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GARDENER A Monthly Guide to Successful Gardening

September 2017

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he pre-dawn sound of thunder and pouring rain woke me, and for a few minutes I simply laid in bed and listened. In my sleepy state, I imagined flora and fauna alike, with their faces toward the sky, grateful for a soaking. I too am grateful for the rain. What a lovely way to start the day. And in the spirit of gratitude, I decided not to push the snooze bar one more time. Which in turn made Mr. Gardener grateful, I’m sure. He’s not a fan of the snooze bar. I don’t blame him. Who wants to hear that racket when you’re trying to listen to the rain? Time to rise, and get on with the day. Most days we wonder whether to water the garden, even though rain is in the forecast. We know too well the unpredictable nature of Midwest weather. With new plant material recently installed, and unwilling to risk it, Mr. Gardener was compelled to hand water a few plants for good measure. Now we can eliminate watering from the to-do least for today. Well, it is finally complete! The backyard renovation project that I have mentioned through the last several months, is finished. No more stone slabs, boulders or rocks to move. Every bed is full of plants and mulch.

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And unless we’re going to plant it in the neighbor’s yard, there will be no more impulse purchases at the garden center. Seriously, the weeds will struggle to find sunlight. I mean, we’re really done! One outdoor project remains— expand landscape lighting. It illuminates the garden at night, and will make a dark path safe. That became most evident when recent guests left the patio and garden area at night. I’m familiar with the pathway, and even I found it difficult to navigate in the dark. “It’s an easy fix,” says Mr. Gardener. Knowing my guy has it handled, I’ll not give it another thought. What I will think about is scheduling another gathering on the patio. The grands were first to come. They lit the inagural fire, and were first roasting those yummy marshmallows. Of course, graham crackers and chocolate bars were standing ready to complete the s’mores recipe. Next, the neighbors, kids and dogs came. During the build pro-

cess, they put up with heavy equipment and a dumpster in our driveway. They dealt with cars and trucks parked in the street. They patiently watched the pallets of stone and boulders slowly reduce. All the while wondering, what are those Cavanaughs up to now. For all of that, we gladly invite them to enjoy the patio with us. I’ve come to appreciate that outdoor space is more than the materials used to build. A sitting wall created with beautifully crafted stone is nothing more than bland hardscape. That is, until there are people to breathe life into it. Good food, shared stories, and laughter from knock-knock jokes are the quintessential elements for memory-making. The sitting wall now a softer place, becomes the keeper of memories. It is these collected special times that give our new outdoor space a special place in my heart. I’m looking forward to a season of “firsts” on our new patio. I wish the same delight for you. I’ll see you in the garden!

In this issue September 2017 • Vol. 22 No. 9 Ask the Experts ........................ 6 Cycle of Hummingbirds ............ 8 Rose Report ............................ 9 Planting Natives ...................... 10 Powell Garden Events .............. 12 Composting Class ................... 13 Trees of Linda Hall Library ........ 14 Counting Butterflies .................. 16

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Ask the Experts Readers share their questions about landscape issues, and DENNIS PATTON gives expert tips and advice. HYDRANGEA COLLAPSE Question: The torrential rains last month knocked my hydrangea paniculatas to the ground. Is there a way to get them to stand upright again? Answer: That was some rain storm back in July. It knocked more than shrubs to the ground. In answer to your question, there is no fix for events such as these. It is just part of gardening in the midwest. There are some tricks with plant species to help develop stronger stems. One option is to provide more sunlight. Hydrangea paniculata can tolerate almost full sun. The more sunlight this plant receives the stronger the stems. Less light and the wood is not as strong and resilient. The second tool for stronger stems is harsher pruning. This

shrub can get large. As the stems develop they become finer and less able to support the weight of the flower head. Pruning lower to the ground, maybe a foot to 18 inches results in strong, sturdy and shorter stems that are able to support more weight. By the way, this also helps for the other summer blooming hydrangeas such as Annabelle. LAWN FERTILIZING TIMING Question: Why is September so critical for fertilizing lawns? Why not August or October? Just curious. Answer: Interesting question that does not have a short answer. September is important for the cool season grasses bluegrass and tall fescue because of their growth habits. They are cool-loving species that thrive in the spring and fall.

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Caladiums are ideal for the shade garden, and can be saved and replanted next season.

Summer is their natural period of going dormant. We keep them out of dormancy by watering. If left to nature they would turn brown. As it cools down in the fall and rainfall returns they come out of dormancy and are ready for growth. Feeding at this time provides the needed boost to stimulate their natural growth cycle. In the fall the grass concentrates on developing its internal growth processes. That is building strong roots, food reserves and growth. So the bottom line is this is a period of most active growth and just like us we get hungry when working hard.

they were fabulous! I want to save them for next year. Do I wait until a hard freeze or should I dig them up in late September while still in leaf? How should they be stored? Answer: Caladiums are a great addition to a shady garden as they come in many interesting combinations. It is best to dig for storage prior to the first frost or when the foliage browns in the fall. After digging allow to dry for a few days or a week in a warm location. Remove the spent foliage and excess soil. The bulbs can be stored in locations above 40 degrees. The clean tubers can be dusted with sulfur to reduce disease and stored loosely in peat moss, vermiculite or perlite. Since they are warm loving don’t be in a rush to plant the fol-

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lowing spring until the soils warm, usually mid-May. ENRICH COMPOST Question: I saw your answer in the July issue where you said backyard compost from fall leaves has very little nutrients. I also compost my fall leaves. Is there anything I can do to increase the nutrient level? Answer: There are a couple of tricks you can use. Mix a manurebased product into your composting pile. The nitrogen in the manure will stimulate the microbes as well as add more nitrogen to the finished product. The other option is to add a little garden fertilizer to the process which feeds the microbes and gives the compost a boost in nutrients. Also value the finished compost for its rich organic properties and then add fertilizer once the intended crop is in the ground and growing. GROWING GRASS IN THE REMAINS OF A DEAD TREE Question: We removed a young silver maple tree 9 years ago. The stump was ground down. We chopped out the surface roots. We filled in with compost and top soil. Despite all this the grass dies back each summer. Is there anything else we can do to get grass to thrive – the area gets full sun. Answer: I get this comment from time to time and I must admit it leaves me scratching my head for a good answer. That is, one that people will actually believe. You would think with better soil the grass would thrive. The only problem with the remains of the dead tree would be wood chips that rob the grass of some nutrients as they decompose but that would not cause the plants to die. My other thought is the soil is too good. By

that I mean the compost topsoil mix is lighter and airier than the heavy clay soils in the rest of the lawn. As a result, this area dries out faster and the grass succumbs to dry soil conditions. Honestly, I cannot think of any other issues. Unless you are purchasing poor quality grass seeds that are not bluegrass or tall fescue. There are some crappy grass seed mixes on the market that just don’t stand up to our summers. BEGONIA FROM OUTDOORS TO INDOORS Question: I bought three Hiemalis begonia, also known as Rieger, this summer and kept them on the back patio to enjoy. I want to bring them indoors and get them to rebloom this winter. Any tips for success? Answer: The old-fashioned Rieger begonias are back in fashion thanks to breeding. These provide bright colors for the patio. Growing indoors will be a challenge. Even though they are shade plants outdoors there still may not be enough light indoors to keep them growing. It is worth a try if you have the space and time. The best winter luck would be to find the brightest, direct exposure such as a south or west window and flood the plants with light. I would recommend not to fertilize and keep them on the dry side to prevent root rot. The goal would be to keep them alive until spring and danger of frost has passed so they can be moved outdoors. I guess what do you have to lose. 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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Cycles of Hummingbird Activity Local birding expert, THERESA HIREMATH gives the scoop on when to best observe hummers at the feeder.


ummingbirds are amazing creatures. Individually, they are the smallest of all birds, and yet, with over 320 species, they are the second largest family of birds in the world. Of all those species, only the ruby-throated reliably appears here in the Midwest. Possibly the best strategy to observe hummingbirds is to put up a feeder and keep it full of fresh, nourishing nectar. Hummingbirds return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before, so give them a reason to return to your backyard! Start by making your own hummingbird nectar with a 1:4 ratio of ordinary table sugar to water (that has been boiled first), which should be changed every 1-3 days, depending on placement of your feeder and the weather. If you’d

like to change your nectar less often, there is a product that keeps your nectar fresh and your feeder clean for weeks (Nectar Defender). It is even easier to make nectar using nectar concentrate solutions and powders that are available. Never add red food coloring, honey, or artificial sweeteners to the solution. Also be wary of premixed “ready to use” solutions and package nectars that are colored nectar. Hummingbirds differ from other birds in a variety of ways. They have weak feet and legs that are used more for perching than walking. They are most comfortable in the air, and they are capable of hovering as well as flying up, down, forward, and backward. Their wings regularly flap at 70– 80 beats per second, which disturbs

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enough air to make their signature humming sound. Let’s take a look at the seasonal cycle of activity at most hummingbird feeders in our area. From August to October, activity at hummingbird feeders should reach its peak…. Hooray! After relatively slow activity so far this year, I am really looking forward to seeing more hummers during their fall migration! Late summer and early fall feeder visitors will include the second brood of hummingbird juveniles and their moms, and activity will pick up as migrants from the north pass through the area. The hummingbirds are drawn to your feeders for nourishment as the natural nectar and insect sources are greatly reduced as fall approaches. Some of the early migrants are visiting your feeders right now. Ruby-throated hummingbirds’ breeding grounds reach far into Canada, and they rely on your feeders to help them bulk up for the remainder of their migration into central and South America. To ensure you are providing muchneeded nourishment for late stragglers as they migrate south, keep your feeders up and full of fresh nectar for an additional two weeks after you observe a hummingbird using them. In this area, that usually means leaving feeders up until around the end of October. When spring approaches, Hummingbirds begin returning to

our area around tax day, April 15th, depending on weather. You can log onto to track sightings as they migrate north. In early spring, your feeders can be busy with recently returned local hummingbirds and migrants that are passing through the area. During this time, natural nectar sources are still scarce. As spring continues, feeder activity slows as migration wraps up and male hummingbirds start aggressively defending feeders in their territory. Natural nectar sources like flowers and insect populations are increasing, further reducing feeder activity. In summer, feeder activity can be the slowest of the season. After an initial flurry of feeder activity upon their return to the area, female hummingbirds settle down to nest and raise their two broods of youngsters. Once the eggs hatch, females spend a large amount of their time gathering insects to feed their nestlings, so they probably aren’t spending a lot of time at your feeder. Natural nectar sources and insects are peaking, providing hummingbirds with abundant natural food. In mid-summer, activity increases as the first brood of hummingbird chicks begin to visit feeders. Simultaneously, natural nectar sources are starting to wane. By late summer, another brood of youngsters can be expected to arrive at your feeders and migrant hummingbirds will begin to pass through our area. This brings the cycle to late summer and early fall with increased hummingbird activity as noted earlier. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about hummingbirds, visit the store today and our birdfeeding experts would love to discuss them with you! Nik and Theresa Hiremath own and operate Wild Birds Unlimited of Leawood at 11711 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas. Contact them at 913-491-4887.

Rose Report JUDY PENNER, local expert rosarian, talks about Kansas City gardeners’ frustration with rose rosette.


ecently several visitors to the rose the garden have shared their frustration with roses. Their stories are similar in that they have grown roses for two or three years and then they give up because the roses start looking bad. One person said that his church had replaced a large bed of roses several times and that they think it is time to try something else. I asked this gentleman to describe what the roses looked like when they started decline. He said they had a lot of red growth in bunches on the stems and the leaves were misshapen. All too familiar with his description, I was sure this must be Rose Rosette, the dreaded virus that can only be controlled by removing the infected plant, roots and all. Needless to say, he unhappy and

Here is an example of rose rosette.

No signs of rose rosette on this plant.

disappointed in my response. He asked, “So should I just give up on roses?” I replied, “Of course not!” Now that you know what to look for, you can remove the infected rose immediately before it spreads to the other roses.

This may seem drastic and expensive to remove a rose you paid for with good money, but if you have several roses it is worth it to remove the one infected plant. In our garden at Loose Park, we find a few roses infected with the

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virus every year. We stay on top of it by inspecting our roses on a frequent basis and removing the infected roses immediately, roots and all. We also make sure we put the infected rose in a bag and seal it up for the trash. We never compost infected plants since this would only spread the problem. Keep an eye on your roses and if you’re not sure if it is rose rosette, contact a consulting rosarian on the Kansas City Rose Society website ( or e-mail a picture of the rose in question to me. In the meantime don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Judy Penner is Expert Rosarian at Loose Park, Kansas City, Mo. You may reach her at judy.penner@

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Sweet Spot for Planting Natives



eptember is a great time to plant or divide native plants. The weather is in transition with cooler days and rainfall. Planting in August is a struggle because it’s typically too hot and dry and plants suffer. Planting in October is too close to winter and plants normally don’t have enough time to root in. September is the sweet spot. Digging, dividing, and transplanting existing perennials is most successful during this month. A general rule of thumb is to divide spring/summer blooming plants (see list below*) in fall and divide late summer/fall blooming plants (aster, goldenrod, turtlehead, Texas green eyes, sneezeweed, ironweed, and blazingstar) in the spring. Also, it is best to divide very large plants in spring (compass plant, rosinweed, prairie dock, wild indigo,


rattlesnake master, rose mallow, poppy mallow, and sunflower). This will maximize blooming from year to year. For a successful division, first thoroughly water the areas where plants are being dug and transplanted one to two days in advance. This will make digging and dividing easier. Next, cut plant stems/leaf area in half to reduce wilting and to make digging and handling easier. This reduces plant stress. Finally, dig in one of two ways. The first method is to dig up the entire plant, cut it in half, thirds, or quarters depending on the size of the root mass. Then transplant the portions where you want them. The second method is to leave half of the plant untouched in the ground and dig the other half out. This reduces stress on the half that is remaining

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It’s time to plant and transplant natives, and SCOTT WOODBURY discusses digging, dividing and more.

Divide wild ginger with a shovel,

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in place. Begin this method by cutting foliage back first then make the first shovel cut through the center of the plant clump. Cut around the remainder of the half clump and remove. If you are giving divisions to someone else, place in double-lined plastic grocery bags, plastic pots, or in sturdy cardboard boxes. They should transport easily, but should be planted as soon as possible, not longer than two days. Keep them moist through the entire process. Some plants are difficult to divide because of deep tap roots. The bigger and older these plants are, the more likely they will suffer or die in the transplant. You can successfully transplant young or small tap-rooted plants, but consider leaving older plants alone. These include milkweeds (Asclepias spp.), pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida), compass

plant (Silphium laciniatum), prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum), poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), yucca (Yucca spp.), wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), and wild indigo (Baptisia spp.) Large grass clumps also pose a problem with division because their root mass becomes tough and nearly impossible to split. They can also be too heavy to handle. Examples include prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides), and some sedges (Carex spp.), rushes (Juncus spp.), and bulrushes (Scirpus spp.). When big, these plants are best left alone. Other plants don’t like transplanting at all. Never transplant mature gentian (Gentiana spp.),

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larkspur (Delphinim spp.), catchfly (Silene spp.), and bunchflower (Melanthium virginicum). September is also a great time to attend a local native plant sale. The selection of available plants is broad as native plant nurseries gear up for spring 2018 sales. Also, the crowds are smaller. We are expecting 300-400 people at our fall Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve compared to 1,800 people in attendance at our spring market. Mark your calendar for Friday, September 8th, 2017 and in addition to plants you can spend the day enjoying live music and a wide variety of non-plant vendors selling beer, wine, baked goods, honey, meats, body products, crafts, art, and more. You can also check out www.grownative. org, Resource Guide, for a native plant sale near you. With cool September days arriving, it is time to get back outdoors to fulfill the native garden ideas that have been steeping all summer. Fill empty garden spaces, remove and replace what isn’t working, construct a trellis and plant vines, plant a privacy hedge, add beautiful fall-fruiting shrubs or start a pollinator garden. You, your family and neighbors will love you for it, not to mention the bees, butterflies, and birds you will attract. It’s nice being the center of attention even if the only thing paying attention are butterflies. Go ahead, make their day. Horticulturist Scott Woodbury is the Curator of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO, where he has worked with native plant propagation, design, and education for 25 years. He also is an advisor to the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! program.

*Plants for fall division and transplanting: Shining bluestar (Amsonia illustris) iris (Iris spp.) sedges (Carex spp.) wild ginger (Asarum canadensis) barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides) spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.) alumroot (Heuchera spp.) purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) blue sage (Salvia azurea) wild bergamot (Mondarda spp.) prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata) goats beard (Aruncus dioicus) Robin’s plantain/spring daisy (Erigeron pulchellus) woodland stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) pussytoes (Antennaria spp.) mountain mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) Soloman’s seal (Polygonatium biflorum) golden ragwort (Senecio aureus) mist-flower (Eupatorium coelestinum) black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.) Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium spp.) phlox (Phlox spp.) golden Alexander (Zizia spp.) rose verbena (Verbena canadensis)

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What’s Happening at Powell Gardens Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society’s Display Saturday, Sept. 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society members will display the beautiful variety and sizes of dahlias in the Grand Hall. Members will be available to answer questions regarding cultivation and dahlia maintenance. Dog’s Day Out at Powell Gardens Saturday, Sept. 9 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a special day designated as a dog’s day out at Powell Gardens. Visitors are welcome to bring their dogs for a stroll through designated areas of the gardens (dogs are not allowed in the Heartland Harvest Garden). Leashes and proof of rabies vaccine required. Treat your dog to the beauty of the Gardens.

Grandparents Day Sunday, September 10 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grandparents receive $2 off admission all day. Family Workshop: Singing Insect Symphony Sunday, Sept. 10 | 3-6 p.m. Attend an evening symphony of buzzing, whirring, chirping, and “singing” performed by the “fall” insect orchestra. Ginger Miller of the Missouri Department of Conservation will lead an indoor/outdoor family workshop to explore various insect melodies to better understand their unique songs. Families are encouraged to further explore the gardens before or after the scheduled workshop with a self-guided activity to discover more sounds. Best for ages 5 and up. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance.

Missouri Barn Dinner featuring Chef Calvin Davis of EJ’s Urban Eatery, presented in collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Company Sunday, Sept. 10 | 5-8 p.m. Powell Gardens’ Missouri Barn Dinner Series features exclusive evenings with unique menus created by talented chefs from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Each dinner is a celebration of the flavor and variety to be found in locally-grown produce, including freshly-gathered items from our own Heartland Harvest Garden. Tea and English Gardens: S.A.G.E.S. (Senior Adult Garden Education Series) Thursday, Sept. 14 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Discover English gardening and how its beauty has inspired gardeners around the world in a presentation led by Powell Gardens Senior Gardener, Ania Wiatr. Enjoy a “high tea-inspired” light luncheon that features an assortment of finger sandwiches, and pastries following the illustrated talk. Honeybee Keeping 301: Seasonal Management Saturday, Sept. 16 10 a.m.-3 p.m. In this class we will concentrate on the yearly hive and bee management by the beekeeper for seasonal change. We will look at how to inspect the hive in each season and the timing of hive maintenance. You will learn how to check for food stores, and when and how to

feed bees in the winter, along with spring build-up feeding and medication. In the beginning of the class we will demonstrate a “refresher” of hive maintenance, fall honey harvest, journal entries, and proper set-up of the hive in the apiary. Eco Friends: Girl Scout Badge Program Day Saturday, Sept. 23 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Powell Gardens invites Girl Scouts of all ages to come to a day of exploration. Learn about bugs, flowers, trees, and gardening while completing activities to help with badge requirements. Troops, individuals, and Girl Scout Alumni are welcome. Scouts wearing a uniform will receive a special Powell Gardens patch. General garden admission applies. Native Plant School: Sedges Have Edges Saturday, Sept. 30 | 9 a.m.-noon In this program led by Elliot Duemler, Nursery Manager for Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, participants will learn about native grasses and grasslike plants and which are best for groundcovers and garden focus and which are the best for use in a prairie reconstruction or natural landscape. Participants will also receive hands-on training in identifying various native grasses. For Master Gardeners, a certificate for 3 hours of Advanced Education will be available.

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Composting and Soil Amending

Kathy Hoggard, Master Gardener of Greater Kansas City will share her knowledge and experience on composting.


omposting will be on our minds this fall as we await the falling of tree leaves. Gardeners Connect has scheduled a class on composting and soil amending on Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, in the Loose Park Garden Center. This Gardeners U class will be taught by Kathy Hoggard, a member of Gardeners Connect, a Master Gardener of Greater Kansas City and an expert on composting through study and experience. Two lectures will be offered with a break between the sessions: “Home Composting for Gardeners” and “Amending the Soil in Kansas City Gardens.” The class will start at 6 p.m. and end by 8 p.m. The cost for this class is $15 for Gardeners Connect members and $20 for nonmembers. This includes

handouts and treats for the break. The class will be limited to 30 students. It’s easy to sign up. Sign up online at or mail a check and note with your name, phone number and brief message about wanting to enroll in the class to this address: Gardeners U Composting Class 6911 NW Blair Road Parkville, MO 64152 If you have questions, email This class complements the Free Speaker Series Oct. 7 lecture, “Growing Healthy Soils for Healthy, Bountiful Plants,” planned at the Discovery Center. Big lectures are nice, but it is easier to ask questions and talk to the instructor in classes. Join fellow students of the garden.

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Growing Up with the River Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stotler Lounge inside Memorial Union, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden welcomes Growing Up with the River authors Dan & Connie Burkhardt and artist Bryan Haynes. Dan and Connie Burkhardt’s Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri, takes a brief look at each of nine generations that have grown up in different communities since Lewis and Clark’s historic Voyage of Discovery. The book’s intent is to pique the reader’s interest in the history and geography of the Missouri River region and encourage visits to explore the river’s diverse historic and natural areas. The Burkhardts live in St. Louis and on their farm near the Missouri River. Connie

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Trees at Linda Hall Library a Kansas City treasure

Local plantsman and top-notch tree expert, KEN O’DELL highlights the trees found in this must-see arboretum.


he Arboretum at Linda Hall Library is home to hundreds of majestic trees, including several Greater Kansas City Champion Trees. The library was established in 1946 through the philanthropy of Linda (1859-1938) and Herbert Hall (1858-1941). Some of the larger trees were growing here when the library was established, as they were part of the Hall’s original home grounds. Today Linda Hall Library is among the largest science libraries in the world. Located at 5109 Cherry in Kansas City, this world class library sits in the middle of 14 acres which have, over the past 65 years, been transformed and groomed into an excellent arboretum. The grounds surrounding the library are home to 350 trees representing 147 species. Many of these trees are large, some are rare, and all are fine representatives of their species. Black metal tree stakes neatly mark all of the trees, giving the common name, scientific name and an identification number. The way the trees have been cared for throughout the years is one of the endearing factors that frequently gives me cause to spend several hours, at different times of the year, in the Arboretum at Linda Hall Library. A large Double Flowered Horse Chestnut grows just a hundred feet from the NE corner of the main building. Deserving of a good scientific name such as Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumannii’ this 80’ tall magnificent tree was first identified in Geneva, Switzerland in 1819 and planted at Linda Hall in 1956. The double white flowers are in upright panicles and are showy later and longer then most other trees in this family. Baumannii does not produce fruit, which is a plus, as most members of the buckeyes or horse chestnut family are messy, dropping their fruit and hulls to the ground. The light green 14

leaves usually have seven leaflets in a fan or palm-like shape. Autumn leaf colors are shades of yellow or light brown. Four other varieties of Buckeye grow large and strong on the Linda Hall Library grounds. A 60’ tall Western or Ohio Buckeye is at the entrance as you drive in.

The beautiful Hardy Rubber Tree, Eucommia ulmoides, growing in the SE corner of the arboretum is already 35’ tall and is expected to grow to 50’ as it ages. This unusual tree has male flowers only in very early spring, so will not produce any seed. There is not

The Greater Kansas City Champion Loose-flower Hornbeam lives on the south side of the Linda Hall Library. This medium size tree is endangered in its native lands of Japan and Korea. The Loose-flower Hornbeam, Carpinus laxiflora, has grown to 30’ tall with an upright, rounded growth habit. It will eventually have some slightly drooping branches at maturity. Loose-flower Hornbeam prefers full sun or high-canopy shade. The fruit of this Hornbeam as well as the fruits of the other species of Hornbeam are in 2” long pendulous clusters. European Hornbeam and American Hornbeam also grow well and can be seen in front of the two main library buildings.

a female Hardy Rubber Tree at Linda Hall Library, but you can see one in Loose Park, which is only a few blocks west. Several species of conifers are thriving at Linda Hall. There are 30 giant Austrian Pine, mostly 60-plus feet tall now, scattered throughout the arboretum. They were planted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The lower 40’ of limbs were removed years ago, which greatly reduces the possibility that they will be subject to the fungus that is currently killing many of the two-needle pines in our area. Six different species of Linden trees, or as we Americans call them, Basswood trees, are plant-

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ed in the Linda Hall arboretum. Several of the plantings have groups of trees of the same species or families planted within close range, making them easy to compare. Silver Pendent Linden was planted in 1962 and today is over 60’ tall. The back of the leaves of Silver Pendent are covered with short, soft, silvery hairs. The large Cutleaf Linden has outgrown the other lindens and is close to 70’ tall. These Linden trees have matured into worldly specimens that clearly show the features of each tree. If you like oak trees you will love the 35 varieties, hybrids and species of giant oaks at Linda Hall Library. The great oaks are thriving here and showing why they may well be the national tree of the United States. Some of the hybrid oaks are grafted and growing well. The native oaks such as Post Oak, Pin Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Red Oak, Shumard Oak, and several others are strong trees with mighty trunks that are so large it takes two people to reach around them. A rare Willowleaf English Oak grows on the far north edge of the library grounds. It has odd looking bluish colored leaves and a slow-growing rounded canopy. The fruit is a long thin acorn on a long petiole. Planted about 20 years ago, this Willowleaf English Oak alone is worth a tree enthusiast’s trip to the arboretum. More information is available online at the Linda Hall website (, showing the location of trees and information about each. There is no entry fee to the arboretum or the library. Ken O’Dell is a longtime volunteer at the Overland Park Arboretum. Ken is the Kansas City Regional Leader of The Kansas Native Plant Society and a frequent visitor at Linda Hall Library Arboretum.

Photos by Ken O’Dell.

Left: Fruit of Hornbeam Tree; Right: Ohio Buckeye flowers

Pollen cones on the Austrian Pine

Above: Foliage and fruit of the Pond Cypress; Below: Fruit of Korean Mountainash

Above: Hardy Rubber Tree; Below: Willowleaf English Oak

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Counting Butterflies LENORA LARSON details facts for butterfly watchers and counting activities open to the public.

The Enemy: Habitat Destruction By 2100, human activities are predicted to erase 50 percent of the current species, primarily through habitat destruction. Butterflies, like all our pollinators, are at risk from massive insecticide use. Monarch populations have plummeted 90% because herbicides have wiped out milkweeds, their caterpillar’s only food. If the pasture or park near your home has been demolished to build another shopping center, butterflies are impacted. Likewise, the number of butterflies will be diminished if your city is spraying for mosquitoes. However, barring a local catastrophe, the differences in most butterfly populations are

to obtain even better site-specific data. You will need a field guide like A Photographic Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Region. Schedule a date like “the third Monday of each month from March to November.” Standardize which areas in your garden, time of day and (L) This June at Martha Laffite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Painted Ladies were the most how long you will count. numerous butterflies and set a record high for the 11 years of counting! (R) Intrepid Idalia By the third year, you members counting and recording butterflies at Powell Gardens. will have enough data to begin understanding the butterfly population patalmost imperceptible year to year, Nature Sanctuary. Powell Gardens terns in your own yard. Patience is although the number of individuconducts the 6-hour count on the a virtue. als in each species can fluctuate last Saturday in July and Snowball widely. Hill Prairie is counted on the first NOTE: Long Lips Farm will Sunday in September. The conbe open to the public as part of the The Annual Tally sistency of these counts should Miami County Garden Tour, Sept. How do we know whether reassure concerned butterfly lov8th and 9th. Come meet Lenora and butterflies are disappearing? It’s ers. For example, the number of the butterflies! More information at simple, we count them! For valid species recorded at Powell Gardens data, counts are conducted at the has been between 41 and 52 since same place at the same time, yearit became a count site in 2003. 45 Marais des Cygnes Extension to-year. NABA (North American species were counted in both 2015 Master Gardener, Idalia Butterfly Butterfly Association) has been and 2016. Society and Kansas Native Plant organizing these counts and mainSociety member, Lenora Larson taining the data from 480+ count Bringing It Home gardens and hosts butterflies in the sites for 43 years. The Kansas City These NABA counting activicruel winds and clay soil of Paola, area hosts three NABA counts. ties are open to the public, includKansas. She may be contacted at In June, we count for 6 hours ing children. However, you can at the Martha Laffite Thompson conduct counts in your own yard

Welcome to the 2017 Miami County Garden Tour Sponsored by the Marais des Cygnes Extension District Master Gardeners

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very spring, members of the Idalia Society (our local butterfly club) are questioned by anxious butterfly watchers. “Where are the butterflies?” You remember correctly, there were more butterflies last year… in August and September! May and June are much too early to expect numerous sightings, especially if we’ve had cool temperatures and frequent rains. By early September, caterpillars typically abound on the host plants and squadrons of butterflies visit nectar-rich flowers.

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Tour tips and details _ Tickets $10 per visitor (cash or check). _ Tickets will be available at each garden on the days of the tour or can be purchased in advance at the Marais des Cygnes Extension District Paola Office or online at _ Begin your tour at any garden. _ Bring your picnic to enjoy on the lovely patio at Wood Gate Hill. _ Wear comfortable shoes. _ No pets or strollers, please. _ Look for garden related items for sale! _ Restrooms available at several locations. _ Sign up for the drawing at Green’s Natural Creations. _ Gardens maintained by Marais des Cygnes Extension District Master Gardeners: • Miami County Courthouse 102 South Pearl St, Paola • Marais des Cygnes Extension District Office 104 South Brayman, Paola


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A September to Remember Garden Tour Sept. 8 & 9


oin us for the incredible Marais des Cygnes Extension District garden tour in Miami County. Enjoy a day (or two) in the country, visiting these exceptional, exquisite, not-to-be missed gardens. Learn about designing butterfly, wildlife, natural, English style, formal to wild gardens and everything in between, a multitude of ecosystems and exceptional works of art. This is your chance to be inspired by these creative gardens.

Casa de Mariposa Sondra & Tom Dela Cruz 105 E. Miami Paola, KS 66071 Butterflies galore. Visit this registered Monarch Way Station right in Paola. Enjoy the musical sounds of a waterfall, ever enhancing design, colorful artworks and flora. Fall is prime time to witness metamorphosis–caterpillars (larvas) to chrysalis (pupas), then colorful butterflies preparing to migrate amid diverse host plants.


Long Lips Farm Lenora Larson 27995 Plum Creek Rd. Paola, KS 66071 Long Lips Farm illustrates that the goals of beauty and wildlife habitat are not mutually exclusive. The two-acre certified butterfly garden exemplifies the English Estate landscape style with flowing curves and masses of plant material. The specific native host plants that are necessary for butterfly caterpillars and nectar-rich flowers for the pollinators are scattered throughout the garden. Substantial hardscaping provides the structure with raised beds and pathways, while numerous colorful art objects ensure four-season interest.


Boston Berry Farm John & Denise Johnson 27750 Normandy Rd. Louisburg, KS 66053 This three-acre sanctuary of garden rooms stimulates all your


senses, inviting you to linger, touch, smell and taste. Stroll grassy pathways through cottage garden rooms, southwest cacti, edible fruits, pollinators, native areas and windbreaks in these pesticide free gardens. The birds, bees and grandchildren too are welcome here. Repurposed garden art is integrated

throughout. Close your eyes and delight in the fragrance of great, great grandmother’s antique roses. Native plants are for sale here. Green’s Natural Creations Lynn & Bob Green 12071 KS 68 Hwy. Louisburg, KS 66053 A hidden jewel was created when Lynn and Bob moved in just four years ago. Stroll through the inviting pergolas as you enter and exit the backyard which feels like you’re in the deep woods. Huge mature native trees compliment the magnolias and gardens of colorful flowers, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Enjoy several water features, including a beautiful, cascading waterfall. Delight and learn from the many creative and natural artworks.


Spring Valley Farm Judy Moser & Ken O’Dell 11485 W. 303rd St. Paola, KS 66053 Take a walk on the wild side! Hike through native prairie grass and wildlife areas and explore the wooded areas with its undergrowth of hostas and pond views. This 80-acre farm garden, untouched by agriculture for 30 years, started as an empty palette. The gardens include truly unbelievable varieties of annuals, tropicals and perennials not to be found elsewhere. Check out the watering systems,



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Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a fall TreeKeepers course in Shawnee Kansas TreeKeepers is a hands-on educational course for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of trees or to become more involved in the community. These courses are great for gardeners, City employees, landscape providers, Master Gardeners, students and retirees. Bridging The Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance program is offering citizens the opportunity to learn about trees and tree care through its popular TreeKeeper course. The TreeKeeper course includes 16 hours of instruction in both classroom and hands-on field settings taught by the region’s top professionals. Participants in the course learn about trees from the ground up, literally. Agenda Thurs, Sep 7: 6:30-9pm; Benefits of Trees | Tree Identification Thurs, Sep 14: 6:30-9pm; Urban Soils | Basic Tree Biology Thurs, Sep 21: 6:30-9pm; Tree Planting | Tree Selection Thurs, Sep 28: 6:30-9pm; Tree Pruning Sat, Sep 30: 9am-12pm; Pruning, Planting and Tree ID Field Day (All tools provided by HTA) Thurs, Oct 5: 6:30-9pm; Tree Problems, Insects and Diseases All sessions will be held at the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive. If you cannot attend all the sessions, you can make them up at a later date (at no charge)! Class graduates will receive a TreeKeepers Handbook, certificate of completion and are encouraged to participate in HTA volunteer workdays! If you have questions, please call Sarah Crowder at 816-561-1086 or email Sarah.

learn about plants partial to hot, humid Kansas weather as well as gardening for retirees. Ken knows every tree, shrub and plant on their property. Hostas are for sale at this garden. Wood Gate Hill Chris Coffey & Chuck Michael 5280 W. 263rd St. Louisburg, KS 66053 Sitting on 80 acres, Woodgate Hill has been evolving near Louisburg for 30 years. Chris and Chuck’s landscape passion, talent and love of collecting fine art is inspiring. Contemporary art is intermingled with the antique bronze and marble statues in these English style gardens. Careful planning has graced their gardens with amazing trees and diverse ecosystems, sun and shade. Take a moment to relax on the lovely patio.


Tour Details Tickets $10 per person for all gardens, both days. Tickets are available at the K-State extension Paola office, 104 Brayman St., (pre tour), at each garden on the tour, cash or check, or on-line at www. Start at any garden and visit any and, hopefully, all the gardens. Rain or shine. No pets or strollers please. While in Paola, you may want to make a quick stop at the public gardens maintained by the Marais des Cygnes Master Gardeners at the Miami County Court House,



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Sunflower Art and Music Fest Sept. 15-17


he De Soto Arts Council will sponsor our 11th Annual Sunflower Art and Music Fest September 15, 16 and 17 at The Barn at Kill Creek Farms with some of your favorite artists and some new artists as well. A collection of fine arts designed to appeal to a wide audience will be featured that is guaranteed to appeal to the seasoned arts aficionado as well as someone just looking for that perfect piece to call their own. The visual arts and fine crafts will be well represented by over 25 artists from local and regional artists with art work on display and for sale. There will also be a juried Sunflower Exhibit show featuring Sunflowers in various media types exhibited in The Barn. Children will be entertained with activities by the Pioneer 4H Club as well as Happy Valley Farm’s real working apple press

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hey called me a serial killer – an insect serial killer. It happened years ago when I lived in an apartment. My nextdoor neighbor loved pizza but didn’t love throwing away the old pizza boxes. Bad things happen when a neighbor on the other side of the wall doesn’t take out his trash. Cockroaches invaded his apartment and then came my way. Sure, I set out the poison baits and tried other means of killing the roaches. My favorite, however, was spraying them with Tilex®. They melted. That side of me has been repressed for over 30 years. Until, this summer. The summer of gardening with Japanese beetles. Every spring, I climb a ladder and try to tame the variegated porcelain vine that grows over an arbor. Otherwise, it gets bushy on top and looks like a bad comb over. It’s one of those gardening chores that I really enjoy. I string solar lights along the arch and hang colorful glass balls from the top. This spring, when I climbed the ladder and started snipping away at the vine, dozens of bugs flew right at me. I about toppled off the ladder. Once safely on the ground, I quickly ran away.

Days later, it dawned on me that it was much too early in the season for the bugs to be bees or wasps. Whatever it was that had invaded my vine, it couldn’t be too dangerous. So, I ventured closer to the arbor and looked up. And, looked down. All around were shiny, metallic bugs. They were ravenously eating the leaves of the vine. While mating. Yes, Japanese beetles are remarkably very good at multitasking. For a moment like this, it’s good to have a bench in the garden. A place to sit and Google and try to figure out what’s eating a plant. And, how to fight back. I saw on Facebook that one friend had a lawn company come out and spray. They nuked every bug in her yard, both good and bad. Since I garden for pollinators, that approach wouldn’t work for me. Rather, my preferred method of battle has been to blast them in the morning with high pressure water, watch them fall to the ground and then stomp on them. Some sites, recommend gently dropping them in a pitcher of soapy water and letting them die that way. Sure, I gave it a try. It wasn’t nearly as satisfying.

Photo by Susan Mertz.

As most gardeners have dealt with Japanese beetles this season, SUSAN MERTZ shares her experience.

With the daily blast of water, the top of the porcelain vine looks wild, a bit like Carrot Top. The leaves are full of tiny holes. The Japanese beetles are still going about their business and seem to be multiplying in numbers rather than declining. Meanwhile, my lawn is crying out for attention. While I have been focused on killing bugs, clover is taking over in the backyard.

As Rosanne Roseannadanna would say, “it’s always something.” Perhaps, it’s time for the serial bug killer in me to take a break and go buy a sticky trap. Let it do the work, go dig some weeds and pray for a cold winter. Not too cold. Just cold enough to kill some beetles. Join garden writer Susan Mertz for tours and photographs of gardens at


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Club Meetings African Violets of Greater Kansas City Tues, Sep 12, 5:30-8:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Bonner Springs Garden Club Tues, Sep 19, 1pm; at Kelly’s Bar and Grill in Basehor for lunch. After lunch we will tour several of our members’ gardens. Last we will tour Suburban Lawn and Garden at K7 and Prairie Star Parkway. Suburban is completing their state of the art renovation and will carry a complete line of locally grown garden merchandise from Annuals to Zebra Grass. Everyone is welcome. For more information about this event, contact Nicky Horn at 816807-5170. Garden Club of Shawnee Thurs, Sep 7, 7pm; at Old Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS. This will be a hands-on event as garden club member Judy Murray will lead us in making leaf castings using sand, cement, and a leaf from your garden, like a hosta or elephant ear leaf. As always, there will be refreshments and door prizes will be given away. For more information about our club visit or our Facebook page. Greater Kansas City Bonsai Society Sat, Sep 1, 9am-noon; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Workshop. 816-513-8590 Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society Sat, Sep 16, 1-4pm & Sun, Sep 17, 11am-3pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st & Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Show. 816-513-8590 Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America Mon, Sep 11, 6:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. BJ Schulenburg, a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener will speak on Butterfly Gardening. She retired four years ago, and found her passion for the great outdoors with the Wildlife Habitat Committee. When talking to groups, she likes to bring live critters such as caterpillars, chrysalises, cocoons, and maybe a butterfly! Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Wed, Sep 13, noon; in the Rose Room at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Program: Master Gardener’s Forum. Our own Master Gardeners will share their successes and stresses from this last herb growing season. Find out what they learned and suggest for next season. Come meet Haley who works for Powell Gardens and will share her expertise. Bring your suggestions and questions. There will be some recipe sharing and other surprises. Lunch: Bring your own lunch and drink. Facebook: check us out at Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group. Friends and visitors are always welcome. Questions: call Nancy at 816-478-1640.

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Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society Sat, Sep 9, Hospitality beginning at 9am and a brief meeting, followed by the Program at 10am; at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS. Matt Evans, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, will be presenting on the symbiotic relationship between small trees and shrubs with perennial garden plants. There will be a potluck with the society furnishing the meat and members bringing a dish to share. There will be a second chance sale of lovely hostas. A raffle will be conducted and there will be door prizes! Come and bring a friend, everyone is welcome! For more information, call Gwen 816-213-0598. KC Cactus and Succulent Society Sun, Oct 15, 1:30-4pm; at the Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Eva at: 816444-9321 or Please note that there will not be a regular club meeting in September. Kansas City Garden Club Autumn Luncheon Mon, Sep 11, 10:30am; at Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Enjoy two informative garden presentations and a home cooked lunch. The morning program is “Garden Design Movements That Emphasize the Use of Native Plants” by Ania Wiatr, Powell Gardens Senior Gardener. Ania will discuss the advantages of using native plants in your garden design with a focus on plants that provide year-round interest. At noon a delicious lunch will be served by the church ladies. Then at 1pm Patty Santee of Patty Santee Designs, Overland Park, will present “Pretty and Fun Floral Designs”. Patty considers herself a “botanical” designer, and will inspire you with many ideas using texture in designs, perhaps wreaths, and whatever else grabs her imagination for autumn designs. Tickets are $20. Make checks out to Kansas City Garden Club, and mail to Kaye Vance, 4346 Lobo Court, Lee’s Summit, MO 640641418. Ticket deadline is Sep 5. For more information, call 816-373-9073. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners Wed, Sep 13, 11am; at Riverfront Community Center, 123 Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Jack Wilson, owner of Washington Creek Lavender in Lawrence, will speak about the kind of lavender he plants, lavender related problems and information about his farm. The meeting is free. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094. Leavenworth Garden & Civic Club Thurs, Sep 7, 10am; in the Jahn Room at the Leavenworth Public Library, 4th and Spruce Streets, Leavenworth, KS. We will have a speaker and a light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Mary Sue Winneke at 913-682-7480. Leawood Garden Club Tuesday, September 26,2017, 10:30am, at Cure’ Of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206. The Noon program will be “Nature Center Habitat for wildlife.” Scott Gamerl, Outdoor Education Supervisor and Dustin Branick, Horticulture and Forestry Supervisor from the City of

Leawood. Bring a sack lunch, beverages and desserts will be provided. The meeting is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. For more information, please visit our website or call Mary at 913-642-0357. Lee’s Summit Garden Club Tues, Sep 12, 7-9pm; at Winterset Park Community Center, 2505 SW Wintercreek Dr, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Our program speaker will be Teri Bowes. Her topic will be Flower Arranging. Refreshments will be provided and visitors are always welcome. Visit our website or call 816-540-4036 for additional information. Lenexa Field and Garden Club Tues, Sep 12, 7-8pm; a member garden tour. For more information, contact the club at or www. Raytown Garden Club Tues, Sep 5, 10am; at the Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Program: “Growing African Violets”, presented by Lavonne Ridder and Devena Hardwick, Sho-Me African Violet presidents. Refreshments will be served; visitors are most welcome. Please visit our website at Sho Me African Violets Club Fri, Sep 8, 10:30am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Water Garden Society of GKC Tues, Sep 19, doors open at 5:30 for snacks and socializing; at 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, in a lower level classroom of Our Lady of Sorrows Church with free parking just outside the door. Our first speaker is Adam from The House of Rocks. Since 1966 they have supplied us with landscape supplies, decorative gravel and an endless variety of natural stone. Adam will be highlighting the versatility of their new natural stone veneer to enhance the exterior of homes, fireplaces, wine cellars and outdoor kitchens. Our featured speakers are Susan and Gary Adams from White Gardenia Landscapes. They have sponsored 3 ponds in the last 2 years of the annual water garden tour. With 20 years of industry experience their mission is to create beautiful outdoor living spaces to enrich the lives of their clients. All visitors are welcome.

Events, Lectures & Classes September Birds, Blooms and Yoga Sat, Sep 2, 8–9:30am; at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center. Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired by nature. Start with 60 minutes of yoga led by Nella Yoga followed by a naturalist led walk through our gardens to explore the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. For more information email Missouri Bats Sat, Sep 2, 10am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) The only mammal that can fly, the bat uses this unique adaptation to eat at night. Its ability to use echolocation to “see” prey with its ears, allows a bat to catch flying insects in midair. Bats often consume their body weight in insects every night. Come learn more about these unusual creatures as we discover where they

live, why they are nocturnal and how echolocation really works. For more information email Why I Became a Master Gardener Tues, Sep 5, 6pm; at Lansing Community Library, 730 1st Terrace, Suite 1, Lansing KS 66043. Pat Matthews, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will talk about the Leavenworth County Master Gardener program; how the program can benefit gardeners and how to become one. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094. Monarch Magic Wed, Sep 6, 1-3pm; Sat, Sep 16, 1-3pm; Thurs, Sep 21, 1-3pm; at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Registration required beginning Sep 1 by calling 816-2283766 (families) Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. You will also get a chance to become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs and tracking their journey. For more information email Beekeeping II Wed, Sep 6 & 13, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. This course offers an in depth review of current beekeeping practices. You will study beekeeping in the classroom and explore a beehive in the field. The course will give you hands on experience working a beehive. Fee: $49. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-4692323. Master Gardener 2017 Garden Tour Sep 8-9, 9am-5pm. Sponsored by the Marais des Cygnes Extension District Master Gardeners. Driving tour to visit various locations in Miami County to view some amazing garden creations by our Master Gardeners. Visit us on Facebook mdcemg or call 913-294-4306. Visit the Marais des Cygnes Extension District website for more information Johnson County Old Settlers’ Community Flower Show Sep 8-9, at the Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061. The Olathe Garden and Civic Club present this Annual event. Open to public Fri, Sep 8, 1-8pm and Sat, Sep 9, 9am-3pm. Entries will be accepted from amateur (non-commercial) gardening enthusiasts 6-8pm Thurs, Sep 7, and 7:30-9am Fri, Sep 8. The public is welcome to submit both flower and horticulture (garden produce) entries. For further information contact Karen Ragland at 785-766-4678. Easy to Grow “Super Foods” Sat, Sep 9, 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. SEED the Untold Story Tues, Sep 12, 6-8pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Registration required (adults) This documentary film looks at the loss of biodiversity in the world and the people working to preserve the biodiversity (continued on page 24)

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(continued from page 23) that remains by seed saving. Come learn how seeds are saved and why it is such an important topic. SeedSavers-KC, an all volunteer 501c3 tax exempt organization, is sponsoring this free screening. Visit www.seedsavers-kc. org to learn more about the organization. For more information email discoverycenter@ Butterfly Basics Basehor Community Library: Wed., Sept. 13 at 7pm. 1400 158th Str.; Basehor KS 66007. Duane Horne, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will present Butterfly facts, host plants and plants that attract butterflies. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094. Apple Butter Festival Fri, Sep 15, 5-8pm; at The Gardens at Unity Village, 150 B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit MO 64086 (1/4 mile west of Douglas St or 1 mile east of MO Hwy 350). Experience the production of our signature product, The Gardens at Unity Village Apple Butter, from start to finish and anywhere in between. Friday night is filled with fellowship and is open to the public as we peel and pare bushels of apples, prepping for our open air copper kettle cooking which commences Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, we are canning and labeling this tasty favorite. Come by to observe or participate. Saturday is festive as we offer Hay Rides, Face Painting and Musical entertainment. This event has no fees and no reservations are required. Children are welcome and need to be well supervised. Hasta Luego Monarchs Sat, Sep 16, 9am-2pm; at The Pollinator Prairie, 320 S Blake St,
Olathe, KS 66061. Join us at the 4th Annual Pollinator Prairie Hasta Luego Monarchs event and say “adios” to the Monarch Butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. This free family-friendly event in Olathe, KS is open to the community to learn more about Monarchs and other butterfly species, pollinators, and native plants. Fall Family Festival Sat, Sep 16, 10am-3pm; at Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington in Swope Park, Kansas City, MO. This is KCCG’s way to give back to our community. It is free and family friendly. We will taste fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, food cooking demonstrations, face painting, horseback rides, gourd painting, games and more all located at the beautiful Beanstalk Children’s Garden. Fall Plant Sale Sat, Sep 16, 9am-1pm; at Blind Boone Park, 404 W Culton St, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Johnson County, MO. Monarch Mania Sat, Sep 16, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands on activities that will leave you in a state of

“Monarch Mania.” There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaway, and much more for all ages. Join the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly. For more information email Native Plant Sale Sat, Sep 16, 9:30am-2:30pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be providing a variety of native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish to preorder your choices for pickup on the 16th, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573496-3492 or e-mail A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri. For more information email discoverycenter@ Beekeeping III Wed, Sep 20 & 27, 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. Why I Became a Master Gardener Thurs, Sep 21, 7pm; at Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Pat Matthews, a Leavenworth County Master Gardener, will lead a round table discussion on the benefits of being a Master Gardener and how to join the Master Gardener program. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paula Darling at 913-240-4094. 30th Anniversary Celebration, Growing Through the Years - Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Sun, Sep 23, 10am-12:30pm; at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will celebrate 30 years of providing volunteer services and education throughout the Kansas City metro area at an all-day event. The celebration includes: entrance to Powell Gardens, brunch, entertainment by the Star Spangled Betties, a slide show covering accomplishments, presentations, and door prizes. After brunch, participants can enjoy a stroll through the gardens until close or view aboard the tram. Ticket fee: $20. Visit the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City website, MG Events tab for more information, Monarch Butterfly Open House Sat, Sep 23, noon-3pm; at 500 Eisenhower Rd, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Leavenworth County Master Gardeners will host an open house at their Butterfly Garden. Please join us as we follow the migration of the Monarch Butterflies as they continue their journey to Mexico. Learn about our Monarch Waystation. There will be activities for children. If available, there will be opportunities to catch and

tag Monarch butterflies. For more information, call the Leavenworth County extension office at 913-364-5700 and leave a message for Charlotte. Cooking with Summer’s Bounty Thurs, Sep 28, 6pm; at Blue Hills Community Services, 5008 Prospect, Kansas City, MO 64130. This workshop will take place in Prospect Community Garden and Orchard on the west side of BHCS. Park on Wabash. Learn how to prepare the beautiful, fresh produce that you have harvested from your garden. We will also harvest fruit from the Prospect Community Orchard to take home and use in cooking demonstration. Come sample some creative and healthy recipes featuring garden produce. Bring your appetite! FREE. Reserve your seat at workshops or 816-931-3877.

October/November Advanced Beekeeping, Pests and Diseases Wed, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Explore the greatest challenges in today’s beekeeping world. You will do an in-depth study and review of beekeeping diseases and pests. Learn how to identify pests and diseases in the early stages and the best practices for treatment alternatives. In addition, review new regulations and laws that impact our bees. Fee: $29. To enroll or to get more information please call 913-469-2323. Growing Great Garlic and Onions Fri, Oct 6, noon; at Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO 64132. Garlic and onions are the foundation of many recipes. They are some of the best crops to grow to donate because they store well. Join us to learn more and increase your harvest. FREE. Do let us know if you are coming. Reserve your seat at workshops or 816-931-3877. Harvest Festival Oct 6 and 7; at Swan River Farms, 4385 W 247th St, Louisburg, KS. First Annual Harvest Festival! Come be a part of craft demonstrations and classes. Take home some specials during our end-of-season sale. Enjoy strolling the garden paths or resting near the sights and sounds of dancing water. Something for everyone to enjoy! Keep tabs on the event including who’s going to be here, class schedules and registration, vendors, demonstrations, and activities on our Facebook event page at: 913-8373510

Honey Harvest Sat, Oct 14, 10am-noon; at 150 B NW Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit MO 64086 (1/4 mile west of Douglas St or 1 mile east of MO Hwy 350). This is one of our most popular annual workshops offered by local beekeeper, Rick Drake. See honey harvested from a hive (you may be able to have a hands on experience). Get the buzz about beekeeping and take home a sample of this liquid gold. Reservation $15 per person (includes a sample jar of honey) $5 per person for observation only. Reservations can be made by leaving a voice mail at 816769-0259, by email to gardens.unity@yahoo. com, or by visiting our Market Stand Saturday mornings. Invasives–Plants Gone Wild Thurs, Oct 19, 6:30pm; at Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO. Lynn Loughary, Horticulture Extension Agent for Kansas State Extension and Research will discuss invasive non-native plants that consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. Participants will learn the characteristics of the most common invasive plants in Missouri and why their management or control is important. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Door Prizes. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website and browse Gardeners’ Gathering. African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City Show and Sale Sun, Oct 22, (ONLY, due to the Kansas City Marathon), 9am-3pm, at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st St and Wornall, Kansas City MO. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. The Local Food Movement: Then & Now Sat, Nov 11, 9am-12pm; at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Did you know Johnson County’s leading industry once was dairy farming? Now JoCo is part of Kansas City’s active food and farmer movement. Explore our farming roots and discover the myriad of resources that connect us to our local food growers including farmers’ markets, farm to table, organic, urban and local trends. Learn about organizations collaborating to feed our city and the key programs that are training our next generation farmers and chefs. Fee: $39. To enroll or to get more information, call 913-469-2323.

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• Seed bluegrass or tall fescue lawns early in the month for best results. • Sod new lawns or dead spots for quick recovery. • Renovate bluegrass or tall fescue by verticutting then overseeding. • Core aerate cool season turf to aid in root development and thatch breakdown. • Fertilize cool season grasses with high nitrogen sources of fertilizer. • Mow turf at 2 to 3 inches and sharpen mower blade for a clean cut. • Continue to mow zoysia but do not fertilize or aerate this late in the season.


• Continue to harvest vegetables. • Pick apples and pears and store in a cool place to extend freshness. • Harvest pumpkins when flesh is completely orange, and avoid carrying by the stem. • Harvest winter squash when the rind cannot be punctured with your fingernail. • Plant lettuce, spinach and radishes for fall harvest. • Remove weeds from garden plantings before going to seed. • Tender herbs can be dug from the garden and placed in pots for indoor use this winter. • Remove small tomatoes to increase late development of more mature fruits. • Spade or till garden plots incorporating fallen leaves or grass clippings to improve soil. • Plant garlic cloves for next year’s crop.

• Plant spring flowering bulbs, tulips, daffodils and others. • Dig, divide or plant peonies. • Divide perennials, especially spring bloomers. • Remove seed heads from perennials to prevent reseeding in the garden. • Plant chrysanthemums for fall color. • Dig gladiolus as foliage begins to yellow and air dry before storing for winter. • Clean up garden areas to reduce insects and disease as plants dieback for winter. • Enrich soil by adding organic matter such as compost. • Soil test for the next growing season.


• Plant trees and shrubs, deciduous and evergreen. • Rake up fallen leaves and compost. • Prune broken and dead branches from trees. • Avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs to ensure spring flowers. • Handpick bagworms to reduce problem infestation next year.


• Bring plants in before temperatures drop into the 50s. • Clean and wash before moving indoors to reduce insects. • Fertilize before winter conditions arrive and growth slows. • Poinsettias can be forced into Christmas bloom by starting short-day treatment.

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, or call the Extension office at 913-715-7000.

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