Insects in Your 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.

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

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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.