Rita Arnold: What’s New for 2017

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

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What’s New for 2017 Annuals” Presentation 18.7 MB

What’s New for 2017 Perennials” Presentation 15.3 MB

Rita and George Arnold
Rita and George Arnold

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Gardeners Connect is giving away five $20 gift certificates to Arnold’s Greenhouse. Must be a current member and be present at the program to win!

New introductions are the driving force building excitement in gardening every spring.

an encyclopedic account of plants to watch for this 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.

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Jim Locklear: Jewels of the Plains Revised

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Jim Locklear
Jim Locklear

Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Come learn about native plants of the Great Plains and listen to the story of a South Dakota cattle rancher who attained international acclaim as an eminent plantsman of the plains during a free program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Jim Locklear, conservation director of Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center, will present a program titled “Jewels of the Plains Revised.”

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Linda Beutler: Social Climbing, New Directions for Clematis

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Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

A new book on clematis has author Linda Beutler returning to Kansas City for a free lecture on Saturday morning, March 18.

Linda is curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and author of “Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis” (Timber Press 2016). This is Linda’s second book on clematis and in it she lets loose with stronger opinions and more direct advice. Expect the same when she presents her program, ” Social Climbing: New Directions for Clematis.”

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Lisa Mason Ziegler: Growing Great Spring Flowers and From the Ground Up

Lisa Ziegler
Lisa Ziegler

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

Two Free Programs, Just for You.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lunch Break On Your Own and then
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Lisa Mason Ziegler, author of the book “Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers” and a commercial cut-flower farmer in Virginia, plans to give two free programs with a break for lunch in between. The programs are titled “Growing Great Spring Flowers” followed by “From the Ground Up.”

cool-season gardening, a common practice in days gone by, will change spring in the garden forever.

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Garden Getaway: Hortlandia in Portland

Registration is currently available.

Trip is limited to 25 participants flying with the group. Additional tickets available without airfare.

Registration Deadline is Sunday, February 19, 2017 or until trip is sold out. Trip confirmation will be emailed to you within 48 hours after purchase.

Friday, April 14, 2017 through Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Visiting Hortlandia and the Portland, OR area.

  • Single Occupancy $1550 per person
  • Single Occupancy No Airfare $1200 per person
  • Dual Occupancy $1180 per person
  • Dual Occupancy No Airfare $830 per person

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Hortlandia LogoGardeners Connect has gone from coast to coast to check out the best gardens and specialty nurseries around over the past few years. This year is no exception. Plant geeks and garden shoppers alike will be awestruck by our upcoming trip to Hortlandia and Portland, OR.

Hortlandia, presented by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, is our signature event for this trip, and it is a gardeners paradise as it brings together 60 specialty and rare plant nurseries from across the Pacific Northwest under one giant roof. In addition, there is an area devoted to garden artisans creating one-of-a-kind works of art to complement your garden.

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Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road 2017

Registration is currently available. 

Trip is limited to 50 participants. 

Registration Deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017 or until trip is sold out.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

$55 per person, must be a Gardeners Connect Member.

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Visiting Loma Vista Wholesale, Ottawa Antique Stores and Arnolds Greenhouse. Lunch Included!

A day filled with browsing antique shops and shopping for connoisseur garden plants is indeed a wonderful day. That is what is in store this year when the Plantaholic Frolic again hits the road.

This year, the bus is headed southwest of Kansas City. We are headed to Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, KS, where owners George and Rita Arnold will welcome us. Before getting there, we plan to stop at Loma Vista’s wholesale nursery in Ottawa to get a behind-the-scenes tour of their operation and then head to downtown Ottawa to check out the antique shops there and have lunch.

The cost this year is the same as last year, $55 per person, and you have to be a member of Gardeners Connect to go with us. The price includes lunch.

Last year’s bus Plantaholic Frolic trip sold out.

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Cary Rivard: Growing Healthy Soils for Healthy, Bountiful Gardens


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Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

We all know that great, bountiful, exuberant gardens start from the ground up with healthy soils full of natures goodness. Many of us foolishly skip right past in our impatience to plant something, anything for instant gratification. Then our plants languish in unhealthy soil with compaction and low nutrients. Soil that is muck when it is wet and concrete when it is dry.

Well, Cary Rivard is here to help us stop this cycle of madness and work towards healthy soils that will in the end do a lot of the heavy lifting for us and give our gardens the foundation to be beautiful, bountiful and everything we imagined they could be.

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Gardeners Q & A: 2017 Edition

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Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

QA-Saturday, November 4, 2017
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.

A panel of experts plan to answer our questions about gardening on Saturday, November 4. at the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO. 64110.

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