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64110. Missouri Department of Conservation “Monarch Mania” Event. The Discovery Center is partnering with MPF to offer a native plant sale to benefit monarchs. Missouri Wildflower Nursery will be providing plants that are desired by monarchs (and other wildlife) and will look great in your home landscape. New England Aster, Buttonbush, Purple Coneflower, several species of milkweed, including Marsh Milkweed, along with a wide selection of other pollinator species will be for sale. Get a jump-start on your 2016 pollinator garden! Burroughs Audubon will also be giving away small plants. A portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Missouri Prairie Foundation to help conserve vital monarch and pollinator habitat on its native prairies. Questions: 816-7169159. Don’t forget to preorder your choices for pickup at the event! To preorder, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery: 573-496-3492 or email: Concrete Leaf Sculpture Sun, Sep 20, 1-3pm, and 9-10am Mon, Sep 21; at Powell Gardens. During this class you will learn how to cast and preserve a beautiful leaf sculpture. On day two, you will clean up the edges of your leaf casting. Instructions for painting your finished leaf at home will be demonstrated in class. Please bring a dust mask and rubber gloves and dress for working with wet cement. $54/person, $47/member. Registration required by Sep 14. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at AdultClasses. Wine & Roses Thurs, Sep 24, 5-7pm; at Rose Garden in The Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden in Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Fifth annual fundraiser by the Kansas City Rose Society. Tickets: KCRS members $85, $100 per person, Patron $250 per person. Go to for more information. Join Honorary Chairs Anita B. and Mr. Gorman while enjoying fantastic wines and elegant hors D’oeuvres created by Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions in the beautiful surroundings of the Rose Garden. Eat, drink and mingle with friends while being entertained by The Mike White Jazz Quartet. Full Moon Walk Fri, Sep 25, 7-10pm; at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th, Overland Park, KS. The full moon will light the paths. Star gazing, nighttime sights and sounds. Bring the family and flashlights. No registration required. Included with admission. 913-685-3604 Conifers for the GKC Landscape Sat, Sep 26, 9:30-11:30am; at Powell Gardens. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn about conifers from Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen. This is a three-part class. Part two is Saturday afternoon, and part three takes place Sunday afternoon. You may register for one or all parts. Register for all three and receive a discount. Each session: $19/person, $12/member (Register for all three $45/ person, $25/member). Registration required by Sep 23. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at Hedge Apple Day Sun, Sep 27, 12-4pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W

179th, Overland Park, KS. Come out to the Leatherwood Depot at the Arboretum and participate in nature crafts for the whole family. Included with admission. 913-685-3604

October Bonfires of Autumn Sat, Oct 3, 4-6pm. This fall event, presented by the Northland Garden Club, features the gardens of two Missouri master gardeners. These gardens have been designed to carry the garden season into the fall through the selection of plants, who perform in the late summer and early fall. Not your ordinary planting of mums, these gardens use native plants, color, and design to insure the longest possible garden season. Tickets are $10 each, and include a fall beverage, seed packets and creative ideas. Advanced reservations required, and may be obtained by calling Dee West, 816-455-4013. Check the website at for further details. Beekeeping 301: Seasonal Management Sat, Oct 3, 10am-3pm; at Powell Gardens. Learn month-by-month beekeeping management including hive inspection and maintenance, checking for food stores, feeding bees in the winter and spring build up feeding and medication. Discover the ins and outs of the fall honey harvest, the importance of journal entries and the proper set up of the hive in the apiary. $25/person, $20/member. Registration required by Sep 28. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at Botanical Brewfest Sat, Oct 10, 4-8pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, about half a mile west of 69 Hwy, 10 mins south of I-435. Local bands, brewers, and food trucks will be there, creating a uniquely festive atmosphere in a beautiful garden setting. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple ($45 / $80 for FOTA members). Purchase online at Proceeds go toward the operation of the Train Garden. Creepy Crawly Cuisine Sat, Oct 10, 10-11:30am; at Powell Gardens. Join us as we take a look at the practice of eating insects around the world and taste test treats as we go. This is a beginning level class for the adventurous eater. You will leave with recipes to try at home. $15/person, $8/member (Add $3 per half-dozen of cricket flour cookies). Registration required by Sep 28. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at AdultClasses. Gardeners Gathering Thurs, Oct 22, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present: “The History & Use of Native Medicinal Plants.” Kelly Kindscher, PhD, author and senior scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey at KU, will share his insights into the area’s native edible and medicinal plants. Hear about old lore and the Survey’s new research, from Plains Indians ethnobotany to modern anti-cancer drugs. Free. Open to the public. No registration required. Door prizes. For further information, 816-665-4456 or visit

Promote your gardening events! Send details to: The Kansas City Gardener, P.O. Box 8725, Prairie Village, KS 66208 E-Mail: Deadline for October issue is September 5.

Late summer shines at Powell Gardens


eptember brings award-winning dahlias, a last look at the Nature Connects 2 LEGO® sculpture exhibit plus opportunities to taste the harvest at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. Here’s a look at what’s happening during September at the Gardens, located just east of Kansas City on Highway 50. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are included with regular Garden admission. Dahlias Take Center Stage Sept. 5-6 Members of the Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society bring the cream of the dahlia crop to Powell Gardens for an annual fall show. Visit the display between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 6. A Last Look at LEGO® Sculptures See what New York artist Sean Kenney created with some 300,000 LEGO® bricks. His Nature Connects 2 exhibit includes 27 sculptures set in 14 scenes ranging from a gardener tending plants to a family of Mallard ducks and a monarch butterfly. The exhibit ends Monday, Sept. 7. Monarch Tagging Become a citizen scientist by learning the art and science of monarch butterfly tagging during drop-in sessions from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 16, 18 and 20. By tagging monarchs with tracking numbers, scientists can study migration and population trends. Nets and tagging materials will be available to use during these sessions, which are included in regular Garden admission. The sessions will be cancelled if it rains or temperatures fall below 55 degrees. Chef Demonstrations and Tastings See how chefs and culinary experts use fresh food grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden on Sunday afternoons, with free samples while supplies last. Then taste what’s in season from the daily tasting station. The chef demo schedule includes: • 2 p.m. Sept. 6: Julie Kendall of Café Blackadder;

The call for entries for the 2015 Scarecrows in the Garden competition is now open! • 2 p.m. Sept. 13: Chef/Culinary Instructor Richard W. McPeake and students from the Kansas City, Kansas, Community College Culinary Arts Program; • Noon, Sept. 27: Laura and Tim Tuohy, owners of Kansas City Canning Co.; and • 12:30 p.m., Oct. 4: Beth Bader, co-author of “The Cleaner Plate Club,” and 2 p.m., Craig Howard, chef/owner of Howard’s. Under a Harvest Moon: A Farm to Table Fund-raising Dinner Now in its seventh year, Under a Harvest Moon raises funds to help children in the region learn about healthy eating by planting, harvesting and preparing fresh food. The 2015 event takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, with guest chef Ryan Brazeal of Novel Kansas City. Using fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in Powell Gardens’ Heartland Harvest Garden, Chef Brazeal will create a memorable meal that follows a cocktail reception in the garden. For ticket information, visit www.powellgardens. org/HarvestMoon or call 816-6972600 x207. Scarecrows in the Garden: Call for Entries. Deadline: 5 p.m. Sept. 27 Families, school classes, scouts, garden clubs, businesses and individuals are invited to enter this salute to the icon of autumn. Scarecrows will be displayed throughout the month of October. No fee is charged to enter a scarecrow, but Garden admission applies to view them. See details at or call 816-697-2600 x208.

The Kansas City Gardener | September 2015


KCG 09SEP15  

cottonwood trees, biltmore, goldenrod, reseeding, sumac, birds, roses, butterflies

KCG 09SEP15  

cottonwood trees, biltmore, goldenrod, reseeding, sumac, birds, roses, butterflies