November 2021

LilyPalooza 2021

LilyPalooza is a perennial favorite program and fundraiser for Gardeners Connect. We plan on our largest offering of bulbs this year. Hard to believe that 2021 will be our 12th year and there are so many new things to offer and some of the best from previous years will be offered again for those that didn’t snag them the first time.

All bulbs will be available September 1, 2021 for online purchase at Orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the home of Gardeners Connect Board member, Ward Wheeler who has managed pick ups for the past few years. His home is centrally located at 1000 West 88th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 just east of Ward Parkway.

For those people not able to pick up their orders during this time please email Brian Chadwick-Robinson at to arrange for an alternate pickup time in Raytown, Missouri.

Additionally we will be offering a shipping option available for purchase online with your order.

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.