Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
New introductions are the driving force building excitement in gardening every spring.
Rita Arnold, co-owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, Kansas, plans to present most of the new introductions that will be available at their garden center and others this spring, including new annuals and vegetables, during a free lecture Saturday morning, January 21.
Rita’s program, ‘What’s New for 2017?” is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, in the auditorium of the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost. The free program, open to everybody, is presented by Gardeners Connect.
Coffee and refreshments are planned to be presented before the program at 10 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room down the hall from the lobby and auditorium entrance.
Rita will offer an encyclopedic account of plants to watch for this spring. Come for all of it, or come for what you can. This will be your first and most comprehensive chance to hear what Rita has to share about plants for 2017.
Be ready to take notes and leave the program filled with ideas and inspiration.
Arnold’s Greenhouse has become a large retail and wholesale garden center operation. The Arnolds offer more than 2,500 cultivars of plants.
George and Rita Arnold entered greenhouse growing business in the 1970s. George filled free time during evenings when Rita was a registered nurse at a hospital near LeRoy by building his first greenhouse with his father. It was 10 feet by 16 feet and could hold about 160 flats of plants.
George sold a few hundred of dollars worth of cabbage, broccoli and various other vegetables to the local Duckwall’s store. His hobby business grew, and by the 1980s George and Rita were selling a wide variety of plants to wholesale markets. In 1997, they built the 60- by 80-foot steel building and attached 120- by 288-foot greenhouse that is now the centerpiece of Arnold’s Greenhouse.
The mission of Gardeners Connect, founded in 1958, is to “educate and inspire members of our community to become more complete gardeners.”