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GARDENER A Monthly Guide to Successful Gardening

June 2016

Plant Garden Scents

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Be pleased with your real garden, don’t pursue the perfection of a picture. What you see in a photo lasted only as long as the shutter snap. ~ Janet Macunovich


eading this quote reminded me of a time when we were making our way home from northwest Arkansas. We spent a lovely weekend with family, where the kids got much needed “Granny time.” Halfway home, it was time for a pit stop, so we pulled in for some lunch. It was the all too familiar fast-food chain that the kids begged, “Hey Dad, please, let’s go there!” Not fans of food-in-a-flash-style menu, we caved to the request. It was somebody’s birthday, so they got to pick, and the siblings were thrilled. With a sign in the window that read, “Buses Welcome,” I figured they were poised to please this traveling family. First things first. Restroom. Here’s where things began to go downhill. No further details required, dear reader. You can imagine this mother’s distress. The six of us stood in line waiting to place our order, glancing at the photos overhead to assist in our decisions. By now, I’ve lost my appetite. A large iced tea will do for me.

Piled high on a tray, we collected food and drink, then headed for a table. Each claimed their meal and began unwrapping the paper to reveal what they had ordered. Or at least what they thought they ordered. With sad disappointment in her eyes, the birthday girl says, “This doesn’t look like the commercial, Dad.” It’s true. Television commercials and larger than life posters displaying crisp lettuce and red, ripe tomatoes stacked on juicy burgers, rarely match the actual meal served. We looked at each other and said simply, “Welcome to the real world, kids.” Sometimes the same can be said about the garden. How often do we make our selections based on the identification tag with a picture perfect photo of the plant? I do it all the time. It’s a good strategy to get started, but cannot and should not be the end goal. Soil conditions,

weather and other variables influence a plant’s performance. And like any investment, “results may vary.” The garden is more than one shutter snap. That picture is one small glimpse of one particular time on one specific day. Nowhere in that photo is reflected the journey, the trials, the frustration, the sweat … all of the elements that went into the success of that one plant. So be pleased with your less than perfect garden. It may not be idealic or what you pictured in your mind. Accept a compliment from neighbors and passersby. Perfection, if reached, cannot be maintained. The variables of the garden are out of our hands. So be pleased with your real garden. I’ll see you in the garden!

In this issue June 2016 • Vol. 21 No. 6 Ask the Experts ........................ 6 Northland Night Tour ............... 7 Powell Garden Events .............. 8 Destination: Butchart Gardens ... 10 The Bird Brain ......................... 12 Luna Moths ............................. 14 Become a Master Gardener ..... 15 Plant Garden Scents ................. 16 Floating Island Filters ................ 18

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Ask the Experts Readers share their questions about landscape issues, and DENNIS PATTON gives expert tips and advice. CONFUSION ABOUT FERTILIZING GRASS Question: My husband fertilized our yard in April. I believe you said fertilizing in the spring can weaken the grass. Should we fertilize again this summer? Answer: Extension information usually advises against spring fertilization in March and April as

the nutrients are quickly converted to top growth which means you mow like crazy. The other downside is this excess rapid top growth pulls stored food and energy from the crowns and roots reducing its strength. Summer applications really do little more than cosmetic appearances. They help keep the grass a

little greener. Remember the grass is usually only green in the summer if you water sufficiently to prevent heat and drought stress dormancy. If you do not water or only somewhat over the summer then avoid any summer applications. Summer applications increase the turf’s need for water. My personal advice is to skip any summer applications until the all-important September treatment. But if you water on a regular basis and desire the greenest lawn on the block then go ahead and fertilize. ATTEMPTING IMPATIENS AGAIN Question: I would like to try and grow impatiens again. Is there a fungicide I can use to prevent downy mildew? Answer: This is a tough question to answer. The best answer might be how lucky do you feel? In beds where downy mildew has been a problem my answer is probably don’t try your luck. If mildew has not been found in your garden beds then give it a shot. Once mildew is in a location it will remain there for years to come just waiting. The spores of downy mildew are released under cool (63 to 73 degrees) and moist condi-

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tions; foliage that remains wet for three to four hours can be infected. Once the plant is infected there is no control. Fungicides should be used as a prevention and the best products are going to be hard to find overthe-counter. If you want to try them I would recommend wider spacing to improve air flow and avoid any overhead, wetting the foliage watering. I fully understand this question as there is really no good substitution for impatiens. HOSTA LEAF DAMAGE Question: While having our house painted, one of the workers stepped on some of my hosta. The leaves are smashed. Will the plant grow new leaves this summer? Should I cut off the damaged leaves? Will fertilizer help promote new growth? Answer: I can feel your pain about damage left by painters. A few years ago they broke several branches on my prized Japanese Maple. Here are my recommendations. Don’t remove the damaged foliage. Even less-than-perfect foliage is better than no foliage at all. We have learned this point from recent

hail storms. Fertilization will not hurt anything and may not provide that much extra push. Usually a well-maintained perennial garden with organic mulch gets all the nutrients it needs from the decomposition. Lastly will it continue to grow? Well, that gets my patented “it depends” answer. Hosta will continue to put on new foliage until it sets a flower scape. Once the plant reaches the point of preparing and showing the flower stock there will be no more growth except that needed to flower. Since varieties bloom at different points over the summer months, it is hard for me to know. Since this appears to have happened in April, I would expect new growth. FADED CLEMATIS FLOWER COLOR Question: When my Crystal Fountain clematis bloomed in April it was pale and washed out, instead of its usual lavender color. I didn’t fertilize it in early March. Could that be the cause for the color to wash out? Answer: You are giving too much power to fertilizer. Fertilizer only provides nutrients for the

plant to turn into energy to promote growth. Fertilizer should have no effect on flower color. My guess is the warmer than normal April is probably the cause. Warmer temperatures can affect the pigment development of flowers. Reds are not as red, blues are pale. Areas where the nighttime temperatures cool down have more intense flower color. My hunch tells me that since April was warm, it washed out the darker lavender color. We see this commonly on clematis. For example the bi-color Nelly Moser should have dark bars across the petals. Plant Nelly in a more shady location and the bars appear. Nelly in a sunny location because of the warmer location will appear more like a pink clematis. Wait and see what happens next year as I’m guessing weather was a factor. Who would have guessed that answer in Kansas City? Dennis Patton is the horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. For free information fact sheets, visit, or call the Extension office at 913-715-7000.

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oin the Northland Garden Club at an evening garden event at the home of Sharon and David Cleveland in Liberty. This small garden holds loads of surprises and captures the essence of a small beautifully designed space. Planted primarily with white flowers and silver foliage, the garden comes alive as dusk arrives. Lights cleverly placed, add ambiance and mystery to the scene. Recently added areas keep this garden ever expanding.

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June at Powell Gardens There is always a lot to do at Kansas City’s botanical garden! Here’s a look at just some of what’s happening in June: National Prairie Day Saturday, June 4 To inspire a national dialogue about prairie conservation, restoration and enjoyment, the Missouri Prairie Foundation founded National Prairie Day, which occurs on the first Saturday of June. This year, Powell Gardens will have two events in recognition of this special day: Prairie Hike with Alan Branhagen
10:30 a.m.-noon 
 Horticulture Director Alan Branhagen leads this tour of prairie plantings near Powell Gardens’ Island Garden and in the Perennial Garden. Included with Garden admission. Space is limited. RSVP to Prairie Plant Giveaway
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plant for your garden. We will be giving away Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium), Gray-headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) and Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium/Eupatorium purpureum). Quantities are limited (one per party). 
 Under a Blue Moon: Garden Party & Rare Plant Auction 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12 The Gardens’ signature fundraiser returns for its 13th year with an incredible selection of plants— including some that are not available at nurseries—for the evening’s silent auction. And that’s just the beginning! The evening continues with a dinner prepared by Lon

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the Kauffman Memorial Garden in Kansas City, Mo. The shuttle departs Kauffman at 11:30 a.m. You’ll have time to explore Jurassic Garden and see a special Father’s Day performance by the Paul Mesner Puppets from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. The shuttle leaves Powell Gardens at 3:30 p.m. Register at Rare Plant Auction has an incredible selection of plants; some not available at nurseries. Lane’s Inspired Occasions and a fast-paced live auction. The best part is that it’s all a benefit for children’s educational programs at the Gardens. Prepaid reservations are required: BlueMoon. Dino-Soiree 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 17 Enjoy drinks and light bites while you view a fascinating collection of fossils and hear from renowned University of Kansas paleontologist Dr. David Burnham about the unique Dakotaraptor and some of its better known raptor relatives. Prepaid reservations of $30/person or $25/member are required. Must be 21 or older. Visit for details. Catch a Free Ride to the Gardens! 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19 We’re offering free shuttle service to Powell Gardens from

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Destination: The Butchart Gardens Sharing her experience abroad, SUSAN MERTZ points out the highlights of this journey to Vancouver.


hat do you mean there aren’t any rental cars? On one side of the counter at the rental car agency in Vancouver, Canada was a long line of angry people. On the other side, a clerk in tears. My husband and I had just departed a cruise ship and thought we had a rental car lined up for a weekend in Victoria. Instead, the city of Vancouver had no rental

cars. Not a single one. I was not about to be deterred by this turn of events as I was on a mission to see a garden that I once saw on PBS’ Victory Garden. Rather than join in the melee at the rental car company, I took a map of British Columbia and went next door to Starbucks. The barista was well trained in helping customers navigate the menu boards.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t help me with a route out of Vancouver. A gentleman waiting his turn mentioned a bus and a ferry to Victoria. Within minutes, my husband and I haled a taxi and the journey to The Butchart Gardens continued. More than a century ago, Jennie Butchart began the transformation of the rock quarry that provided limestone for the family’s

cement plant into a sunken garden. Cartloads of soil were brought in for the garden floor. Attentive to details, Jennie hung from a bosun’s chair along the sides of the quarry to carefully place ivy plants to soften the walls. Today, the 55 acre property has expanded beyond the sunken garden to include numerous gardens and a million annuals. Yes, one million annuals!

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M It was the color that first took my breath away. The color combinations of the beds of annuals were just beautiful. Gradually, I noticed things like the perfect edges of the beds, no noticeable irrigation lines, no weeds, no one tending the gardens. It seemed like magic and left me wondering if the horticulturists and staff worked only worked in the wee hours of the morning. Then, just beyond the picnic tables, I saw the garden walls. Oh, my goodness. Long ago, Gertrude Jekyll’s gardening books were my first exposure to garden walls. Decades later, I was standing next to one carefully sculpted with a doorway and fully appreciating the value of garden walls and the separation of garden rooms. As we walked along the pathway beyond the Japanese Garden, there were dahlias. I consistently fail at growing dahlias because I don’t follow Martha Stewart’s

video on creating a network of bamboo stakes and a spiderweb of twine to hold up the heavy flowers. Dahlias are magnificent flowers and some of them make me think of fireworks exploding in the sky. I love the varying forms and colors. As the sun was setting, the lawn started filling with blankets and visitors. It was time for real fireworks, set to music and reflected in a pond. Simply incredible. As the visit came to an end, there was a last bit of magic with the Night Illumination stroll through the sunken garden. I’m so glad we didn’t give up and found a route to the gardens. If you go, take the ferry and rent a car in Victoria. It’s much easier. Susan Mertz, Garden Writer and Director of Marketing at Loma Vista Nursery. Join her for tours and photographs of gardens at

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The Bird Brain THERESA HIREMATH shares everything you want to know about Bird of the Month – the American Goldfinch.


o you have American Goldfinches in your backyard habitat? The brilliant yellow color of the male is unmistakable! Their habits of feeding in groups and hanging around at feeders for an extended period of time make them one of the easiest birds to spot. In addition to the male’s eye-catching yellow plumage, they have a cap and wings that are deep black with white wingbars. Their conical bill is great for eating seeds, and they have a pointed and notched tail. American Goldfinches have an interesting flight call consisting of four syllables that can be likened to “po-ta-to-chip.” Goldfinches can be found across the country, and are yearround residents here in the midwest. They roam in small flocks from food source to food source during the winter, sometimes traveling as much as four miles a day! One of the rare birds that is strictly vegetarian, their favorite foods are nyjer and sunflower seeds. You can attract these beauties to your backyard with hopper, platform, tube, or mesh feeders filled with their favorites. Goldfinches are fairly insistent that nyjer, in particular, is fresh and

dry, so keep your feeders full of fresh, dry seed. Female American Goldfinches are dominant over males in the summer and appear to be subservient to them in the winter. See if you can tell a seasonal difference at your feeders. American Goldfinches are dominated by Pine Siskin and House Finch during the winter and play second fiddle to them at feeders. Unlike many birds, goldfinches molt their body feathers twice a year: in the spring before breeding and after nesting in the fall. Their vibrant yellow plumage is one of the many signs indicating that spring is near. The spring molt is a full molt of all their feathers and requires a large amount of nutrients and energy. This process probably diminishes their ability to nest earlier in the season. As a result, they are one of the latest breeding songbirds, waiting to nest until mid-to-late summer. During their fall feather molting, American Goldfinches grow a new set of feathers that are much denser than their summer plumage. These soft feathers provide an additional layer of insulation to help keep them warm throughout the winter. The color of the legs, feet

and bill of the American Goldfinch change with each feather molt. In winter time, their legs, feet and bill are dark grayish brown, whereas other times of the year they are a buffy yellow-orange color. American Goldfinches prefer to nest in habitats with short evergreen trees, saplings and shrubs. They usually place their nest four to ten feet off the ground, often near a water source, and will sometimes nest in a loose colony. American Goldfinches can weave their nest so tightly that it will temporarily hold water! The female American Goldfinch chooses the nest site,

builds the nest and incubates the eggs all on her own. Once the nest is built, she attaches her nest to supporting twigs with spider web, and makes a downy lining using the tufts of seed heads. A typical brood consists of five pale-blue or greenish-blue eggs that hatch in about 12 days. The male feeds the female on the nest throughout incubation and takes on an ever increasing role in feeding the nestlings as they grow older. Nestlings fledge about 12 days after hatching. Young American Goldfinches are dependent on their parents for at least three weeks after fledging. Be sure to watch and listen for their energetic begging as they harass their parents for food at your feeders. Do you want to try your hand at attracting these bright beauties to your backyard? Come see us today for an assortment of feeders and the freshest food in town. Our experts can help you with your Goldfinch enjoyment needs. Nik and Theresa Hiremath own and operate Wild Birds Unlimited of Leawood at 11711 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas. Contact them at 913-491-4887.

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It’s about time for you to register for ‘Garden Thyme in Kansas City.’


he Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are hosting the 21st Annual Master Gardener State Conference September 16-18, 2016, at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference in Independence, Missouri. We expect an attendance of over 300 MGs from all over the state of Missouri and local garden enthusiasts. From tours and workshops, you will have fun choosing from: • a Lawrence tour to visit Monarch Watch, Pendleton Farms and the Wakarusa Mushroom Farm; • the caves to learn about carnivorous plants from David Bird; or • listening to a mesmerizing speaker, Dr. Ted Cable of K-State, teach how to engage an audience on horticultural topics. These are JUST the Friday choices for this amazing three-day conference.

We kick off the conference at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center with tours of the Kauffman Memorial Garden and the native plants at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Saturday will be packed with six distinct motor coach tours including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Country Club Plaza with its fountains and beautiful plantings and The Beanstalk

Children’s Garden. The “Looms and Heirlooms” tour will feature the 1870’s Watkins Mill Kitchen Garden, the Woolen Mill with mid19th century textile machinery, and the ever popular Powell Gardens which includes many new features. The keynote speaker on Saturday evening will be our beloved Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Alan Branhagen. Then we will tap our toes to the 5-Star Jazz Band, a North Kansas

City based youth band. Their mission, “teaching others” is a perfect parallel to the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners’ mission of “helping others learn to grow”. On Sunday you can join the Osage Trails Missouri Master Naturalists for an early morning bird walk at the Falls of Crackerneck Creek. There will be 12 more classes to choose from that day taught by local experts in the field of horticulture. The weekend will conclude with a famous Kansas City-style Barbeque luncheon, distribution of door prizes and fond farewells to new and long-time friends. You can learn more and register beginning May 15 for “Garden Thyme in Kansas City” hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City at www.mggkcconf. com. It’s about time.

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A handsome caterpillar grows to almost 3”.

The Luna overwinters as a cocoon hidden in leaf litter under its host plant.

The eyespots mimic the face of a larger animal to fool predators.

The male finds the female Luna by ‘smelling’ her perfumed pheromones.

Luna Moths LENORA LARSON educates butterfly enthusiasts about the silk moth with wings that reach up to 4.5 inches across.


s I’m presenting workshops on butterflies, I am often questioned about “the large pale green butterfly.” Yes, the unmistakable Luna, one of our native silk moths, embodies the romance of the night with its huge lime-green wings that reach up to 4.5 inches across. A pair of 4 inch tails stream from the end of its hindwings, doubling the moth’s

length. Each wing sports a translucent purple eyespot, which may fool potential predators into thinking that the Luna’s wings are the face of a much larger creature. And the tails serve as auditory deflectors to confuse bats, the chief predator of moths. A fuzzy white body, red legs and feathery yellow antennae complete the Luna’s fashion-forward look.

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The Lepidoptera As fellow members of the order of insects called “Lepidoptera”, moths and butterflies have much in common. Both have scales on their wings, although the moths are typically dingy while the butterflies flaunt brilliant colors and intricate patterns. The giant Silk Moths such as the Luna, Cecropia and Polyphemus are exceptions to the moths’ drab apparel with their colorful patterned wings. Like butterflies, moths live their lives in four stages: egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult. All the eating is done by the caterpillar, while the winged adults are solely focused on procreation. The adult silk moths don’t even have tongues for imbibing nectar and only live about 5 days. Luna Love Lunas typically emerge from their cocoons in the morning and spend several hours pumping abdominal fluid into their wings to expand them and prepare for flight. As the sun goes down, the Lunas soar into the night to find mates. The females exude pheromones whose perfume attracts the males which are equipped with huge feathery antennae to catch the alluring scent. Mating occurs after midnight and once the male has dispensed all of his sperm, he dies. The female stores the sperm, then fertilizes each of 400 to 600 eggs as she lays them in clumps of 4 to 7 eggs on the underside of a host plant, which includes White Birch, Sweet Gum, Walnut and Hickory trees. And once all of the eggs are laid, she dies, her destiny fulfilled.

The Caterpillars: Jolly Green Giants A brilliant green caterpillar with red dots emerges from the egg in about a week. They eat almost non-stop for three to five weeks, shedding their skins five times as they grow to 2 ½ inches. They are never a pest since they are limited in number and only eat tree leaves. Once full grown, the caterpillar evacuates its gut to clear out any remaining undigested food and then heads down to the forest floor where it spins a silk and leaf cocoon. The magical metamorphosis takes two weeks in the summer; however, the September Luna remains in its cocoon through the winter, hoping that a homeowner does not remove it along with the fallen leaves under its host tree. Don’t Be too Fastidious! Although rarely seen, Lunas are quite common in the Kansas City area region. The two broods occur in late May/early June and a second in September. The adults are attracted by lights at night and may then spend the next day resting near your porch light. Come fall, please don’t rake the leaves under their host plants, you risk killing this beautiful moon child. Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener, Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society member, Lenora Larson gardens and hosts butterflies in the cruel winds and clay soil of Paola, Kansas. She may be contacted at

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dens, staffing a gardening hotline and giving presentations through the speakers’ bureau. Youth programs are also another avenue for volunteer participation. Applicants are selected on the basis of gardening and volunteering experience, ability to attend training sessions and volunteer activities, and, most importantly, willingness to commit long-term to the annual requirement of volunteer service. Gardeners who join the program bring many different experience levels and interests to the program. If you are a novice gardener, do not let the title of Extension Master Gardener intimidate you. Your love of gardening and passion for sharing your garden experience is the basis for success. Training sessions will begin September 13 and run each Tuesday through November 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All classes will be conducted at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe. There is a $125 administration fee for those accepted into the class. Class members must be Johnson County residents. If you are interested in applying for the program, or would like more information, please contact Johnson County Extension at 913-715-7000 or visit and click on the Master Gardener link for details.

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Plant Garden Scents TRACY FLOWERS gathered suggestions of favorite fragrant flowering shrubs to include in your garden.


Korean Spice Viburnum Susan Mertz of Loma Vista Nursery really likes Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) for its early blooms and easy care. She says, “They are such a useful plant in the landscape with fragrant flowers in the spring and colorful fall foliage.” Korean Spice Viburnum will grow to six feet tall and wide. If you prefer a more compact form and size they also respond well to a pruning after the bloom time is over. They will tolerate full sun or part shade, where their white to pinkish flowers really pop against a dark background. Northern Hi-Lights Azalea Another recommendation from Mertz are the sweet flowers of ‘Northern Hi-Lights’ Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Northern Hi-Lights’). She likes to pair this shrub with Oakleaf Hydrangea or columbine. Best grown in dappled shade, the flowers of these azaleas will draw you in with your eyes open or closed. Just like other azaleas, ‘Northern Hi-Lights’ prefers acidic soil and is best pruned just after flowering. Lilac Most gardens contain at least one lilac (Syringa) in their collection. Local garden designer Leah Berg grows the varieties ‘Sensation’ and ‘Cheyenne.’ Smelling these perennial favorites takes her back to her school days, walking the lilac-lined sidewalks on her way to class. Whether you

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lose your eyes and follow your nose around the garden. Here are some fragrantblooming shrubs that local gardening gurus plant to stimulate their sense of smell.

Lilac ‘Sensation’ prefer the classic lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) or the new ‘Bloomerang’ varieties, their smells have a deep and romantic aroma that will transform your garden. Summersweet Leah Berg is a proponent of gardening with pollinating insects in mind. She says that the summerblooming Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) will nourish the insect population as well as being beautiful in the garden. Their sweetsmelling bottlebrush flowers that bloom in mid to late summer are very attractive to butterflies. Summersweet prefers part shade and average moisture in the soil without drying out completely. They will slowly sucker about six feet wide, so give this shrub a little room to grow. Witch Hazel Garden writer Marty Ross is known for adoring witch hazel

(Hamamelis). These spicy-smelling shrubs are a breath of cool, fresh air in the garden, because most species of witch hazel bloom in the late winter. They offer much needed relief from winter’s grip. In time, these slow growing shrubs have the ability to turn into pyramidal-shaped, small trees.Ross says, “I love Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis) which blooms in January and smells like Tide.” She also likes how the flower petals unfurl like party streamers and curl up again as temperatures get colder. Clove Currant After the witch hazel are done blooming, Ross enjoys the spicy scent of Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum). Their flowers can be enjoyed in the very early spring as a hedge or as a specimen plant. Clove Currant is a fabulous plant for native gardens. Their loose habit provides a backdrop to smaller perennial plants as well as pro-

viding a fruity food source for wildlife later in the season. Carolina Allspice Kansas City Master Gardener, Katherine Hoggard chose Carolina Allspice (Calacanthus floridus) as a favorite fruity-scented shrub, which have been described as combining hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana. She is amazed that the flowers that look so much like wood can have such fragrant blossoms. Carolina Allspice is easy to grow as it will tolerate many different soil types and will thrive and flower in both sun and part shade. Zephirine Droughin Rose A thornless climbing rose, ‘Zephirine Droughin’ (Rosa ‘Zephirine Droughin’) also tops Hoggard’s list. She says, “It smells like a rose is supposed to smell.” Many people plant the ‘Zephirine Droughin’ rose when they need a shrub to climb a wall. These “bourbon roses” will tolerate more shade than others and are known to have repeat blooms throughout the summer season. In the best conditions ‘Zephrine Droughin’ will easily grow six to ten feet tall. Adding fragrant flowering shrubs to the garden is a benefit in so many ways. They provide nectar and pollen to bees and other beneficial insects. Their fragrances lift our spirits and evoke memories. Plant one of these beauties near a garden gate or the front door and you will be greeted with pleasant aromas every year. Tracy Flowers is on the Horticulture staff at Powell Gardens and she works at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden. You may reach her at 816-932-1200.

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Floating Island Filters Filled with assorted plants, varied textures and flowers, DIANE SWAN describes how floating island filters work.


magine sitting on a lounger, sipping an ice cold drink on a hot summer day. As you sit and relax, you watch an island of beautiful flowers float by. You see your little fishies swim in and out of the floating greenery and a frog hiding among the lush leaves thinking you can’t see him. What a beautiful sight! What makes this possible? Floating Islands…. A concept that is becoming more popular. An island is a process of literally floating aquatic plants. They are held in place usually by a foam form that allows the roots of the plants to dangle in the pond’s water. The plants roots get all their energy from the water which results in helping to filter the water. By taking up these nutrients, the plants usually grow larger and healthier. The healthier the roots, the more

nutrients they will absorb. It’s a win-win situation. Less nutrients in the water makes for less nutrients for the algae to grow on. By placing these aquatic floating islands near your aeration system they become more effective. The increased oxygen levels generated by the aerator diffusers speed up the composition of organic matter on the bottom of the pond, along with beneficial bacteria. The breakdown of debris releases carbon dioxide and nitrates as by-products that are then lifted and released to the surface by the air bubbles created. When an island is located by these surface bubbles (which are a constant flow of nutrients), it enables increased nutrient level intake by plant islands floating nearby.


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The end result is that the islands are able to steal large amounts of nutrients away from the algae group. Filtration is just one of the benefits of floating islands. Others include: • provide shade for the pond during the hot summer months • provide cover for fish from predators • Protect plants from large grazing Koi. • Best of all… they are self-watering! There are sizes available for all types of ponds from small single, rock-like floaters to large planters that hook together to make larger islands. There are a wide variety of plants that you can use. According to studies done by the University of Maryland, in particular, found that Iris and Water Celery rated very high on the absorption rates of nutrients. They also found that floating plants absorb 200-300% more nutrients than the same plants planted in soil pots. However, any plant will absorb nutrients when planted in a float-

ing island. For height you could use Iris, Papyrus, Umbrella palms, Taros, Cardinal plants and more. For medium fillers, you could use Chameleon, Water plantain, Water Celery, Pickerels, Arrowheads, Bluebells and so many more. The edges of the floaters can be disguised when covered by creepers, such as Creeping Jenny, Forget-me-nots, Red Rotala, Creeping Mazus, Variegated Pennywort and others. Also, many moist-loving land plants are ideal options for floating islands. Some that will work are Sweet Potato Vine, Astilbe, almost any Sedge, Blue-eyed Grass, Impatiens and Coleus. Add a floating island (or two) to your pond for color, texture and seasonal interest. Kevin and Diane Swan own Swan’s Water Gardens, a full service water garden center. You may contact them at 913-837-3510.

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or this year’s Garden Party, Gardeners Connect members are invited to the garden of a plant collector and garden artist, Nancy Erwine. Our annual garden party is planned for 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. The event is free to members of Gardeners Connect, and nonmembers may pay $10 to view the garden and share in the libations. Her garden is at 900 Hillside, Liberty, Mo. 64068. If you know where the Liberty Family Tree Nursery is, just go north three blocks from there on Dains Street. Nancy and John’s home is on the northwest corner of Dains and Hillside. An alternative route from most of the metroplex is to go east on Highway 152 (it becomes Kansas Avenue east of 291 Highway) to Dains and go south. In her garden, Nancy combines her penchant for collecting plants with her love for collecting antiques for her garden and a penchant for

creating picturesque vignettes with them. There are many places to amble and inspect but also restful places to relax and hear the gurgling of water and watch birds. A pond that you will see as you walk into the back yard is newly installed. There she has taken some mill stones from her collection of them to echo the round shape of a lotus in the background. Mill stones are stacked in the center with water pitter-pattering off the edges and others hold tufts of sedge. Dwarf spruces frame the scene. Behind everything is a mirror that provides a playful glint of sunlight. In another part of the garden another water feature shimmers. A half dozen long copper stems rise from the pool, water dripping from the abstract flowers on the ends. A grate behind the bouquet holds another mirror close to the ground that reflects the falling water drops with sunlight glinting off of them. At night it is lit and has a magical luminosity.

Look for her fairy gardens, the mill stone patio and her many container gardens. Sit in the garden swing. Nancy’s garden has collections of intriguing conifers, hostas and arisaemas, or jack in the pulpits. Nancy not only is a Gardeners Connect member but she also served on the board for more than five years. She also is a member

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Rose Report Kansas City’s expert rosarian JUDY PENNER shares her methods for spraying the rose garden.


the roses when temperatures are in the upper 80s, so read the entire label on the fungicide or insecticide you intend to use. Pay attention to rain in your area so your spray product does not get washed off. Use a spreader sticker so that the product will stay on the leaves instead of dripping off. My daily garden routine includes inspecting the leaves and blooms on the roses to see what fungus or insect is bothering them. I would recommend getting in the habit of looking at your rose blooms and leaves daily so you can take care of any problems quickly. Black spot is the most common fungus that affects roses in Kansas City. Black spot can be on just a few leaves or it can cover every leaf and defoliate the rose bush. Even if you only have a few

praying roses is a requirement for the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden and is one of my least favorite garden tasks but the rewards of spraying are worth the time and trouble. I spray a fungicide every 10 to 14 days and I only spray for insects when I see them. I recommend wearing a mask, neoprene gloves, rubber boots, and designate a set of clothing for spraying your roses. Wash the clothes you spray in separately from your other clothes. Also spray roses early in the morning so beneficial insects are less likely to be injured. Pay attention to the weather; if it is too windy, do not spray since it can drift to unwanted areas. Watch the outside temperatures when spraying; some products will burn

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Black spot can be on just a few leaves or it can cover every leaf and defoliate the rose bush. leaves with blackspot you should spray regularly because black spot is spread by spores that disperse when water hits them. So prevention is best and consistent spraying is necessary. I have noticed a lot of worm damage to the leaves this year. Worms cause the leaves to look skeletonized. I apply a general insecticide to get rid of the worms. That being said, the damage will not go away on the skeletonized leaves, but the new leaves will look fine. So spray at the first sign of damage to keep your leaves looking good.

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hen I say the word “Fly”, you probably don’t imagine brightly colored, harmless Flower Flies feeding on flowers in your garden. Their larvae spend the night voraciously eating aphids on your garden plants while you sleep. By modifying a few gardening practices, you can encourage this natural pest control and have some amazing creatures visiting your flowers. Flower Flies are also called Hover Flies, Drone Flies, and Syrphid Flies. They belong to a large family of harmless flies called Syrphidae. Most are colored to mimic bees and wasps. At first glance, it is easy to mistake a Flower Fly for a bee. You can identify a Flower Fly by several characteristics. They have short, knobby antennae. Their eyes look like goggles on the front of their head. They have two wings and each wing has a characteristic fold on the front edge of the wing. Bees have long antennae, eyes on the side of the head, and 4 wings without a fold. Adult Flower Flies live 3 to 9 weeks. They feed on nectar and pollen using their sponge-like mouth parts. Females seek out plants with larva prey to lay their eggs on. Larva hatch out in three days. The grub-like larva consume aphids, spider mites, thrips, scale, and mealy-

bugs. They usually feed at night and have quite an appetite. They can consume as many as 50 aphids in a night of feeding! Once mature, the larva spins a simple cocoon and attaches itself to a leaf or plant stem. In this pupa form it develops into an adult. Flower Flies overwinter under leaf litter or on plant stems as either a larva or pupa. By providing Flower Flies with the proper flower forms to feed on, allowing them to overwinter in the garden, and limiting pesticide use, you can increase their numbers and diversity in your garden. They require open flower forms where the nectar and pollen is easy to access. The Xerces Society recommends Spiderwort, Goldenrod, Mountain Mint, Alyssum, Coriander, and Fennel. In my south Kansas City garden the spring species favor Spiderwort, both the native Tradescantia ohiensis and the hybrid “Sweet Kate”. They also feed on Viburnum dentatum flowers and the native Golden Alexander. The summer Flower Fly species feed on Helenium ‘Dakota Gold’, Rudbeckia flowers of several cultivars and the native Black-Eyed Susan, the native False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides, and Panicle Hydrangea blossoms. The fall species feed on the native Rigid Goldenrod, Smooth Aster, and Aromatic Aster. Flower Flies

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By Tom Schroeder

Their babies eat your aphids.

Flower Fly Syphaerophoria feed on flowers from May to early November. To have a good population of Flower Flies you have to allow them to overwinter. The adults die at the first freeze. The larvae and pupae overwinter under leaf litter or on plant stems. If you remove plant stems and debris in the fall, you remove many of next season’s Flower Flies. Allow some plant litter and stems to persist in your garden until it warms in the spring. If you

want to clean up parts of the garden for appearances sake, place the garden debris in the back of the garden or the back of the yard or under bushes so next year’s adults can emerge in the spring and summer. If you will minimize or eliminate your pesticide use, you will benefit all the wildlife in your garden and allow the natural predators, like Flower Fly larva, to increase in numbers so they can decrease the population of damaging insects. Read the enitre article and see more pictures at KCGMAG.COM. Tom Schroeder is a Missouri Master Naturalist intern and a volunteer for Kansas City Wildlands. Kansas City Wildlands is an organization focused on restoring and managing the remnants of original landscape in the Kansas City Metro area. Visit their website at kansas-city-wildlands/.

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rt, whimsey, beautiful flowers and stunning views will be on display in Platte County when the Weston Cottage Gardeners open five country gardens to the public June 24 and 25. The Country Garden Tour takes place only once every four years (two years from now, it will be gardens within Weston), so put these dates on your calendar. As you drive from western Parkville to areas north of Weston, keep a sharp eye out for the T.J. Jenkins carved bear heads watching over the roads, mailboxes and homes of Platte County residents. The “Bear Road” began on Moore Road, but has expanded to more than 100 sites along the highways and back roads of Platte County. The Bear Heads are not the only art you’ll see as you spend the day with the Cottage Gardeners. A garden based on a Pissarro painting, a

fairy garden beside a “She Shed,” his and her inspired gardens, a secret garden and one with repurposed objects that have become art will give you wonderful ideas for your own garden. Cottage Gardeners of Weston Country Gardens Tour Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance–$12 day of the tour. Available at, send name and address with payment to: Cottage Gardeners, PO Box 102, Weston, MO 64098, or purchase at Renditions, 522 Main, Weston 816-640-2300. Lura’s Garden 13250 NW 61st St, Parkville, MO 64152; See Bear Head #88 here The inspiration for Lura’s gardens began with her love of birds,

Lura’s garden is filled with plenty of inspiration for gardeners, novice and expert. butterflies, and frogs. Six years ago, she started with one flowerbed and lots of grass. Now the beds cover the hillside and wrap around the house. While gardening on a hill was an undertaking, the resulting effect was worth the challenges. Lura’s goal was to have as little grass as possible. The garden changes every year and she says it will never be finished. There is a garden dedicated to native plants, which Lura calls “The ButterBird Garden”. Another garden, “Julia’s Secret Garden”, was created by Lura and her granddaughter. It features shade plants enclosed by a picket fence. The Blueberry and Gooseberry Patch keeps family and friends in pies, muffins, and jam all winter. Some of the gooseberry plants are family heirlooms coming from Lura’s mother-in-laws’ garden. Lura loves to stop and enjoy the flowers every day. What a gift!

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rosemary and parsley. Tea garden plants of lavender, hyssop, bee balm, lemon thyme, scented geranium, lemon balm, rugosa rose and Roman chamomile provide refreshing beverages throughout the season. Enjoy some when you visit the garden! Pam loves that she can see her garden from every window in the back of the house. Garden Tips: Choose plants that are beautiful and easy to maintain. Get them in the ground the day they are purchased. Sharon and Cloyde’s Gardens 22425 NW Co Rd M, Weston, MO 64098 Blue Moon Farm was established in 1999 when a hilly 14-acre plot of farmland was converted from cornfield to modern family homestead. There are seven acres of mature trees and four acres of native grassland surrounding the home in addition to Sharon’s perennial flowerbeds and Cloyde’s large vegetable garden. Each year a few new flower garden varieties are added, flowering trees planted and colorful large pots refilled with annuals. The flower garden’s color theme is a combination of blues, lavender and pinks with an occasional pop of brighter colors. Both the flowerbeds and the vegetable garden are in full sun, which makes growing native mid-western plants ideal. The vegetable garden provides more than enough bounty for the Louk kitchen, their chickens and sharing with friends.

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Sharon and Cloyde’s garden tip is to take some time from weeding and tending plants to sit on the porch enjoying what your hard work and nature have created! Marilyn’s Garden 31185 Fairview Rd, Weston, MO 64098 Art lovers, don’t miss this one! This season Marilyn took inspiration from noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik to plant a garden based on her favorite impressionist artist, Pissarro, titled Landscape at Pontoise. Marilyn’s garden sits in the middle of 17 acres surrounded by wooded hills and a lazy stream. Its beginnings were a simple border in front of the house continuing around the perimeter of the yard.

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(Asclepias tuberosa; for dry sites with clay) and purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens; for shady sites). A close second exciting plant for children is eastern blazingstar (Liatris scariosa), which is the butterfly magnet in my garden. It has similar pollinators and predators to milkweed, plus one very interesting surprise that kids tend to see before adults because it’s hidden. It’s called the wavy-lined emerald moth and the caterpillar of this small moth sticks pieces of flower parts to its back to mimic the flower that it loves to eat. When it is on blazingstar it has purple petal pieces stuck to its back. When it’s on black-eyed Susan it has yellow petals or purple anthers. Look for wiggling flower parts and Bingo! You’ve found it. And when the petals fade naturally on the flower, they also fade on the caterpillar in remarkable synchronicity. Pathways through the garden inspire adventure to children, especially when they meander amongst a wide variety of native plants that attract wildlife. Benches and boulders to sit on encourage people to linger in the garden. Locate them in shade and make them comfortable. Bird feeders are terrific at attracting birds up close and help complete the food chain story “… insects feed baby birds.” Our feeder is outside the kitchen window where we sit for meals. When the sun is out there is something at the feeder, mostly birds but an

occasional squirrel. We call out the birds by name: nuthatch, woodpecker, titmouse, cardinal, blue jay, goldfinch and so on. We get excited when rose-breasted grosbeaks show up in spring, and hurry to fill the platform feeder with more sunflower seeds when it is runs empty. Beneath the feeder, juncos and sparrows scratch the ground for fallen seeds. One of my mentors, though she never knew it, was Laurie Otto, founder of Wild Ones. The way she gardened in the Milwaukee suburbs was welcoming to neighbors, much like a “Little Free Library.” Her garden style invited walkers off the street like a public park. It provided views into the natural world and living diversity in an otherwise homogenous neighborhood. Children visited regularly. They walked paths through the native gardens accompanied by friends and parents who felt good about what their neighbor was doing. As a parent I sometimes worry about the world my child will inherit, and so I celebrate acts of neighborliness when they happen, which give me hope. Horticulturist Scott Woodbury is the Curator of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. He also is an advisor to the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! program. For a Resource Guide of vendors of native plants and native plant services, visit

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Rd, Lawrence, KS. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing and 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 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. Information: Leavenworth Co Master Gardeners Wed, Jun 8, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Please join us as Chad Gilliland presents “ Designing and Maintaining a Fruit Tree Orchard”. Chad will present an organic approach to choosing and preparing the site, choosing the tree varieties, proper installation, maintenance and long term care. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Melony Lutz at 913-484-4568 or the Leavenworth Co Ext office at 913-364-5700. Leawood Garden Club Tues, Jun 28, 10:30am; at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. At about noon, Sandy Wessling, Horticultural Therapist at Crittenton Children’s Center, will present “Horticultural Therapy – What it is and Where it is Used.” The meeting is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. Bring a sack lunch – beverages and desserts provided. For more information,, send an email to leawoodgardenclub@gmail. com or call 913-642-3317. Mo Kan Daylily Society Sun, Jun 19, 11:30am-3:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816513-8590 Northland Garden Club Tues, Jun 21, at 7pm; at Sherwood Bible Church, 4900 N Norton, Kansas City, MO (just south and west of Penguin Park). This month Dee West will present a program on “Simple Flower Arranging”. Please check website for additional information. Overland Park Gardeners of America Mon, Jun 13, 7pm; at a member’s garden, 1004 E Layton Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Many of us are interested in Larysa’s garden because we have seen the many pictures she posts to our public group on Facebook. She moved to this country with a love of gardening and a thirst for knowledge about our soil, climate and all the other things that go with gardening

in the the midwest. She welcomes input on keeping her treasured plants alive and on making her garden more organized. The public is welcome and we will try to carpool from our regular meeting site, 71st and Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS. For any questions, call Sallie Wiley 913-236-5193. Sho-Me African Violet Club Fri, Jun 10, 11am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

Events, Lectures & Classes June Plant Disease Identification Thurs, Jun 2, 11:30am-1pm; in Sunflower Room of Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N 79th St, Kansas City, KS. Wyandotte Co Extension Master Gardeners hosting speaker Judy O’Mara who holds a BS in Agriculture Biology and a MS in Plant Pathology. She is a diagnostician and instructor at K-State Univ in Manhattan. Fee: $5.00 payable at the door. Registration not required. The Tomato Whisperer, James Worley Sat, Jun 4, 10-11:30am; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150B NW Colbern Rd (1/4 mile west of Douglas/Colbern Rds intersection), Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. James will demonstrate the technique for pruning tomato plants this time of year. Also, he will discuss choosing variety of tomatoes, planting tips, picking and care of plants. You will leave with handouts after a digital presentation, questions and answers. Fee:$10/free for members. Cash or check only. Call for reservations: 816769-0259, leave a message. Lawn Edging Made Easy Sat, Jun 4, 9-11:30am; at Powell Gardens. Learn to create and maintain natural dirt edging around trees and flower beds. You will receive the Gourmet Yardener’s manual complete with directions and illustrations. Bring a pair of work gloves and dress for light yard work to participate in the hands-on training portion, if desired. $37/person, $30/member. Registration required by May 30. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext. 209. Or register online at Super Succulent Wreath Sat, Jun 4, 10am-noon; at Powell Gardens. Plant a succulent wreath using an 11-inch-square form with guidance from a seasoned succulent expert. Learn to care for your living wreath and discover new favorite succulent varieties. $44/person, $39/member. Registration required by May 30. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext. 209. Or register online at AdultClasses. Rose Day Sun, Jun 5, 1-5pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Kansas City Rose Society event. 816-513-8590

Leavenworth County Garden Tour Sat, Jun 11, 9am–3pm; Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host six beautiful Leavenworth Co gardens. Tickets cost $10 each (cash or check) and may be purchased at the Leavenworth Co Extension office, The Pot Rack, Homestead Greenhouse or Basehor Public Library. This event will occur rain or shine. Please no strollers or pets. For additional information call Anne Rielly at 913-651-6972 or the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700. Is Seed Saving for you? Sat, Jun 11, 10-11am; at The Gardens at Unity Village 150B NW Colbern Rd. (1/4 mile west of Douglas/Colbern Rds intersection), Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Dayna McDaniel, founder of the Seed Savers-KC Seed Library will be showing you how to keep those precious seeds to save money in the future. She’ll share information from choosing the seeds to storing. Fee: $10/free for members. Cash or check only. Common Herbs and Their Uncommon Uses Sat, Jun 11, 10-11:30am. Fee $19. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme... we can all sing the lyrics to the song. Those herbs and others are easy to grow in our gardens. People love to use them in cooking, but did you know they also have been used throughout the centuries for healing, magic, beauty, and MORE? You will learn about common herbs, tips for growing and using, and discover some uncommon ways to use them. Information: Union Hill Garden Tour Sun, Jun 12, 11am-4pm. The self-guided tour starts at 31st St and Grand Ave. Walk through over a dozen residential and community gardens. Free parking is available in the KCPT lots at 31st St and Grand Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (over age 60). Kids under 12 are free. Half of this year’s proceeds will benefit the neighboring historic Union Cemetery. This is one of Kansas City’s most unique garden tours in a historic Victorian neighborhood, just south of Crown Center. For more information, visit us at: unionhillgardentour or email: Raised Bed Gardening Thurs, Jun 16, 7–8pm; at Leavenworth Public Library; 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Randy Oberlin, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will give a presentation on the advantages of and how to Raised Bed Gardening. Free and open to the public. For more information call Melony Lutz at 913484-4568 or the Leavenworth County Extension office at 913-364-5700. Night Garden Tour Fri, Jun 17, 7-9pm. The Northland Garden Club is hosting a night garden tour. Come see how to expand your gardening enjoyment thru lights and plants. (continued on page 28)

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Prairie in Olathe in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. Public invited to experience the beauty and benefits of birds, bees, butterflies and bats. This is a free event and we wish to invite everyone, especially the kids, to this hands-on event to learn about pollinators and their interactions in the environment. People of all ages are invited to learn about pollinator species with activities including: Honeybee demonstrations by Ron Post, The Beekeeper; Birds of Prey exhibit by Operation Wildlife; Caterpillar and butterfly exhibit by Monarch Watch; Hands-on kids activities hosted by the K-State Extension Master Gardeners Wildlife Habitat Committee. This event is free and open to the public. Jennifer Kingston 913-693-1905; JKingston@ Honeybee Keeping 201 Sat, Jun 25, 10am-3pm; at Powell Gardens. Learn how to install bees, use a bee smoker and maintain the hive. Discover the proper way to inspect a hive, and how to identify and treat common diseases. Find out how to extract honey and how to store it. We will take a half-hour lunch break. $24/person, $20/ member. Registration required by June 20. To register call Linda Burton at 816697-2600 ext. 209. Or register online at Public reception at Loose Park Monarch Garden Sat, Jun 25, 1-4pm. Come see the newly planted Monarch Demo Garden, right outside the garden center office, at Loose Park, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Learn about the monarch butterfly and what you can do to help. The Monarch demo garden is a joint partnership between the Westport Garden Club, Powell Gardens, KCMO Parks and Recreation, GrowNative! and Burroughs Audubon. Annual Public Water Garden Tour Sat, Jun 25 and Sun, Jun 26; presented by the Greater KC Water Garden Society. This is a self-directed driving water garden tour in Greater KC and the surrounding communities. There are numerous styles of water features, from rustic to formal and anything the owners can create. Imagine walking through a garden gate to see little fishes darting among the colorful water lilies, lotus and exotic water garden plants. Garden trains, fairy gardens and fabulous sculpture are popular with water garden enthusiasts. Feel your cares trickle away in these magical water garden settings awaiting your visit. Tickets for the tour are $10 for both days and children under 14 are free. Included with your ticket purchase is a large tour book filled with maps, driving directions and garden descriptions. Residential gardens dominate the tour

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offerings along with WGS built educational ponds at schools and non-profit agencies. Proceeds from the tour benefit construction of educational and restorative water gardens and other educational programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Tickets are available at most area garden centers, Hen House Markets and Westlake Hardware stores. Get your tickets early to plan your water garden adventure. Cottage Gardeners of Weston Country Gardens Tour Fri and Sat, Jun 24 and 25, 9am-4pm. Enjoy a drive through rural, Western Platte County as you visit five, beautiful country gardens. Tickets are $10. More information at Breakfast & Blooms at the Bingham Breakfast & garden tour! Sat, Jun 25, 8am-3pm; at Bingham Waggoner Estate, Independence, MO. Between 8am to 10am, enjoy the simple pleasures of a home style breakfast – eggs, sausage, country potatoes and all the trimmings. Homemade baked goods will be available at the Bake Sale, so plan to take some home! Come hungry and leave well fed! Garden tours begin at 10. The grounds of the Bingham will look lovely and will be the start of the tour. The tour will feature private local gardens, all of which will be a pleasure to visit! Tickets for Breakfast & Blooms are $25 – this ticket includes breakfast, the garden tour and a tour of the Bingham Waggoner Estate to be used the day of the garden tour or any day by Oct 31, 2016. If you’d like to come for breakfast only, tickets are $11. For tickets please call Shireen at 816-461-3491. MagnifiSCENT Mints Sun, Jun 26, 1:30-4:30pm; at Hoot Owl Hill, 30750 Osawatomie Rd, Paola, KS 66071. Fee $55. Learn about the magnifiSCENT Mint family, filled with aromatic, beneficial plants that stimulate and warm. Come and see, smell, taste, and learn about the many uses of mints in teas, bath and body, cooking, and medicinal health benefits. Mints are wonderful to have on hand during cold/flu season; they are helpful for respiratory ailments, sore throats, cough, sinuses, fighting bacteria and germs, and lowering fever. Our mint adventures will include peppermint and spearmint, basil, sage, horehound, lavender, thyme, marjoram, oregano, bee balm, skullcap, motherwort, hyssop, catnip, lemon balm. An oxymel drink will

be available for your enjoyment, and we’ll make a remedy for soothing tired muscles for you to take home. Make your class reservations and payment by contacting 913-271-7451 Night Garden Tour Fri, Jul 15, 7-9pm. The Northland Garden Club is hosting the second night garden tour. Come see how to expand your gardening enjoyment thru lights and plants. Cost is $10 each. Call Dee West 816-455-4013. Or check the website at for further information, addresses and maps. Kathy and Larry Barnhart welcome you to their Gladstone garden from daylight thru dusk.

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Healing Power of Nature Workshop Fri, Jul 15, 9am-3pm; at Powell Gardens. Discover the healing qualities of essential oils, common weeds and more. The program is approved for 5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) valid in both Kansas and Missouri by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. $59/person, $52/member (Add $10 for CEU’s). Registration required by July 11. To register call Linda Burton at 816697-2600 ext. 209. Or register online at Cooking from the Gardens: Culinary Classes Fri, Jul 22, 6-9pm; at Powell Gardens. Join us for a new series of culinary classes focusing on cooking from the garden. Tonight, Craig Jones, owner of Savory Addictions, will demonstrate how to grill fresh produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden and more to create tasty dishes. Come hungry as there will be lots of sampling. $74/person, $69/member. Registration required by July 15. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext. 209. Or register online at MO Master Gardener State Conference Sept 16-18: Three days of trips, tours, advanced and continuing education highlighting horticulture in the Kansas City metro. Conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City and held at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Independence, MO. It is open to all garden enthusiasts. Registration opens May 15. Website has conference

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• Plant squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, green beans and other summer vegetables. • Tomato leaf disease reduces yield, treat with a fungicide if needed. • Mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds. • Harvest spring vegetables until the end of the season, then remove. • Pinch herbs to keep bushy and fresh with new growth. • Squash bugs multiply rapidly, watch for development and control. • Keep garden evenly watered, apply 1-inch per week if there is no rain. • Continue a regular fruit disease and insect control program. • Fertilize strawberries regularly to promote new growth. • Renovate June bearing strawberry beds. • Treat peach trees for borers. • Remove sucker growth from the base of trees and along branches. • Turn compost pile and keep moist to hasten breakdown.


• Pinch chrysanthemum tips for development of bushier plants. • Remove (deadhead) spent flower blossoms to keep plants flowering. • Remove flower stalks from peonies and irises. • Fertilize roses and trim spent blossoms. • Check plants for insects. • Remove dead foliage from spring bulbs. • Water and fertilize container plantings regularly to encourage growth and flowering. • Maintain a 2- to 3-inch mulch layer to reduce moisture loss, control weeds and cool the soil. • If there is no rainfall, water about one inch per week.


• Mow bluegrass and tall fescue 3 to 3½ inches to improve drought stress.

• Avoid fertilizing tall fescue and bluegrass during summer. • Mow zoysia to a height of 1 to 2 inches all season. • Fertilize zoysia with high nitrogen fertilizer such as 27-3-3, 1 to 2 more times this summer. • Repair dead spots and bare areas in zoysia by sodding or plugging. • Core aerate zoysia to control thatch and improve water and nutrient uptake. • Spot treat for summer broadleaf weeds. • Fertilize naturally by letting grass clippings fall. • Water the turf sparingly to increase drought tolerance during the heat of summer. • Begin grub treatments with preventive-type insecticides. • Keep mower blade sharp for a clean cut.


• Check for bagworms and control. • Prune elongated new growth of pines and spruces to shape and control size. • Prune spring flowering shrubs. • Water newly planted trees and shrubs. • Check for spider mite damage by shaking branch over white paper. Mites look like small dots. • Clip hedges to maintain shape. • Maintain mulch ring around young trees and shrubs. • Prune dead or damaged limbs to correct structure and maintain health.


• Water and fertilize on a regular basis to promote summer growth. • Repot overgrown plants, shifting up to a 1-inch larger pot. • Rotate pots to provide sunlight on all sides, which produces a balanced plant. • Prune and shape plants.

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