Garden Getaways

Gardeners Connect has been putting together Garden Getaways since March of 2007. The trips are open to members of Gardeners Connect and travel to places close to home and far away but always centered around our collective love of gardening.

Garden Getaways allow the gardener to venture out in a structured environment where everything is planned and guided by our Executive Director, Brian Chadwick-Robinson. We strive to make each trip unique and something that the gardeners could not easily easily put together themselves. These are not your average tours where you just see the same stuff every other tourist can see. We use our network to get guided tours by the people in the know and behind the scenes peaks that the general public doesn’t see. We not only tour public gardens but also private gardens when we can as well as find the best of the local nurseries and garden centers to shop for unusual plants and gardening must haves.

The trips are very popular and sell out very quickly with many gardeners having gone on multiple trips and clamoring for information about the next one.

Past Garden Getaways

2007 Wichita Garden Show (March)
2011 Carmel, Calif. (May 12-15)
2012 St. Louis (June 22-24)
2012 Arrowrock, Mo. (Sept. 8)
2013 Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 1-4)
2013 Arnold’s Greenhouse (May 11)
2014 Philadelphia International Flower Show (Feb. 28-March 3)
2014 Seattle (Aug. 8-12)
2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show (Feb. 12-15)
2015 Berkshires (June 18-23)

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.