The Heartland Harvest Garden is meant to be enjoyed with all five senses. Every time you visit we hope you taste, smell or learn something new. Here are some of the opportunities awaiting you this season.
How long has it been since you had a sweet, juicy strawberry, crunchy snow pea or tomato that ripened on the vine to peak flavor? Have you tried a Mexican sour gherkin or Armenian cucumber?
Stop by a Tasting Station (from May to early October) to sample what’s growing in the Heartland Harvest Garden. You might try something new or something you haven’t tasted for far too long. And with more than 2,000 food plants, you'll find something different with nearly every visit.
Ever wished you could talk with one of Powell Gardens' star horticulturists or get some free hands-on coaching about edible gardening or cooking from the garden? In 2014, Barbara Fetchenhier will offer regular drop-in sessions in the Missouri Barn at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on most Saturdays, May through the first weekend of October. Learn more.
Discover new ways to use fresh ingredients by attending our Garden Chef Series cooking demos on most Sundays from May to early October in the Missouri Barn. Demos are included with admission to the Gardens. We closed out the 2013 season with a demo by Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club cookbook. Beth prepared a delicious pumpkin soup (see her recipe here). Watch for details on the 2014 Garden Chef Series to be posted next spring.
Barn Dinner Series
The 2013 Barn Dinner Series included four exceptional chefs who created one-night only menus featuring ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Guest chefs included Bluestem's Chef de Cuisine Joe West, Port Fonda's Chef/Owner Patrick Ryan, The River Club's Executive Chef Linda Duerr and Chef Max Watson, who prepared the menu for our first Boulevard Beer Dinner. Check back in early spring 2014 for details about next season's dinners.
Discover the wines of Missouri at Powell Gardens on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 2-4 p.m.! Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and sample wines from a variety of regional wineries. Learn more here.
Under a Harvest Moon
Chef Alex Pope, co-owner/butcher at The Local Pig in Kansas City, Mo., was the 2013 guest chef for Under a Harvest Moon, which benefits children's educational programs in the Heartland Harvest Garden. His menu showcased the season's best flavors with ingredients from local farms and producers, including the nation's largest edible landscape—the Heartland Harvest Garden. Stay tuned for details about the 2014 Under a Harvest Moon, which will be held Sunday, September 28.
Did you know? Powell Gardens has 7,000 varieties of permanent plants on display. No matter the season, this is a great place to see an inordinate variety of plants in the landscape and take home ideas you can use. See our Gardening Resources »