Insects in the Garden with Betsy Betros

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

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.

Cut-Flower Gardening with Lynn Byczinski

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Spring flowers will soon be here, and many of us love bringing them inside. Let’s hear some tips on “Cut-flower Gardening” from an a grower near Lawrence who has literally written the book on the subject. Lynn Byczinski is author of “The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers” – a second edition came out in 2008 – and also “Market Farming Success” and “The Hoophouse Handbook: Growing Produce and Flowers in Hoophouses and High Tunnels.”

She was editor and publisher of “Growing for Market” magazine from 1992 to 2016. She was an organic vegetable and flower farmer from 1989 to 2014. Presently, since 2011, she is marketing strategist and chief financial officer of Seeds From Italy, the U.S. distributor for Franchi Seeds, Italy’s oldest family-owned seed company, founded in 1783. Seeds From Italy offers more than 450 varieties of Italian heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

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.

2019 Summer Road Trip – Iowa and Minnesota

Friday, June 28-30, 2019
Visiting Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Alan Branhagen, Des Moines Botanic Garden, Reiman Gardens, Como Park Conservatory.

Let’s all take a road trip this summer. Along the way we will have adventures, laughter and see four great public gardens over three fabulous days with amazing gardeners such as yourself.

The trip is planned for June 28-30, 2019. We plan to meet at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110 with a 7 a.m. departure. We will be riding in style in 15 passenger, high top van. Driven by our president Dan Burkholder and executive director Brian Chadwick-Robinson. We advise you to be dropped off or use a ride share service to and from the Kauffman Foundation.

Our first stop will be at the Des Moines Botanical Garden with its 150 foot wide geodesic-domed conservatory that reaches 80 feet high enclosing over 1,000 taxa of plants from wet and dry tropical regions the world round. Outside you will find a water garden, borders, views of the Des Moines river and a hillside garden with a unique waterfall. You can have lunch at Trellis Cafe located in the gardens or at other nearby restaurants including Zombie Burger.

We will then head even further north to check into our hotel for two nights stay in Eden Prairie, MN. We will offer dual and single occupancy options for your stay. WIFI and breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning are included.

Saturday morning we will take in Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, MN. This is more than just a conservatory. You will find a fern house, sunken garden, orchid house and other indoor gardens but outdoors you will discover water gardens, a Minnesota natives garden and a bonsai collection among other gardens.

We will have a lunch stop and then head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where our own Alan Branhagen took root after leaving Kansas City. You will have time to visit the many gardens including rock, annual, perennial, hosta, wildflower, home demo gardens and more. They even have a lily garden where hopefully there will be a few lilies in bloom. We also plan to drive the 3 mile drive through the arboretum with select stops along the way.

Sunday morning we will depart the hotel after breakfast and head back to Kansas City with a stop in Ames, IA for lunch and after a visit to Reiman Gardens. Here you will find the new water-wise hillside garden and the Buck rose garden showcasing the Iowa State rose breeding program among the many other gardens to wander. You can also step inside the Butterfly Wing and immerse yourselves in the fanciful flights of the butterflies there.

From Reiman we plan to arrive back in Kansas City on Sunday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The cost for this trip is $595 per person for single occupancy and $485 per person for dual occupancy. The trip cost includes all ground transportation during the trip, 2 nights hotel stay/breakfast, and admission to all gardens.

Registration deadline is Monday, June 3rd or until the trip is sold out. If there is demand we will open up a second van.

You can register online at Shop.GardenersConnect.org or mail a check to Gardeners Connect at PO Box 16754, Raytown, MO 64133.

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!

25 Amazing Trees & Shrubs for Kansas City with Robert Whitman Including Handouts from Program

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

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

Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Choosing a tree or shrub for your garden can be daunting. It is both a major investment of money but more so of time. We hope that we are not only planting for our future but for future generations as well. It is devastating when our choice of tree or shrub does not meet our expectations in the end.

There is an overwhelming number of plant options available on the market. With so many alternatives, it can be a challenge to make the best possible selection for your unique situation. Each one of those plants has its own characteristics that make it special. Some plants rise above the fray in ways you might not have realized.

Robert Whitman, a senior landscape architect at the architecture firm of Gould Evans in Kansas City is going to present us with, “25 Amazing Trees & Shrubs for Kansas City.”

The March 16, 2019 program, part of of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series, will be held at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Robert Whitman, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, serves as the senior landscape architect at the architecture firm Gould Evans in Kansas City, MO; where he assists municipalities throughout the Midwest create more valuable communities through design that is walk-able, sustainable, economical and ecologically beneficial. Robert is a regional horticultural expert who positively impacts his projects through thoughtful plant selection. Through this larger scale lens, every project receives a distinctive and creative solution to successfully relate to the greater community and environmental systems. He is a landscape architecture graduate from Kansas State University.

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!

Garden Getaway: Philadelphia Flower Show 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019 through Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Visiting PHS Flower Show and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Single Occupancy $1800 per person
  • Dual Occupancy $1350 per person

Flowers have enormous impact on our lives as gardeners. The 190th PHS Flower Show will pay tribute to that with sweeping landscapes and artful interpretations exemplifying Flower Powerthe theme of the 2019 Show.

Be a part of the worlds longest running and largest indoor flower show this March 1-5, 2019 with Gardeners Connect as we become part of the more then 250,000 visitors to the show annually.

Along with the more than 10 acres of display gardens including the entry garden, plants and garden related vendors. This year the FTD World Cup will be held live at the Flower Show. This is the first time that the international flower design competition has been held in the US since 1985.

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.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

As always we will 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 non-stop airfare from Kansas City to Philadelphia and back, train tickets from the airport to the convention center, 4 nights stay at the Loews Philadelphia hotel, 2 days access to the Philadelphia Flower Show including the exclusive members only preview from 8-11 on Saturday, March 2. You will also be a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and have access to the members lounge at the show, which is a great place to sit in a comfy chair and take a few minutes to relax before heading back to the show floor. You will also receive shopping discounts from PHS vendor partners at the show

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

We will be leaving at 6:02 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 arriving in Philadelphia at 9:45 a.m. We should be checked into the hotel by lunch and you will have the rest of the day to explore the city.There are museums, historical locations, shopping and lots of amazing restaurants at your disposal.

You will have 2 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 will also 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 during the show.

We will be returning into Kansas City at approximately 11:09 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. 2019. All Flights are nonstop via American Airlines. Please be prepared to provide your date of birth and full legal name for registering your flight.

The cost of this trip is $1800 per person for single occupancy and $1350 per person for double occupancy. Please advise per email at info@gardenersconnect.org who you are rooming with after booking your trip.

Register online at Shop.GardenersConnect.org or mail your check made out to Gardeners Connect to PO Box 16754, Raytown, MO 64133. Registration deadline is January 28, 2019.

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.

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 Tim Moloney

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

See You This Morning! No Snow Day for Us.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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!

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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.