This Weekend at Powell Gardens

Reciprocal Weekend with the Kansas City Zoo: July 16 and 17, 2016 

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It’s our reciprocal weekend with the Kansas City Zoo! Show your Friends of the Zoo member card to get half-price admission to Powell Gardens this Saturday and Sunday! And Friends of Powell Gardens’ members who show their membership card at the Zoo get 50 percent off of admission, too! Photo: The Kansas City Zoo


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Fresh Bites with Barb: Burstin’ Out with Berries!
2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 

If you’re coming to the Gardens on Saturday, don’t miss Fresh Bites. Barb is talking raspberries and blackberries—both of which have been plentiful in the Heartland Harvest Garden this season! She even baked blackberry cobbler, so stop by the Missouri Barn for a sample. Included with admission.

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Garden Chef Cooking Demonstration by Chef Julie Kendall 
2 p.m. Sunday, July 17

Julie Kendall is chef/owner of Cafe Blackadder in Warrensburg, Mo., where she serves up flavorful fare using as many local ingredients as possible. On Sunday afternoon at Powell Gardens, she will create a tasty dish featuring produce grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation’s largest edible landscape. Join her in the Missouri Barn at 2 p.m. Included with admission.

Playing Pokemon Go? 

Powell Gardens has several PokeStops and three gyms! Show your Pokemon Go app at the gatehouse to get $2 off an adult or senior’s general admission to the Gardens. This offer is good now through August and applies to general admission only (no festivals or special events).

Have a wonderful weekend!


Cooking from the Gardens: New Culinary Class Series

Join us for an evening of delicious learning at the Missouri Barn as Powell Gardens launches a new series of culinary classes led by area chefs and fresh-food enthusiasts.

Our summer series kicks off on Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. with Craig Jones, owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts.

Enjoy reverse seared Korean steak, bacon-wrapped smoked dates, smashed potatoes, broccoli and produce fresh from Powell Gardens, plus dessert—all prepared over live fire before your eyes. Craig will show you how to grill, roast and bake on your grill. He will even show you how to turn your kettle grill into a smoker. Learn lighting methods, charcoal choices, heat management, how to use wood as a spice and when NOT to use wood. Discover how to build a two-zone fire and how to keep your grill in tip top shape.

Register by July 15.  See more details and register.

Fresh Bites: Kimchi Made Easy

Cassie Doolittle (left) and Barbara Fetchenhier served two types of kimchi to Fresh Bites attendees.

Cassie Doolittle (left) and Barbara Fetchenhier served guests two types of kimchi during Fresh Bites.

Barbara Fetchenhier (AKA Barb the Gardener) brought in a special guest to lead today’s Fresh Bites. Cassie Doolittle, who is a gardener in Powell Gardens’ Heartland Harvest Garden, lived in Korea for four years. She is a fabulous cook and today she shared two kimchi recipes with guests.

Cassie prepared Kkakdugi, a radish kimchi, and a cabbage kimchi called Baechu Geotjeori. Both are incredibly flavorful and easy to make. Below is the recipe for Cassie’s cabbage kimchi, which does not require fermentation.

Baechu Geotjeori Kimchi 

Baechu Geotjeori Kimchi is a quick and incredibly flavorful kimchi that requires no fermentation.



  • 14 cups coarsley chopped Napa cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek or Thai chile paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil


Place cabbage and salt in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine. Weigh down cabbage with another bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 3 hours, tossing occasionally. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain and squeeze dry.

Combine cabbage, sesame seeds and remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Cassie serves this as a side (it’s perfect for a picnic), in stir fry, or added to rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Thank you to Harper (left) for helping Cassie with today's Fresh Bites demo!

Thank you to Harper (left) for helping Cassie with today’s Fresh Bites demo!

Dino-Soirée: A Night of Wine and Dinos


Wow! The Jurassic Garden exhibit is a huge hit. It’s been great to see so many kids having a blast as they search for the dinos and explore the Gardens with their families. But we know your inner child thinks dinosaurs are cool, too! So grab your friends and join us for Dino-Soirée, Friday June 17th at 6:30 p.m.


Eat, drink, be merry and meet a paleontologist at this laid-back evening event. Dr. David Burnham is a paleontologist at the University of Kansas, where he works as the vertebrate paleontology preparator. Through a series of photos and a collection of fossils and bone casts, Dr. Burnham will introduce attendees to Dakotaraptor, a recently-discovered dinosaur with some unique and deadly features that put Velociraptor to shame! Guests will receive a free drink ticket for wine, Boulevard beer or non-alcoholic beverages, and can enjoy light bites from Cellar Rat Wine. Drinks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $30, or $25 for members. Call 816-697-2600 x209 or click here to purchase. Be sure to arrive early to explore the Jurassic Garden exhibit. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Powell Gardens’ Prairie Plant Giveaway and Hike Take Place Saturday, June 4

Celebrate National Prairie Day at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, on Saturday, June 4, 2016!

To inspire a national dialogue about prairie conservation, restoration and enjoyment, the Missouri Prairie Foundation established National Prairie Day, which takes place the first Saturday of June. In recognition of this special day, Powell Gardens will have a prairie plant giveaway and hike.

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Prairie Plant Giveaway
9 a.m. until supplies run out

Prairie plants are critical for pollinators and the environment in general. Stop by the Gardens today to learn more about them and for a chance to take one home. The first 250 guests to arrive at the gatehouse will receive a coupon to redeem for one plant at the Gardens’ visitor center. We recommend arriving early for the best selection. Plants include:

  • Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, pictured above)
  • False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
  • Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium, pictured below)
  • Gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
  • Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium/Eupatorium purpureum)
  • Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

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Prairie Hike with Alan Branhagen (registration required)
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Horticulture Director Alan Branhagen leads this fun and informative tour of the Gardens’ prairie plantings, including the meadow along the back side of the Island Garden and the prairie border in the Perennial Garden. Learn about the native prairie remnants along the Byron Shutz Nature Trail, which guests can explore on their own (the trail isn’t included on this hike).

Hike participants will learn about the importance of prairie, get tips on prairie plants they can grow and take home two plants. Included with Garden admission; registration is required as space is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting Linda at

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at Powell Gardens’ 2016 Plant Sale

Join us this weekend for Powell Gardens’ only plant sale of the year!

Members get first pick on Friday, May 6, at the Members-Only Plant Sale Reception & Preview. Arrive at 4 p.m. for the reception, and enjoy a drink from the cash bar and demos on how to create stunning containers by Horticulturist Brent Tucker and Senior Gardener Willie Hofstetter. The members-only sale takes place from 5-7 p.m. 

The sale is open to all from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8. Here’s just some of what you will find (see the plant lists to help you plan your trip):

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Foxglove Dalmatian Series ‘Dalmatian Purple Improved’

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Celosia ‘Smart Look Romantica’

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Portulaca ‘Happy Hour Tropical Mix’

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Coral Bells ‘Ruffles ‘n Truffles’

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Delphinium New Millennium ‘Cobalt Dreams’

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Clematis ‘Viva Polonia’

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A beautiful assortment of hydrangeas

For details and plant lists, visit We hope you will join us!

Explore Kansas City’s Tremendous Trees with Alan Branhagen

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Learn about some of Kansas City’s most magnificent trees during a series of four Kansas City Tree Walks led by Powell Gardens’ Horticulture Director Alan Branhagen. The 2-mile walks take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays at these Kansas City sites:

  • Roanoke Park, May 22: Roanoke Park is the site of Greater Kansas City’s champion persimmon tree with many other champion trees in nearby neighborhoods. 
  • Union Cemetery, June 26: Union Cemetery has premier examples of old growth native white oaks. Its champion trees include Kentucky coffeetree, hackberry and sassafras. The site dates back to 1849 and is an unexpected green space of spectacular trees against the backdrop of high-rise buildings. This walk requires the least amount of walking of the four tree walks.
  • Elmwood Cemetery, August 28: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elmwood Cemetery’s beautiful grounds were designed by renowned landscape architect George Kessler, who created Kansas City’s famed Park and Boulevard System. The cemetery is home to the area’s champion saucer magnolia, cucumbertree magnolia and southern catalpa trees, as well as an amazing collection of mature trees set among historic graves.
  • Loose Park, October 23: The Jacob L. Loose Park has more champion trees than any location in Kansas City. That’s because the park’s Stanley R. McLane Arboretum contains the finest diversity of trees in the metropolitan area. From lindens to limber pine, sweetgum to several oak species, various maples and even possumhaw, participants will enjoy this classic park’s tree treasures at their peak of fall color.

The fee for each tour is $7/person and free for members of Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. (Learn more about the perks of becoming a Friend of Powell Gardens.) Registration is required as space is limited. Call 816-697-2600 x209 to reserve a spot.