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Saturday, June 6, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Garden of Kathy and Dick Kasper
7812 Twilight Lane
Lenexa, Kansas 66217
After a long day working in the garden come relax with Gardeners Connect and view the garden of our treasurer, Kathy Kasper and her husband Dick. What better time to have a Garden Party on Twilight Lane than in the evening at the height of summer.
Come join us for refreshing drinks, light hors d’ouevres and social time.
The event is free to members of Gardeners Connect, and nonmembers may pay $10 to view the garden and share in the libations.
Let’s start with just one vignette in the garden to describe it. With advice and help from her husband, Kathy makes many of the plant decisions in the garden. Here she has chosen to place a ‘Bluebird’ rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) with blue phlox and with a red wine-colored sedum that picks up the color of the throat of the ‘Bluebird’ rose of Sharon.
You might say the sedum and phlox each echo the color of the shrub. Using “color echoes” has been a guiding principle in this garden.
“That should be my middle name, shouldn’t it? Color echoes?” Kathy said.
“Color Echoes” is the title of a book by Pamela J. Harper published in 1994. Kathy has let the principles laid out in that book guide her garden design.
Repeating colors in a garden can create unity, serenity, interest and charm in a garden, Harper wrote. You can see the idea at work in the Kasper garden, where despite the large area and many plants there is a sense of cohesiveness. The Kaspers use blues, violets and pinks for the main colors of the garden with highlights of yellow.
“It’s calming when you see colors repeated throughout a bed,” Kathy said. “When you have a lot, you don’t want it to look like a jumbled mess.”
A grand example in the Kasper garden of the use of color echoes is a dry creek bed they created after dirt was disturbed when a spa was installed in 2007. Here a similar color note is struck by compact globe blue spruce, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), ‘Blue Dune’ lyme grass (Leymus arenarius ‘Blue Dune’) and river-rounded slate-blue rocks scattered on the bed or brown river rock. Mazus reptans in early spring creates a pool of vivid blue, like a pool of water, in one area.
In another area, Centranthus ruber (red valerian or Jupiter’s beard) is mated with a ruby-pink daylily flower and the wooly gray leaves and pink flower spikes of lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina). The gray of the lamb’s ear leaves gives the garden a sort of infrastructure, tying colors together.
“These are the listeners at the party, the pacifiers, the buffers between colliding colors,” Harper writes.
In a front bed, Kathy uses burgundy-colored perilla (Perilla frutescens) to fill in and help tie together the colors of her butterfly garden. It is an annual with reputation of seeding around, though it pulls up easily. In this garden, it has served two purposes: as a color echo and as a deer deterrent.
“I used to have tons if it in the back yard,” she said. “Before they culled the deer at Shawnee Mission Park, I planted this around because the deer don’t like it.”
This garden has many conifers, providing focal points and interesting backdrops, not to mention year-round interest. A program by conifer enthusiast Marvin Snyder, area resident and former president of the American Conifer Society, opened her eyes to the potential of conifers in the garden, she said.
The front yard has two wonderful ‘Blue Atlas’ cedars gracing it, the blue foliage echoing the color of blue globe spruces and the powder blue leaves of ‘Blue Shadow’ fothergilla in other parts of the garden.
This garden is full of many plants and interesting settings, with paths to follow and new things to see just around each of many corners. Over the last 17 years, many plans have been made and many plans changed. What could seem chaotic in fact doesn’t. Repeating colors have been a glue holding the garden as a whole together. Think about color echoes and how they might help your garden’s design.
You won't want to miss this garden. Join us.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
12:10 p.m. departure from KCI
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
5:00 p.m. arrival in KCI
$2049 Single Occupancy Room
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$1599 Double Occupancy Room
Leave the weeds behind this summer and get away from it all with Gardeners Connect as we head east to Boston and the Berkshires.
Join us June 18-23 for the Gardeners Connect Garden Getaway to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts with its rolling hills filled with gardens, historic sites and cultural icons.
We will be flying nonstop from Kansas City to Boston and spending two nights in downtown Boston and three nights in the Berkshires. During our stay in the Berkshires we will be taking over the Briarcliff Motel a 1960-era motel that has been restored, modernized and turned into a B&B run by a British couple.
It all begins with our 12:10 p.m. flight from Kansas City on the 18th with a return in Kansas City at 5 p.m. on the 23rd.
Our signature event is a garden tour of four private gardens in the Berkshires. One of the gardens we will visit is owned by Dan and Sherry Kasper, in-laws of board member Kathy Kasper, who is helping to plan this trip. They have turned a former summer camp gymnasium on 12 acres into their home and have planted the gardens to merge into the landscape beyond the house. Borders of yellow and white welcome you from the road and lead you down an allee of mature sugar maples. A band of evergreen trees screens the house from the main road. The outer garden areas incorporate strong, warm colors like orange and yellow with some deep blues and purples for accent while those against the house emphasize shades of green using foliage shapes and textures to set off the strong color of the house itself. They also have cutting and vegetable gardens as well as other planted areas all surrounded by the backdrop of Harvey Mountain.
While in the Berkshires, we will also visit the 15-acre Berkshire Botanical Garden. Its collections contain more than 3000 species and varieties in 11 gardens, two greenhouses and woodland trail. There will also be a season exhibit, Windswept, celebrating the beauty of wind through kinetic art, antique weather vanes and sculptures that should have us all creating spaces in our own gardens to celebrate the motion of the breeze.
The Mount, the home of famed author Edith Wharton, will be another stop of ours in the Berkshires. We will tour both the home as well as the 3 acres of formal gardens. We will have lunch on the terrace overlooking the gardens and surrounding countryside before heading out.
We also plan to visit the following locations during our trip as we journey from Boston to the Berkshires and back.
The 281-acre Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Founded in 1872 it contains a collection of trees, shrubs and vines that represent some 4,000 species and cultivars. Highlights include conifer, crabapple, maple and rose family collections. The 3-acre explorers garden though is a must see for its collection of rare plants both exotic and native to US.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, sits high atop a ridge backed by stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. They are known for their educational focus exemplified by the Systematic Garden, which arranges 26 distinct plant families according to our current understanding of their evolutionary relationships. There are also cottage gardens filled with annuals and perennials, a lawn garden that showcases 350 species and varieties of ornamental trees and shrubs around an oval lawn. There are a host of other gardens and natural areas including a collection of 119 pre-20th Century apple trees.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College and Lyman Conservatory has 12,000 square feet of space under glass for growing cacti, ferns, orchids, fragrant, herbaceous, woody and variegated leaved plants that are not hardy. There is a perennial border, hillside garden and garden filled with plants used medicinally and for dyes among a host of other gardens.
Wellesley College Botanic Gardens has the prerequisite perennial and woody plant collections typical of a botanic garden but they also have a kitchen garden, edible ecosystem, climate change monitoring and a bog garden. You will be guaranteed to find Brian in the bog garden during the visit.
The cost for this trip including roundtrip airfare, five nights’ hotel accommodations, all ground travel and admission to all gardens and events is $2049 for a single occupancy room and $1599 for a double-occupancy room.
You must be a current member of Gardeners Connect the dates of the trip to attend. Final registration deadline is May 1 and is limited to 15 attendees, so register early as we expect it to sell out quickly.
A Full Day of programs, Activities and Gardeners Connect Recycled Garden Book Sale.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Loose Park Garden Center
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
This is a Free Event and Open to the Public!
Plans are coming together for Garden Faire 2015 on October 3 at Loose Park.
Garden Faire is a fall festival for gardeners. It is a daylong event featuring:
- Gardening programs by gardening and horticultural experts from affiliate organizations of Gardeners Connect.
- A chance to talk with members of the affiliate clubs and perhaps purchase items from them.
- Children’s activities.
- A chance to buy used gardening books. Gardeners Connect has moved its now annual used garden book sale to be part of Garden Faire.
A tent has been reserved to be erected in front of the Garden Center at Loose Park. Under the striped big top there will be chairs and a large TV screen set up for digital slide shows and demonstrations. That is where a lineup of programs drawing on the expertise of the affiliate organizations of Gardeners Connect.
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on October 3. The programs are planned to start at 9 a.m., changing every half hour until 4 p.m.
Inside the Garden Center, affiliate organizations will have tables in the Rose Room upstairs where the public can find out more about each organization taking part.
The book sale will be downstairs in the Fern Room. If you have books to donate, please email email@example.com or call 913.302.4234 to make arrangements to drop the books off. Book donations are tax deductible.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Loose Park Garden Center
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Preview Bulbs and Order Online Beginning September 1, 2015
LilyPalooza returns for the 6th year with a whole new selection of lilies and other bulbs not generally available locally. Lilypalooza is an online and in-person shopping experience wrapped up with a lecture by a lily expert at Loose Park.
Stop by to catch the program, have questions answered and shop for freshly dug, exhibition-size lily bulbs.
Online orders ensure you get the bulbs you want before we run out. You may also view bulbs online and mail a check made out to Gardeners Connect and mail to Gardeners Connect, 6911 Blair Road; Parkville, MO 64152. We need the check by at least Oct. 15 so we can package your order for you. Either way, you must pick up your bulbs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Loose Park Garden Center.
The lily at left is from our 2014 Connoisseur Collection called 'Lankon' it was a serious hit and sold out fast.
Free Program Thanks to the Continuing Support of Gardeners Connect Members like You!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10 a.m. program
9:30 a.m. refreshments
Featuring A Whole New Line Up of Local Gardening Experts.
Anita B Gorman Discovery Center
Kansas City, MO 64110
Quite a distinguished panel of local garden experts have agreed to all be in one spot to answer those gardening questions that we all have and need the answers for. If that was not enough there will be a bevy of door prizes to ponder as when your ticket is drawn you have to choose your prize based on clues to its identity.
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