Garden Faire

Garden Faire

Garden Faire

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. to Noon
Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall
5351 Forest
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within the Rockhurst University Campus at 54th and Troost)

Garden Faire is growing, and we are the move to swankier digs at Rockhurst University with more space, no stairs and lots of parking. 

Garden Faire brings you the chance to better get acquainted with some of the affiliate organizations of Gardeners Connect and perhaps buy a plant or other item from them.

We want you to become better acquainted with these groups and share interest in the plants that inspire their passion. Their enthusiasm is contagious. You may be inspired to attend one of their meetings or keep a watch for their sales.

Please come sample what they have to offer.

Gardeners Connect will will have lots of bulbs at LilyPalooza held in conjunction with Garden Faire as well as discounted prices on Kincaid Plant Markers, books and many other items. You can also pick up t shirts for yourself or for a gift for a fellow gardener.

These groups plan to be at Garden Faire:

  • Bonsai Society of Greater
  • Kansas City Carnivorous Plant Society
  • Kansas City Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
  • Mid-America Begonia Society
  • Sho-Me African Violets
  • Mo-Kan Daylily Society
  • Greater Kansas City Iris Society
  • Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
  • Kansas City Ikebana Group
  • Kansas City Garden Club
  • Kansas City Rose Society
  • Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City

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LilyPalooza 2018

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. to Noon
Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall
5351 Forest
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within the Rockhurst University Campus at 54th and Troost)

Join us for the ninth annual LilyPalooza, presented by Gardeners Connect. We strive to bring you the best in lilies and other select fall planted bulbs to bring you a joyous spring and summer next year and for many more after that.

We have bulbs available the day of the sale but for best selection is is recommended that you shop online. LilyPalooza bulbs go online for sale September 1 of every year.

Three reasons to order online:

  • Easy to order and then pick up your bulbs at LilyPalooza 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.
  • Best Selection. We expect some of our bulbs, especially the martagon lilies and those in the Connoisseur Collection, to sell out, and the first ones to order and pay for their selections are most likely to get their heart’s content
  • People ordering and paying online always get a special free gift. You’ll have to wait until closer to the online ordering date to find out this years treasure.

The 2018 Bulb Selection

We plan to have the following selections available for the bulb sale. More bulb options including no lily bulbs are available online on the sale page.

Free Bulb

Get ‘Rokanje’ free by ordering online. We will give you a free bulb for every $25 you spend. No limit to the free bulbs you can earn. Spend $ 25 get 1, spend $250 and get 10 free Lilium ‘Rokanje’ bulbs.


Lilium ‘Rokanje’ – a snow-white-flowered LA hybrid (Lilium longiflorum crossed with Asiatic hybrid lilies), which are incredibly sturdy in our climate. It gets 36-40 inches tall.

Connoisseur Collection

The Connoisseur Collection contains our special selections of the newest introductions and other rarities for the garden. 


Lilium ‘Fusion’ – perhaps the newest, most cutting-edge flower in the Lilypalooza lineup this year is ‘Fusion.’ It is a remarkable hybrid between Lilium longiflorium (the familiar white Easter Lily native to southern Japan) and Lilium pardalinum, ( a native to the West Coast of the United States). It has down-facing red flowers with masses of red-brown freckles ringed with yellow halos spreading from the throat of the flower. The flowers are up to 5 inches across. It gets 36-48 inches tall does not need to be staked.

‘Sweet Desire’

Lilium ‘Sweet Desire’  – These yellow-edged flowers are highlighted in peach and have numerous darker spots. This Lilium Longiflorum, (Easter lily) x Asiatic cross is lightly scented. Grows 40-48 inches tall.

Asiatic Lilies

‘Dark Secret’

Lilium ‘Dark Secret’ – has dark red, almost black flowers that face up and out. An Asiatic, it gets 36-40 inches tall and blooms in June. Dark flowers call attention to themselves in the garden and they also set on fire the color of its neighboring flowers.

‘Pearl Jessica’

Lilium ‘Pearl Jessica’  – a tetraploid Asiatic from Robert Griesbach, one of the leading lily hybridizers in the world. It has pendant light salmon-pink flowers with recurved tepals. The flower face out and down. The plant gets 48 inches tall and blooms in June. It is named for one of the hybridizer’s granddaughters.

‘Purple Eye’

Lilium ‘Purple Eye’  – has purple-maroon petals with a near black eye. Easy to grow early summer bloomer. 36-40 inches tall.

Oriental Lilies

We have two double Oriental lilies. Being double, they produce no pollen, which can stain hands and clothes that brush against the flower. Orientals are fragrant and bloom a little later than Asiatics, so in late June or early July. They are best planted where they get a little protection from late afternoon sun. Both of these lilies produce up-facing flowers. Each gets 3 feet tall or so.


Lilium ‘Leona’ – is a pristine white.


Lilium ‘Samantha’SOLD OUT! has glowing pink tepals with a few dark purple spots and edged with milky white.

Orienpet (OT) Lilies

We have some OTs, or orienpets, which are Oriental lilies crossed with trumpet lilies.

‘Robert Griesbach’

Lilium ‘Robert Griesbach’ – a sturdy OT with deep red flowers with bright white margins. The throat is golden yellow and a bit of bright green. It is a tall lily, getting 4-5 feet tall. The tepals are thick and waxy. It is named after Robert Griesbach, one of the most respected hybridizers in America.


Lilium ‘Redford’ – from Mak Breeding, The Netherlands, has dark, wine-red, up-facing flowers. It will grow to 4 feet tall or more.


Lilium ‘Zelmira’ – has fragrant salmon-pink flowers with soft yellow glowing in the flower throat. It grows on 4-foot stems and blooms in July.

Trumpet Lilies

Trumpets are tall, fragrant lilies that bloom later than the Asiatics. We have two Lilypalooza selections.

‘Pink Planet’

Lilium ‘Pink Planet’ – a fragrant trumpet lily producing deep pink buds that open into large cotton candy pink up-facing flowers. It gets 3 feet tall. It blooms in late June or early July.

‘Rising Moon’

Lilium ‘Rising Moon’ – SOLD OUT! has creamy pastel yellow flowers with pink shading on the edges of the tepals. Blooms in July and should get 3-4 feet tall. Very fragrant.

Martagon Lilies

Kansas City gardeners have proved many experts wrong as far as growing martagon lilies is concerned. They do grow here, and some of us have had great success, though we are likely on the southern edge of their range. They do best with some afternoon shade and can grow in pretty dark shade too. They grow well at the edge of treed woodlot. Keep them watered during the growing season.

‘Claude Shride’

Lilium ‘Claude Shride’ – is a 1970s hybrid from Minnesota hybridizers Hugh and Ruth Cocker. It produces dark mahogany-red flowers with intermittent, small red orbs encircled with vibrant golden-orange. At is a floriferous garden variety once established and mature. It gets 3-4 feet tall.


Lilium ‘Dalhansonii’ – has waxy purple-brown to mahogany-red flowers with only a few gold spots. It produces dozens of pendent, tightly recurved flowers in June. Plants grow 4-5 feet tall.

‘Mrs R.O. Backhouse’

Lilium ‘Mrs R.O. Backhouse’ – has straw-yellow flowers with pastel pink on the backs of the tepals. The flowers are pendant. Blooms in June and should get 3-4 feet tall.

‘Pink Taurade’

Lilium ‘Pink Taurade’ – has pink flowers that have an orange glow. There are purple freckles ringed in yellow. It was introduced by Manitoba nurseryman and hybridizer Ed Robinson in 1967.

Five Seasons

Five Seasons

Gardeners Connect is proud to sponsor the encore screening of Five Seasons – The Gardens of Piet Oudolf on Sunday, September 16, 5:15 p.m. Please join us at the Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66206. 

Gardeners Connect will have drawings for door prizes! 

Tickets are $7.00 each, children $6.25 each, and available online. Parking is available in both the front of the theater and in the back. If stairs are a concern, we recommend parking in the back lot.

Share your garden photos and see them on the big screen before the movie! Please send yours to: Please put GARDEN in the subject line.


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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 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

Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew and So Can You!

Jane Austen

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Webster House
1644 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Join us for an afternoon tea at Webster House and a program about English novelist Jane Austen and Regency Era gardens.

Two happy coincidences bring this program to us.

One, Jane Austen’s novels have an avid following in the world, including in North America. In fact, the Jane Austen Society of North America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. It has annual national conferences, and in 2018 our metropolitan area plays host to it.

Second, a friend of Gardeners Connect who has published books on clematis and flower arranging, also is a devout fan of Jane Austen and also has several published books of fan fiction based on characters and themes of Jane Austen’s oeuvre. She is attending the conference and is delighted to tell a Gardeners Connect audience about Jane Austen’s gardens.

Linda Beutler
Linda Beutler

Our speaker is Linda Beutler, who has presented programs on clematis in Kansas City, most recently in 2017, is curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection near Portland, Ore., and author of “Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis,” “Gardening With Clematis” and “Garden to Vase.”

Her published books in the Jane Austen idiom include “My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley,” “Longbourn to London,” “The Red Chrysanthemum,” “A Will of Iron,” and “Sun-kissed – Effusions of Summer.”

Her novel “The Red Chrysanthemum” won her a silver Independent Publisher Book Award for romantic fiction in 2014.

The Program

The title of this program is “Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew (and so can You).”

The novels of Jane Austen lead us into an examination of the genteel lives of British landed gentry in the early 19th century. They are set in the Regency Era, a period defined by elegance and achievements in the fine arts and architecture.

Jane Austen was the gardener in her family. Many of her favorite plants are still available today, and there’s good reason we seek these plants 200 years after her death. But would she still know their names? This presentation includes durable plants for the beginning gardener, a little garden history (which came first: the garden pink or pinking shears?), a playful swipe at nomenclature, and a conspiracy theory of the presenter’s devising —a botanical and literary intrigue yet to be disproved.

Many of the images in the presentation were taken at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, where Jane Austen lived from 1809 until just before her death in 1817. It was here that she wrote or rewrote all of her major novels. There are also pictures taken out and about in Bath, where Jane lived from 1800-05, until the death of her father.

Attendees will get an extensive handout provided by presenter Linda Beutler with an image list, cultivation tips, source list for plants, and bibliography.

The Venue and Menu

Webster House

Webster House is a beautiful European antique and gift shop and an award-winning restaurant inside Webster School, a restored 19th-century Romanesque-style school that is next door to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The restaurant offers seasonal menus focused on ingredients from local producers. Webster House has spectacular views of the Liberty Memorial and downtown Kansas City.

The menu for our afternoon tea includes savory and sweet dishes. Here is what we have selected, though the menu may change according to chef’s inspiration and seasonal availability.

  • Curried chicken salad in a petite phyllo cup
  • Roasted salmon on toasted brioche with hollandaise and fresh dill
  • Prosciutto and brie wrapped asparagus tips
  • Assorted tea cookies 
  • Small cupcakes 
  • Fresh fruit tartlets
  • Chocolate fleur de sel caramel sable

Cost and Registration

This afternoon tea at Webster House featuring the program costs $65 for members of Gardeners Connect and $75 for people who are not members of Gardeners Connect.

You can go directly to the online registration page by going to

If you have questions, email or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson, executive director of Gardeners Connect, at 913.302.4234.

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.