Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
10:30 a.m. program "Lilies - Try 'em, You'll Like 'em"
Loose Park Garden Center
51st and Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64112
LilyPalooza returns for the 5th 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.
This year we welcome Lynn Slackman, many of you may remember Lynn from our 2012 Garden Getaway to St Louis where she gave us a guided tour of the bulb garden at Missouri Botanic Garden. She is also an active member in the Mid-America Regional Lily Society, and has agreed to present a program on growing lilies titled “Lilies —Try ’Em, You’ll Like ’Em.” Program starts at 10:30 a.m.
She has volunteered at Missouri Botanical Garden for 18 years. Lynn has worked specifically on the annual labeling of the Lilium collection. Her in-depth knowledge of lilies makes her one of the few volunteers that can help with that task. She also has helped with transplanting lilies and has introduced techniques for staking lilies and other bulbs at Missouri Botanic Garden.
For her ardent volunteer work, in May Missouri Botanical Garden honored Lynn with its Dedication Award. She also has attended the last two conventions of the North American Lily Society, taking seminars and participating in the national lily show.
“Lilies caught my interest because they are easy to grow, smell great, and have gorgeous blooms during most of the summer,” she said.
The Slackmans reside in Shiloh, Ill., where they have an acre and one-half of ground on the flat prairies and farmland that is next to a small lake. They enjoy the wild life on the lake and growing flowers and vegetables throughout the growing season. Lilies have become one of the dominate summer bulbs to the many companion bulbs on their property.
A Full Day of programs, Activities and Gardeners Connect Recycled Garden Book Sale.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
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 on Sept. 20 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 Sept. 20. 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 Garden Faire is a great opportunity for gardeners in the metro area to experience the great diversity of the Kansas City horticulture community,” said Judy Penner, director of Loose Park. “This event will be a must-see for gardeners interested in all aspects of gardening.”
Garden Faire 2014 Schedule
9 a.m. — Johnson County Master Gardeners
Johnson County Master Gardener Bud Smith plans to talk about “Container Gardening.” As a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, Bud works with demonstration gardens, two of the Junior Master Gardener Programs in elementary schools in addition to giving talks and working on the hotline. He and his wife, Kaye, garden in Prairie Village, Kan., and their garden was on the 2010 Extension Master Gardener’s Garden Tour.
9:30 a.m. — Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
Lynn Soulier, an avid organic gardener and co-creator of Gardens of Delight near Parkville, Mo., a center for natural healing, will talk about “Tending the Herbal Tea Garden.” Many of the herbs we plant and tend in our gardens can be used to create healing medicinal teas.
10 a.m. — Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
Mark Prout will give a presentation on how to care for your orchids titled “An Orchid in Every Pot!” He is a member and a former president of the Kansas City society and also an American Orchid Society judge.
10:30 a.m. — Powell Gardens
Jennifer Barnes, senior gardener for the Perennial Garden at Powell Gardens, will talk about “Late Season Color in the Garden.”
11 a.m. — Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society
Phil Alley, an avid hosta collector who with his wife, Gayle, has created acres of hosta wonderland in gardens around his hand-built log cabin home near Greenwood, Mo., will talk about creating their garden in a program titled “The Garden Pavilion.”
11:30 a.m. — Heartland Peony Society
Mike Moore, “Types of Peonies and the New Color Palette”
Noon — Monarch Watch
Communications Coordinator Angie Babbit will talk about “Creating Monarch Habitat in your Garden.”
12:30 p.m. — Greater Kansas City Iris Society
Jerry Hoke, president of the iris society, will demonstrate and discuss iris dividing and care.
1 p.m. — Mo-Kan Daylily Society
1:30 p.m. — Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City
Master Gardener Chris Veach will talk about “Beneficial Bugs in the Garden.” Besides her work with the Master Gardeners, she also is a Missouri Master Naturalist and a Heartland Tree Alliance Tree Steward.
2 p.m. — Greater Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society
Judy Pigue will talk about “Growing Cacti and Succulents in Kansas City.” Judy is president of the society, has her own extensive collection of cacti and succulents, hardy ones and greenhouse specimens. She also propagates them and travels extensively to see them in native habitats.
2:30 p.m. — Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society
3 p.m. — Kansas City Rose Society
Katrina Stevenson, board member of the Kansas City Rose Society, will talk about “the Evolution of a World Class Garden.”.
3:30 p.m. — Mid-America Begonia Society
Other groups planning to take part in Garden Faire:
Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City
Heart of America Gesneriad Society
Kansas City Garden Club
Johnson County Rose Society