Speaker Series

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 Timothy Moloney

Timothy Moloney

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

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!

Paperwhite Party
Paperwhite Party

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

However, the location has changed.

Trailside Center
Trailside Center

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. to noon
Trailside Center
9901 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131.

Join us at the Paperwhites Planting Party for homemade soup, 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, and also Gardeners Connect will provide a soup luncheon.

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, Amaryllis and Hyacinths

We will have two paperwhites to choose from.

One, ‘Ziva,’ is fragrant and time-tested.

The other is ‘Inbal,’ which is not fragrant, for those of us who find the scent of paperwhites overwhelming.

These are huge paperwhite bulbs, 7 inches in circumference.

We will have three amaryllis varieties. With amaryllis, top-size bulbs make a huge

Last year a nice-sized group of friends came together to pot up paperwhites with contained mess and share some homemade soup after. Some of the paperwhites went home as holiday decorations of its creator, and some went home as gifts for family, friends and neighbors.difference in terms of performance and flowering. The bulbs we offer are an astounding 13 inches in circumference! These bulbs will give you larger flowers and multiple flower stems. We have had reports of three or more flowering stems per bulb in past years.

  • 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.
  •  Amaryllis ‘Royal Velvet’ – Deep burgundy red, deeper color in the throat with brighter tips to the petals. Each petal looks like it is cut from velvet.

We are also offering hyacinths for forcing. We will be getting you a head start on chilling them so you can enjoy them faster when you most need that spring fix in the dead of winter.

  • Hyacinth ‘Carnegie’ – Pure white fragrant flowers.
  • Hyacinth ‘Royal Navy’ – Double florets in two tone navy blue.
  • Hyacinth ‘Blue Tango’ – Double florets in two tone icy blue.

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In my 20’s there was a Home and Garden channel with multiple gardening shows to give me ideas and spur on my ever widening garden addiction. Shows like Gardening by the Yard and Rebecca’s Garden filled my mind with ideas and how to’s.

Gardening shows became tacky makeover shows or just disappeared altogether and while the “G” remained it became silent.

I few years ago I discovered British gardening TV shows and searched for them online for download any way I could. I was especially addicted to Gardener’s World, celebrating 50 years and airing at prime time it is the Game of Thrones for gardeners. I was devastated every time I could not find an episode.

Presenters of Gardener’s World

Then serendipity struck. Board member Susan Mertz mentioned this new service called HortusTV that streams gardening programming. She had signed up for it and was excited by all of the content. She mentioned that Gardener’s World was one of the shows you could stream and I became an instant convert. On demand gardening TV? I could get my fix whenever? Move over Netflix, now I understand binge watching.

Susan contacted HortusTV and worked out a deal for Gardeners Connect. Not only can you try out the service for 7 days free but through Gardeners Connect you can save 25% off the $6.99 monthly service fee and donate $1 per month to Gardeners Connect. It is a win-win-win.

Just go to HortusTV.com and sign up for a free 7 day trial. You will create a username and password and it will email you instructions on how to start you free trial. When you get to where you enter a gift code just enter GARDENERSCONNECT18. It is that easy.

Almost 30 garden series are available through HortusTV, including these:

  • Gardener’s World
  • Monty Don’s Italian Gardens
  • How to Be a Gardener
  • Wildlife Gardens
  • Eco-Eden
  • Garden Rescue
  • Garden Makers
  • Love Your Home and Garden
  • Open Gardens
  • Big Dreams, Small Spaces
  • Secret World of Gardens
  • My Dream Farm