Gardeners Q&A

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

QA-Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

This is your chance to get your gardening questions answered and hear about all the questions gardeners like you have.

This years expert include Marcia Henry, Jeanne Johnson and Wayne Vineyard. They are all nursery owners with years of experience with plants, growing and how to get the best out of your plants in our varied climate. They will take the stage to field your questions and a few of ours just to get things started.

Marcia Henry is one of the owners of The Henrys’ Plant Farm just west of Lawrence, Kansas. With over 30 years of growing and selling plants she has experience with not only the newest plants on the market but perennial favorites as well. The nursery specializes in a wide selection of annuals and vegetable plants with a nice selection of perennials. The Henry’s Plant Farm has been a sponsor of the Kansas City Garden Symposium, a fundraiser for Gardeners Connect; and has been a well loved location on our Plantaholic Frolic nursery tours.

Jeanne Johnson is one of the owners of Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins located southwest of Belton, Missouri. In the spring you will find the 1 and a half acre greenhouse full of annuals and vegetable plants along with 5000 hanging baskets. They also offer a wide selection of perennials. In the fall they have an outstanding variety of mums. They also offer you pick vegetables and pumpkins during season along with lots of kids activities.

Wayne Vineyard along with his wife Jan, owned Longview Nursery located in southeast Kansas City. Longview was a favorite of Kansas City gardeners for decades and was the go to place for unusual plants and expert advice up until the closure of the nursery when they decided to retire.



Paperwhite Planting Party

time-to-plant-paperwhites-stonegablelbog Join us for a morning of potting up paperwhites for the holidays.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within Loose Park at 51st and Wornall)

$20 (Gardeners Connect Members receive a $5 discount.)


Learn a few tricks from people who for decades have celebrated the holidays by planting paperwhites, like how to keep your paperwhites from being tall and floppy.

thinkstock-91828970_forcing-bulbs-paperwhites_s4x3_lgThis is a hands-on workshop with materials provided to take home a pot of paperwhites. This includes a pot,  5 bulbs and soil mix and also Gardeners Connect will provide a soup luncheon.

The cost for this event is $20 with Gardeners Connect members receiving a $5 discount.

Participants may purchase extra pots and bulbs online or at the event. You may also bring your own pots.

Sign up online below or mail a check made out to Gardeners Connect to 6911 NW Blair Road, Parkville, MO 64152. Please include a note with the mailed check that this is for the paperwhites workshop and specify which paperwhite bulbs you prefer.


Paperwhite ‘Grand Soleil D’or’

Two Bulb Choices
We have chosen two paperwhite bulbs for our planting party, ‘Grand Soleil D’or’ and ‘Constantinople.’

‘Grand Soleil D’or’ has beautifully formed, golden yellow petals with an orange cup. It has a wonderful, delicate, sweet fragrance.


Paperwhite ‘Constantinople’

‘Constantinople’ is a double-flowered paperwhite with golden yellow accents. In the center of a platter of white outer petals is a pompon of white and bright yellow.

The bulbs of both cultivars are super premium sized 17+ cm bulbs. Each bulb of both cultivars will produce three or more stems per bulb and each stem will have five or more flowers.

Thoughtful Gifts
Paperwhites can be planted in almost any container, from ones with drainage holes like flower pots to containers without drainage holes, which are often preferred as they provide a reservoir of water to keep your plants from drying out between watering and keep any surfaces you place them on dry. All you need is 3-4 inches of depth for the roots to anchor in and keep your plants upright. Bowls, vases, even that old gravy boat you never use all make good planting containers.

paperwhites_morePlant up paperwhites to give to family and friends as gifts. A pot will brighten anyone’s day. Even think about tailoring the planter to the recipient. A candy dish filled with bulbs for that sweet tooth you know or how about a pint beer glass from your favorite local Kansas City brewery planted with even a single bulb. We know quite a few people that would enjoy the sentiment of a crazy gardener that plants up everything.

Join us at the paperwhite planting party for homemade soup, garden banter and lots and lots of paperwhites, plant a few and let them brighten the bleak days of winter for you.

Shop LilyPalooza Bulb Sale

The LilyPalooza bulb sale is online and continues through October 19th, 2016. After that bulbs will be available at LilyPalooza on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

We do offer discounts if you purchase in quantities of 3 of each variety on most lily bulbs. Discount is applied in the cart.

Happy shopping and any questions or problems please contact Brian Chadwick-Robinson at 913.302.4234.


Bulbs must be picked up at LilyPalooza on Saturday, October 29, 2016. If you are not able to pick up your order at LilyPalooza advance arrangements must be made by emailing


Garden Faire 2016

Garden FaireSaturday, October 29, 2016
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within Loose Park at 51st and Wornall)

Garden Faire takes on some added boutique charm this year , with Gardeners Connect and some of its affiliate organizations offering plants and other items for sale. There will be plenty of gardening and horticultural information available too.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Garden Center at Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave. This is the same time you can pick up your pre-ordered Lilypalooza bulbs. Go to the library/conference room at the Garden Center, to the left as you enter from the front of the building, to get your pre-paid orders.

Of course, Gardeners Connect will have lily, tulip, daffodil and allium bulbs for sale as part of its Lilypalooza. There will also be a few books on bulbs, our Irma Starr garden-scene artwork and raspberry-pink and lime green T-shirts.

New this year, Gardeners Connect plans to offer Kincaid plant markers. These are study, durable stainless steel plant markers that won’t rust. The wires are 10-gauge. They are manufactured by Gary Kincaid of Savannah, Mo., a sponsor of the Kansas City Garden Symposium. You can mark on them with a grease pencil or get a label printer (the Brother P-Touch printer does great and is affordable and you can find it on and benefit Gardeners Connect in a small way).

We will have bundles of 25 15-inch markers for $25. You may also by them singly at $1.50 per label. This is a huge discount over online prices.

What Gardeners Connect will have at Garden Faire/Lilypalooza just scratches the surface.
We plan to have short demonstrations by Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society and the Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group

Also, these affiliate clubs have said they will be at the event. Tables will all be in the Garden Center, upstairs and downstairs. Be sure to check out the hypertufa pots from the Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society’s Keith Wheeler in the basement Fern Room and a selection of stepping stones and garden ornaments from artist Steve Hess. We hope to have colorful African violets and sumptuous begonias and gesneriads to purchase too.

Gardeners Connect Affiliates participating in Garden Faire

  • African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City
  • Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
  • Heart of America Gesneriad Society
  • Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society
  • Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
  • Kansas City Garden Club
  • Kansas City Ikebana Group
  • Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City
  • Mid-America Begonia Society
  • Mo-Kan Daylily Society
  • Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City

LilyPalooza 2016

LilyPaloozaSaturday, October 29, 2016
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within Loose Park at 51st and Wornall)

More is what you will find in the seventh annual LilyPalooza, the annual fall bulb sale presented by Gardeners Connect. More distinctive lilies, more other interesting bulbs and more of everything else from Kincaid plant labels to a new color of Gardeners Connect T shirts are what you will find.

LilyPalooza bulb selection goes online for sale on September 1. This will be our largest selection of bulbs to date with 26 lilies including 3 martagons and other 13 bulbs, including alliums, daffodils, tulips and other selected bulbs.

Bulbs for sale that day at Loose Park. Along with Kincaid plant labels to label all your new bulbs with, a selection of bulb books and more. In fact, there will be other things to shop for at that time because this year Garden Faire has joined up with LilyPalooza, which includes horticultural groups that are affiliated with Gardeners Connect promoting themselves and offering plants and other items for sale.

Three reasons to order online:

  • Easy to order and then pick up your bulbs at Loose Park between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
  • Best Selection. We expect some of our bulbs, especially the martagon lilies and those in the Connoisseur Collection, to sell out, and the first ones to order and pay for their selections are most likely to get their heart’s content
  • People ordering and paying online get a free bulb for every $25 in purchases. Spend $25 get 1 Bulb, spend $50 get 2 bulbs, spend $200 get 8 bulbs. You get the idea. We have selected a dwarf Asiatic named ‘Buzzer’ for our gift. It produces a lot of flowers with pink petals outlined with a very pale, thin pink line. You will also be able to purchase ‘Buzzer’ separately if you would like a stand of them.