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2020 Kansas City Garden Symposium Sponsors

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Kaw Valley Greenhouses
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Kaw Valley Greenhouses grows plants that are sold from April through June at more than 40 spring seasonal Garden Center locations throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Kaw Valley Greenhouses, founded by Leon and Pat Edmunds, has been family grown since 1967. Four of the nine Edmunds nine children now run the daily operations of Kaw Valley Greenhouses.

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Missouri Organic Recycling

Missouri Organic Recycling knows you take pride in your home. Making sure your yard looks good isn’t easy and those flowerbeds and gardens don’t just tend themselves. Find out how you can beautify your yard and maximize the potential of your garden and flowers with Missouri Organic Recycling’s products and services. Most of their products are manufactured from waste that might otherwise be land-filled, burned, or dumped illegally. They are dedicated to making responsible use of the natural resources around us the only way they know how: the right way.

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Arnold’s Greenhouse

With over 2,500 varieties of neat, new, and unusual perennials, annuals, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, and aquatic plants, Arnold’s Greenhouse is your source for all the plants you could ever want! To complement the beautiful plants in your garden, we also offer an array of garden art, decorative pots, and garden furniture. Arnold’s Greenhouse, located in the country just west of LeRoy, Kansas has been acclaimed ‘A Gardener’s Paradise’! Whether you are looking for a way to relax or a hard-to-find plant, you can find both at Arnold’s.

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Ball Horticultural Co.

From the beginning as a wholesale cut flower operation started by George J. Ball in 1905, Ball Horticultural Company has grown into a leader in all facets of horticulture. Their global family of breeders, research and development teams, seed and vegetative producers, and distribution companies has a strong presence on six continents in 18 countries.  

Colonial Gardens

Colonial Gardens sells flowers, trees and food. We plant, teach and celebrate all things outdoors. But most importantly, we create experiences. People find solutions, inspiration and connections at Colonial Gardens. In a time when we breathe less fresh air and eat fewer nutrients, Colonial Gardens wants to help people reconnect with nature. By strengthening our relationship with the earth, we can build a better future for ourselves and our planet. 

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Family Tree Nursery

What sets Family Tree Nursery apart is our passion for plants; a passion that began 50 years ago when a young dental student followed his passion and transferred to the horticulture program at Kansas State University. Ron Nelson opened the doors of the first store at 85th Street and Farley, in Overland Park, Kansas as a wholesale growing facility providing other outlets with high-quality gift plants, like poinsettias and mums in 1964. This love for plants has since evolved into three retail locations; with the acquisition of the Shawnee, Kansas store in 1981 and the Liberty, Missouri location in 1988 joining the original Overland Park location. 

Free State Growers

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Free State Growers is one of the largest producers and distributors of tropical and foliage plants in the Midwest. Annuals, perennials, garden mums & poinsettias have also become a part of their ever expanding product line.

The company started in 1919 in Kansas City, Kansas, and moved to the Linwood, Kansas, location in the 1970s under the name of Alex R. Masson Wholesale Growers. In 2012, Mark and Andrea Illausky purchased the company and implemented the name change to Free State Growers just this past year to reflect the locally grown movement.

With this new ownership and name, they continue to build on the past while revolutionizing the systems and operations of the business. Focusing on their own community, they have decreased their geographic shipping area to insure on-time deliveries and plant quality. They have moved to a cart based shipping system to reduce usage of cardboard and prioritize reuse & recycling throughout the production process. All of this enhances their ability to grow and deliver quality plants here at home.

Still growing after 99 years – our roots have provided a stable base for a strong future!

The Greensman

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The Greensman is a full-service landscape and garden design company. With projects ranging from residential to commercial, from urban to country, the Greensman specializes in creating one-of-a-kind outdoor living environments: pools and spas, kitchens and dining areas.

The Henrys' Plant Farm

The Henrys’ Plant Farm

Marcia and Roy Henry started raising plants and animals 34 years ago. Today The Henrys’ Plant Farm has grown to 12 greenhouses and an extensive display garden. They grow all the usual suspects including perennials, annuals, and colorful shrubs. One of those 12 greenhouses is totally filled with vegetables and herbs. Each year they grow 1,000 hanging baskets in spring and 1,000 mums in the fall. The Henrys’ Plant Farm is located just 10 miles west of Lawrence, Kansas.  

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

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Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins exists to offer high quality plants and produce in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Two generations of Johnsons collaborate to run two very different seasons of business — a greenhouse operation in the spring and a pumpkin patch in the fall. Johnson Farms is located Southwest of Belton, Missouri, at 177th & Holmes Road (17701 South State Route D).

Kansas City Gardener Magazine

Founded in 1996 by Michael and Elizabeth Cavanaugh, The Kansas City Gardener magazine has been offering information and ideas that readers trust for successful gardening. Firmly entrenched in the gardening community, it is recognized by many as this region’s first gardening publication of choice. They get closer to the gardener.

Lawn Corps

Lawn-Corps is proud to be a family owned and operated company. Since 1992, we have been providing homeowners in the Kansas City area with reliable yard waste collection.

Fifteen years ago, Lawn-Corps went a step further to begin the process of recycling our yard waste collections. It was a time of “trial and error” but now we are confident to say that our mulch, compost and enriched topsoil is the best in the Kansas City area.

Today, Lawn-Corps owns and operates a 37 acre yard waste processing facility in Belton, Missouri. We have become the only green waste hauler in South Kansas City that collects and processes yard waste into high quality products such as compost and organic mulches. We are a state permitted recycling facility in compliance with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens celebrates the seasons with Bloom Fest in the spring, Festival of Butterflies in the summer, Festival of Fall in October, and Festival of Lights in December.

Bloom Fest: Head Outside, runs April 11 – May 10 and features ten 6’ head planters with botanical hairdos. Bloom Fest also celebrates spring with 100,000 flowering bulbs in the lawn and gardens, the nationally recognized Alan Branhagen Magnolia Collection, our dogwood walk, redbuds, and crabapples. Spring flowering shrubs, perennials, and annuals are also featured in the gardens and along the walkways.

Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden with 175 acres open to the public, embraces the Midwest’s spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives. The Gardens feature 6,000 varieties of plants, 225,000 plants on seasonal display and world-renowned architecture, designed by American architect, E. Fay Jones. Jones is one of the best-known protégés of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his partner, Maurice Jennings. Opened in 1996, The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel, accommodates up to 120 guests, is a popular place for weddings, concerts, and memorial services. The 3.25 mile Byron Shutz Trail includes both endangered native plants and views of ponds filled with lotus flowers. We hope you will make plans to head outside, celebrate the seasons, and explore Powell Gardens.

Ryan Lawn & Tree
Since 1987, Ryan Lawn & Tree has set the standard in customer service. Headquartered in Kansas City, “the pros you know in the clean, red trucks” serve clients in five additional markets in the Midwest. Their college-degreed professionals partner with customers to maintain their lawns, trees, shrubs and irrigation systems. 

Suburban Lawn

Suburban Lawn & Garden was started by Bill Stueck in the 1950’s as a lawn mowing business while he was in grade school. In the sixty plus years since, Suburban has grown into a multi-faceted organization dedicated to growing superior plants and providing excellent customer service. Suburban has 3 garden centers in the Kansas City region (Overland Park, Lenexa and Martin City) along with a yard-waste recycling center and 300-acre wholesale nursery.

Vintage Hill Farm

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Vintage Hill Farm is a nursery and greenhouse like no other! Over 1,700 varieties of plants from common to things you have never seen before. Huge selection of pottery, tropicals and houseplants, succulents and cacti, herbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs and  more. Located in the scenic river hills of Howard County on a historic 100-acre farm. Easy to find, just 6 miles north of the downtown Boonville Bridge on the left on Hwy 87.