Saturday, April 11, 2020
Arnold’s GreenHouse, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries and the Flower Farm
At the January Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series we got the chance to meet Andrew Fox the new owner of Arnold’s Greenhouse and got an inkling of the new plants to be found in the greenhouses there. Now the Plantaholic Frolic is planning on taking us there and two other destinations on Saturday, April 11 to load up flats of new plants to herald in the Spring.
Our first stop of the day will be Arnold’s Greenhouse, which will be celebrating their Spring Open House. Andrew has made some changes to the operation he took over in late 2018 from George and Rita Arnold, who had started the business in 1977. Andrew graduated from Kansas State University in December 2017, and he is brimming with new ideas. We are sure to see some interesting variegated plants, activities and hot dogs. Though you will want to save room for lunch at Luigi’s in Ottawa.
We have eaten lunch at Luigi’s before in 2017. It came highly recommended then and we can’t wait to devour every morsel they place in front of us again this time. You will have your choice of Tortellini Alla Panna, Spagetti Bolognese, Aglio e Olio or our favorite Lasagna. All entrees are served with bread, salad and a fountain drink. Check out the full menu on GardenersConnect.org.
After lunch we will stop at the native plant propagation facility of Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries in Baldwin City, Kan. It is a division of Applied Ecological Services, which is dedicated to bringing the science of ecology to all land-use decisions. AES and Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries have become leaders in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration. The companies are involved in natural resource management, green infrastructure design and construction, storm-water design, brownfield restoration, environmental assessment, and ecological restoration projects. Taylor Creek Nurseries propagates hundreds of native plant species to be used in the various projects of AES and we will tour their growing operation and how they grow so many natives.
Our final stop will be the Flower Farm in Gardner, Kan. an intriguing warren of greenhouses and hoophouses where the owners and crew grow a wide array of bedding plants, herbs, vegetable plants, perennial, blooming plants, succulents, cacti, and houseplants. Almost all of what they sell they grow from seed or cutting to finished product. Their motto is, “We know it because we grow it.”
The bus loading will be from 6:45 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110. We plan on returning approximately 5:15 p.m.
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. Tickets are transferable but are non-refundable after purchase.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson at 913.302.4234.
See you on the bus!