Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall
located just off E 54th St and Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
The Kansas City Garden Symposium’s full day of of regionally focused lectures by nationally recognized garden experts that are sure to inspire, inform and get you thinking about embracing your own greener garden. We have selected four speakers that we believe will help you on your gardening journey.
In our harried lives, we often times don’t have as much time as we wish to do all of the things we desire. We also understand that we are part of a larger community and our individual actions have impacts far beyond the confines of our own landscapes.
This years Kansas City Garden Symposium is focusing on a greener world by choosing the right plants, the right techniques and most of all the right mindset. We can have a beautiful gardens that not only invigorate and ground us, but at the same time require less maintenance and be a haven for the rest of the beings we share our spaces with from passersby to wildlife.
Gardeners enjoy a connection with the earth through our gardens unlike anyone else. In our efforts to create and maintain beautiful gardens many of us are unknowingly doing so in ways that are harmful to our environment. Joe Lamp’l, host of Growing a Greener World on PBS, will share with us seven significant concepts that we as gardeners can all do right now to make our gardens better for us, our community and the environment.
Gardeners and wildlife, it is an age old feud in which gardeners often feel they are losing the battle. Tammi Hartung will share her experiences with running a small family run farm serving farm-to-market produce and cut flowers along with seed production and working with wildlife and not against it. She lists the many species from field mice to deer that have plundered their operation and the traditional efforts that have failed and the thinking outside of the box ones that have deterred, diverted and discouraged wildlife from key areas of her farm. This truce is inspiring and shows you a different path to coexistence where we all win.
With the vagaries of weather and our desire to be more at one with our gardens, pollinators and the native landscapes around us, we need to think beyond our traditional idea of gardens. Carol Davit, of the Missouri Prairie Foundation will discuss the ecological and economic importance of prairie and pollinator conservation, and how we can use the ancient prairie ecosystem as a model for new, sustainable landscapes.
Plants are core to any garden. They are our paint, they are passion, they are our addiction. Our modern gardens have to be more than beautiful. The 21st century mantra is gardening with purpose. Gardens must serve multiple purposes beyond just beauty; they must attract wildlife; feed us; provide safe and peaceful spaces for us to entertain and live: the list goes on. In, “Planting for the Future,” Kelly Norris, director of horticulture for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, author and perennial favorite of gardeners in Kansas City will talk about the plants and new products that will shape our gardens in the years to come. In his second program, Kelly will present, “Plants with Style,” where we will learn chic, sustainable, thriving plants for our busy modern lifestyles. No need to settle for ho-hum plants that at best just survive and not give us that vigor and power we all strive for in our gardens.