Garden Faire Coming to Loose Park

Garden Faire Coming to Loose Park

Garden Faire is shaping up to be an autumnal garden extravaganza!

On Saturday, September 20, Gardeners Connect, with the help of KC Parks, has put together a day of gardening programs and information sharing  involving  a variety of horticultural groups in the Kansas City area.

In addition, there will be a sale of donated garden books in the Fern Room in the basement of the Garden Center. As in years passed, books will be affordably priced.

A tent in front of the Garden Center will host short programs beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Affiliate organizations of Gardeners Connect will give programs that will change every half hour. Some of the groups plan to have free drawings for prizes right after their program. Be sure to get a door prize ticket. There will also be children’s activities.

In addition, affiliate organizations will have tables set up in the Rose Room of the Garden Center where their members can answer questions about their specialties and groups.

Schedule of Presentations (subject to change)

9 a.m. — Johnson County Master Gardeners, Johnson County Master Gardener Bud Smith plans to talk about “Container Gardening.”

9:30 a.m. — Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Lynn Soulier, an avid organic gardener and co-creator of Gardens of Delight near Parkville Mo., a center for natural healing, will talk about “Tending the Herbal Tea Garden.”

10 a.m. — Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City, Mark Prout will give a presentation on orchid growing basics.

10:30 a.m. — Powell Gardens, Jennifer Barnes, senior gardener for the Perennial Garden at Powell Gardens.

11 a.m. — Heartland Hosta & Shade Plant Society, Phil Alley, an avid hosta collector who with his wife, Gayle, has created a hosta wonderland in acres of gardens around his hand-built log cabin home near Greenwood, Mo., will talk about creating their garden in a program titled “The Evolution of a Garden”

11:30 a.m. — Heartland Peony Society

Noon —  Monarch Watch, Communications Coordinator Angie Babbit will talk about “Creating a Monarch Habitat in your Garden.”

12:30 p.m. — Greater Kansas City Iris Society, Jerry Hoke, president of the iris society, will demonstrate and discuss iris dividing and care.

1 p.m. — Mo-Kan Daylily Society

1:30 p.m. — Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, Master Gardener Chris Veach will talk about “Beneficial Bugs in the Garden.”

2 p.m. —  Greater Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society, Judy Pigue will talk about “Growing Cacti and Succulents in Kansas City.”

2:30 p.m. — Greater Kansas City Dahlia Society

3 p.m. — Kansas City Rose Society, Katrina Stevenson, board member of the Kansas City Rose Society

3:30 p.m. — Mid-America Begonia Society

Other groups whose leaders have acknowledged interest in taking part in Garden Faire: Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City, Heart of America Gesneriad Society and the Johnson County Rose Society.