Plantaholic Frolic Hits the Road 2017


This trip has sold out!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Departing from Kauffman Foundation at 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64112.

$55 per person, must be a Gardeners Connect Member.

[su_heading size=”19″ align=”left”]Visiting Loma Vista Wholesale, Ottawa Antique Stores and Arnolds Greenhouse. Lunch Included![/su_heading]

A day filled with browsing antique shops and shopping for connoisseur garden plants is indeed a wonderful day. That is what is in store this year when the Plantaholic Frolic again hits the road.

This year, the bus is headed southwest of Kansas City. We are headed to Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, KS, where owners George and Rita Arnold will welcome us. Before getting there, we plan to stop at Loma Vista’s wholesale nursery in Ottawa to get a behind-the-scenes tour of their operation and then head to downtown Ottawa to check out the antique shops there and have lunch.

The cost this year is the same as last year, $55 per person, and you have to be a member of Gardeners Connect to go with us. The price includes lunch.

Last year’s bus Plantaholic Frolic trip sold out.

The best way to register and pay is go online to You may also send a check made out to Gardeners Connect to: Plantaholic Frolic; 6911 NW Blair Road; Parkville, MO 64152.

The bus is scheduled to leave the parking lot of Kauffman Memorial Garden at 7:30 a.m. We plan to be back at about 6: 30 p.m.

Our first stop will be Loma Vista Nursery’s wholesale operation.

Loma Vista has been distributing plant material in the Kansas City metro area since 1991. The company’s wholesale container plant production operation in Ottawa covers more than 300 acres. The nursery grows more than 650 varieties of shade and ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. Loma Vista is also a licensed grower of Proven Winners, First Editions and Ball Horticultural shrubs. We will get a tour of some key processes there and a short presentation of some new plants is planned.

Then we plan to head to downtown Ottawa, which is home to several antique stores, each filled with a variety of antique, vintage, repurposed, collectible, and unique finds.

Lunch will be at Luigi’s, which serves authentic Italian food. The restaurant comes highly recommended by our friends at Loma Vista Nursery. Our meals will include bread and olive oil, salad, a choice of one of four entrees and a beverage.

After lunch, the bus heads the rest of the way to Arnold’s Greenhouse.

Arnold’s Greenhouse has become a large retail and wholesale garden center operation. The Arnolds offer more than 2,500 cultivars of plants.