Gardeners Q&A: 2016 Edition

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.

A panel of experts plan to answer our questions about gardening on Saturday, Nov. 5. at the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110.

The free program, presented by Gardeners Connect and open to everyone, is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Discovery Center. Coffee and some treats will be served the half hour before the program in the Lewis and Clark Room. Everyone is welcome.

This year we have enlisted five experts to field questions. All of them are horticulture professionals and have years of experience growing garden plants and contending with our difficult growing environs.

  • Jeanne Johnson of Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins
  • Wayne Vinyard, former owner of Longview Gardens
  • Melanie Cavender, owner of Down to Earth Gardening
  • Bill Malouche, Kansas City manager of National Nursery Products
  • Andy Wright, president of Royal Creations Architectural Landscaping

Here is some more information on our experts.

Jeanne Johnson

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

Wayne Vinyard graduated from the University of Missouri School of Agriculture in 1960, majoring in floriculture. He and his wife, Jan, worked at Longview Farm Greenhouse from 1962 to 1978, when that operation closed. They established Longview Gardens on Bannister Road in 1980 and operated it until 2007.

Melanie Cavender

Melanie Cavender has been owner/operator of Down To Earth Gardening for the past 30 years. Her primary focus is design and installation. Frequently clients requests the removal and redesign of overgrown, outdated plantings around their homes. She also creates seasonal container plantings. She started out trying to tame her wild yard in old Leawood. She has taken many classes from Jan Vinyard and Rikki Creamer and researched avidly on her own. Her large yard has become an organized collection of plants, trees and shrubs.

Bill Malouche

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.

Andy Wright

Andy Wright, president of Royal Creations Architectural Landscaping, has been building outdoor spaces for nearly 20 years. He is responsible for the design, sales, and management of Royal Creations projects. Andy has designed several award winning projects. He has a degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University and is a certified landscape professional.