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Furnishing the GardenBeyond Plants: Furnishing the Garden

Join us for an evening of great food, conversation and divine presentation by garden artist and designer Lucy Hardiman. 

Gardens are for more than just plants. Learn how to incorporate art, furniture and structure to create focal points into your garden to express your own sense of style and personality.

The Symposium Banquet will be held at Grand Street Cafe where dinner will be sautéed salmon, roasted chicken, french green beans, roasted tomato butter sauce, with roasted potatoes. A vegetarian option is available upon request by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The vegitarian option is Caprise risotto with parmesan roasted shallots, baby tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, red wine balsamic vincotto. Both dinners include a green salad and dessert. There will be a cash bar available.












Grass StepsCreating Your Slice of Heaven 

In this fun 3-1/2 hour workshop you can explore some fascinating design ideas to use in your garden. The workshop is based on the book, ‘Heaven is a Garden’ by the presenter, Jan Johnsen and will be available for purchase at the workshop. The workshop will involve a Power Point presentation where certain design principles will be introduced, such as The Power of Place, Music for the Eye, and Nature’s Coloring Book.

After the presentation, selected design principles will be explored using a combination of drawing techniques and hands–on spatial exercises.

  • How to incorporate the Golden Proportion in a garden
  • How to draw and then lay out a gently curving walk
  • How to use the circle compass to create special shapes.
  • And more! 


Garden Path


All attendees of the class will be provided the following materials for use in the workshop and to take home to create even more designs for thier own garden:

  • a ruler
  • two pencils
  • graph paper
  • drawing compass to make circles
  • eraser

Seating is limited. Register early for best availablity.

This is a hands on workshop. Come prepared to be creative and ready to design.


Friday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Friday, February 26, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!








Garden Center5200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64112

Located in Loose Park at 51st and Wornall

The Garden Center at Loose Park was built in 1957 by Gardeners Connect formerly the Garden Center Assocaition of Great Kansas City as a meeting space for horticulture groups. In 2013 Gardeners Connect raised funding to upgrade the parking near the Garden Center from 4 spaces to 26 with additional parallel parking in the circle drive and lighting.

The building is still used by Gardeners Connect for board meetings, workshops,classes and sales along with our annual Garden Faire.

Parking is free. Check out the maps for parking locations.


Grand Street Cafe4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64112

Grand Street Cafe is known for their award winning modern American cuisine. We return once again to thier event space with views to the west and the Kansas City Country Club Plaza.

Parking in the surface parking lot accessible from 47th Street and Grand Avenue or the covered parking structure off of McGee Street is free. Check out the maps for parking locations.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is considered one of the top art museums in the United States. They feature one of America’s finest collections of Asian art, as well as extensive collections of American, American Indian, Egyptian, and European art.

The main building was designed by prominent Kansas City architects Wight and Wight. Ground was broken in July 1930, and the museum opened December 11, 1933. The building's classical Beaux-Arts architecture style was modeled on the Cleveland Museum of Art

On the exterior of the building are 23 limestone panels depicting the march of civilization from east to west including wagon trains heading west from Westport Landing. Grillwork in the doors depict oak leaf motifs in memory of Oak Hall on which ground the museum is built. The south facade of the museum is an iconic structure in Kansas City that looms over a series of terraces onto Brush Creek.

The Steven Holl-designed Bloch Building contains galleries of contemporary and African art, photography, and special exhibits. Enjoy art outdoors at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a collection of sculptures by many of the 20th century’s finest artists.

Atkins AuditoriumThe 2016 Kansas City Garden Symposium will be held in the beautiful and spacious Atkins Auditorium, a work of art in its own right. The book sale will be held in the adjacent Bloch lobby. Entrance to the museum for the symposium will be through the main entrance to the Bloch addition via the parking structure.

Parking in the parking structure is $8 for the day, free for museum members. Free parking is located along Oak Street. Check out the maps for parking locations.





Sow Your Garden Adventure
the 2016 Kansas City Garden Symposium

Download a Printable Schedule of Kansas City Garden Symposium Events.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111


   Welcome - 


   Troy Marden, A Passion For Plants: Marrying Garden Design and Plant Collecting




   Dan Hinkley, Exploring Zone 6 Around the World — Plant Exploration in Northeast Turkey,


   Northern Japan and South Korea




   Jan Johnsen, Liquid Dreams — Ways to Add the Magic of Water into a Garden


   Troy Marden, Plant This Instead!: Better Plant Choices




   Lucy Hardiman, Coloring Outside the Lines: Making the Most of Color in the Garden


Friday, February 26, 2016 Garden Symposium Events

Kansas City Garden Symposium Workshop: Jan Johnsen, Creating Your Own Slice of Heaven: a Design Class

8:30 a.m. - Noon - Morning Class
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Afternoon Class

Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112

Kansas City Garden Symposium Banquet: Lucy Hardiman, Beyond Plants: Furnishing the Garden

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Grand Street Cafe, 4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112