LilyPalooza 2020

With over a decade a gracious and stunning lilies gracing gardens all over the metro, LilyPalooza returns for another star-studded, social distancing year.

Online ordering begins:
September 1, 2020 at Shop.GardenersConnect.org

Order early for best selection. All orders available for pickup beginning in late October 2020. We will be providing staggered, contactless pick up options to keep our gardeners as safe as possible.

Lilies don’t take up a lot of physical real estate in the garden and can be tucked into garden beds between plants to provide height and impressive bloom display. They can raise the visual interests and bloom density your beds without crowding out their neighbors. All bulbs listed in the LilyPalooza sale are winter-hardy in the Kansas City area and most if not all are hardy to zone 4 more.

This year might be known as the year of the Martagon lily cultivars. They grow and bloom in shadier areas than their brethren though we have found that if you provide them with even watering they do just as well in sunnier spots. Martagons have had a reputation for being expensive collector’s bulbs, but with advances in propagation we are now able to offer these bulbs at unheard of before pricing. All of our martagons this year will be priced at $7.75 a bulb or 3 for $21. Last year’s martagons started at $20 a bulb. This is the year to add to your collection or start a new one.

Free Lily ‘Litouwen’

For every $50 in bulb purchases from LilyPalooza you will receive a free LA lily hybrid called ‘Litouwen’. Dark maroon stems carry cream colored buds with a maroon blush that open to pure white flowers with no spots and a hint of lime in the throat. 2-3 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer. It is sure to be a standout in the garden. The more you order, the more you will receive.

Here is the LilyPalooza line up for 2020.

Connoisseur Collection

lily chocolate  event
‘Chocolate Event’

‘Chocolate Event’ $3.75/3 for $10.50

Imagine an orange creamsicle with raspberry sauce and you have the color scheme of this lily. The dark raspberry overlay is heaviest along the outer edge of the petals allowing the orange creamsicle to shine through the center rib and show completely at the tips. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

strawberry event
‘Strawberry Event’

‘Strawberry Event’ $3.75/3 for $10.50

Deep red strawberry blooms with a maroon-purple overlay of spots heavier in the center of the flower. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Mystery Dream
‘Mystery Dream’

‘Mystery Dreams’ $5.50/3 for $15

Generously described as uniquely beautiful but definitely like no other lily in your garden. Fully double lime-green flowers are held upright and can have blood-red center petals and flecking of color through out in cooler weather conditions so you will want to protect it from hot afternoon sun for best display. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid to late-summer.

Asiatic Lily

Lollypop
‘Lollypop’

‘Lollypop’ $3.75/3 for $10.50

White flowers with minimal spotting in the throat of the bloom make quite the splash in the garden with rose-tipped petals. 2-3 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Purple Marble
‘Purple Marble’

‘Purple Marble’ $3.75/3 for $10.50

While not exactly purple, these red-wine saturated flowers make a statement in the garden. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Bently
‘Bently’

‘Bentley’ $3.75/3 for $10.50

This Asiatic/Easter lily cross is semi double and pollenless. Each petal is a creamy pink with magnolia-pink seeping in at the bases, tips, margins and even backs of each petal. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Oriental Hybrids

Hachi
‘Hachi’

‘Hachi’ $5.50/3 for $15

Elegant white blooms open with a soft pink band down the center of each petal that with age becomes richer and darker, changing to a magenta-pink. Fragrant. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid- to late summer.

‘Thalita’

‘Thalita’ $5.50/3 for $15

Fully double flowers are pollenfree for arrangements that won’t stain everything. Warm raspberry pink edged in white with darker spotting in the center. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid to late-summer.

Martagon

Martagons have been know as a collectors lily because of the high prices for individual bulbs. Bulbs last year were in the $20 and up range, but with recent advances in propagation prices have plummeted, and we are offering this year’s selection far below that.

Martagon ‘Arabian Knight’

‘Arabian Knight’ $7.75/3 for $21

Bright gold with dark wine overlay darker at the petal tips becoming more spotted towards the center of the bloom. Just three bulbs made for a strikingly intense display this Spring. This knight is ready to slay the ho hum in any garden. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Martagon ‘Orange Marmalade’

‘Orange Marmalade’ $7.75/3 for $21

Bright tangerine-orange petals without any spotting are edged with the most perfect pumpkin hue. Each individual petal is narrower than most martagon flowers and held out flat rather than recurved. Blossoms are held aloft on dark-purple black stems which make this lily beautiful even out of flower. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Martagon 'Peppard Gold'
Martagon ‘Peppard Gold’

‘Peppard Gold’ $7.75/3 for $21

Golden yellow flowers, highlighted by random coral streaks and cinnamon spotting. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Martagon 'P320'
Martagon ‘P320’

‘P320’ $7.75/3 for $21

Wine-red to pink-purple flowers with heavy spotting. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Martagon 'P311'
Martagon ‘P311’

‘P311’ $7.75/3 for $21

Pink with gold edges and cinnamon spots. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Species Lilies

Lilium pumilum
Lilium pumilum

Lilium pumilum $5.50/3 for $15

An Asian species with multiple 2-inch reflexed and nodding coral-red fragrant flowers which may or may not be spotted black. Individual bulbs are rather short-lived, living 2-4 years but usually remains in the garden through self-seeding, forming clumps. Stems are covered with fine grass-like leaves. 1-2 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Lilium speciosum var rubrum 'Uchida'
Lilium speciosum var rubrum ‘Uchida’

Lililium speciosum rubrum ‘Uchida’ $5.50/3 for $15

A select form of the species with a fascinating history. Rose-pink blooms fading to white at the edges are one of the last lilies to bloom in the garden. During the war years, Hirotaka Uchida and his eldest son, Machao, had been ordered by the Imperial Japanese Government to destroy their ornamental plant farm and to grow potatoes for the army. They defied those orders and kept bulbs of ‘Uchida’ hidden until after the war. 4-5 feet tall, blooming mid- to late summer.

Other Bulbs

Alliums are deer and pest resistant yet a pollinator magnet. They are long-lived providing, that they are not planted in a wet area. Provide them with good drainage and they will provide you years of impressive blooms.

Allium 'Mount Everest'
Allium ‘Mount Everest’

Allium ‘Mount Everest’ $7.75/3 for $21

Pure white balls of florets rise above the foliage on tall graceful stems. A great addition to a collection of the more traditional purple alliums, add height to a white garden or just add brightness against a darker backdrop. 3 feet tall, blooming late-spring to early-summer.

Allium bulgaricum, Summer Bells
Nectaroscordum siculum, Summer Bells

Nectaroscordum siculum, Summer Bells 5 for $3.75

Clusters of cream bells with rose brush strokes and green shoulders dangle from loosely packed florets. This member of the Allium family has quite the identity crisis going on, Allium siculum, Allium bulgaricum and several other iterations are out there. Whatever you call it, It provides softness and height to the garden. 2-3 feet tall, blooming late-spring to early-summer.

Daffodils are deer- and pest-resistant and long-lived in the garden providing they get enough sun and their foliage is allowed to ripen.

Daffodil 'Green Garden'
Daffodil ‘Green Garden’

Daffodil ‘Green Garden’ 5 for $7.50

Chartreuse-yellow petals with a creamy yellow trumpet make a statement in the garden. Its flowers draw you in from a distance and standout even in the throng of Spring bloom. 16 inches tall, blooming mid to late-spring.

Daffodil 'Prototype'
Daffodil ‘Prototype’

Daffodil ‘Prototype’ 5 for $5.00

We are fans of mini daffodil cultivars and creamy yellow petals and this one goes a step further with a trumpet that starts off with a cream base becoming increasingly pink at the ends. 10 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

Daffodil 'Ferris Wheel'
Daffodil ‘Ferris Wheel’

Daffodil ‘Ferris Wheel’ 5 for $7.75

Giant striking flowers have a sweet scent. The flower has a large flared cup with a ruffled edge resembling an orange Ferris wheel with golden yellow petals forming a backdrop. 18 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

Muscari 'White Magic'
Muscari ‘White Magic’

Muscari ‘White Magic’ 5 for $5.00

Who says grape Hyacinths have to be purple or blue? This white flowered cultivar has all the great staying power of its more common compatriots with a new color to show off. 6 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

Coronavirus Precautions

Now is the time for gardeners to focus on remaining safe and doing everything we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Resilience and change are ever-present in the lives of gardeners. Being adaptable and the spirit to persevere are just some of the traits we all must have not only in gardening but life.

We are working on plans to do what we have always done, inspire and educate gardeners in new ways that allow us to be safe, resilient and persevere through these troubling times.

Look for LilyPalooza 2020 to begin September 1 where you will still be able to purchase fine bulbs online and arrange contact-free pickup them up beginning in late October. You can preview all of the LilyPalooza selections including no lilies beginning August 1.

We are also looking into online formats to bring our Speaker Series back this Fall and on in to 2021 to educate and inspire gardeners like you until we can once again frolic together in person.

In the meantime, stay connected with Gardeners Connect and share your garden virtually this year by posting to facebook.com/GardenersConnect or by emailing photos of your plants and gardens to Chuck Robinson at chuck@gardenersconnect.org.

Gardeners Connect wants all of our members, gardeners and the community as a whole to remain as safe as possible during this time.

Stay safe and enjoy the time in your garden this Summer and Fall.

2011 LilyPalooza Lily Selections

Below you will find the selections that were offered with short descriptions and photos to help you identify them in the garden.

Acapulco – Oriental

Bold nodding cherry red trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. An unusually reliable oriental that also happens to be quite beautiful and fragrant. 3-4 foot tall, blooms in June-July with nodding trumpets, 6 inches wide.

Avocado
Orienpet
Peach flowers
Height: 3-5 feet
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: upfacing

Bonbini
Orienpet
White petals with rosy pink brushstrokes and chartreuse in the throat of the outfacing flower. It is a fragrant lily with sturdy stems. The name means “welcome” in the native language of Aruba.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: late summer

Coastline
Asiatic
This is one of the tangos. The petals are creamy yellow with burgundy stippling in the throats. Sturdy stems. A heavy bloomer. Fragrant.
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time:June
Flower habit: upfacing

Dizzy
Oriental
White open-faced flowers with crimson spots and crimson bands down the center of the petals. Fragrant.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: July-August
Flower habit: upfacing

Eyeliner
LA hybrid
Milky white flowers delicately edged in purple-black.Fragrant.
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: outfacing

Golden Splendour
Trumpet
Large, golden yellow trumpets (6-8” long) with purple brushed on the outside of the flowers. Very fragrant
Height:4-6 feet
Bloom time:July-August
Flower habit: outfacing to nodding

Lady Alice
L. henryi hybrid.
A lovely lady in the garden. Fully recurved, turk’s cap petals are creamy white with a soft orange overlay and lots of darker orange freckles. Hardy and very floriferous. Fragrant.
Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom time: July/Aug
Flower habit: downfacing, recurved, 3-6 inches

Marlon
Oriental
Huge, fragrant, upward-facing, dark rosy magenta and pink blooms edged in white. These wide-opening flowers are borne in succession from mid- to late-summer on sturdy stems. These flowers get 7-8 inches big.
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 2-3 feet
Flower habit: upfacing

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Miss Lily
Oriental
Reddish-maroon petals with white tips.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: midsummer

Pink Perfection
Trumpet
Large, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers (6-10” long) that range in color from light to deep pink to deep purplish-red. Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: ourfacing

Rosella’s Dream
Asiatic
Soft tones of vanilla and pink blend on each petal with a dusting of speckles
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: upfacing

‘Scarlet Delight
Orienpet
‘Scarlet Delight’ is a vigorous lily, bearing racemes of large, outward-facing, ruffled, rich red flowers with white edges and tips, black speckles and orange anthers. Sturday stems.
Height: 36-48 inches
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: outfacing

Space Mountain
Orienpet
Reddish-pink (lightens to mauve pink in hot weather) with yellow throat
Height: 4-5 feet
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: outfacing

Sweet Surrender
Lilium tigrinum splendens
Bell-shaped flowers with creamy-white, recurving petals sprinkled with maroon dots.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: July/Aug
Flower habit: downfacing, recurved 3-6 inches

Yelloween
Orienpet
Flowers are bright canary yellow and darker yellow towards the throat. Green filaments with brown anthers. Petals are pointed and have greenish-yellow midribs. Produces 12 to 15 buds on established plants. The fragrance is heavenly.
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 2-3 feet
Flower habit” upfacing

Menorca
LA hybrid
Peachy/coral/apricot colored, early bloomer, sturdy stems. We grow this one. It is a performer.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: Late spring to early summer
Flower habit: outfacing

Rodela
LA hybrid
Huge wine-red flowers that fade to a deep burgundy, with sturdy stems.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: June
Flower habit: outfacing

2010 LilyPalooza Lily Selections

The inaugural 2010 LilyPalooza was such a hit that it continues on more than 10 years later. Below you will find the selections that were offered with short descriptions and photos to help you identify them in the garden.

Anastasia – Orienpet

Anastasia

Huge white flowers with rose pink centers. It grows 4-6 feet tall and blooms in early-mid August. It has a wonderful cinnamon scent.

Annemaries Dream – Asiatic

Annemaries Dream

Fully double, spotless up-facing flowers that are creamy white with a hint of yellow. It is the newest of the Kiss lilies, which are double Asiatic lilies that produce no pollen. It grows 4 feet tall.

Brazilia – Oriental

Brazilia

The white petals of Brazilia have dainty tiny spots and are neatly edged in rosy pink. Cooler weather brings more pink flush to the petals. It blooms in late July to early August and grows 3-4 feet tall.

Casa Blanca -Oriental

Casa Blanca

Pure white flowers (to 8-10 inches wide) with contrasting reddish-brown
anthers. It blooms in midsummer on rigid stems rising 3-4 feet tall. Flowers are very fragrant.

Cocktail Twins – Asiatic

Cocktail Twins

Huge, double bright red flowers. The outer petals are often swirled with gold. The color is variable. This lily grows 3-4 feet tall and blooms in late June.

Forever Susan – Asiatic

Forever Susan

Large flowers of mahogany and orange. Flowers face outward and lots of buds are produced to create a tremendous display in early summer. This lily grows to 2 feet tall.

Lilium leichtlinii -Species

Lilium leichtlinii

Stems grow 4 feet tall. The yellow flowers are dotted and flushed with purple and bloom in late summer. This lily is native to Japan.

Lilium rubrum – Species

Lilium rubrum

This species lily is renowned for fragrance and late summer blooms. The
white and crimson petals are recurved and pendulous. The flowers can be 6 inches across. Statuesque, it grows 5 feet tall, rarely to 7 feet.

Linda – Asiatic

Linda

Each petal is golden yellow near the center turning or bright orange at the ends. It grows 2-3 feet tall. Up-facing flowers bloom in June.

Patricia’s Pride – Asiatic

Patricia’s Pride

Up-facing flowers that are creamy white with burgundy-colored brushstrokes on the center of each petal. It grows 2-3 feet tall.

Red Velvet – Asiatic

Red Velvet

Up to 4 feet tall. Its velvety deep red flowers bloom June to September. This was chosen best Asiatic at the North American Lily Society national show July 10, 2010, in Mars, PA.

Robert Swanson – Orienpet

Robert Swanson

Flowers grow 6½-inch and have bronze-tinged red centers and a deep yellow edges. It grows up to 4 feet tall. Lightly fragrant.

Insects in Your Garden with Betsy Betros

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Saturday, April 18, 2020
This Event has been cancelled.
10:00 a.m.

We are never alone in our gardens. There is always a kinetic energy there in addition to the plants that is provided by the butterflies and other insects there. Area entomologist Betsy Betros plans to share some of her enthusiasm with us about them in a program titled “Insects in the Garden.”

Betsy is the author of “A Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies in the Kansas City Region.” She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science degree in entomology in 1976, but she focused on aquatic insects then and during her career. In retirement, Betsy has focused on terrestrial species. Her “Photographic Field Guide” was published in 2008. She is a contributor to BugGuide.net and active with Idalia Butterfly Society.

Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020
This Event has been cancelled.
Arnold’s GreenHouse, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries and the Flower Farm

Due to the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Gardeners Connect has cancelled the upcoming Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road nursery bus tour.

We hope that you will be able to visit these nurseries and all of the nurseries that support Gardeners Connect this Spring on your own or with friends.

Gardeners Connect wants all of our members, gardeners and the community as a whole to remain as safe as possible during this time.

If you previously purchased a ticket to the 2020 Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road look for your refund posted to the payment method you used. Refunds will be issued to credit cards and checks will be mailed to those paying by check.

We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.

For more information, email questions to info@gardenersconnect.org.

Cut-Flower Gardening with Lynn Byczinski

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Saturday, March 21, 2020
This Event has been cancelled.
10:00 a.m.

Due to the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Gardeners Connect has cancelled the upcoming March, 21, 2020 Free Speaker Series.

Gardeners Connect wants all of our members, gardeners and the community as a whole to remain as safe as possible during this time.

Stay connected with Gardeners Connect and share your garden virtually this year by posting to facebook.com/GardenersConnect or by emailing photos of your plants and gardens to Chuck Robinson at chuck@gardenersconnect.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.

For more information, email questions to info@gardenersconnect.org.

From Garden to Grill with Judith Fertig

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Let’s warm up with thoughts of gardening and grilling with Kansas City-area gardener and cookbook author Judith Fertig.

Novelist and cookbook author Judith Fertig grew up in the Midwest, went to cooking school in London and Paris, and now lives in the Kansas City area.

Judith is author of several cookbooks, including “Coming Home In Heartland: The Cookbook” and “Prairie Home Cooking.” Judith is co-author with Karen Adler of eight barbecue cookbooks, including “The Gardener and the Grill” and “Patio Pizzeria” and “Red, White and ‘Que.” “Prairie Home Cooking” was nominated for a James Beard and an International Association of Culinary Professionals awards.

She plans to inspire us with a program titled “Garden to Grill.”

What’s New with Andrew Fox, owner Arnold’s Greenhouse

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Download the Presentation

What’s New for 2020

Come meet the new owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse and find out what he has in store for the business.

Andrew Fox is the new owner of the business started in 1977 by Rita and George Arnold. He and his parents became owners in October 2018. Andrew graduated from Kansas State University in December 2017 with a degree in horticulture. The Fox family has a farming operation in southwest Kansas, where they grow wheat and corn. Andrew’s mother is native to area near LeRoy.

“I’ll just pick out a few dozen favorites,” he said.

Andrew says they have added nearly 150 new plants for 2020 so he won’t be able to cover all of them in a hour-long presentation.

Garden Trivia Night

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Chelly’s Cafe
214 W 85th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64114

If you know the flower featured in the title of this 1989 movie that features the story line of 6 southern women or what flower also shares a name with a musical instrument, you should join us for Gardeners Connect’s first ever garden trivia night.

You don’t have to know a lot of Latin or have a degree in horticulture to play and win. Questions range from garden culture to pop culture and everything in between. This trivia night is geared towards fun facts and a few things that might surprise you.

What flower also shares a name with a musical instrument?

On Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6-8:30 p.m., Gardeners Connect will be hosting a garden trivia night fundraiser at Chelly’s Cafe at 85th Street and Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri. Chelly’s is known for its Mexican food and margaritas, so come test your garden knowledge, have dinner and a drink or two while you play.

We will be playing in teams so everyone can join in have fun without having to know all of the answers. Come join a team at the door or form your own team of 4-6 friends. Registration is $20, and you can register online, by mail or at the door. There will be a limit of 10 teams. The top three teams will earn cash prizes.

flower featured in the title of this 1989 movie that features the story line of 6 southern women

If you are forming a team of friends, email Brian Chadwick-Robinson at info@gardenersconnect.org with your team name and list of team members.

How to Register:

  • Register Online for Garden Trivia Night!
  • Mail a check to: Gardeners Connect, P.O. Box 16754, Raytown, MO 64133.
  • At the door, Chelly’s Cafe, 214 W 85th St., Kansas City, MO 64114.

See you all there.

LilyPalooza 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick up your pre-ordered bulbs and shop for any last minute additions.

Home of Brian Chadwick-Robinson and Chuck Robinson
5738 Willow Ave
Raytown, Missouri 64133

LilyPalooza is celebrating its 10th year of bringing you new and exciting varieties of lilies and select other bulbs for area gardeners. Lilies can be tucked into garden beds to provide height and impressive bloom display to most any garden. We even have quite a selection of Martagon lily cultivars this for the gardener that has a bit less sun.

We strive to bring you the largest bulbs available and only source from the best growers in the world. Bringing only the best to you and your garden.

You can begin ordering online September 1, 2019 All orders available for pick up on October 26, 2019. Quantities are limited.

PREVIEW THE 2019 BULBS

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.

Connoisseur Collection

Zeba
‘Zeba’

‘Zeba’ has large slightly pendulous flowers that have recurved tips and ruffles along the side of each petal reminding us of the classic oriental form of its hybrid parentage. Each cream colored flower has large dark plum brushstrokes emanating from the center of each flower with a darker almost black midrib down each petal. The first introduction out of the hybrid ‘Kushi Maya’ a hybrid of Lilium nepalense and an Oriental. 3-4’ tall.

‘Fairy Morning’

Martagon ‘Fairy Morning’ has flowers that depending on the light can be described as everything from peachy coral to amber and pink with each flower is lightly speckled. The color is striking and when found blooming in the gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this past June caught even the eye of Gardeners Connect’s executive director who distinctly dislikes pink. 3’

Asiatic Lily

‘Corsage’

‘Corsage’ has smaller delicate pink flowers liberally spotted in dark plum with a faint dark plum outline to the base of each petal with a center with hints of cream. 3-4’ tall.

‘Night Flyer’

‘Night Flyer’ has deep dark red almost black flowers with slightly recurved petals. Slightly pendulous outfacing flowers with equally dark stamens. 3-4’ tall.

‘Pink Flight’

‘Pink Flight’ has multi toned pink to almost rich cream striated petals with lots of depth to the colors. 3-4’ tall.

‘Pearl White’

‘Pearl White’ has all the colors you would expect in a fine pearl. Cream colored buds with just a hint of purple at the base open to a classic off white pearl colored flower. 3-4’ tall.

Oriental/Asiatic Hybrids

‘Child in Time’

‘Child in Time’ has clear bright pink flowers light green almost white throat with speckled darker pink brush marks radiating out from the throat. 4’ tall.

‘Hotel California’

‘Hotel California’ has large upfacing orange creamsicle colored flower with raspberry brush marks in the center of each petal and sprinkled with larger dark dots throughout the center. 4’ tall.

‘Viva la Vida’

‘Viva la Vida’ has vivid yellow up facing flowers with generous brush strokes of black cherry in the center of each petal and a stippling of dots as an overlay. These are no shrinking violets. 4’ tall.

Trumpet

‘White Planet’

‘White Planet’ has creamy white, yellow centered, fragrant upward facing trumpets with plum brushstrokes on the backs of the petals which make it beautiful in bud as well as open. We have had ‘Pink Planet’ and ‘Orange Planet’ in previous sales and are looking forward to adding to our impressive planetary collection. 4’

Double Oriental

‘Leona’

‘Leona’ has striking pure white double flowers that are pollenless. While orientals are not known to be long lived in our area with our hot and humid summers, the flowers are spectacular in the garden or as a cut flower. 3-4’ tall.

Martagon

‘Sutton Court’

‘Sutton Court’ has rose colored flowers with darker rose spotting and mottled yellow around the spots and edges of petals. Dark slower stems blend into the dark rose brush strokes on the backs of the flowers. 4’

‘Manitoba Morning’

‘Manitoba Morning’ has pinkish-red flowers with brush marks of creamy yellow in the center adorned with dark mahogany spots. 2-3’ tall.

‘Maroon King’

‘Maroon King’ has soft maroon flowers with speckles in the center. 4’ tall.

‘Nepera’

‘Nepera’ has orange flowers with mahogany spots concentrated in the center of the flower which set off the red gold stamens. 3’ tall.

Other Bulbs

We have offered both of these alliums before but they definitely are worth repeating. Alliums are long lived and pest resistant providing that they are not planted in a wet area. Provide them with good drainage and they will provide you years of impressive blooms.

Allium ‘Globemaster’

Allium ‘Globemaster’ has massive, rich purple perfectly rounded flower heads topping 36” tall stems.

Allium schubertii

Allium shubertii flower heads look more like fireworks going off in your garden rather than flowers. Long tubular florets of different lengths explode from the center of the flower head in all directions adding depth and structure. Makes for a great cut flower or long lasting element in the garden. 18” tall.

Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Visiting Gardeners Connect Supporters Vintage Hill Farms, Bloomers Greenhouse and Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

For the 2019 Plantaholic Frolic we decided to showcase a few of our Gardeners Connect sponsors. They are all huge supporters of Gardeners Connect and support or mission and we are thrilled to be able to visit all of them in a single day. They also happen to be destination nurseries in their own right, owned by amazing people who we are very glad to call friends. 

Something else new this year is that we will start and end our trip at one of the nurseries on the tour, Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins at 17701 Holmes Road, Belton, MO 64012.

The bus will begin loading by 6:45 a.m. with a 7 a.m. departure time. Please park in the part of the parking lot furthest from the greenhouse and closest to the road.

We anticipate returning to Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins at 4 p.m. giving you able time to shop before they close.

Our first stop will be the venerable Vintage Hill Farms. Yes it is the place we have been to before… where you found the… yes that place. Proprietor Jeff Oberhaus is well known for having the unique the unusual and even in mid-November the greenhouse was chock full of cool things. Things we had never seen before. Things we couldn’t recognize and things we simply must have. We will have all morning to shop for plants, containers and perhaps see some of the Highland cattle roaming the pastures.

Once we have loaded up all of the loot we will head back towards Kansas City stopping off at  Dempsey’s BBQ for a lunch buffet of brisket and pulled pork along with a selection of sides and drinks. We hope you are as impressed with the food as much as Chuck and Brian were. Brian is critical about the sides at BBQ places, if they don’t make the sides in house he isn’t impressed. He was very impressed by the sides as well as the BBQ.

Once back in Kansas City we will stop at Bloomers Greenhouse and hang with friend and plantswoman Lori Obermeyer. Her place is a showplace for plants. Lori knows how to grow perfect plants and every plant is always picture perfect, lush, full and ready for its closeup. We almost feel guilty taking them home where we won’t ever take as good of care of the as Lori. We said almost… but it never stops us from loading up flat after flat of plants.

Our third and final stop will be back at Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins. Owner Jeanne Johnson is always a wealth of information about all of the plants they carry and they carry a lot of plants. The huge greenhouse is filled with row after row of plant material and if you are a Proven Winners fan they probably have what you are looking for. Plants and Pumpkins are just the start of what they offer. They also have you pick vegetables, kids activities and a plethora of other options to delight throughout the year.

The cost of the Plantaholic Frolic trip is $65. You can register online at Shop.GardenersConnect.org or mail a check to Gardeners Connect at PO Box 16754, Raytown, MO 64133.

Registration is open until the trip is sold out. The trip is rain or shine.

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!

It’s a Paperwhite Party!

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110.

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

Trailside Center
Trailside Center

Join us at the Paperwhites Planting Party for 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.

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 and Amaryllis

We will have the tried and true paperwhite, ‘Ziva,’ which is fragrant and time-tested.

These are huge paperwhite bulbs. We order the largest sized bulbs available from the Netherlands.

We will have two amaryllis varieties. With amaryllis, top-size bulbs make a huge difference. With our bulbs you get two and sometimes three flowering stems.

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.

To Sign Up

Register online below or mail a check made out to Gardeners Connect to:

Gardeners Connect
PO Box 16754
Raytown, Missouri 64133

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

LilyPalooza 2018

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.