Growing the Midwest Garden with Edward Lyon

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost

Kansas City, Missouri 64110

As Midwestern gardeners we all know the challenges we face on a daily basis. Whether it be extreme temperature swings, pests or the myriad of other issues besetting the Midwest Garden we somehow prevail in being gardeners.

Our February speaker knows a thing or two about growing the Midwest garden. He is currently the Director at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa and has worked at Chicago Botanic Garden and Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. He is an educator, photographer and avid gardener who emphatic about focusing on gardening with a regional focus.

Mistakes to Avoid in Landscape Design with Timothy Moloney

Timothy Moloney

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost

Kansas City, Missouri 64110

In designing your outdoor space it is often hard to imagine what your garden will look like next year let alone 10 years from now. We all want that picture perfect layout and breezy flow of well designed gardens yet we perpetually underestimate the size of a mature plant, how our gardens will evolve and the mistakes we never even knew we made along the way.

Our January speaker knows the pitfalls that befall us in designing our outdoor spaces. He is an Instructor of Landscape Design at the University of Missouri – Columbia as well as a Landscape Designer or both commercial and residential landscapes. He is going to show us the most common mistakes made in landscape design and how to deftly avoid making them in our own outdoor spaces.

It’s a Paperwhite Party!

Paperwhite Party
Paperwhite Party

Our Paperwhites Planting Party has become a tradition for Gardeners Connect, and we would like you to join us.

However, the location has changed.

Trailside Center
Trailside Center

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. to noon
Trailside Center
9901 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131.

Join us at the Paperwhites 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. Plant extras as gifts.

This is a hands-on workshop with materials provided to take home a pot of paperwhites.

The cost for this event is $20, with Gardeners Connect members receiving a $5 discount. This includes a pot, five bulbs and soil mix, and also Gardeners Connect will provide a soup luncheon.

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.

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

Paperwhites, Amaryllis and Hyacinths

We will have two paperwhites to choose from.

One, ‘Ziva,’ is fragrant and time-tested.

The other is ‘Inbal,’ which is not fragrant, for those of us who find the scent of paperwhites overwhelming.

These are huge paperwhite bulbs, 7 inches in circumference.

We will have three amaryllis varieties. With amaryllis, top-size bulbs make a huge

Last year a nice-sized group of friends came together to pot up paperwhites with contained mess and share some homemade soup after. Some of the paperwhites went home as holiday decorations of its creator, and some went home as gifts for family, friends and neighbors.difference in terms of performance and flowering. The bulbs we offer are an astounding 13 inches in circumference! These bulbs will give you larger flowers and multiple flower stems. We have had reports of three or more flowering stems per bulb in past years.

  • Amaryllis ‘Dancing Queen’ – Extra-large, double white with broad red brushstrokes on each petal.
  • Amaryllis ‘Gervase’ – Rosy pink petals with white and dark red midribs distinguish this attractive Amaryllis.
  •  Amaryllis ‘Royal Velvet’ – Deep burgundy red, deeper color in the throat with brighter tips to the petals. Each petal looks like it is cut from velvet.

We are also offering hyacinths for forcing. We will be getting you a head start on chilling them so you can enjoy them faster when you most need that spring fix in the dead of winter.

  • Hyacinth ‘Carnegie’ – Pure white fragrant flowers.
  • Hyacinth ‘Royal Navy’ – Double florets in two tone navy blue.
  • Hyacinth ‘Blue Tango’ – Double florets in two tone icy blue.

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Affiliates

The following organizations are affiliates of Gardeners Connect. 

Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City website

Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society website

Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America

Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group

Greater Kansas City Iris Society website

Heart of America Gesneriad Society

Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society website

Heartland Peony Society website

Kansas City Ikebana Group

The John Wornall House Museum

Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society

Kansas City Carnivorous Plant Society website

Kansas City Community Gardens

Kansas City Garden Club

Kansas City Rose Society website

Lakewood Garden Club

Leawood Garden Club website

Lee’s Summit Garden Club website

Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City

Mid-America Begonia Society

Missouri Prairie Foundation

Mo-Kan Daylily Society

Monarch Watch

Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City website

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens website

Powell Gardens website

Sho-Me African Violet Club

Union Hill Garden Tour website

Garden Faire

Garden Faire

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. to Noon
Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall
5351 Forest
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within the Rockhurst University Campus at 54th and Troost)

Garden Faire is growing, and we are the move to swankier digs at Rockhurst University with more space, no stairs and lots of parking. 

Garden Faire brings you the chance to better get acquainted with some of the affiliate organizations of Gardeners Connect and perhaps buy a plant or other item from them.

We want you to become better acquainted with these groups and share interest in the plants that inspire their passion. Their enthusiasm is contagious. You may be inspired to attend one of their meetings or keep a watch for their sales.

Please come sample what they have to offer.

Gardeners Connect will will have lots of bulbs at LilyPalooza held in conjunction with Garden Faire as well as discounted prices on Kincaid Plant Markers, books and many other items. You can also pick up t shirts for yourself or for a gift for a fellow gardener.

These groups plan to be at Garden Faire:

  • Bonsai Society of Greater
  • Kansas City Carnivorous Plant Society
  • Kansas City Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
  • Mid-America Begonia Society
  • Sho-Me African Violets
  • Mo-Kan Daylily Society
  • Greater Kansas City Iris Society
  • Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
  • Kansas City Ikebana Group
  • Kansas City Garden Club
  • Kansas City Rose Society
  • Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City

LilyPalooza 2018

LilyPalooza Logo

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. to Noon
Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall
5351 Forest
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within the Rockhurst University Campus at 54th and Troost)

Join us for the ninth annual LilyPalooza, presented by Gardeners Connect. We strive to bring you the best in lilies and other select fall planted bulbs to bring you a joyous spring and summer next year and for many more after that.

We have bulbs available the day of the sale but for best selection is is recommended that you shop online. LilyPalooza bulbs go online for sale September 1 of every year.

Three reasons to order online:

  • Easy to order and then pick up your bulbs at LilyPalooza 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.
  • 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 always get a special free gift. You’ll have to wait until closer to the online ordering date to find out this years treasure.

The 2018 Bulb Selection

We plan to have the following selections available for the bulb sale. More bulb options including no lily bulbs are available online on the sale page.

Free Bulb

Get ‘Rokanje’ free by ordering online. We will give you a free bulb for every $25 you spend. No limit to the free bulbs you can earn. Spend $ 25 get 1, spend $250 and get 10 free Lilium ‘Rokanje’ bulbs.


'Rokanje'
‘Rokanje’

Lilium ‘Rokanje’ – a snow-white-flowered LA hybrid (Lilium longiflorum crossed with Asiatic hybrid lilies), which are incredibly sturdy in our climate. It gets 36-40 inches tall.


Connoisseur Collection

The Connoisseur Collection contains our special selections of the newest introductions and other rarities for the garden. 


‘Fusion’

Lilium ‘Fusion’ – perhaps the newest, most cutting-edge flower in the Lilypalooza lineup this year is ‘Fusion.’ It is a remarkable hybrid between Lilium longiflorium (the familiar white Easter Lily native to southern Japan) and Lilium pardalinum, ( a native to the West Coast of the United States). It has down-facing red flowers with masses of red-brown freckles ringed with yellow halos spreading from the throat of the flower. The flowers are up to 5 inches across. It gets 36-48 inches tall does not need to be staked.


‘Sweet Desire’

Lilium ‘Sweet Desire’  – These yellow-edged flowers are highlighted in peach and have numerous darker spots. This Lilium Longiflorum, (Easter lily) x Asiatic cross is lightly scented. Grows 40-48 inches tall.


Asiatic Lilies


‘Dark Secret’

Lilium ‘Dark Secret’ – has dark red, almost black flowers that face up and out. An Asiatic, it gets 36-40 inches tall and blooms in June. Dark flowers call attention to themselves in the garden and they also set on fire the color of its neighboring flowers.


‘Pearl Jessica’

Lilium ‘Pearl Jessica’  – a tetraploid Asiatic from Robert Griesbach, one of the leading lily hybridizers in the world. It has pendant light salmon-pink flowers with recurved tepals. The flower face out and down. The plant gets 48 inches tall and blooms in June. It is named for one of the hybridizer’s granddaughters.


‘Purple Eye’

Lilium ‘Purple Eye’  – has purple-maroon petals with a near black eye. Easy to grow early summer bloomer. 36-40 inches tall.


Oriental Lilies

We have two double Oriental lilies. Being double, they produce no pollen, which can stain hands and clothes that brush against the flower. Orientals are fragrant and bloom a little later than Asiatics, so in late June or early July. They are best planted where they get a little protection from late afternoon sun. Both of these lilies produce up-facing flowers. Each gets 3 feet tall or so.


‘Leona’

Lilium ‘Leona’ – is a pristine white.


‘Samantha’

Lilium ‘Samantha’SOLD OUT! has glowing pink tepals with a few dark purple spots and edged with milky white.


Orienpet (OT) Lilies

We have some OTs, or orienpets, which are Oriental lilies crossed with trumpet lilies.


‘Robert Griesbach’

Lilium ‘Robert Griesbach’ – a sturdy OT with deep red flowers with bright white margins. The throat is golden yellow and a bit of bright green. It is a tall lily, getting 4-5 feet tall. The tepals are thick and waxy. It is named after Robert Griesbach, one of the most respected hybridizers in America.


‘Redford’

Lilium ‘Redford’ – from Mak Breeding, The Netherlands, has dark, wine-red, up-facing flowers. It will grow to 4 feet tall or more.


‘Zelmira’

Lilium ‘Zelmira’ – has fragrant salmon-pink flowers with soft yellow glowing in the flower throat. It grows on 4-foot stems and blooms in July.


Trumpet Lilies

Trumpets are tall, fragrant lilies that bloom later than the Asiatics. We have two Lilypalooza selections.


‘Pink Planet’

Lilium ‘Pink Planet’ – a fragrant trumpet lily producing deep pink buds that open into large cotton candy pink up-facing flowers. It gets 3 feet tall. It blooms in late June or early July.


‘Rising Moon’

Lilium ‘Rising Moon’ – SOLD OUT! has creamy pastel yellow flowers with pink shading on the edges of the tepals. Blooms in July and should get 3-4 feet tall. Very fragrant.


Martagon Lilies

Kansas City gardeners have proved many experts wrong as far as growing martagon lilies is concerned. They do grow here, and some of us have had great success, though we are likely on the southern edge of their range. They do best with some afternoon shade and can grow in pretty dark shade too. They grow well at the edge of treed woodlot. Keep them watered during the growing season.


‘Claude Shride’

Lilium ‘Claude Shride’ – is a 1970s hybrid from Minnesota hybridizers Hugh and Ruth Cocker. It produces dark mahogany-red flowers with intermittent, small red orbs encircled with vibrant golden-orange. At is a floriferous garden variety once established and mature. It gets 3-4 feet tall.


‘Dalhansonii’

Lilium ‘Dalhansonii’ – has waxy purple-brown to mahogany-red flowers with only a few gold spots. It produces dozens of pendent, tightly recurved flowers in June. Plants grow 4-5 feet tall.


‘Mrs R.O. Backhouse’

Lilium ‘Mrs R.O. Backhouse’ – has straw-yellow flowers with pastel pink on the backs of the tepals. The flowers are pendant. Blooms in June and should get 3-4 feet tall.


‘Pink Taurade’

Lilium ‘Pink Taurade’ – has pink flowers that have an orange glow. There are purple freckles ringed in yellow. It was introduced by Manitoba nurseryman and hybridizer Ed Robinson in 1967.

Five Seasons

Five Seasons

Gardeners Connect is proud to sponsor the encore screening of Five Seasons – The Gardens of Piet Oudolf on Sunday, September 16, 5:15 p.m. Please join us at the Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66206. 

Gardeners Connect will have drawings for door prizes! 

Tickets are $7.00 each, children $6.25 each, and available online. Parking is available in both the front of the theater and in the back. If stairs are a concern, we recommend parking in the back lot.

Share your garden photos and see them on the big screen before the movie! Please send yours to: Brian.Mossman@fineartsgroup.com. Please put GARDEN in the subject line.

HortusTV

HortusTV Logo

In my 20’s there was a Home and Garden channel with multiple gardening shows to give me ideas and spur on my ever widening garden addiction. Shows like Gardening by the Yard and Rebecca’s Garden filled my mind with ideas and how to’s.

Gardening shows became tacky makeover shows or just disappeared altogether and while the “G” remained it became silent.

I few years ago I discovered British gardening TV shows and searched for them online for download any way I could. I was especially addicted to Gardener’s World, celebrating 50 years and airing at prime time it is the Game of Thrones for gardeners. I was devastated every time I could not find an episode.

Presenters of Gardener’s World

Then serendipity struck. Board member Susan Mertz mentioned this new service called HortusTV that streams gardening programming. She had signed up for it and was excited by all of the content. She mentioned that Gardener’s World was one of the shows you could stream and I became an instant convert. On demand gardening TV? I could get my fix whenever? Move over Netflix, now I understand binge watching.

Susan contacted HortusTV and worked out a deal for Gardeners Connect. Not only can you try out the service for 7 days free but through Gardeners Connect you can save 25% off the $6.99 monthly service fee and donate $1 per month to Gardeners Connect. It is a win-win-win.

Just go to HortusTV.com and sign up for a free 7 day trial. You will create a username and password and it will email you instructions on how to start you free trial. When you get to where you enter a gift code just enter GARDENERSCONNECT18. It is that easy.

Almost 30 garden series are available through HortusTV, including these:

  • Gardener’s World
  • Monty Don’s Italian Gardens
  • How to Be a Gardener
  • Wildlife Gardens
  • Eco-Eden
  • Garden Rescue
  • Garden Makers
  • Love Your Home and Garden
  • Open Gardens
  • Big Dreams, Small Spaces
  • Secret World of Gardens
  • My Dream Farm

Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew and So Can You!

Jane Austen

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Webster House
1644 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Join us for an afternoon tea at Webster House and a program about English novelist Jane Austen and Regency Era gardens.

Two happy coincidences bring this program to us.

One, Jane Austen’s novels have an avid following in the world, including in North America. In fact, the Jane Austen Society of North America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. It has annual national conferences, and in 2018 our metropolitan area plays host to it.

Second, a friend of Gardeners Connect who has published books on clematis and flower arranging, also is a devout fan of Jane Austen and also has several published books of fan fiction based on characters and themes of Jane Austen’s oeuvre. She is attending the conference and is delighted to tell a Gardeners Connect audience about Jane Austen’s gardens.

Linda Beutler
Linda Beutler

Our speaker is Linda Beutler, who has presented programs on clematis in Kansas City, most recently in 2017, is curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection near Portland, Ore., and author of “Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis,” “Gardening With Clematis” and “Garden to Vase.”

Her published books in the Jane Austen idiom include “My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley,” “Longbourn to London,” “The Red Chrysanthemum,” “A Will of Iron,” and “Sun-kissed – Effusions of Summer.”

Her novel “The Red Chrysanthemum” won her a silver Independent Publisher Book Award for romantic fiction in 2014.

The Program

The title of this program is “Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew (and so can You).”

The novels of Jane Austen lead us into an examination of the genteel lives of British landed gentry in the early 19th century. They are set in the Regency Era, a period defined by elegance and achievements in the fine arts and architecture.

Jane Austen was the gardener in her family. Many of her favorite plants are still available today, and there’s good reason we seek these plants 200 years after her death. But would she still know their names? This presentation includes durable plants for the beginning gardener, a little garden history (which came first: the garden pink or pinking shears?), a playful swipe at nomenclature, and a conspiracy theory of the presenter’s devising —a botanical and literary intrigue yet to be disproved.

Many of the images in the presentation were taken at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, where Jane Austen lived from 1809 until just before her death in 1817. It was here that she wrote or rewrote all of her major novels. There are also pictures taken out and about in Bath, where Jane lived from 1800-05, until the death of her father.

Attendees will get an extensive handout provided by presenter Linda Beutler with an image list, cultivation tips, source list for plants, and bibliography.

The Venue and Menu

Webster House

Webster House is a beautiful European antique and gift shop and an award-winning restaurant inside Webster School, a restored 19th-century Romanesque-style school that is next door to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The restaurant offers seasonal menus focused on ingredients from local producers. Webster House has spectacular views of the Liberty Memorial and downtown Kansas City.

The menu for our afternoon tea includes savory and sweet dishes. Here is what we have selected, though the menu may change according to chef’s inspiration and seasonal availability.

  • Curried chicken salad in a petite phyllo cup
  • Roasted salmon on toasted brioche with hollandaise and fresh dill
  • Prosciutto and brie wrapped asparagus tips
  • Assorted tea cookies 
  • Small cupcakes 
  • Fresh fruit tartlets
  • Chocolate fleur de sel caramel sable

Cost and Registration

This afternoon tea at Webster House featuring the program costs $65 for members of Gardeners Connect and $75 for people who are not members of Gardeners Connect.

You can go directly to the online registration page by going to Shop.GardenersConnect.org.

If you have questions, email info@GardenersConnect.org or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson, executive director of Gardeners Connect, at 913.302.4234.

Gardeners Q&A: 2018 Edition

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Three experts have agreed to be on the panel. They are Anne Willdeboor, horticulturalist at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens; Mark Gawron is the horticulturist at Powell Gardens; and Matt Evans, consulting arborist at Ryan Lawn and Tree.

Anne Wildeboor

Anne Wildeboor has been a horticulturist at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens since January 2014. She oversees anything related to horticultural at the gardens. She manages the greenhouse, designs containers and gardens, and leads installantion and maintenance.

Before joining the Overland Park Arboretum, she worked at Powell Gardens, a private estate in Shawnee, Kan., and at the Univeristy of Missouri, Kansas City. She has a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/horticulture from Kansas State University.

Mark Gawron is the horticulturist in the Heartland Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens. He joined Powell in March of 2005 working as a Gardener on the Island Garden. Mark began his career with edibles and a passion for sustainable and local food production with Kansas State Research and Extension as a Research Technician for the state’s fruit and vegetable specialist. During that time, he worked on raised-bed strawberry production, tomato varieties for commercial production, organic tomato production, AAS vegetable trials, no-till vegetable production and other projects.

In the fall of 2013, Mark returned to Powell Gardens to work in the Heartland Harvest Garden. In 2015, Mark also managed the acre of High tunnel tomato production for Powell Gardens supplying 26 tons of tomatoes to local grocery stores, restaurants, schools and food pantries. Mark and his wife, Kristi, are raising three children and putting efforts into growing their own small farm.

Matt Evans, consulting arborist at Ryan Lawn and Tree, has a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from Kansas State University. He has been an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist since 1996. In 2007 he was certified as a Master Arborist by the ISA. He also has served on the board of directors for the Kansas Arborist Association.

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.

Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road

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

 

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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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.