Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road 2020

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 info@gardenersconnect.org or call Brian Chadwick-Robinson at 913.302.4234.

See you on the bus!

Insects in Your 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.