
Wichita Area Garden Railway Tour Pick up map at garden centers, 10:00am-5:00pm TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Tuesdays on the Terrace – Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, 6:00pm8:00pm
Lunchtime Lecture: Stories from the Kansas Museum of History Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 SENIOR EXPO, Terrace Room, 9:00am-3:00pm Story Time, 10:30am SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Adult Education Class: Pure Barre body workout, 8:00am, $10 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Festival of the Monarch 1:00pm-4:00pm, $7 General Admission, $3 Members TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Tuesdays on the Terrace – Mudbugs, 6:00pm-8:00pm WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Lunchtime Lecture: Vegetable Variety Winners from 2016 Demonstration Garden Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm Adult Education Class: unWINEd – Blind Tasting 6:00pm-8:00pm, (Registration Req.) $45 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Story Time, 10:30am
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Botanica Community 5% Giving Day at Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb
Festival of the Monarch, September 25th
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Lunchtime Lecture: Trees for South Central Kansas Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm Wichita Garden Council Meeting, 7:00pm THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Story Time, 10:30am Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 BOOtanica, 11:00am4:00pm, $8 General Admission, $6 Members MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 Garden Sprouts – Leaf It to Me 10:00am or 1:00pm
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Friends of Botanica Meeting, 8:45am Volunteer Coffee, 10:00am Lunchtime Lecture: Backyard Perennials Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 Story Time, 10:30am SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Adult Education Classes: -Pure Barre body workout, 8:00am, $10 -Title Boxing Club, Shadow Boxing, 8:00am, $10 Wichita Daffodil Society, Bulb Sale, Botanica, 10:00am – 2:00pm, or until sold out WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Lunchtime Lecture: Essential Oils 101 Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 Story Time, 10:30am WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 Lunchtime Lecture: Theobroma Cacao – Food of the Gods Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm Adult Education Class: unWINEd – Wine & Chocolate 6:00pm-8:00pm, (Registration Req.) $45 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 Story Time, 10:30am FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Fright Night: Halloween the Movie, and haunted walk through the garden, 7:00pm SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 Adult Education Class: Pure Barre body workout, 8:00am, $10
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 Emprise Lobby Gallery exhibit opens: “Her Story” a Jaime Lott-Peterman Exhibition (Through October)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Garden Sprouts – Leaf It to Me 10:00am or 1:00pm
BOOtanica, October 8th SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 17
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Featuring Botanica’s 2016 Photo Competition Winners (Through November and December) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Lunchtime Lecture: Creating a Bird Friendly Yard Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm Wichita Garden Council Meeting, 7:00pm THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Story Time, 10:30am Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Home Grown, 1:00pm or 3:00pm SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Kansas Orchid Society Show at Botanica, 10:00am–5:00pm SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Kansas Orchid Society Show at Botanica, 10:00am-4:00pm
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Garden Sprouts – What a Hoot! 10:00am or 1:00pm TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Garden Sprouts – What a Hoot! 10:00am or 1:00pm WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Friends of Botanica Meeting, 8:45am Volunteer Coffee, 10:00am Lunchtime Lecture: Made in the Shade Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Story Time, 10:30am
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Lunchtime Lecture: Compost Community: Who’s Who in Your Compost Bin? Lunch at 11:00am Lecture at 12:15pm THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Story Time, 10:30am THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Story Time, 10:30am FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25SATURDAY,DECEMBER 31 ILLUMINATIONS, 5:30pm-8:30pm, $8 Adults, $7 Members, $6 for children
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Kansas Pond Society Auction and Potluck Benefiting Botanica, 6:00pm TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Adult Education Class: Paint Botanica 6:00pm-8:00pm, $25 Nonmembers, $23 Members (Registration Req.)
Illuminations, November 25th - December 31st 18
Pure Barre Saturday, September 10th Saturday, September 24th Saturday, October 15th Saturday, October 29th 8:00am Pure Barre is popping up in the gardens, come tuck with us!
Title Boxing Club
Saturday, September 17th Shadow Boxing
Join us for an evening in the Gardens as we learn the basics of wine tasting provided by local sommelier Kristina Johnson from Standard Beverage. Invite your senses to explore a range of flavors, aromas and grape varieties enhancing your personal appreciation, special thanks to Jamie at Jacob Liquor Exchange. Wine will be complemented with specially prepared gourmet goodies catered by Casey Petty, owner of Butter, Beer and Bacon.
Saturday, October 15th Self Defense Techniques 8:00am
Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time! Whether you are a daily Pure Barre tucker or want to try Pure Barre for the first time, we would love for you to join us! Bring a friend and come lift. tone. burn. at Botanica!
Join us in the gardens for special boxing classes! Join us as Chris Gerhardt from TITLE Boxing teaches self-defense moves and boxing techniques. You will get a great cardio workout while feeling better and becoming empowered.
This class is 45 minutes long. Don’t forget a yoga mat and water!
No gloves needed. Bring some water and get ready to sweat.
Class is $10 at the door, cash or check accepted.
Class is $10 at the door, cash or check accepted.
Blind Tasting Test your palate with a mix of reds and whites, see if you can guess the varietals! Wednesday, September 28th 6:00-8:00pm
Wine & Chocolate
Tuesday, November 15th 6:00-8:00pm
Two of the best things in the world paired together!
Paint the Towne joins Botanica for a fun evening of painting! We will explore the canvas, creating our own, unique masterpieces. Supplies will be provided. Light snacks and drinks!
Wednesday, October 26th 6:00-8:00pm Individual Class Experience $45
Pre-Registration Required, LIMITED SPACE! Call Kelsey at 316-264-0448 ext. 117 or Paint experience is $25 for non-members, $23 for members. email email@example.com to schedule! SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
LUNCHTIMELECTURES September - November
Every Wednesday from 12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch served 11:00am – 12:15pm, only $8
Unmasking Domestic Violence Cricket Alley Ministries provides apparel, supplies and mentorship support through their Empower Program. Serving local women in Wichita, KS, Cricket Alley closed their storefront in 2015 and opened a 501(c)(3) mobile boutique with a behind-the-scenes mission to serve women transitioning from the effects of domestic violence.
Trends for You
Stories from the Kansas Museum of History Tom Ellis, Director of Development with the Kansas Historical Foundation, joins us in sharing Kansas history and stories about the Wichita area.
Vegetable Variety Winners from the 2016 Demo Garden Get a sneak peek into the vegetable varieties that were planted in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in 2016. Horticulture Extension Agent, Rebecca McMahon, will share information on recommended varieties, ones that are worth a shot and others that did not perform well.
Trees for South Central Kansas Retail Operations Manager at Brady Nursery and former Botanica Board Member, Cathy Brady, will speak on selecting the best tree for your location as well as conditions.
Backyard Perennials Master Gardener, Peggy Griffith, joins us in discussing various ways of deadheading, how to zone and optimum bloom times for perennials in your own garden.
Essential Oils 101 Join us as our very own Kelsey Webb, Outreach Coordinator, will uncover the ‘essentials’ to essential oils. Learn ways to incorporate essential oils into your diet, skin care regimen and well-being. Along with many health benefits, we will discover how essential oils can benefit you in modern day society.
Theobroma Cacao – Food of the Gods Beth Tully with Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates gives us an insider look from its origin to present day importance, a discussion about most everyone’s favorite treat – chocolate! Nearly 99% of people claim to love chocolate, the other 1% are lying!
Creating a Bird Friendly Yard Nick Clausen from Backyard Nature Center discusses habitats, feeders, seed and water for optimal bird activity as well as what birds to expect. Let there be birds!
Made in the Shade What grows in shade? And how much shade or sun do these plants need? Come experience some easy to grow plants and how to place them so they grow for you!
Discover your bodyline and color palette profile with Always In Style (AIS) trainer and owner of Wild at Heart Women’s Boutique Marissa Marklewitz. Every woman, regardless of age, wants to look her best. Coco Chanel said years ago, “Style stays forever and fashion keeps changing.” We will also highlight the important Fall 2016 fashion trends to embrace. You will leave empowered to evaluate your current closet contents and be a future shopping pro!
Catering Provided by: Compost Community: Who’s September– Truffles October – Sweet Basil Who in Your Compost Bin? November – Blue Moon Have you ever wondered what those creatures are that make composting Sponsored by: impossible? We will take a look at some of the key players that live and thrive in compost, what they eat and what eats them!
Homegrown Education K-5
For the Kids
September 1-2 - Monarch Migration October 6-7 - Pumpkin Predictions November 3-4 - Seed Dispersal Reservations Required. Contact Kelsey at 316-264-0448, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first serve.
3-5 years old, 10am or 1pm September 12th and 13th Autumn & Apples
October 10th and 11th Leaf It to Me
Field trips return to the gardens September 19th-23rd. For class description and detailed info, check our Education webpage.
November 7th and 8th What a Hoot! Reservations Required. Contact Kelsey at 316-264-0448- ext. 117 or email@example.com. First come, first serve.
Homeschool students will have their own Monarch Days session on September 26th at 9:30am Pre-registration is required. Reservations Required. Contact Kelsey at 316-264-0448, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cub Scout Required Adventure Badge Workshops Sunny Days Story time
Thursday Classes 10:30am, location posted in lobby
September BEARS WOLVES TIGERS
11th 1:30pm Fur, Feathers and Ferns 2:30pm Paws on the Path 3:30pm Backyard Jungle
Check our website for pricing and event details.
Festival of the Monarch
Sunday, September 25th, 1:00pm-4:00pm At the festival, children will become a monarch and travel along the migration path participating in games, activities, art and music. After they have migrated, they will arrive in ‘Mexico’ and enjoy a Mexican fiesta! Families will enjoy temporary tattoos, live music and a predator obstacle course. Children will also have an up close experience watching a wild monarch being tagged. Once tagged the children will receive information on how to track their monarch while it migrates from Kansas to Mexico. Wing wearing is strongly encouraged! General admission $7 or Members $3.
Elsie Neumann Monarch Waystation
Get inspiration for your garden this fall by visiting the Neumann Monarch Waystation during peak migration, the last few weeks of September. Volunteer, Elsie Neumann, established the garden in 2013 and had it certified through Monarch Watch as a conservation garden in 2015. The waystation provides both nectar and host plants for different phases of the butterfly lifecycle. SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • NOVEMBER
TRIBUTES Donations received from May, June, July 2016 In Honor of: Dr. Charles Burdsal
Ben, Riley, Carter, Jessica, Kristin, Tyler & Sawyer Bernadine Berning
Jayne Milburn Anthony Boyd In Memory of: Kerry Clannin Sharon Basham Kathy Gregg Condit Charlea Burr Julie Burris
Suzanne Dwyer Garfield
Justin Barton Campbell
Richard A. Gregg
Michael Dean “Mike” Chance
Gage, Adriana & Brooke Maxine Herrick
Jean Wollman & John Schmidt
Richard Weidenbach Carol Wooten Betty Woodward Additional Memorials for:
Chinese Garden of Friendship Name Inscriptions:
Duane Van Dolah
Ernest Niquette Iona Rose Harold Scheer Marian Sihvola Janice Tener Engraved Bricks & Pavers: Jaxon Barber John & Shelley Barber
Seed: David & Kathie Abel Shonda & Rachael Aguirre Barbara Alexia Steve & Sharon Allen Pam Amott Drew Andersen Judith Ashley William & Bernadine Bachman Bill & Barbara Baker Aaron & Michelle Bastian
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Introducing a new home for old memories. Note: Artist rendering of the new Botanica Carousel Pavilion. Marty Miller Executive Director
Kathy Osler Director of Finance
Patrick McKernan Landscape Supervisor
Shelly Cannady Director of Volunteers
Jamee Ross Director of Development
Kristina Lewis Education Specialist
Kate Sheppard Director of the Downing Children’s Garden
Laurel Nichols Seasonal Educator
Linda Keller Private & Corporate Events Director Kathy Sweeney Director of Special Events Natalie Mahaffay Director of Membership
Craig Davis Director of Marketing & Communications
Kyle Christensen Administrative Assistant
Garden Staff: Kate Baker Connie Bell Janet Gordon Andrew Jahn Kim Matthews Ethan Parsons Albert Tack Shannon Vierthaler
Lisa Reddell Senior Admin. Rentals
Mackenzie Depew Cafe
Kelsey Webb Outreach & Tour Coordinator
Hours of Operation Year-Round Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Extended Hours April through September Tuesday & Thursday until 8 p.m. & Sunday 1-5 p.m. April through October Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Botanica is maintained by Botanica, Inc. in cooperation with the City of Wichita Department of Parks & Recreation.
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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.