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City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund


The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program provides support to non-profit organizations through contracts for services, established by State law in 1989 to help promote Kansas City’s distinct and diverse neighborhoods through cultural, social, ethnic, historic, educational and recreational activities in conjunction with promoting the city as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center.

The tourism and convention industry contributes $4.6 billion in direct expenditures to the Kansas City metropolitan area’s economy. Kansas City receives about 22.3 million U.S. visitors annually. The city’s top activities are shopping, fine dining, gaming, sightseeing, cultural attractions, sports events and exhibits/festivals. The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund plays a significant role in these activities.

The City of Kansas City, Missouri accepts applications from qualified nonprofit organizations to support programs that meet the state and local requirements. Applications are accepted on an annual and quarterly basis.

The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund was authorized by the 85th General Assembly of the State of Missouri; Senate bills No. 295 and 312 authorized local governments to submit for voter approval a convention and tourist tax. Following the passage of the local convention and tourism tax, the City then passed an ordinance in 1995 establishing the rules and guidelines for the program in Kansas City. The City Council establishes the plan for the administration of the neighborhood tourist development fund in the Code of Ordinances: Section 2-931: Neighborhood Tourist Development Committee. 

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Kaw Valley Greenhouses LogoKaw Valley Greenhouses

Listen on KPR 91.5 FM

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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Sutherlands Lumber

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Sutherland Lumber Company was founded in 1917 in Hugo, Oklahoma by Robert Sutherland. The Sutherland family has been actively involved in the Kansas City area for many years with ties to Children’s Mercy Hospital, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The American Royal and many more local charities including the Kansas City Garden Symposium. Sutherlands has five convenient locations in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. They have well-stocked Lawn & Garden departments. Be sure to stop by this Spring and smell all the flowers.

Kansas City Garden Symposium Sponsors

40 North Landscape Architects and Planners Logo40NORTH Landscape Architects and Planners


40NORTH Landscape Architects and Planners, headquartered in Weston, Missouri, is a full service landscape architecture and planning practice that specializes in designing outdoor environments for a variety of clients around the world. Their project types are diverse: Resort and hospitality environments, high-end residential properties, urban design, corporate headquarters, farms, restaurants, and private islands, to mention a few.   

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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.


Bailey Nurseries LogoBailey Nurseries


Bailey Nurseries is a fifth-generation family-owned nursery serving customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. They are one of the largest U.S. wholesale nurseries, with products distributed by more than 4,500 independent garden centers, landscapers, growers and re-wholesalers. Their main offices and growing fields are near St. Paul, Minnesota, and the company operate nurseries in Oregon, Washington and Illinois. Bailey Nurseries markets First Editions® shrubs, trees, evergreens, vines and perennials, and also Easy Elegance® Roses and Endless Summer® reblooming hydrangeas.  


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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.  


Bloomers Greenhouse LogoBloomers Greenhouse


Bloomers Greenhouse is a retail garden center that was established in 2004 with Lori Gatzemeyer as its head grower. Lori has 19 years of growing experience. Bloomers is located at 3823 N. Cobbler Rd., Independence, MO 64058.
Everything is grown on location. At Bloomers, you can find interesting, well-grown annuals, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets and patio containers. Bloomers does fundraisers with local hospitals and also offers its beautiful space to parties and meetings during the spring season. Experience the meticulous detail to quality at Bloomers. Bloomers Greenhouse is open March 1st through Father’s Day. Bloomers grows more than 10,000 mums for the fall planting/decorating season and is open mid-September through Halloween.

Family Tree Nursery LogoFamily 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. 

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The Greensman


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 FarmThe 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.  

House of Rocks Landscape Supply and Building Store LogoHouse of Rocks Inc.


Landscapers, masons and home owners alike have been coming to the House of Rocks since 1984 for quality stone products and expert advice. For over 30 years, owner Jack Robinson has made it his mission to always give the best customer service available. He employs over 20 full time employees to make this possible. Come tour this 5½-acre site. They welcome both wholesale and retail customers.   


Free State Grown LogoFree State Growers


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!

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Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins


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).

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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.

Kansas City Public Library Seed Library at the Ruiz Branch LogoKansas City Public Library


The Seed Library at the Ruiz Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (2107 W. Pennway St., Kansas City, MO 64108) offers patrons free flower and vegetable seeds and other resources for gardeners.

The program allows patrons to “check out” vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their home gardens. All a patron needs is a valid Kansas City Public Library card. After selecting their seeds, patrons take them to the checkout desk as they would a book or DVD. As the plant reaches maturity at the end of its growing season, patrons are asked to collect the seeds, dry them out, place them in an envelope, and return them to the Ruiz Branch to help re-stock the Seed Library for the next season.

The Seed Library houses an expanded collection of gardening books and cookbooks. There also are free classes on a variety of gardening matters offered throughout the growing season. Topics include composting, beekeeping, seed saving, container gardening and vegetable garden basics.

Lark Label LogoLark Label


For 18 years Wichita, Kansas based Lark Label has made signage for botanical gardens, nature centers, zoos, arboretums, art and history museums and private estates. Lark Label creates high-quality horticultural interpretation signs to tackle every plant identification challenge. Choose from a variety of solid metal plant markers that are engraved with custom laser imaging and backed by an impressive guarantee. 



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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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Pantry Garden Herbs and Veggies


Sullivan’s Greenhouse exists to spread flavor, beauty, and health through neighborhoods citywide. Entering their 20th year of supplying Kansas City garden centers with a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and UDSA organic herb and vegetable plants.

The herbs and vegetables are recognizable by the Pantry Garden family of brands including, Pantry Garden Herbs, Pantry Garden Veggies, Pantry Garden Greens, Pantry Garden Tomatoes, and Pantry Garden Peppers. Sullivan’s Greenhouse only serves locally owned, independent garden centers. They take a gentle, sustainable approach to growing that respects their customers, employees, neighbors, and the earth.

Sullivan’s greenhouse is also open to the public on Saturdays in April and May.


Royal Creations Architectural Landscaping LogoRoyal Creations Architectural Landscaping


Royal Creations Architectural Landscaping is a company founded on relationships. They believe in building strong relationships with their clients, their staff, their vendors, and their referral partners. Together they are all working to create great experiences for one another, and to help one another grow and improve over time. We know that we could not build such wonderful outdoor spaces without a successful collaboration between all who are involved.


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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. 

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Vintage Hill Farm


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.