October 2021

Gardeners Connect Garden Getaways: Missouri Botanical Garden

Gardeners Connect is hitting the road again for a day trip to Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis this September.

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Members Only Day Trip
6 a.m. departure approximate 11 p.m. return

Origami in the Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri.
Photo Missouri Botanical Garden.

The gardens are hosting a special exhibition Origami in the Garden, which features 18 large-scale structures using a technique of lost-wax casting to create origami-like structures in metal and in a scale not possible with paper.

The installations feature flying birds, butterflies, floating boats and a tower that creates the illusion of 1,000 stainless steel origami cranes hovering above the water.

Of course, you will be able to explore the garden’s 79 acres, including rose, Japanese, Chinese and Ottoman gardens to just name a few of the 26-plus different named gardens including the world renown Climatron . The waterlily collection should be in peak bloom during our visit.

The Trip

Chihuly blown glass onions floating in the water lily pools in front of the Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri.
Chihuly blown glass onions floating in the water lily pools in front of the Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri. Photo Gardeners Connect.

Departure is Saturday, September 25, departing at 6 a.m. and returning by approximately 11 p.m.

Travel time each way is approximately 4.5 hours, including a bathroom stop midway.

You will have approximately six hours at Missouri Botanic Garden.

Cost is $75 and includes entrance to Missouri Botanical Garden; your transportation via a 15-seat high top van driven by Gardeners Connect President Dan Burkholder with curbside drop off and pickup and in van bottled water and homemade treats by Brian Chadwick-Robinson, executive director and tour guide.

Lunch will be available for purchase in the garden, and they currently have limited menu options including sandwich and salad options at two locations with outdoor seating only. All in-garden purchases are cashless/no signature required using a credit or debit card.

Dinner will be as a group at a restaurant in St Louis before our return and is not included in the trip price.

Once again, the Kauffman Foundation has generously allowed us to use their parking lot as a departure location.

This will be a long day, but you can sit back and relax on the drive and chat with gardening friends regaling each other with the adventures of the day.

Gardeners Connect members enjoying gardens on our 2012 Gardeners Connect Garden Getaway to Missouri Botanical Garden and  St. Louis, Missouri
Gardeners Connect members enjoying gardens on our 2012 Gardeners Connect Garden Getaway to Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis, Missouri. Photo Gardeners Connect.

Health and Safety

Current COVID capacity and social distancing guidelines at the gardens require the use of a face mask in restrooms and other enclosed spaces, including some gardens. Some parts of the garden have one-way paths to limit crowding.

All water fountains are currently unavailable though free water bottle refill stations and beverages are available for purchase throughout the garden. Bringing a reusable water bottle is highly recommended.

For the safety of all attendees, Gardeners Connect is requiring all attendees to have a current COVID-19 vaccination. Please be prepared to text or email a copy of your vaccination card to the executive director before departure. Masks will not be required in the van but will be required on certain segments of the trip.

Cancellation, Refunds and Other Fine Print

You must be a current member of Gardeners Connect at the time of booking and travel on the trip and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination via text or email to Executive Director Brian Chadwick-Robinson to attend this trip. Failure to do so can result in you being unable to attend the trip.

All ticket purchases are final and refunds will not be given for any reason. Tickets are transferable to another vaccinated Gardeners Connect member. Donation receipts can be issued for any unused ticket at the request of the attendee. It is recommended that attendees check on trip insurance from their insurer or credit card issuer.

In the event that this trip is canceled by Gardeners Connect, full refunds will be provided to attendees.

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.

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!