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GARDENER A Monthly Guide to Successful Gardening

April 2017

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ast month an e-mail notice from Timber Press came through announcing the third edition of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting & Pruning Techniques, by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. Over the years, I’ve heard high praise for her book, and it is considered one tool every gardener should own. Oddly, I’ve not added it to my toolbox. Conversely, we’ve been on this downsizing kick of late, and the idea of bringing one more item into the house goes against that theme. Nonetheless, I ordered the book. You see, a few years ago we started donating select items from our home and business. Mostly a collection of books, toys, clothing, décor, and other miscellaneous stuff that we haven’t used in a long, long while. The benchmark on whether it goes or stays was this: If we were moving today, would we take it with us? For me, that was an easy decision, and lots of things were given away. Honestly, it was a relief to lighten the load. So, you see my dilemma in considering to buy a book. The decision to let go of books was an easy one, at the time. With the Internet that has no limits, and

everything I wanted to know was just one click away, I jumped on the technology bandwagon. I figured if I was researching plants or gleaning ideas from a book, certainly all of that could now be found online. For a short time, I let the dust accumulate on the bookshelf, and I used the Internet for quick research. I even experimented with downloading and reading books on my iPad. I went so far as keeping a calendar on my phone. It wasn’t long, seriously, not long at all before I became blasé with the whole concept. There was something lacking in the electronic experience of a book, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. THAT’S IT! That’s exactly what’s missing … the book. I missed the feel of a book in my hands. The weight and texture, turning the pages, and telling the age of the book by the scent of paper and ink. And for me, the adventure of reading, whether fiction or non-fiction, is as much

about the pages as the words on the page. Have you conquered reading on a Kindle? Or do you prefer paper? I’m so tactile (my kids call it old-fashioned) that I’d rather not use a plastic mechanical pencil. Give me a wooden Ticonderoga #2 pencil and spiral notebook and I’m as happy as dandelions in spring. Maybe that’s why I love the smell and touch of dirt so much. Every part of the plant—foliage to root—is a wonder. To explore with hands and eyes elements of the garden is a complete sensory experience. Add flowers and butterflies to the scene, and oh my ... there are no words suitable. I’ve been able to strike a balance between technology benefits and that of paper and pencil. And I’m looking forward to my first Tracy DiSabato-Aust book. It’s considered a classic, just like paper and pencil. I’ll see you in the garden!

In this issue April 2017 • Vol. 22 No. 5 Rose Report ............................ 6 Herb Garden Essential Oregano .. 10 Ask the Experts ........................ 12 Tasty and Beautiful Blazing Star .. 1 4 Spring Cabbage Whites ............ 1 6 Summer Pest Prepping ............... 18 Parade of Top Ten Newcomers ... 20 Perennial Plant of the Year ......... 22 Tulip Time ................................ 24

Joy of Living ............................. 25 The Inspiration Season .............. 26 Bats ........................................ 28 Gardening With Kids ............... 32 Upcoming Events ..................... 33 Garden Calendar .................... 38 Subscribe ................................ 39 Professional’s Corner ................ 39 Hotlines .................................. 39

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Rose Report Kansas City’s expert rosarian JUDY PENNER teaches gardeners on proper planting and care for roses.

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irst, roses need at least six hours of sunlight and should not be planted near large shrubs or trees that will compete for nutrients and water. Second, prepare the bed with a good soil mix for roses which should include compost. Most local soils have a lot of clay and I recommend applying Earth Right to break up the clay. (Follow the instructions on the container.) Third, when planting bare root roses (mail order roses) remove them from the bag and soak them overnight. If you are not planting right away, check the bag for moisture, then reseal the bag and store it in a cool place for up to two weeks. Check every three days to make sure they have enough moisture. When you are ready to plant, dig a hole that is 13”x13” and make a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole. This allows you to place the roots on the mound. I also cut an inch or two off the roots to encourage root growth. Plant the bud union of the rose 1”-2” below the soil then fill the hole half way with soil. Fill a gallon bucket of water with 1 oz. Earth Right and 1 oz. of Mushroom Stuff and pour that in the hole then fill the rest of the hole with soil to the top and water it in.

eased the plant out of the pot. Once the rose is in the hole, I add Earth Right and Mushroom Stuff and then add more soil to fill in any gaps in the hole. Potted roses are already leafed out so no need to mulch the canes.

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One of the most important steps in planting a bare root rose is covering the canes with mulch so they do not dry out. You can remove the mulch once the rose starts leafing out (in about 10 days). Potted roses can be planted when we no longer have a chance of freezing temperatures. An advantage to potted roses is you may buy them locally and see how the bloom will look. In choosing your rose make sure the plant has 3-5 good size canes, larger than a number 2 pencil and that the foliage looks healthy. If you are not going to plant the rose right away, keep it watered checking it every three days. When I plant potted

roses, I put the blade of my shovel by the side of the pot and measure an inch or two above the bud union to the bottom of the pot (using my shovel blade as a measuring tool) and this is how deep I dig my hole. One mistake people make with potted roses is planting them at the same soil level as the pot which frequently is below the bud union be sure to plant the bud union 1 to 2 inches below ground level. Remember to carefully remove rose plants from pots in order to not damage the roots. Different nurseries use different pots. Some are in peat pots that are easy to cut away from the plant. With plastic pots, simply turn on the side and

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he Marais des Cygnes (formerly Miami County) Extension Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale in Paola, Kansas at the end of April, which is perfect timing for transplanting into your garden when you get home. Plants are locally-grown so buyers can be assured of appropriateness for our clay soil and extreme weather. Our suppliers do not use neonicotinoids, which protects pollinators and butterflies from exposure to residual insecticides. Buyers will find bedding plants and vegetable transplants as well as hanging baskets to provide ready-made beauty for your yard. Both annuals and perennials will be available, including the always popular succulents. We will again feature native plants, especially flowers for pollinators, and caterpillar host plants for butterflies. Save the last weekend in April for this sale. The hours are: Thurs.,

Purchase Tropical Milkweed, an ideal nectar source for pollinators and the Monarch Caterpillar’s favorite food plant.

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An Herb Garden Essential, Oregano Passionate about herbs, DIANA PAR-DUE reminds us of the multiplicity of oregano.

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f you haven’t tried growing herbs, no matter your space, this year is the perfect time to start. Herbs are so uniquely variable that they can nearly all grow well in pots, in full sun, part sun, and even quite shady areas. The herb featured this month is oregano, because it is hardy, flavorful, perennial and comes in several varieties so the gardener can find one that will suit their aesthetic and culinary needs. Oregano is an herb that a gardener of any experience can grow. It thrives in the ground or pot as long as there is near full sun but it can tolerate some shade. It’s a hardy perennial here in zone 6a and requires very little fussing. When the plants die off in the winter, simply cut back the woody stems to make way for the new growth. It is drought resistant and can be

plucked and used in the kitchen from March until December. Oregano leaves have a delightful flavor for culinary uses. There is almost no savory recipe that doesn’t improve upon the addition of oregano. A gorgeous aromatic flavor that compliments sautéed summer vegetables and virtually any soup is incomplete without it, even most rubs, spice blends and spice pastes can benefit from the zesty taste of oregano. For use in cooking it is best to stick to the few with the best flavor and texture such as Greek, Italian, Hot and Spicy, which, as the name implies, is quite spicy and also Turkish which grows taller with smaller, more delicate leaves that make use in fresher recipes. Oregano is an antiseptic, antiviral and antispasmodic herb and

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Oregano, gorgeous and delicious. can be used in an oil or poultice to treat vomiting, nausea and bacterial infections. Let’s not forget the magical aesthetic that oregano provides to a garden. It’s perky, deep green leaves and bushy shapes make it appealing to the eye but nothing is quite as lovely as seeing the many flowers that peek out as the season gets along. Ornamental varieties have stunning, long and papery purple blooms, the culinary varieties have smaller, lavender blooms. Oregano makes a wonderful centerpiece to any herb garden and

can bridge the gap between beauty and flavor while lasting for many years. A gardener that chooses oregano can be assured many years of gorgeous and delicious foliage. Diana Par-Due is an avid gardener who, when not raising children, raises plants. She dreams of beekeeping and chickens one day when her town makes it legal and until then spends her time writing, reading, and studying as a mature student at a local college and making garden plans she never actually keeps.

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Ask the Experts Readers share their questions about landscape issues, and DENNIS PATTON gives expert tips and advice. FERTILIZE BLOOMING SHRUBS BEFORE OR AFTER BLOOM Question: Do you fertilize spring blooming shrubs like azalea, rhododendrons and hydrangeas in early spring before they bloom, or in the summer when they are putting on their flowers for next year? Answer: This answer may surprise you, but generally I don’t think these plants need fertilizer. If you are using a wood mulch then the breakdown of this material should provide all the nutrients the plants need. Shrubs are not usually high feeders. If you were to fertilize, the best time would be in the spring before flowering. This one-time application should be sufficient to promote new growth for the following years bloom. A word of caution about fertilizers.

Fertilizers do not make a sickly plant healthy. Fertilizers are used to promote growth in healthy plants. Plants that are struggling to survive or in poor growth could be harmed by additional fertilizers. Think of it this way, when you are down and out with the flu are you craving or needing a big meal? HOW TO PRUNE AN AGING CLIMBING ROSE Question: I have a seven-yearold climbing rose. Can I cut it back in the spring to restore it or only cut out the older parts of the plant? Answer: Climbing roses are pruned differently from the common bush-type rose. Generally, with climbing roses we wait to prune until after flowering. The best flower buds are borne on last

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Should I fertilize my spring blooming azalea? season’s growth. Cutting off the growth before flowering will limit your floral display. My recommendation would be to wait until after flowering to prune. In the early spring, nip off any parts of the plants that did not survive winter. Once the plant is finished blooming, tackle the pruning to get back into shape. I would avoid totally cutting the plant back. This will stress the plant. The best approach is to cut the oldest, woodiest, straggly canes to the ground. The remaining canes can be cut back to lower buds. An application of a fertilizer at this time would help to promote new growth from the base to replace the removed canes. If you remove the older canes each year that should keep the plant rejuvenated and in great flowering shape. CRACKING PIN OAK BARK Question: Why is the bark on my Pin Oak cracking?

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Answer: This is not a lot of information to go on. One thought is as a tree ages the bark matures. Bark of a young tree has not yet matured to develop the more typical deep furrowed and grooved bark of an older tree. Many trees at a young age have a very smooth light colored bark. As the tree matures the bark layer gets more textured and develops a deeper color. I guess you could say it ages just like people As a young adult we have a smooth complexion and then at maturity we develop wrinkles, much like tree bark. Tree bark can also develop cracks for other reasons. They range from common growth cracks when the girth of the tree develops rapidly. These can be seen as thin vertical slits in the tree. The worst case would be canker disease that kills back large sections of the bark layer causing a dark and sunken area. But I would not describe these as cracks.

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Usually cracks are more a function of the aging process. CILANTRO GROWING TIPS Question: I have attempted to grow cilantro without much luck. Do you have any tips for success? Answer: Cilantro can be a challenge to grow in spring climate. This plant thrives in cooler conditions. Once the spring temperatures begin to warm the feathery growth quickly becomes bitter and the plant bolts or develops a flower stalk. The seeds of cilantro are the herb coriander. Here are a couple of tricks to try. Directly sow cilantro seeds in the garden starting in mid-to-late March. About every two weeks sow another small patch. The leaves should be ready to harvest in about 45 days. Harvest each planting until bitter. Transplants are another option. They are more expensive and may add a few more weeks of harvest. Another option is to plant in the fall. Direct sow in August and September and harvest into the cool of November and December as the plant can tolerate light frost. The best option might be to just purchase fresh and devote this garden space to less challenging crops.

Some steps also combine several benefits at once. Another example is the early spring application usually has a crabgrass preventer and fertilizer. When I get this question I challenge people not to count applications but ask the hard questions; what does the application accomplish and when it comes to fertil-

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applications. Here again it depends on your needs. I think the real question is not number of steps or applications but what is being done in each. The question is do you need that treatment and at that time? For example if you don’t have grub or other insect issues, than this step is not necessary.

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Tasty and Beautiful Blazing Stars

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lazing star (Liatris) is one of those native plants that is loved by everybody and everything. It is a runway model and a super-food for wildlife. People love its colorful flowers that adorn slender stalks and the wildlife it attracts. Monarch butterfly programs like Monarch Watch and Milkweeds for Monarchs promote it as a vital source of food for King Billy butterflies, otherwise known as monarchs. It is highly attractive to monarchs who seek flower nectar to fuel their migration to Mexico. But monarchs are highly attractive to something else, the Asian praying mantis. This mantis waits in ambush, hidden among blazing star

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flowers. Last summer I watched an Asian mantis on eastern blazing star catch and eat a bumblebee, a duskywing skipper, and two silver spotted skippers in two afternoons. The mantis also snagged a monarch butterfly, which struggled and got away and stared down a hummingbird that flew away without a drop of nectar. Native Americans called Liatris crow root because crows dug and ate the roots in fall. Staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City confirmed this years ago, telling me that they watched a flock of crows uproot and eat several plants. The wavy-lined emerald moth also has a taste for blazing star. It

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If you notice a number of blazing stars missing from your garden, SCOTT WOODBURY explains what is to blame.

Eastern Blazingstar and Texas Green Eyes is stealthy in its approach, removing pink flower petals, and sticking them all over its caterpillar body. Once the camouflage is in place, the caterpillars crawl around undetected as they devour flower after flower. Even when the pink petals fade to tan the caterpillars remain hidden in faded flowers while they continue to feed. Fortunately blazing stars survive the wavy-lined moth. But not so when voles come round. Voles are tiny mammals that tunnel through soil and feed on plant roots, especially blazing star. I once planted over a hundred rough blazing star (Liatris aspera), to see each one disappear in a winter feeding frenzy. It reminded me of Bugs Bunny stealing the kings carrots, zip, zip zap—tunneling from plant to plant, eating corm

after corm until every root was devoured. I’ve seen this happen with eastern blazing star (L. scariosa) outside my office window, with prairie blazing star (L. pycnostacya) by the thousand in Crawfish Flat at Shaw Nature Reserve, and with marsh blazing star (L. spicata) in too many gardens to recall. Like Bissinger’s blood orange truffles are to many of us, blazing stars are irisitible to a vole. The only thing that slows down voles is steel and concrete. Sidewalks and raised planting beds exclude voles and so do large containers with wire mesh covering the drain hole. With my fingers crossed behind my back I’m growing the rare Ouachita gayfeather, Liatris squarrosa var. compacta in the native plant trial garden at Shaw Nature Reserve thanks to colleague Quinn


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Long, who collected the seed. For two years neither crows nor voles have discovered them. Crows are not a common problem with blazing stars but voles are. Nevertheless I’m tempting fate, which is why I plan to test grow blazing stars in wire baskets this year and why I have made it a policy to grow and replace them year after year. They disappear after two or three years. I want a better return on our investment. All this having been said you might give up on blazing star altogether. I still love them and can’t imagine a garden without them. They attract more King Billys and other insects than any other native plant. Few native plants are as graceful or bloom lavender pink in mid- to late summer. They feed gold finches in fall and whitethroated sparrows in winter. And

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Spring Harbingers, Cabbage Whites

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he aerial dance of Cabbage White Butterflies in early March is a sure sign that spring is finally on its way. Like the Swallowtails, Cabbage Whites spend winter in their pupal stage, but awake much earlier from their slumber. Our other early sightings such as Commas, Question Marks and Mourning Cloaks spend the winter as adults sheltered under bark or among dry leaves. A warm February day arouses them to drink from dripping sap and moist scat instead of nectar. Cabbage Whites avidly nectar on Dandelions and other early spring flowers while the lusty males patrol for their ladiesin-white to begin the first brood of the new year. Wild mustards serve as host plants across the fields and roadsides. This diet allows the adults to dare to wear white as an

announcement of the bitter flavor conferred by the sequestering of mustard oils. Not a Native! Cabbage Whites are our most common butterflies throughout North and South America with multiple broods every year. Consequently, people are surprised to learn that they are not natives. They were accidentally brought from Europe to Quebec in 1860 and first reported in Missouri in 1877. Despite the charming flutter of Cabbage Whites, this immigration is very unfortunate because their caterpillar is the infamous “Cabbage Worm”, one of only three species of butterflies considered to be an agricultural pest. Living up to its species name, rapae, this faintly pubescent blue-green cater-

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LENORA LARSON discusses the possible love-hate relationship with Cabbage Whites and offers a solution.

A hungry Cabbage Worm pillar is rapacious on all members of the mustard family, including our favorite vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and (for a few of us) Brussels sprouts. The darling of foodies, kale, is especially attractive to Cabbage Worms, as well as to Cabbage Loopers and Cross-lined Cabbage Worms, which are the two species of native moth caterpillars that dine on Mustards. The damage to food crops is hard to tolerate, especially when a caterpillar escapes the cook’s eye and is served as an accidental

garnish on broccoli. Many gardeners choose to control with insecticides but not the dedicated butterfly gardener. Please avoid using the organic control, Bt (the spores of Bacillus thuringiensis) since the bacterial spores do not differentiate between Cabbage Whites and Monarchs. How can we enjoy the adult and tolerate the child? We need a non-edible host plant for the landscape. Unlike most species of butterflies, these cats travel in huge herds so we need a humongous plant to accommodate extensive caterpillar populations.


during the three weeks of bloom. Then, there is considerable competition for the spent flower stalks. My cattle consider them a delicacy—cow-sized broccoli. But my Mother, a Grand Master in the Japanese art of Ikebana, covets them for her huge sculptural flower arrangements. And my crafty neighbor sprays them silver or gold to hang Christmas tree ornaments and then pink for an Easter egg A male; the female Cabbage White has 2 black dots tree. on her forewing The city gardener may ask, “Why should I grow such an enormous plant in my small garden—won’t it make my garden seem even smaller?” Not necessarily. Garden designers tell us of an irony: one really large specimen plant can make a small garden seem larger. This giant can be the prized specimen that serves three purposes: host plant, dramatic focal point and crafter’s hobby material. Such multi-tasking should buy Colewort’s spot in any garden, while resolving the loveColewort in glorious bloom hate relationship with Cabbage Whites. A Possible Solution Colewort, Crambe cordifolia, Marais des Cygnes Extension an enormous perennial mustard Master Gardener, Idalia Butterfly with 36 inch long leaves could be Society and Kansas Native Plant the answer. In June, flower stalks Society member, Lenora Larson shoot up like a colossal 6 foot cangardens and hosts butterflies in the delabra, covered with white honeycruel winds and clay soil of Paola, scented flowers. The butterflies Kansas. She may be contacted at and bees ecstatically imbibe nectar lenora.longlips@gmail.com.

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Simple Summer Pest Prepping TRACY FLOWERS shares uncomplicated methods to control and eliminate pests and diseases in the garden.

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ansas City gardeners are getting ready for a lot of excitement. Flowers are starting to bloom, leaves are emerging and there is a wide range of pests and diseases that want to eat up all of your hard work. We live in tornado alley, and at some point, have been given the talk about having the “tornado kit” together and ready with ordinary but useful things like water, flashlights, Band-Aids, etc. This same idea about being prepared can be used for assembling a summer gardening kit. There are many inexpensive, household items with mundane, everyday purposes. Yet, when used in the garden, they could be a lifesaver for plants. Rosarians are well acquainted with Japanese beetles and their life cycle. An environmentally conscience way to control them would be to have your dedicated bucket and dish soap ready to go. A quick morning and evening pass through the bushes, shaking the groggy beetles into soapy water, is a great way to make sure that all beetles you see are dead. No squashing! This only releases a scent that will attract even more beetles. It is too dangerous to rely on pricey insecticides for rose pests.

Even systemic chemicals should be used sparingly as any bees trying to collect pollen from a pesticide treated plant will be harmed. Another insect that we know too well are bagworms on junipers. Their early season crawling stage is too small to see, yet that is the time when they should be treated. If the late May/early June spray window is missed, your best option is to hand-pick the bags off of the prickly bushes. If you are all out of horticultural oil when it is time to spray bagworms, a great substitute is mineral oil. It is already the main ingredient in many brands of horticultural oil, inexpensive and can be found at your corner drugstore in the “digestive aid” section. Later on, you can grab concentrated pyrethrins from a local nursery and make an organic pesticide from scratch. Remember not to spray horticultural soaps or oils if the temperature is going to be above 90°F. This will burn your plants and give them an unsightly scorched appearance. Spider mites favor plants like boxwood and dwarf Alberta spruce. Utilizing a hose attachment that can produce a small, hard stream of water, you can blast spider mites off of the foliage. The plants get

a drink and this technique physically and immediately removes a large percentage of their population. If the weather allows, horticultural oil can then be sprayed to smother the remaining hangers-on. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” When prepping ~Confucious. for summer gardening, you can be sprayed, dunked or wiped with raid the pantry and a 20:1 water to bleach solution mix together garlic, hot pepper or rubbing alcohol to keep nasty flakes and a few drops of dish soap. things from spreading around the Combine this concentrate with garden. water and spray plants that rabbits Prepping and treating the garand deer find appealing. To make den with common household prodthis concoction extra stinky, throw ucts will save you time and money. an egg into the mix and allow the Since most of these items have sun to “steep” the tea. The longer ordinary everyday purposes, they it sits, the stinkier and more potent are still useful at the end of the it gets. gardening season. While in the kitchen, don’t forSave yourself, your health and get the old trick that beer stops your wealth and keep it simple in slugs. Any good garden prepper the garden. should always have this product on hand and in good supply. Tracy Flowers is on the Horticulture Other useful items for the garstaff at Powell Gardens and she den are bleach and rubbing alcoworks at The Ewing and Muriel hol. Potted plants and tools that Kauffman Memorial Garden. You have come into contact with an may reach her at 816-932-1200. insect infestation or disease can

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ging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811. April marks the traditional start of digging season, and the Missouri and Kansas one call systems strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging. By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected. The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists. The Missouri One Call System and Kansas 811 encourages area residents to visit www.mo1call. com or www.kansas811.com for more information about digging safely.

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Parade of Top Ten Newcomers Annuals to covet and grow By Mike DeRee

Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Tropical Rose’ Can you believe ‘SunPatiens’ are celebrating their 10 year anniversary? Ten years of rollicking good fun, phenomenal new introductions, and, in effect, turning the impatiens world on its ear from Day 1. New for 2017 is ‘SunPatiens Compact Tropical Rose’, the first of the compact ‘SunPatiens’ to offer variegated yellow/green foliage that lights up the day and night. Contrast the foliage with a cacophony of intense rose flowers, a tidy habit that works in the ground or in containers, and this just might be the most impactful new ‘SunPatiens’ ever introduced. Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia Improved’ Have you ever seen any plant have a ‘cult’ following such as ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ has? Of the three ‘Supertunia Vista’ varieties, ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia’ has been the weak link among the siblings. This should change for 2017 as ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia Improved’ increases vigor and flower power to match its siblings. No more looking for the ‘Vista Fuchsia’ in a combination with ‘Vista Bubblegum’ and ‘Vista Silverberry’, the improved ‘Vista Fuchsia’, with a multitude of bright magenta fuchsia flowers, may just create a ‘cult’ following of its own. Calibracoa ‘Superbells Tropical Sunrise’ A fair question to ask is if there is even a need for another unique calibracoa. If the new calibracoa is ‘Superbells Tropical Sunrise’, the answer to the question is a resounding YES! With its very unique flower pattern, large flowers, especially in the early season, and its ability to hold the bicolor bloom pattern even in the heat of summer, this is the one new plant introduction that could surpass all others in 20

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ground, or as a centerpiece statement in combination pots.

Portulaca ‘ColorBlast’ This new introduction of portulaca (aka purslane) has three bicolor flower varieties that demand attention as something wonderfully new in purslane. ‘ColorBlast Lemon Twist’, a bicolor yellow/ white, ‘ColorBlast Mango Mojito’, an orange/yellow bicolor, and ‘ColorBlast Watermelon Punch’, a rose/yellow bicolor, have all the attributes of easy care purslane with the additional allure of bicolor blossoms adorning hanging baskets or combination containers. These varieties might easily compete for ‘Plant of the Year’ in the Kansas City metro area.

Lantana ‘Lucky Red’ Lantanas are a staple in the Kansas City garden diet, and the ‘Lucky’ series has quickly become a favorite due to its tidy habit and continuous flowering. One obvious omission was a variety offering a red bloom. Lo and behold, the 2017 version of ‘Lucky’ lantanas adds ‘Lucky Red’. The red in the bloom is more pronounced as the flower matures, though the intensity of the red is worth the wait. Imagine, for a moment, its August 15, it’s sweltering hot outside, and the view out the window is ‘Lucky Red’ lantana blooming itself to impress any and all who take the moment to enjoy. Ahh, summer in KC can be beautiful!

Begonia ‘Megawatt’ series With all the excellent new varieties in begonias of all shapes and sizes, ‘Megawatt’ begonias enter the begonia ‘Whopper’ arena hoping to dismantle the ‘king’ of begonias. Four varieties, two bronze leaf and two green leaf, are offered for garden performance ‘par excellence’ in landscape settings or simply ‘a la carte’ in pots. Mature height of 24+ inches, super easy care, and outstanding summer performance make ‘Megawatt’ begonias a great choice for novices and experts alike. Canna ‘Cannova Orange Shades’ The Canna ‘Cannova’ series has revolutionized cannas and with good reason. Grown from seed alleviating virus concerns, matched with a habit that works well in almost any sized container, and adding ‘Cannova Orange Shades’ in 2017 to six other colors, these cannas have turned heads and have gone where no cannas have before. ‘Cannova Orange Shades’ blooms early, blooms often, and simply does not disappoint, either in the

Cyperus ‘Prince Tut’ If ever a name tells the story of a plant, cyperus ‘Prince Tut’ speaks volumes, if just from the words on a page. This new addition to the ‘Baby Tut’ and ‘King Tut’ family grows to half the size of ‘King Tut’ with the same giant umbel that so endears ‘King Tut’ to legions of gardeners. ‘Prince Tut’ eloquently fills the gap between its siblings, and could easily surpass both in application and enjoyment. Phlox ‘Gisele’ series Annual phlox has been a conundrum for years, offering much hoopla and struggling to live up to expectations. The phlox ‘Gisele’ series with 5 colors might very well change former disappointment to future glory. Tested and trialed from Florida to Michigan, from North Carolina to California, phlox ‘Gisele’ passed both cool weather and hot weather tests with

Cyperus ‘Prince Tut’ praise and accolades from all locations. This phlox is a sleeper, and well deserving of finding a niche in the hearts of plant lovers in Kansas City. Coleus ‘Inferno’ Picking new introduction # 10 for 2017 proved extremely difficult, and after careful consideration, with many other noble and noteworthy varieties vying for attention, coleus ‘Inferno’ crept to the top. The slightly ruffled, brick orange foliage of ‘Inferno’ makes a statement, whether in a container or banked together in a landscape providing a sense of inspiration to passersby. New breeding in vegetative coleus focuses on late flowering or even no flowering though September, and ‘Inferno’ is included in this new breeding initiative. Grow ‘Inferno’, and experience the easy beauty of coleus. With so many plants that perform in Kansas City, grab a friend that has yet to experience the joy of growing, search out these new varieties, share your expertise, and observe a passion for the beauty and joy of plant life blossom in a fellow human being. Mike DeRee, territory sales rep for Ball Seed Company, works and gardens in Wichita, Kan.


Above: Calibracoa ‘Superbells Tropical Sunrise’ Above: Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Tropical Rose’

Above: Lantana ‘Lucky Red’

Above: Portulaca ‘Colorblast Lemon Twist’

Above: Portulaca ‘Colorblast Watermelon Punch’ Below: Canna ‘Cannova Orange Shades’

Above: Begonia ‘MegaWatt’; Below: Coleus ‘Inferno’

Above: Petunia ‘SupertuniaVista Fuchsia Improved’

Above: Phlox ‘Gisele’; Below: Portulaca ‘Colorblast Mango Mojito’

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ith all the ”buzz” about bees and butterflies, why not celebrate an excellent plant known for its ability to support insects and birds and serve as the primary caterpillar food for a beloved North American native butterfly?

common ailment in early colonial times, causing wheezing, coughing and great pain due to the inflammation of the pleura round the lungs. Asclepias tuberosa reportedly was so effective in treating this ailment it earned another common name, pleurisy root.

HISTORY Commonly known as butterfly weed, this long-lived and striking perennial is native to the continental United States (except for the northeast) along with the Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec. With vibrant orange/red/ yellow flowers that seem to jump out, butterfly weed is a great addition to a sunny garden with average to dry soils. As the common name suggests, these plants are butterfly magnets. They also have a medicinal history as treatment for pleurisy, a

CHARACTERISTICS Butterfly weed is a member of Apocynaceae, or milkweed family. This family includes plants with a milky sap poisonous to most insects. Unlike other milkweeds, Asclepias tuberosa contains little sap. The leaves are 2-5” long, more or less alternate, growing closely together spiraling up the stem, hairy, unserrated, lanceolate, sessile or lacking leaf petiole and appearing attached to the stem. Leaves are dark green on top, lighter green beneath. Stems are hairy and branched near the top with at

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2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed flowers are easy to recognize because of their “5 up & 5 down” appearance. Each flower has five colorful petals that hang down, and five upright curved petals called hoods. clusters (umbels) of many showy flowers in late spring through midJuly. Butterfly weed flowers are easy to recognize because of their “5 up & 5 down” appearance. Each flower has five colorful petals that hang down, and five upright curved

petals called hoods, each possessing one horn. Horns are more or less orange, erect, sickle shaped, inward curved, forming within the hood. When cross-pollinated a dry fruit forms. This dried fruit, also called a follicle, opens along one side to disperse the seeds. It is 4-5”

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long and only 1⁄2”-3/4” wide, with a smooth surface. Initially green, they mature brown and split open to release the seeds. Deadheading Asclepias tuberosa is recommended to prevent reseeding, keeping the plants more attractive and promoting a second push of color later in the season. Asclepias tuberosa makes excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. Cut stems when more than half the flowers are open; buds do not open well once the stem is cut. WHERE TO PLANT Mature plants do not transplant well so proper siting is important. Young plants develop from a single central stem but with age plants will tiller (develop shoots) at the base, sending up multiple erect stems from a large taproot extending down a foot or more. Due to the taproot, division is difficult but can be done in early spring before new growth begins. Butterfly weed is hardy to zones 4-9 and reaches 2-3’ high with about a 2’ spread. Don’t cut back in late fall; rather wait until early spring. Mulching young plants prevents frost heaving. Be patient since butterfly weed is slow to emerge in the spring. 

Butterfly Weed Highlights HARDINESS USDA Zones 4 to 9 LIGHT Butterfly weed grows best in full sun. Deadheading Asclepias tuberosa is recommended to prevent reseeding. Butterfly weed is often grown from seed. Experts report 50-80% germination if fresh cleaned seed is used. If germination does not occur after 3-4 weeks provide a 2-4 week cooling period. Collected seed will result in flower color variation. To ensure color, purchase seed from a reputable source. Propagation through root cuttings can be used to ensure quality from forms showing merit. Cutting back once, early in growth cycle, will promote compact growth. Since Asclepias tuberosa is a native prairie plant, butterfly weed is quite comfortable in meadow gardens, native plantings and wildlife sanctuaries but is finding its way into more formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Plant

in large masses, for an unrivaled display of eye-popping orange flower color. Butterfly weed pairs well with summer blooming Phlox, Hemerocallis, Liatris, Echinacea, Salvia, and most of June/July sun loving perennials. Another bonus is that deer will leave Asclepias tuberosa alone! Many bees, wasps, ants, butterflies and beetles visit butterfly weed as well as hummingbirds. All members of the milkweed family serve as larval food for the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) and the Milkweed Tussock Moth (Euchaetes egle). Let them munch on butterfly weed and you will be rewarded with these “flowers of the air.”

SOIL Grows best in well-drained soils and it is drought tolerant. USES Butterfly weed is a perfect selection for full-sun meadow or prairie gardens as well as formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Flower arrangers find the plants make long-lasting cut flowers. UNIQUE QUALITIES Asclepias tuberosa are butterfly magnets. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for the monarch butterfly caterpillars. MAINTENANCE Butterfly weed is subject to no serious insect or disease problems. Deer usually avoid butterfly weed.

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Tulip Time in Topeka 120,000 tulips in three locations plus two special events usher in spring in Shawnee County

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ulip Time 2017 is set for April 7-23. The event features more than 120,000 tulips in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s three featured gardens—Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, Old Prairie Town/ Ward-Meade Botanical Garden and Doran Rock Garden and surrounding areas in Gage Park. In 2017, there will be two special events in addition to regular self-guided tours through the gardens of tulips. Tulips at Twilight is a new event at Old Prairie Town/WardMeade Botanical Garden. Set for 6 to 10 p.m. April 7-8, the event will feature thousands of colorful tulips viewable by the light of luminarias and lighted trees. The event features live music and light food and sweets served until 10

p.m. Admission is a $5 donation with children five and under free. Tulip Time Festival the Lake is back for a third year at Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee. The event is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9. The back-to-back events give outof-town guests reason to spend a weekend in the capitol city. A $5 donation is suggested for the day which features classic cars, food trucks, photography and master gardening classes and musical and dance performances. Tulip Time was attended last year by people from 86 cities in 30 states, as well as visitors from the

United Kingdom, India, Russia, Australia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Tulip Time is an annual destination popular with everyone from area residents to out-ofstate visitors on bus tours. A $5 donation is suggested at Ted Ensley Gardens and Old Prairie Town/WardMeade Botanical Garden to help cover the cost of the event and enable Tulip Time to continue in future years. Guided tours for groups of 15 or more with advance reservations are available at Ted Ensley Gardens (785) 251-2600

and Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden (785) 251-2993. Tulip Time began nearly 30 years ago in the home gardens of Jerold and Joan Binkley. Mr. Binkley desired to create an ongoing and beautiful countywide event with Tulip Time. Today the event draws visitors from around the nation. Following the blooming season for the tulips, the bulbs are removed from the gardens and sold to the public. The dates for the sale are contingent upon when the tulips bloom this year. Tulip Time is a combined effort of Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens, Friends of Ward-Meade, the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation and Visit Topeka.

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“Joie de Vivre” (Joy of Living) By Judy Aull

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hether called by its English name or given French name, this garden is magnificent. The garden owners say, it reflects “our personal enjoyment of gardening but also in watching and appreciating nature living around us.” They consider their focus to be supporting nature with a holistic approach. Be advised. Prepare yourself for the presentation of an outstanding example of holistic gardening. In their effort to support nature, organic materials are used to enrich the soil, native plants are used as the homeowners learn of their value, and many pollinator-friendly plants are used bringing in bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and their caterpillars. The garden is a registered Monarch Waystation with Monarch Watch and also with North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Native plants are combined with non-native ornamental plants in order to supply food and habitat for nature. The garden owners purchased two acres of land 18 years ago. They began to carry out their appointed plan immediately by the addition of two large raised vegetable beds and the conversion of other space to perennial beds. Water-wise plants were essential due to their choice of no traditional sprinkler system. All the plants however are watered when necessary. Over time turf is being replaced by various trees and mixed beds. Through the years, many lessons have been learned; recognizing different growing conditions,

not only the need for sun or shade but wind exposure, slopes, and soil conditions, but also the influence of nearby plants. One type plant is sometimes used in several different locations and its reactions noted for both. This is a good reason it is wise to work with Mother Nature. “Gardening is lifelong learning.” In unifying this garden, hardscaping is used in the form of flagstone for flower bed edging and a path around the house. The path takes you under a pergola aptly named “frog allee” which leads to a patio. Off to the side of the patio flows a small water garden complete with fish, water plants and a waterfall. As with every gardener, there are favorite plants. The favorites in this garden are hydrangeas, summer sweet, milkweed both swamp and whorled, prairie blazing star, Indian pink, heirloom zinnias, torch Mexican sunflower, several heirloom tomatoes and North star cherry. Their attraction lies in various reasons; beautiful flowers both large and small, flowers that attract

butterflies and hummingbirds, host plants for various insects, and juicy fruit. What a great way to spend an afternoon, looking and learning. Join us for the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Garden Tour, June 9 and 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information about the gardens on the tour, visit www.mggkc.org under the

“Garden Tour” heading. Tickets will be available May 8 at various sites in the Kansas City area. A listing of these sites will be available on the website at that time. Master Gardeners is a program of the University of Missouri, an equal opportunity/ADA institution. Judy Aull is a Master Gardener of Greater Kansas City.

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The Inspiration Season If spring pond fever has you searching for inspiration, you are not alone. DIANE SWAN tells us where to begin.

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ave you decided that this is the year to add a water feature? Or is this the season to execute the expansion phase of the original pond to include streams and waterfalls? Spring is an ideal time for planning, and sources of inspiration are found everywhere. From magazines and television shows, to club tours and sales, ideas are popping up like tulips. With warmer temperatures and more daylight, the garden awakens, and it’s easy to get outside again. So let’s take a good look at the bare bones of your yard: the layout and contours. If you don’t have a water feature, your yard could be screaming for one. The assessment of the landscape may reveal the perfect site. Observe the entryway to your home, or a gathering place in the

back. There’s probably a spot just right for a small bubbler rock. It would offer de-stressing water sounds and a special point of tranquility for you and your guests. But where to begin, and where do you turn for inspiration?

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Searching for inspiration each spring used to include attending lawn and garden shows. I remember going to our first lawn and garden show at the American Royal about 25 years ago. I will never forget the first impression that was truly awe-inspiring. A full size Dutch windmill with a large pond, surrounded by hundreds of blooming tulips. The image is engrained in my mind forever. The entire hall was devoted to landscaping and waterscaping booths. Each unique to itself and when you left the show your mind was truly on overload with ideas. I’m quite sure gardeners would support shows like that again. Another source of inspiration came from watching HGTV, loaded with landscaping shows highlighting a project from start to finish.

The way we get our information now is quite different. In this age of technology at your fingertips, all you have to do is turn on that iPad or computer and everything gardening is at your fingertips. Go to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and plug in key words to search. Almost anything imaginable for your yard is available to view. You can go to Google search and put in what specific item you are looking for and get many websites to pop up. All chocked full of ideas. Fast becoming my favorite is YouTube. You can find thousands of gardens and water features to view and gather information. For the do-it-yourselfer, you can find almost anything on How to Build. Always available to visit are local garden centers, offering inspirational displays and the plants and materials you’ll need for your project. All the ideas will slowly fall in place and you will end up with a great plan to turn your yard into your own private oasis. Before you know it, you’ll be watching fish swim in your pond, and sitting with the sound of water. Kevin and Diane Swan own Swan’s Water Gardens, a full service water garden center. See their website http://swanswatergardens. net. You may contact them at 913837-3510.

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xcitement is growing for the 2017 Overland Park Arboretum Plant Sale, that is held the first Friday and Saturday in May. Our preview sale for Friends of the Arboretum is Thursday night May 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. The focus of the sale is native, pollinator and shade plants, as well as a wide variety of annuals, herbs, perennials and shrubs. Assorted ferns, like maidenhair, painted ferns, and regal cinnamon fern, will be available. Shade gardeners searching for a pop of color will notice Heuchera ‘Lava Lamp’ with fiery coppery leaves and clumps of dainty white flowers. Are you a fan of lime green plants like me? Heucherella ‘Catching Fire’ will be right up your alley. It has bright chartreuse leaves with bold red venation. Pollinator plants continue to be a garden trend. A wide variety of host and nectar plants will be for sale. Look for Buddleia ‘Orchid Annie’ and Buddleia ‘Prince Charming’. ‘Prince Charming’ has raspberry pink flower spikes and ‘Orchid Annie’ has lavender purple blooms. But Annie is a compact butterfly bush, reaching 2-3 feet tall. We will have fun new varieties of Monarda and Echinacea. Last year Asclepias physocarpa ‘Hairy Balls’ was by far our most asked

Coleus ‘Under the Sea Copper Coral’

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about plant in 2016 at the gardens. It gets taller than other tropical milkweeds. It usually is 5-6 feet tall with creamy white flowers. Those flowers turn into bright green, hairy puff balls. We are thrilled to offer them and other milkweeds at the sale. Admittedly, annuals are my first love. We will offer tried and true selections for Kansas City, great plants for containers or the landscape. Some of my personal favs are Coleus ‘Under the Sea Copper Coral’. It’s a duck foot coleus, so it has fun scalloped edges. The warm burgundy, coral and yellow leaves will brighten up your summer displays. Another to try is Lantana ‘Luscious Citrus Blend’. It loves our heat and humidity, and will push out those red, orange and yellow flowers non stop until fall. Grasses are a staple of our summer display. We will sell some

favorites, Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’ and Melinus ‘Pink Champagne’. They are easy, beautiful and great season extenders. ‘Pink Champagne’ is sometimes hard to find. It has silvery green slender foliage with light pink blooms that look like they have been dusted with glitter. They truly sparkle in the garden. Zinnias are an important part of the summer palette in the Monet Garden. The taller varieties that

are planted in the Monet will be at the sale. Be forewarned...they will be green, what no flowers?! This is actually better for them and you the gardener. They will root in better and have sturdier stems to hold up those gorgeous flowers. Zinnias make great cut flowers, a double bonus. If you have never made it out to the Arboretum, join us. It is a beautiful space with much to offer. See the beautifully manicured gardens, mulched hiking trails, a train garden, and a new nature play area for kids. The plant sale is an opportunity to buy great plants, take a walk in the gardens and support the Arboretum. Anne Wildeboor is horticulturist for City of Overland Park, Parks Services, a longtime gardener and Friend of the Overland Park Arboretum.

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Maligned, Misunderstood Bat Contrary to their reputation, bats are beneficial to us and THERESA HIREMATH shares reasons why.

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he poor bat. This little guy has gotten such a bad reputation from folklore, movies and books that it’s amazing they even still exist. Seriously….. have you EVER known anyone to get bitten by a bat or get a bat in their hair? They aren’t flying mice (but they ARE mammals), and only three species of bats actually drink blood. Even then, it is a very small part of their diet. In addition, vampire bats are small and very shy…. not aggressive in nature at all. Bats will usually only bite a human in self-defense. In addition, rabies is not endemic in bats; they do not survive the disease and thus they do not harbor or spread it around for years like a true carrier would. Contrary to their reputation, bats are super beneficial to us, and here are some reasons why.

They can make you smile! Have you ever seen a baby bat? They’re super tiny and cute..... and sometimes fluffy. Here in the Midwest, Little Brown Bats are the most commonly encountered species. They are usually no longer than 2.5 to 4 inches and weigh no more than half an ounce. Bats are a NATURAL pest control. A single Little Brown Bat can catch hundreds of mosquitoes in an evening, and a nursing Little Brown Bat mother can eat more than her body weight nightly (up to 4,500 insects). In addition to mosquitos, wasps and moths are favorites of bats. Although they consume most of their meals in flight, bats also eat insects off the fur of other animals. Sometimes people observing this behavior mistakenly believe the bat is biting the animal.

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Bats are a NATURAL pest control. A single Little Brown Bat can catch hundreds of mosquitoes in an evening. They are seed dispersers and pollinators. Bats are the main pollinator throughout most of the tropics and in many desert habitats. Many of the plants found in these areas would not survive without bats. Plants that are dependent upon the fruit bats include bananas, breadfruit, carob avocados, dates, figs, peaches, cloves, mangos, cashew nuts and agaves. Fruit bats, like the Flying Fox, are responsible for scattering up to 95% of the seeds needed for new trees in tropical rain forests. Additionally, desert ecosystems often rely on nectar feeding bats as the main pollinators of giant cacti. Bats use echolocation to navigate and to locate prey, but did you know that bat calls can reach 130 decibels? When making calls, bats

contract their inner ear muscles so they don’t damage their own hearing, and release the muscles in time to hear the returned echoes. By listening to the echoes of the highpitched sounds that they make, bats are able to judge the size, distance and movements of everything in their path. Bat houses provide places for bats to roost, hibernate and raise young. Bats find houses by sight. If a house in the proper location meets the requirements and is needed, the bats will move in on their own. The majority of bats that use bat houses are females utilizing the house as nurseries for their young. Bat species that will live in bat houses often eat insects that could damage crops, such as cucumber and June beetles, stink bugs, leafhoppers and

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corn worm moths. Providing bat houses can help build the populations of many valuable bat species including Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats, Eastern Pipistrelle and the Eastern Long-eared Bat. Now the bad news. Almost 50% of American bat species are threatened or endangered. Primary human causes of their decline include control measures, pesticide build-up, deforestation, and mining. Perhaps the worst new enemy of bats is a naturally occurring disease – white-nose syndrome. This is a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats and is fatal. In some hibernating areas, 90-100% of the infected bats have died. It was first discovered in the winter of 20062007 in New York and has spread rapidly across the Eastern United States and Canada. According to white-nose syndrome.org, humans can help. Here’s how:

and protect streams and wetlands); • Providing bat homes; • If bats are in your home and you don’t want them there, work with your local natural resource agency to exclude or remove them without hurting them after the end of the maternity season. • Learn more about bats at www.batconservation. org (Organization for Bat Conservation), www.batcon.org (Bat Conservation International), and at educational programs or events celebrating bats. For a local education opportunity and a chance to see live bats up close, come visit us April 22nd, from 9am to 3pm, when we will be hosting Operation Wildlife’s bats at the store. Volunteers will provide information about bats, and will answer questions!

• Leaving bat hibernation sites alone (to avoid accidentally spreading the disease); • Reducing disturbance to natural bat habitation around our homes (reduce outdoor lighting, minimize tree clearing,

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Summer Youth Gardening Program U

niversity of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City is conducting a summer gardening program for youth ages 9-13. In the Garden ’N Grow Program, youths learn not only vegetable gardening, but also “cultivate” other science, math, and language arts skills and have fun! The goals of this program are to experience the fun of gardening, to enjoy a feeling of success, and to have the satisfaction of sharing harvested food with family and/or local food banks. The development of the whole child is emphasized as well as team building as they garden. Master Gardeners use cooperative teaching skills to educate youth about seeds, transplants, garden planning and design, site preparation, soils, plant growth and development,

costs of production, garden pests, plant health care, human nutrition, food value, food needs in the local community, and horticultural career opportunities. Each Master Gardener is trained by University of Missouri Extension specialists. The Garden ’N Grow Program will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 to 11am from June 5 through August 10, 2017 at Fairview Christian in Gladstone. Cost of the 10 week program is $45 per single child or two siblings at $70. Enrollment fees include student workbooks, games and crafts, vegetable garden supplies, and a Garden ’N Grow t-shirt. For more information on the program contact the Jackson County University of Missouri Extension Center at 816-2525051.

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Gardeners’ Gathering

Why Prairie Matters: New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape

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t the time of statehood, at least 15 million acres of tallgrass prairie blanketed Missouri—about a third of the state. Prairie here, and in Kansas, was part of the great North American prairie ecosystem that stretched from Ohio to the Rockies, north into Canada, and south to Mexico. Forty-eight percent of Jackson County was covered in prairie grasses and wildflowers. Today, there are fewer than 70,000 scattered prairie acres remaining in the state. That is less than 1/10 of 1% of its original acreage. Prairie is the rarest habitat type in the state—even more rare than wetlands—and globally, it’s rarer than tropical rainforests. And yet there is still so much more to learn from our prairies. New scientific data are gathered from our prairie remnants every year, despite the fact that ecologists have determined that prairie is one of the least conserved, most threatened terrestrial ecosystems on earth. Missouri’s prairie remnants have inherent value—they don’t have to prove their worth. But they do serve us well—if we recognize the monetary value of their services to us of carbon storage, water filtration, pollination, and other measurable benefits. There are yet other uses of prairie—and these new applications would not be possible

Native evening primrose without our original prairies, their seeds, and their soil. Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation, will present on the history, beauty, and conservation of Missouri’s prairies, and share facets of the new tallgrass prairie economy, which uses an ancient ecosystem as a model for new, sustainable landscapes that benefit people in many ways. This presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 13, 2017, at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO and is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website at mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

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or the first time in its 41-year history, the Midwest Regional Hosta Society (MRHS) is coming to the Kansas City area for its annual summer convention. “Hostas in the Lands of Ahhhs” will be held June 22 – 24, 2017 at the Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center Hotel, Lenexa, Kan. Expected to draw hundreds of gardeners and hosta-lovers from across a nine-state region, registration is open to the public and members. The convention is being organized and hosted by the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program in conjunction with the MRHS. The convention program features two tracks of educational classes, nine garden tours in Johnson County and Topeka, three catered dinners, and a tour of one of the Midwest’s few hosta tissue culture labs where visitors will see yet-to-be-released hosta varieties. According to MRHS member and EMG volunteer Rob Mortko of Olathe, Kan., “This convenGrow fresh, tasty veggies and herbs year round!

tion embodies the essence of our Extension Master Gardeners — education, fun and food. We have some great speakers, great gardens and some great BBQ planned for our guests.” Convention speakers include Tom Micheletti, Past President, American Hosta Society; Alan Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University; and Glenn Herold, Professor Emeritus, Illinois Central College. Easy-to-grow hostas, often called America’s favorite perennial, are popular with novice and experienced gardeners because of their shade-tolerance, low maintenance and availability in thousands of combinations of foliage color, shape, texture and size. The convention includes an American Hosta Society-accredited competition showcasing hundreds of hosta leaf specimens vying for Best of Show. Registration includes a free official 2017 Convention Hosta available exclusively at the event. Registration information is found at 2017KCHostaConvention.com.

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long with live roses, the Kansas City Rose Show will be accepting photographs of roses during the annual show on June 3, 2017, in the Loose Park Garden Center. The rose show photography classes include photos of single blooms, sprays (two or more blooms on one stem), pictures of the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden, and other special views of roses or rose parts. The photos must be 5x7 in. prints with no frame or matting. For the single bloom and spray classes, you must know the name of the variety of the rose in your photo, and what group of roses it belongs to, such as hybrid tea, shrub or climber. Entries will be accepted from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm on June 3. Assistance will be available to help you place your photo in the correct class. For further rose show information contact Glenn Hodges at 913-888-0957 or visit

the Kansas City Rose Society website, www.kansascityrosesociety.org. The rules of the show will be posted on the website by April 15. Photographing roses is like exploring a whole new world, and once you understand it your skills will improve. It is a delicate balance of composition, seeing and making choices for the picture you want to create. There are some tips for creating beautiful and prize-winning rose photos on The Kansas City Gardener website: kcgmag.com. If you would like to explore other contests for rose photography, the American Rose society is holding several events, including a calendar competition for 2018 and a contest just for middle and high school students. For more information visit their website www.rose.org then click on the Resources tab, then on Contests.

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Gardening With Kids: How to make your garden magical By Andrea Mathew

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gardening methods and interesting plant varieties available. The knowledgeable staff at KCCG had spent many years curating a wonderful collection of fun and interesting seeds for our Beanstalk Children’s Garden. As I developed our Schoolyard Gardens program we started to use these “specialty” seeds more and more. Varieties like ‘Easter Egg’ radish, ‘Dragon

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Tongue’ bean, ‘Baby Bottle’ gourd and ‘Canasta’ lettuce are now staples in 200+ Schoolyard Gardens across the city. Since starting to garden with my own three sons, I have found that seed varieties with interesting characteristics increase my own children’s engagement in our garden. After growing ‘Rainbow Blend’ carrots, we will never grow just orange carrots again. My kids take ‘Benary Giant’ zinnas to their teachers and dare visitors to taste the ‘Ruby Moon’ Purple Hyacinth Bean flowers (they taste like green beans!) or the Mouse Melon (they taste like cucumbers!). And nothing beats sitting on the front porch in the dark looking at the Moonflowers. I spent my youngest years living on 40 acres of land in rural Michigan where I spent most of my time running around outside. My own kids are daily enticed by electronic devices to stay inside to “play”. Making the garden as

fun as possible helps me to engage them in the garden. Last year I was excited to be part of the launch of KCCG’s specialty seed line – Beanstalk Seeds. This seed collection features fun, easy to grow seeds that are perfect for growing a magical garden. These seeds are available in KCCG’s office in Swope Park and at www.beanstalkseeds.com. The Beanstalk Seeds website features how-to resources for growing vegetables as well as fun facts and recipes for each seed variety. And all proceeds from the sales of Beanstalk Seeds support KCCG’s mission of helping lowincome families and community groups grow food. As it is now time to kick off another gardening year, I encourage you to consider growing a magical garden with your kiddos (or, for yourself!). Andrea Mathew is Program Director at Kansas City Community Gardens.

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places to go, things to do, people to see Club Meetings African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City Tues, Apr 11, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Bonner Springs Garden Club Tues, Apr 18, 1pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS. Program will be Don Krimm, Wyandotte County Master Gardener, on his trip to Holland to see the Daffodils and Tulips. The second half of the meeting Donna Schneck will give timely information on “What are the Judges looking for in a Standard Flower Show”. All guest are welcome. For more info contact Nicky Horn 816-807-5170. Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society Sun, Apr 23, 1-3pm; at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America Mon, Apr 3, 6pm; Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Planning, Planting and Tending the Herbal Tea Garden. Planning an herbal tea garden is a great way to learn of medicinal and culinary herbs, and an excellent way to stay healthy through the seasons. Either using fresh herbs directly from the garden, or drying some herbs for use during the winter months. We’ll touch on creating your own herb garden, caring for the herbs, discovering the healing properties of the plants and making your own herbal teas. Come and learn more. Non-members are always welcome. Refreshments. For additional information, contact Margaret Singer, 816-942-8889 or Vince Vogel, 816-313-8733. Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Wed, Apr 12, noon; Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Program: Kombucha/Micro Herbs. Loralie Tangen will teach us about two healthful topics. First, how to make kombucha. This fermented tea drink is known for its health promoting benefits. Second, microgreens and microherbs are nutrient packed super foods. Learn more about this new food trend. Bring your own sack lunch and drink. Join us on Facebook; Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends, visitors welcome. Questions: 816-478-1640, Nancy Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
 Sun, Apr 30. The KCC&SS will hold its annual potluck picnic at a member’s garden in Lenexa. Visitors are welcome to join the fun; please call 816444-9321 or evaal@att.net for more information. Members, watch your email for directions and other details. The club’s regular 3rd Sunday club meeting will NOT occur in April. Kansas City Garden Club Mon, Apr 3, 10am; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Program is “Decorative Small Shrubs” by Terry Davis, Greater Kansas City Master Gardener. He will discuss many kinds of miniature, dwarf and small shrubs, including natives, and how to use them in your landscape and small gardens. Betty Bonness will describe the Monthly Showcase exhibits that include both floral designs and horticulture from members. Bring a sack lunch and join us for drinks and dessert after the meeting. Public is welcome. 913-341-7555 and Mon, May 1; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, KCMO. 10:15am business meeting; 10:45 program, “Favorite Gardens, Nurseries and Plants from around the USA” by Brian ChadwickRobinson, KC Garden Club member, garden wizard and Gardeners Connect executive director. Brian will show photographs from his extensive travels and give garden tips along the way. Bring a sack lunch and join us for drinks and dessert furnished by the club members. “In the Merry, Merry Month of May” Flower Show featuring both horticultural exhibits and floral designs that will be open for viewing to the public from noon until 1pm. 913-341-7555 Kansas Native Plant Society, Kansas City Region Wed, Apr 12, 1pm; at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS. Thousands

of spring wildflowers grow and thrive along the mulched paths that lead visitors down in the beautiful woodlands at the Overland Park Arboretum. This Spring Wildflower Walk is your opportunity to see these stunning ephemerals before the trees fully leaf out, the shade canopy takes over, and these treasures of early spring go dormant for the remainder of the year. Among the 40 species and varieties of natives along the trails are Trout Lily, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Rue Anemone, Blue-eyed Mary, Solomon Seal, Turks Cap Lily and Native Wild Geraniums. Many of these are the same wildflowers you would see on a hike in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas. We may also see the yellow flowers of the very rare Leatherwood. The tours will be led by experienced naturalists Lynda Ochs and Ken O’Dell. Wear your walking shoes and meet at the Visitor Center. Because of the tour’s popularity we will repeat the tour one week later on Apr 19. If you are not a member or volunteer at the Arboretum there is a $3.00 admission fee. More information is at www. kansasnativeplantsociety.org. Click on the events calendar to contact Ken O’Dell.

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Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group Tues, May 9, 7pm; at Unitarian Congregation of Lawrence building (1263 N 1100 Rd, Lawrence, KS). We meet bi-monthly to learn about herbs. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing & harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications. Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations. Everyone with an interest in herbs is welcome. There is a $2 charge to cover costs (KVHSG is a non-profit group; no charge for students). No pets. Babies-in-arms and children over 10 are welcome. herbstudygroup@gmail.com Leavenworth County Master Gardeners Wed, Apr 12, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Doug Grimm, owner of Grimm Gardens, will be speaking about plants, new products and Championship trees. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

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Leavenworth Garden and Civic Club Thurs, Apr 6, 10am, at Jahn Room, Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce, Leavenworth, KS. Membership: 913-722-4863. Leawood Garden Club Tues, Apr 25, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Lu Tarr will present “Succulents Indoors and Out.” Ms Tarr became a Master Gardener in 2010. Her volunteer efforts include Speakers Bureau, Kansas City FL&G Show, Garden ’n Grow, the Master Gardener Hotline, and various children’s education programs. The meeting and our membership is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. Bring a sack lunch, beverages and desserts are provided. For more information, please visit our website www.leawood.org/leawoodgardenclub or send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail.com. MoKan Daylily Society Sun, Apr 30, 11:30am-2:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Olathe Garden and Civic Club Tues, Apr 18, 12:15pm; Members and guests will meet at the Hy-Vee parking lot, 14955 W 151st St, Olathe, KS 66061. Members will carpool to The Flower Farm, 20335 S Moonlight Rd, Gardner, KS 66030. Carolyn Romondo will lead a tour of the farm at 2pm. Visitors are welcome to attend. Overland Park Gardeners of America Mon, Apr 10, 7pm social, 7:30pm meeting; at Colonial Church, 71st and Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS, lower level. Our program will be presented by Linda Lehrbaum, KC WildLands Program Manager. Linda will be speaking on KC WildLands efforts to restore native flowers to wild land areas in Metro Kansas City. Yes! There are still pockets of land close to pre-settlement condition. Come learn

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Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City Tues, Apr 18; 5:30pm for snacks and socializing; meeting at 6:15; at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. At 6:30pm, Dan Parcel is celebrating his 27th year with Kaw Valley Greenhouses. His topic will be “Power Flowers: New annuals and vegetables that perform in the KC area. At 7:30pm a panel of experts will be there to answer your water garden questions. The panel members are Clay Chapman, Cathy Eisenhower, Vicky Hamilton and Dave Podor. They will offer advice about Spring pond start up tips, dividing lotus and lilies, gold fish and koi health and plants to balance your ponds. This meeting will be packed full of beautiful photos and information. Visitors are always welcome!

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April African Violet Show and Sale Sat, Apr 1, 9am-3pm; Sun, Apr 2, 10am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. 816-513-8590 Pruning Made Simple Tues, Apr 4, 10-11:30am; at Blue Valley Recreation Center, 7720 W 143rd St, Overland Park, KS. The thought of pruning strikes fear in the hearts of many. Dennis Patton, Johnson County/K-State Extension Horticulture agent will cover the when, where, and how to make the proper pruning cut. After this session you will feel liberated and empowered to make the proper cut for a beautiful landscape. Free. Must pre-register by calling Blue Valley Recreation: 913685-6000. Food Not Lawns Thurs, Apr 6, 11:30am-1pm; at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City KS. Do you want to learn more about this nationwide program with an active presence in Kansas City? Would you like to grow more food in your city home lot? Plan to join the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners who are sponsoring a presentation by Steve Mann, coordinator for the Kansas City Food Not Lawns organization. Fee: $5, payable at the door; waived for current active Master Gardeners. Registration not required. 913-299-9300 Butterfly Garden Habitats Tues, Apr 6, 6pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terr, Ste 1, Lansing, KS 66043. Leavenworth County Master Gardener will give a presentation about butterfly habitats and survival. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094. Planning Your Plot for Garden Success Fri, Apr 7, noon; at Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Sponsored by Kansas City Community Gardens. Find out how creating a planting plan for your garden can help you maximize garden space, get more of the vegetables that you love and save you time and money. KCCG has developed some great tools to help you create a garden plan and seed/plant list for spring, summer and fall. FREE. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877. “EXPO” to open Pollinator Gardens Sat, Apr 8, 9am; at Lathrop Elementary School, 700 Center St (33 Hwy), Lathrop, MO 64465. Lathrop Garden Club invites the public to the “EXPO” to open the Elementary School Pollinator Gardens. The students named this “The Little Mule Pass” and planted the seeds last fall. 9am Dedication of a flag pole, flag, and monuments honoring our First

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Responders. 9:30-noon Seminars and Speakers from: Missourians for Monarchs; KC Audubon Society; Plattsburg, MO Master Gardeners; Mason Bees, state chair of FGCM; Master Naturalist, St Joseph, MO; Misty Riley, Landscape Architect, Kearney, MO; Bayer Corp “Bee Team”; Pheasant and Quail Forever Society; Concurrently: Many booths for information from the speakers and many others. Legacy of Greenery Sapling Giveaway Sat, Apr 8, 9-noon; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. The Legacy of Greenery Committee and Arboretum volunteers will be handing out free tree and shrub seedlings to visitors while supplies last. All species of trees and shrubs will be bare root and come with instructions on planting and maintenance. There is a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees and a few shrubs for those of you without space for a new tree. No registration or admission fee required. Burroughs Audubon Society Annual Dinner and Fundraiser Sat, Apr 8. Annual dinner, fundraiser. Naturalist, author, bird bander and researcher Scott Weidensaul as very special guest and speaker. Weidensaul cofounded Project SNOWstorm in the winter of 20132014, a collaborative research effort that continues to make new discoveries and reveal unexpected insights into the life and ecology of Snowy Owls. We see these beautiful white owls in the Kansas City area in irruption years when they leave their Arctic homes and migrate southward. Please join us for dinner, program, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Registration required by Apr 2. Registration form available at: https://burroughs.org/2017/02/eveningscott-weidensaul/. Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City is the local chapter of National Audubon Society that promotes the appreciation of birds, enjoyment of nature, natural history, education, and conservation of habitat. Summer Vegetable Gardening Success Mon, Apr 10, 7pm; at St Paul UMC, 3601 S Sterling Ave, Independence MO 64052. Many vegetables grow well in our hot, humid Missouri summers. Learn what kinds to grow and how to grow them. If weather permits, part of the class will be hands-on. The class will be taught by University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Educator Cathy Bylinowski. Sponsored by the St Paul Community Garden. FREE; the public is invited. Questions: Sara at 816356-6986. Rose Rosette – Now What? Tues, Apr 11, 7pm; at Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, 11811 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, 66061. Rose Rosette has killed thousands of roses and is making it more difficult to grow them. This session will update on rose rosette and offer solutions to help reduce the spread, and offer other plants to take their place. $10. Register at www.johnson.kstate.edu or call 913-715-7000. New Volunteer Orientation Wed, Apr 12, 10am-noon; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. Consider spending part of your leisure time volunteering at Overland Park’s 300-acre Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Whatever your interests or skills, gardener or not, we’ll explore many opportunities available. Requirement is 40 volunteer hours annually. Woodland Wildflower Walk Wed, Apr 12, 1-2pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66013. Join our experts, Lynda Ochs and Ken O’Dell, as you walk through the woodlands at the Arboretum to see the vast selection of native wildflowers in bloom. Mulched pathways will take us to the Wolf Creek area at the Arboretum where the large rocky bluffs and floodplains from the creek have given rise to the most magnificent woodland areas you can dream about. We have many of the same woodland wildflowers you will see in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozark mountains. These thousands and thousands of spring ephemerals emerge in late March each year, send up their flowers and interesting leaves for all to see and then go dormant by the middle to end of May only to emerge


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Butterfly Garden Habitats Wed, Apr 12, 7pm; at Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007. Leavenworth County Master Gardener will give a presentation about butterfly habitats and survival. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094.

Tomatoes, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes - Oh My! Fri, Apr 21, noon; at Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, KCMO 64110. Sponsored by Kansas City Community Gardens. Are you overwhelmed by the number of tomato varieties available? Are you confused about heirloom tomatoes? Do your pepper plants not produce as many peppers as you would like? Are you disappointed when you dig up your sweet potatoes? Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes. FREE. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877.

Beekeeping III Wed, Apr 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This class will be a fun and active way to learn how to be a successful backyard beekeeper. We will provide the basic knowledge needed to keep and manage a healthy beehive, and produce honey and beeswax. This class will cover bee behavior, hive management, diseases, pests, swarming and how to harvest honey right from your own backyard. Fee: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50601. Why Prairie Matters Thurs, Apr 13, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, KCMO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Why Prairie Matters–New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”, Carol Davit, Executive Director of Missouri Prairie Foundation. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website at mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering. Making Snacks and Soups from Garden Produce Sat, Apr 15, 10:30am; at The Kansas City Public Library—Ruiz Branch, 2017 W Pennway St, Kansas City, MO 64108. FREE—No Reservation Required. Join Nadia Navarrete-Tindall from Lincoln University Extension as she shows us how to use ALL KINDS of produce from the garden to make simple and delicious snacks and soups for every season and occasion. Admission is FREE. Questions? Contact Amy Morris, Ruiz Branch Supervisor, at 816-701-3565 or amymorris@kclibrary.org. Learn more about the gardening and planting resources available at the Ruiz Branch at kclibrary.org/seedlibrary. Easter Eggs & Breakfast Bunnies Sat, Apr 15, Breakfast (limited seating): 8:45am | 9:30am | 10am. Easter Egg Hunt: 11am.
Details and Tickets: bit.ly/2mcu0ct Kick off your Easter weekend with a Chris Cakes, Inc pancake breakfast and an egg hunt at Powell Gardens. After breakfast, snap a photo with the Easter Bunny, enjoy hands-on activities and storytelling and make an Easter hat to wear in our Easter parade. Participants can also sign up for a paint-a-pot flower pot activity for $4 per child. Hop to it and reserve a space for this springtime tradition now.
*Breakfast pricing includes garden admission. Families not eating breakfast are welcome to participate in the egg hunt. Adults will be charged regular garden admission plus $5 per child for the egg hunt. Annual Native Plant Sales Missouri Prairie Foundation hold native plant sales on Sat, Apr 15 and Sat, May 6 at the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110 from 9:30am until 2pm or sell out. A generous portion of proceeds is donated by vendors to help MPF conserve vital pollinator habitat on its native prairies. A variety of native plants suitable for shade, partial shade, sun, dry or moist conditions will be available. This is a great opportunity to buy native plants that will look great in your home landscape and will provide essential habitat for native pollinators and birds. Many species of plants—both host and nectar plants—for pollinators, including monarch butterflies will be available. If you wish to preorder plants for pickup at the sale, call for vendor contacts. Questions? 816-716-9159. Cash, check, and credit card accepted. Natural Self Care with Herbs Sat, Apr 15, 9:30am-12:30pm. Throw away chemical-laden personal care products and learn to make your own. We’ll walk through the whys and hows of making your own Natural & Healthy skincare products, deodorant and toothpaste that WORK. Class includes informative lesson, demos & recipes. ($23) Registration Deadline: Apr 11. Space is limited – Register soon! www.GoodEarthGatherings.com Butterfly Garden Habitats Thurs, Apr 20, 7pm; Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardener will give a presentation about butterfly habitats and survival. The meetings

Mike Stoakes Bird Walk Sat, Apr 22, 8:15-10am; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. Mike Stoakes, Arboretum volunteer and all around birder will lead this walk to look for and listen to the birds that live at the Arboretum. Nearly 100 different species of birds have been identified at the Arboretum, giving you plenty to look forward to. Included with admission. Register online at www.opabg.org. Spring Gardening Symposium Sat, Apr 22, 9am-4pm; at KSU Research & Extension, Marais des Cygnes District, 104 S Brayman, Paola, KS 66071. Sponsored by the Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners. $25 Registration fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Sign up registration form is at maraisdescygnes.ksu.edu. Send your registration form and check, payable to: Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners to the KSU R&E address (above). For more information, call 913-294-4306. Edible Landscaping Sat, Apr 22, 9am-12pm; Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Increase the health benefits of your backyard while enjoying the fruits of your labor. Learn to incorporate edible plants into your landscape design by mixing beauty with a tasty a harvest. Explore designing and maintaining landscapes with many colorful and productive edible annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees. Even yards with limited space and sunlight can be bountiful! Fee: $39. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50891. How to Get Ready for the Rose Show Sat, Apr 22, 9:30-11:30am; Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Do you grow roses? Do you believe that your roses are worthy of recognition? Join the Kansas City Rose Society (KCRS) for a workshop on “How to Get Ready for the Rose Show”. You will learn: 1) How to prepare your roses to be show-ready; 2) Choose the best roses and groom them for maximum beauty and award winning potential; and 3) Understand the show entry process. The class will be taught by an American Rose Society Rose Show Judge and other Kansas City Rose Society members who are rose show veterans. The workshop will prepare you to enter your roses in the Kansas City Rose Show on Sat, Jun 3, 2017, and give you the confidence to add your roses to the hundreds of beautiful blooms that will grace the show tables in June. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit the Kansas City Rose Society webpage: www.kansascityrosesociety.org Orchid Auction Sun, Apr 23, 2-4:30pm; at Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St, Lenexa, KS. The Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City will hold its annual fundraiser, an Orchid Auction, Sales plants will be available, starting at $5.00. For more information about our auction and orchid society, visit www.osgkc.org. Native Plants for Your Yard and Garden Mon, Apr 24, 7pm, at Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. Native Plants for Your Yard and Garden: A Conversation with Native Plant Experts Kelly Kindscher, Frank Norman, and Courtney Masterson. Intrigued by native plants but not sure how use them in your garden? Join native plant experts Kelly Kindscher, Courtney Masterson and Frank Norman for a conversation about incorporating native plants into your yard, garden, or landscape design. Please RSVP to kawvalleynpc@gmail.com so we’ll know how many to expect. Sponsored by the Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition and the Lawrence Public Library. Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested. This is going to be a fantastic event and we can’t wait for you to

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Upcoming Garden Events places to go, things to do, people to see (continued from page 35) join us. Please email us if you have any questions and to RSVP. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KVNPC/ to learn more. 48th Annual Plant Sale Wed, Apr 26, 12-7pm; Thurs, Apr 27, 9am-7pm; Fri, Apr 28, 9am-7pm; Sat, Apr 29, 9am-3pm; at Gomer’s Shopping Center, 99th and Holmes (north of I-435). Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables by the Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America. Our annual sale helps fund Horticulture Scholarships and Community Grants. For info, call 816-942-8889. Annual Paola Plant Sale 2017 Apr 27, 11am-5pm; Apr 28, 8am-5pm; Apr 29, 8am-noon; at 300 Baptiste Dr. Take the Baptiste Exit off 169 Hwy and drive 1/3 mile west to the Family Center parking lot. This Marais des Cygnes (formerly Miami County) Extension Master Gardener sale includes annual bedding plants, vegetable seedlings, succulents and perennials. Exotic tropicals and unusual edible shrubs are also available. Native plants are featured and there will be over 20 species of butterfly caterpillar host plants, including Tropical Milkweed. All the plants are locally grown organically and are neonicotinoid-free. Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, and handouts on butterfly gardening will be available. Call 913-294-4306 for more info. Plant Sale Thurs, Apr 27 and Fri, Apr 28 10am-7pm, Sat, Apr 29, 10am-4pm; in the basement of Colonial Church, 71st & Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. Sponsored by Overland Park Gardeners of America. We have ordered some spectacular annuals, perennials and herbs for this sale. We will also feature Hostas locally grown by Rob Mortko “The Hosta Guy”. Our ever-popular member grown plant selection will be even larger this year than last. For further information please call Karen Clark 785-224-7279. 22nd Annual Plant Sale to benefit Cross-Lines Thurs, Apr 27 & Fri, Apr 28, 8am-7pm; Sat, Apr 29, 8am-1pm; at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman, Shawnee, KS. The sale will be held rain or shine under a tent. New varieties of perennials, along with annuals, hostas, hanging baskets, patio planters, herbs and tomatoes. Pick up a plant for Mother’s Day. Volunteers available to custom design pots for you. Bring your own pots or buy them there. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. For further information call Kelly Carpenter at 913-281-3388 or email her at kelley@cross-lines.org. Dahlia Root Sale Fri, Apr 28, 11am-5pm (Member sale 1-4pm); Sat, Apr 29, 8am-4pm (Public Sale 8am-3pm); at Rose Room, Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Thyme for Kids Annual Plant Sale Fri, Apr 28, 9am-6pm and Sat, Apr 29, 9am-5pm; at Ozanam Campus Greenhouse, 421 E 137th St, Kansas City, MO. It’s free to attend and open to the public! Choose from a wide variety of plants and other garden items. All things grow with love! Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. For more information, please contact Shelli Jaye at 816-508-3606 or shelli.Jaye@CornerstonesOfCare.org; www.cornerstonesofcare.org Doggies and Dogwoods Days
 Sat and Sun, Apr 29-30, 9am-4pm; at Powell Gardens. For the very first time, we’re welcoming pups to Powell Gardens! Bring your barkin’ bestie and enjoy special treats, activities, entertainment, exercise, and food! Enjoy walking among our blooming dogwoods and other ornamentals that mark the peak of spring color at the Gardens. Our own Red Rover Dogwood shrub will be featured and available for purchase. All the fun is included with regular Garden admission! Leashes and tags are required. Details: http://bit.ly/2mj18yQ
 Annual Plant Sale Sat, Apr 29, 8am-2pm or until sold out; at tent at Bass Pro Shops in Independence, I-70 & 291 Hwy, Independence, MO. Super great prices on plants from

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the yards of our own master gardeners! Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City. Proceeds from annual plant sale fund MGGKC projects and Community/Partnership Gardens throughout the year. Shop early for best selection! Great Trees of the Stous Promenade Sun, Apr 30, 1-2pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013. Jim Earnest, The Tree Doctor, will lead the tour of Great Trees of the Stous Promenade. Jim also serves on the education committee of the Overland Park Arboretum and has spent many hours identifying and tagging trees at the Arboretum. The Stous Promenade area of the Arboretum, near the Visitor’s Center, is home to over 70 species and varieties of trees. Each one is unique, from the shape of its leaf, the appearance of its bark, to the beauty of their flowers and fruit. We will have a chance to see many of them, such as the Kentucky coffeetree, hedge maple, Amur cork tree, Japanese pagoda tree, European little leaf linden and the cutleaf European white birch. Several of these magnificent trees will be either flowering at this time or ready to flower and we will look at the flowers and discuss how they produce the fruit and seed. Come admire and learn about these special trees with us. We will meet on the patio at the visitor center. Free with admission to the Arboretum, but please register. Register online at www.opabg.org

May and beyond Overland Park Arboretum Spring Plant Sale Fri, May 5, 9am-7pm, and Sat, May 6, 9am-3pm. Preview sale for Friends of the Arboretum members on Thurs, May 4, from 3-7pm. Special emphasis on native, butterfly, and pollinator plants, with knowledgeable gardeners on hand to assist shoppers. Support the Arboretum as you choose the perfect plants for your 2017 garden. The Arboretum is located a half mile west of Hwy 69 at 179th and Antioch. For more information visit the FOTA website at www.opabg.org or call 913-685-3604. Annual Plant Sale Fri, May 5, 9am-5pm and Sat, May 6, 9am-2pm; in the Wildcat Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1200 North 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. The plant sale features vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, ornamental grasses, and native plants. The Master Gardeners, who have grown most of the plants available for sale, will be available to assist you with your needs and to answer your horticulture questions. For more information, call 913-299-9300. Vegetable Garden Basics Fri, May 5, noon; at Kansas City Community Gardens Office in Swope Park, 6917 Kensington, KCMO 64132. This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including: site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting. FREE! We do ask that you let us know you are coming. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877. Central Missouri Master Gardeners 20th Annual Plant Sale Sat, May 6, 7am-noon; at Jaycee Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Rd, Jefferson City. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/centralmissourimastergardenersplantsale, or on our website: www. centralmissourimastergardeners.org. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions about the sale, contact Yolanda at 573-619-5368. What’s going on with bees? Thurs, May 11, 11:30am; the Sunflower Room of the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 North 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Honey bees and native bees are important pollinators for food crops, but their populations have been negatively affected by human activities. This appears to be due to a combination of factors including pesticide usage and farming/gardening practices. The good news is that there are some things we can do to protect our bees. Elisabeth Kasckow, an Associate Professor of


Biology at Kansas City Kansas Community College, will present this class sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. She raises bees to help with pollination at her local community garden. Fee: $5.00 payable at the door (waived for active certified Master Gardeners). No registration is necessary. For more information, call 913-299-9300. Fairy Gardens and Fairies in the Garden (Ages 7 & up) Sat, May 13, 1-3pm. Enjoy a program of everything Fairies – learn Fairy lore, history and traditions, learn about the Fairies’ favorite plants, see a fairy garden demonstration, and gain inspiration for creating your own Fairy garden at home. Our Fairy party will feature Flower mints, Fancy Fairy Cakes, Fruit Magic Wands, Lavender Cookies, & Flower Petal Fairy Punch. Who makes a Fairy Garden and why? How is it done? What attracts the Fairies to a garden? Bring a friend and have some Fairy fun together! ($18) www. GoodEarthGatherings.com Easy to Grow “Super Foods” Sat, May 13, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Growing your own “superfoods”, those considered to be powerhouses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, can offer you super health benefits. Discover which plants are the easiest and hardiest to grow in our midwest climate. Learn which garden choices are highly nutrient dense and even medicinal. Discuss methods to preserve them for year-round health benefits. Fee: $39.  To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 50892. Annual Spring Plant Sale Sat, May 13, 9:30am-2:30pm; First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS. Sponsored by Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society. There will be a great collection of newer hostas and other shade perennials, including, Bergenia, Heucheras, Heucherellas and Cimicifuga (Actaea), plus, minihostas, so wonderful for your troughs and Fairy Gardens. Children older than 4 years, accompanied by a Parent or Guardian, will receive their very own hosta, free! Some quantities are limited, so you will want to arrive early. For info - Gwen 816-213-0598

to the public. Questions? Contact lenora.longlips@ gmail.com Keep Out! Fri, Jun 2, noon; at Kansas City Community Gardens Office in Swope Park, 6917 Kensington, KCMO 64132. Best Practices for Deterring Animal Pests: How do I keep the squirrels out of my tomatoes? Voles out of my sweet potatoes? Although there are no sure-fire solutions to keeping pesky pests out of your garden, this workshop will discuss best practices for deterring animal pests. FREE! We do ask that you let us know you are coming. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/workshops or 816-931-3877. 23rd Annual Garden Tour, Plant Sale & Garden Art Flea Market Jun 3-4, 9am-5pm, Hermann, MO. Two Tours in 2017: the popular Town Tour, a walking tour of gardens in downtown Hermann, and a Country Tour, a driving tour to country gardens. Each tour is $10; ticket price includes visits to at least four private gardens and the Garden Demonstration Area. Town & County Garden Tour Combo ticket for $15 includes 8 or more gardens. Garden Tours may be spread over Saturday and Sunday, and, except for groups of 10 or more, do not need to be reserved ahead of time. Special Ticket By-Reservation-Only Luncheon/Silent Auction on Fri, Jun 2 at the Historic Hermann Rotunda. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at www.hermanngardentours.com for upto-date events, ticket prices, contact numbers and photographs of past tour gardens. “Like” us on Facebook at “Hermann Garden Club Tours”. Call Hermann Welcome Center at (800) 932-8687 for questions about lodging/restaurants or go to www. visithermann.com.

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Rare One Day Garden Tour Sat, May 13, 10am-3pm; rain or shine. Westport Garden Club invites you to an opportunity to tour 4 gorgeous private gardens, in Fairway and Mission Hills, each dressed up for a party, and peek into a 5th at the charming Garden Boutique. More info and tickets at www.thewestportgardenclub.org.

Beekeeping 101 – Grades 8-12 Fri, Jun 9 & 16, 8am-noon; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. You will be introduced to the fun and exciting world of beekeeping. In today’s world, there are many beekeeping opportunities and challenges. Gain a good understanding about beekeeping and learn about the many products that come from bees, like honey, pollen and wax. You will also visit the JCCC Bee Yard and explore a working hive. Identify the honey, baby bees, pollen and find the Queen! This course is for students entering grades 8-12 fall 2017. Class held Fee: $99. To enroll or to get more info, call 913-469-2323 and provide CRN 51167.

Cooking with Spring’s Greens Fri, May 19, noon; at Kansas City Community Gardens Office in Swope Park, 6917 Kensington, KCMO 64132. Everyone is talking about super foods—kale, collards and other leafy greens—but not everyone knows how to prepare them. Learn some easy and delicious recipes as well as how to put together simple salad dressings. We will focus on whatever produce is ready to harvest. Come ready to sample some delicious foods. FREE! Let us know you are coming. Reserve your seat at www.kccg.org/ workshops or 816-931-3877.

Garden Sampler Tour Sat, Jun 10, 9am-5pm. Presented by the Garden Club of Shawnee, rain or shine. Featuring 6 beautiful and unique gardens, all located in Shawnee. Proceeds fund our grant program which supports gardening projects in the community. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Shawnee Family Tree Nursery, 2017_Now Hiring.indd 1 Wild Birds Unlimited, from club members, and at the Healthy Yards Expo, Sat, Apr 1, at the Shawnee Civic Center. They can also be purchased the day of the tour at any of the gardens. Visit gardenclubofshawnee.org for more information and photos.

Container Gardening You don’t need a yard to have a garden. Container gardening offers a myriad of planting possibilities for the patio, deck, balcony, window box, roof top... you name it. And, even if you do have a yard, don’t limit your gardening to ground level. Plants can go anywhere that soil, water, light and imagination can go.

Prairie Restoration in Johnson County Sat, May 20; at Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Rd 66208; 5:30pm Pot-luck Dinner and 6:45pm Presentation. Presented by Idalia Butterfly Society. Prior to European contact, the Kansas City region was dominated by vast expanses of tallgrass prairie dissected by wooded riparian corridors and sheltered mesic slopes. Now, a fraction of a percent of the original prairie remains. While protecting and managing our remnants should always be our number one priority, restoring the prairies we’ve lost is very important, especially for our native butterflies, bees and moths. This presentation will cover the importance and benefits of prairie restoration projects currently happening in our own community, the challenges that we face, and the inherent difficulty of rebuilding complex ecological systems. Brett Budach is a recent graduate of K-State University with a major in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Brett currently works for the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department and Kansas City WildLands doing fieldwork ranging from managing volunteers to burning prairies. Free

Cooking with Spring’s Greens Tues, Jun 13, 5:30pm; at Ivanhoe Community Center, 3700 Woodland, KCMO 64109. Everyone is talking about super foods—kale, collards and other leafy greens—but not everyone knows how to prepare them. Come learn some easy and delicious recipes as well as how to put together simple salad dressings. We will focus on whatever produce is ready to harvest. Come ready to sample some delicious foods. Fruit Tree and Small Fruit Maintenance: Thurs, Jun 15, 6pm; at Blue Hills Community Services, 5008 Prospect, KCMO 64130. All fruit plants require some sort of maintenance, from pruning to thinning to pest management. Learn what to do, why to do it and when to do it. The site features peaches, apples, pears, Asian pears, bush cherries, raspberries and blackberries all planted in 2013. The workshop is recommended for those with young fruit trees. This workshop will take place in Prospect Community Garden and Orchard on the west side of BHCS. Please park on Wabash.

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• Apply crabgrass control by early to mid month for best results. • Mow as needed, based on the growth rate. Do not remove more than one-third of the leaf blades at any mowing. • Mow bluegrass and tall fescue at 3 inches. • Avoid fertilizing zoysia in early spring. The first application should be made mid to late May. • Check mower blades for sharpness. • Repair mowers before the season gets into full swing. • No need to catch grass clippings if mowing frequently. • Do not water unless absolutely needed to help decrease summer water needs.

n VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

• Plant carrots, onions and beets over salad crops. • Thin seedlings to promote good growth. • Harvest asparagus until spear size decreases, about 6 to 8 weeks. • Harvest rhubarb leaves by pulling. Remove seed stalks from rhubarb. • Prune fruits trees. • Remove winter protective mulch from strawberry beds. • Prune raspberry and blackberry plantings. • Plant asparagus and rhubarb. • Protect the honeybees, avoid spraying insecticides and fungicides when flowering. • Cultivate soil to control weed growth. • Turn compost pile on a regular basis to hasten the breakdown. • Fertilize vegetable gardens before planting. • Spray fruit trees on a regular basis for insect and disease free fruit.

n TREES AND SHRUBS

• Prune spring flowering shrubs after bloom to stimulate new growth. • Prune deciduous trees for quick healing. • Plant new trees and shrubs in the landscape.

• Apply mulch around young trees and shrubs to conserve moisture and control weeds. • Water newly planted trees and shrubs on a regular basis. • Fertilize young trees to promote growth. • Check pine trees for needle diseases, and control. • Never top a tree as part of pruning program.

n FLOWERS

• Remove winter’s protective mulch from the perennial garden. • Cut back last year’s growth from perennials. • Remove mulch layers from roses. • Prune roses. • Plant new rose bushes. • Fertilize roses to promote strong growth and good flowers. • Remove seedpods from spring flowering bulbs. • Do not remove green foliage from bulbs to encourage good flowering next year. • Plant annuals from transplants or seeds. • Divide overgrown perennials. • Improve garden soil by adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss. • Make notes of areas for planting of bulbs in fall. • Clean up ground covers by raking or mowing over the tops at the highest setting.

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• Remove winter dust from leaves with a damp cloth or by placing in the shower. • Spring is a good time to repot houseplants. • Take cuttings of plants. • Fertilize amaryllis and keep in high light to encourage flowers next year. • Don’t rush to move plants outdoors. Tropical plants prefer temperatures above 60 degrees.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension recommends environmentally-friendly gardening practices. This starts by identifying and monitoring problems. Cultural practices and controls are the best approach for a healthy garden. If needed, use physical, biological or chemical controls. Always consider the least toxic approach first. Dennis Patton is the horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. For free information fact sheets, visit www.johnson.ksu.edu, or call the Extension office at 913-715-7000. EST.2007

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