Author:

Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road

Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road LogoSaturday, April 28, 2018
Visiting Lawrence Area Nurseries.

 

 

At our recent Garden Symposium, speaker Kelly Norris spoke of a condition that is common to gardeners where we head out in the Spring to buy a few plants, black out and end the day with a car load of plants.

Well we at Gardeners Connect like to take a bus load of gardeners out in the Spring turn them loose in nurseries and see just how full we can back a bus. Best of all you won’t break any traffic laws when you black out, because we have a professional driver.

A view of Henrys' Plant Farm. One of the stops sure to tempt and delight on the 2018 Plantaholic Frolic.
A view of Henrys’ Plant Farm. One of the stops sure to tempt and delight on the 2018 Plantaholic Frolic.

On this year’s Plantaholic Frolic we will be returning to one of our perennial favorite nurseries and sponsor of Gardeners Connect events like Garden Symposium, the Henrys’ Plant Farm. Filled with some of the best quality plants around at prices you can fill up the little red wagons they provide without going broke. They also have some display garden to wander, and farm animals to enjoy the antics of.

We will then head into Lawrence to our favorite water gardening superstore, Water’s Edge. They too have been sponsors of Gardeners Connect and loyal members as well. They have more than just water plants. They have fountains, pots, statuary, art and a whole boutique filled with garden fare.

Gardeners Connect members Margaret Ferman and Della Turner happily shopping for plants in the rain. Della was one of the first people to sign up for the 2018 Plantaholic Frolic.
Gardeners Connect members Margaret Ferman and Della Turner happily shopping for plants in the rain. Della was one of the first people to sign up for the 2018 Plantaholic Frolic.

We will then fuel up with a quick bite to eat and a Chinese buffet before heading back out for the afternoon plant buying challenge.

Our first stop in the afternoon will be Vinland ValleyNursery, a small nursery that often carries a selection of plants not often found around town. Unusual tomatoes, annuals and tropicals are just a few of the things you might find.

Our final stop of the day the Flower Farm. A large nursery specializing in bedding plants, herbs, vegetables, tropicals, houseplants and blooming plants of all kinds.

Our very own membership coordinator Pam Frost with one of her acquisitions at the 2017 Plantaholic Frolic
Our very own membership coordinator Pam Frost with one of her acquisitions at the 2017 Plantaholic Frolic

We will start and end our trip at the Kauffman Foundation parking lot at 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64112. They have been a generous supporter of Gardeners Connect in letting us use their parking.

The bus will begin loading by 7 a.m. with a 7:15 a.m. departure time. With and anticipated return time of 6:00 p.m.

The cost of the Plantaholic Frolic trip is $55 and includes lunch. You can register online or mail a check to Gardeners Connect at 6911 NW Blair Road, Parkville, MO 64152.

Register early as this trip always sells out. This trip is non-refundable and and will depart rain or shine. You may transfer your tickets to another party should you not be able to attend.

You must be a member of Gardeners Connect to go on this trip. Membership is just $30 for a year.

For more information, email questions to info@gardenersconnect.org or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson at 913.302.4234.

See you on the bus!

Garden Getaway: PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Friday, March 2, 2018 through Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Visiting PHS Flower Show and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This Trip has Sold Out!

  • Single Occupancy $1650 per person
  • Dual Occupancy $1150 per person
  • Single Occupancy No Airfare, No Ground Transportation Option $1440 per person
  • Dual Occupancy No Airfare, No Ground Transportation Option $940 per person

Join Gardeners Connect as we venture back to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s longest running and largest indoor flower show, on March 2-6. This year’s theme is “Wonders of Water” celebrating the life force of gardens.

There is always a main-entry garden that exemplifies the theme and welcomes you into the more than 10 acres of display gardens, plants and garden related vendors.

There will be lots of opportunities to hear various speaker presentations at the show and the schedule of speakers should be available in mid-February.
We will once again be staying at the luxurious Loews Philadelphia Hotel just across the street from the convention center. You can take advantage of the heated lap pool or schedule a massage to relax you from a full day of the show.

Your trip will include nonstop airfare from Kansas City to Philadelphia and back, train tickets from the airport to the convention center, four, nights stay at the Loews Philadelphia hotel, three days access to the Philadelphia Flower Show including the exclusive Pennsylvania Horticultural Society members-only preview from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3.

This is a make-your-own-schedule Garden Getaway. Since everything is within walking distance of the hotel, you can come and go as you please at your own pace. No need to feel hurried or get up early. You also will have a nearly full day before and after the show to explore Philadelphia and all of the other attractions in the city.

We will be leaving at 6:38 a.m. on Friday, March 2, on American Airlines flight 1875 arriving in Philadelphia at 10:20 a.m. We should be checked into the hotel by noon and you will have the rest of the day to explore the city. There are museums, historical locations, shopping and lots of amazing restaurants to explore.

The cost for this trip is $1,650 per person for a single occupancy room and $1,150 each for a dual occupancy room. All attendees must be members of Gardeners Connect. 

Saturday through Monday you will have passes to the show, where you can enjoy all of the exhibits, vendors and plants, as well as a range of speakers that are scheduled during the show. You also will have access to the PHS members preview from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday morning and the PHS members lounge where you can rest a bit and have a cup of tea or coffee during the show.

We will be returning into Kansas City at 7:39 p.m. on American Airlines flight 1981.

Please be prepared to provide your date of birth and full legal name for registering your flight. Should you have particular travel accommodations, please email them to info@gardenersconnect.org as soon as possible after paying for your trip. This trip is non-refundable and trip insurance is recommended if there is a chance you will need to cancel.

 

We expect this trip to fill up quickly. You must be a member of Gardeners Connect to go on this trip. Membership is just $30 for a year.

For more information, email questions to info@gardenersconnect.org or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson at 913.302.4234.

Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest with Bill Malouche.

The speaker, Bill Malouche.
The speaker, Bill Malouche.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Download the Presentation as a Full Color PDF 78 MB
Download the Presentation

New Location!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Area horticulture expert Bill Malouche plans to talk about “Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest.”

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

Bill Malouche studied horticulture at Kansas State University before working for several horticultural companies in the Kansas City area. For the past 24 years, Bill has managed the Kansas City office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting group representing regional and national wholesale growers to the greenhouse grower, retail garden center and landscape professional.

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

Logo of the Kansas City Public Library

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond with Maria Fadiman

The speaker, Maria Fadiman
The speaker, Maria Fadiman

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Even to gardeners, the relationship of plants to people is deeper and more intricate than most of us realize. Plants change us, and we change them.

The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.
The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.

Maria Fadiman, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer will help us explore some of these relationships in a program titled “The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond.”

Maria Fadiman, an associate professor of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, who has presented TEDx Berkeley and TEDx Cancún talks on related topics. She is an ethnobotanist who has studied rainforests of Central and South America, the savannahs in Africa, and plants of Tibet, China, the Philippines and elsewhere.

In this talk, Maria, will look at gardening and people’s connection with plants throughout the globe.

She will help us explore how people grow food, ornamental and medicinal plants in their homes and gardens in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. She will talk about what’s behind the scenes of what most people see in the Bahamas and about how to get kids to go beyond the hotels and cement and into the bush. She will show us the peaks of Tibet and the growth of interest s about the plant knowledge of community elders grows among younger generations.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She plans to lead us on an exploration of various facets of gardening and plant use and how we can help get others excited about the flora of the world.
She is currently working on a global scale cross-cultural study of people’s use of cultural keystone species (the flora and fauna that are deemed important to the survival of a culture) and how these plants can be incentives for preserving a larger ecosystem.

In addition to her peer reviewed articles, book chapters and essays, she has an essay in “Global Chorus,” a collection of over 365 perspectives on our environmental future. Other “Global Chorus” writers are the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall.

Maria also an essay titled “Rainforest Creatures: The Creepy, Cute and Us” in the 2015 essay collection “No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time.”

Her essay “How I Survived: Jungle Shock” was included in the 2009 book “National Geographic Complete Survival Manual.”

Logo of the Kansas City Public Library

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

 

 

The Midcentury Modern Landscape with Ethne Clarke

The speaker, Ethne Clarke.
The speaker, Ethne Clarke.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

 

Midcentury Modern homes add distinctive lines and angles to the neighborhoods of Kansas City and its suburbs. The gardens designed to complement the houses blurred the line between indoors and outdoors, creating gardens for living.

The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.
The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is the title of Ethne Clarke’s newest book and also the title of the program she plans to present when in April she returns to Kansas City.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is a fresh guide for gardeners and garden designers seeking bold approaches to redefine outdoor spaces or people wishing to learn about the history of Midcentury Modern aesthetics.

The Midcentury Modern period is 1940-70. Ethne’s book documents the transformation of Modernism to Midcentury Modern, the impact of World War II, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence, the spread of Bauhaus architecture on the East Coast, post-war suburbs and the rise of West Coast ranch-style living.

Ethne greeted Gardeners Connect audiences in 2011 when she presented a program at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on “The Making of Hidcote,” which was based on her books on the famous English garden created by American expatriate Lawrence Johnston, and the Italian gardens of Cecil Pinsent.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She is author of 16 garden-related books on practical gardening, design and landscape history. Some of the titles of her other books are “Herb Garden Design,” “English Cottage Gardens,” “The Art of the Kitchen Garden” and “The Gardens of Tuscany.”

Ethne is the former editor of “Organic Gardening” magazine, former garden editor of “Traditional Home” and contributing editor for “House & Garden.”

She researched architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado, a small Midcentury Modern ranch built in 1958.

 

Logo of the Kansas City Public Library

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.