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.

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.

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.

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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The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond with Maria Fadiman

The speaker, Maria Fadiman
The speaker, Maria Fadiman

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Even to gardeners, the relationship of plants to people is deeper and more intricate than most of us realize. Plants change us, and we change them.

The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.
The speaker, Maria Fadiman, dancing on stage during one of her talks.

Maria Fadiman, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer will help us explore some of these relationships in a program titled “The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People: Gardening and Beyond.”

Maria Fadiman, an associate professor of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, who has presented TEDx Berkeley and TEDx Cancún talks on related topics. She is an ethnobotanist who has studied rainforests of Central and South America, the savannahs in Africa, and plants of Tibet, China, the Philippines and elsewhere.

In this talk, Maria, will look at gardening and people’s connection with plants throughout the globe.

She will help us explore how people grow food, ornamental and medicinal plants in their homes and gardens in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. She will talk about what’s behind the scenes of what most people see in the Bahamas and about how to get kids to go beyond the hotels and cement and into the bush. She will show us the peaks of Tibet and the growth of interest s about the plant knowledge of community elders grows among younger generations.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She plans to lead us on an exploration of various facets of gardening and plant use and how we can help get others excited about the flora of the world.
She is currently working on a global scale cross-cultural study of people’s use of cultural keystone species (the flora and fauna that are deemed important to the survival of a culture) and how these plants can be incentives for preserving a larger ecosystem.

In addition to her peer reviewed articles, book chapters and essays, she has an essay in “Global Chorus,” a collection of over 365 perspectives on our environmental future. Other “Global Chorus” writers are the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall.

Maria also an essay titled “Rainforest Creatures: The Creepy, Cute and Us” in the 2015 essay collection “No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time.”

Her essay “How I Survived: Jungle Shock” was included in the 2009 book “National Geographic Complete Survival Manual.”

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Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

 

 

Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest with Bill Malouche.

The speaker, Bill Malouche.
The speaker, Bill Malouche.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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New Location!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Area horticulture expert Bill Malouche plans to talk about “Selecting Perennials for Landscape Durability and Sustainability for the Lower Midwest.”

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

Bill Malouche studied horticulture at Kansas State University before working for several horticultural companies in the Kansas City area. For the past 24 years, Bill has managed the Kansas City office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting group representing regional and national wholesale growers to the greenhouse grower, retail garden center and landscape professional.

Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

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We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.

The Midcentury Modern Landscape with Ethne Clarke

The speaker, Ethne Clarke.
The speaker, Ethne Clarke.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

 

Midcentury Modern homes add distinctive lines and angles to the neighborhoods of Kansas City and its suburbs. The gardens designed to complement the houses blurred the line between indoors and outdoors, creating gardens for living.

The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.
The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is the title of Ethne Clarke’s newest book and also the title of the program she plans to present when in April she returns to Kansas City.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is a fresh guide for gardeners and garden designers seeking bold approaches to redefine outdoor spaces or people wishing to learn about the history of Midcentury Modern aesthetics.

The Midcentury Modern period is 1940-70. Ethne’s book documents the transformation of Modernism to Midcentury Modern, the impact of World War II, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence, the spread of Bauhaus architecture on the East Coast, post-war suburbs and the rise of West Coast ranch-style living.

Ethne greeted Gardeners Connect audiences in 2011 when she presented a program at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on “The Making of Hidcote,” which was based on her books on the famous English garden created by American expatriate Lawrence Johnston, and the Italian gardens of Cecil Pinsent.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She is author of 16 garden-related books on practical gardening, design and landscape history. Some of the titles of her other books are “Herb Garden Design,” “English Cottage Gardens,” “The Art of the Kitchen Garden” and “The Gardens of Tuscany.”

Ethne is the former editor of “Organic Gardening” magazine, former garden editor of “Traditional Home” and contributing editor for “House & Garden.”

She researched architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado, a small Midcentury Modern ranch built in 1958.

 

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Gardeners Connect in 2018 celebrates 60 years of inspiring and educating area gardeners. Help us celebrate all year long.

We thank the support of our partner, the Kansas City Public Library, in bringing this programming to you.