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2017 Native Plant School

Check back soon for more details and additional classes on our exciting 2017 roster! To register for classes, please contact Linda at 816-697-2600 x306 or sign in to register online.


January 28th: Propagation Basics

Instructor: Elliott Duemler     9 a.m. - 12 p.m.     $39/member, $45/nonmember

Our first session of the year is all about native plant propagation techniques! Through a series of presentations and hands-on projects, you'll learn to propagate both from seed and vegetation. Attendees will learn the processes and supplies required, and get hands-on experience with checking seed viability, seed sowing and transplanting, and plant divisions and cuttings. Additionally, you'll get supplemental information on plant health care in our greenhouses. The final hour of this class will be a discussion of the ethics and values surrounding various methods of seed collecting, seed source, and propagation methods. Dress to get dirty! Note: This class is full. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Linda at 816-697-2600 x306 or


March 25th: Small Trees, Large Shrubs

Instructor: Alan Branhagen     9 a.m. - 12 p.m.     $39/member, $45/nonmember

Redbuds and dogwoods and so much more! In this session which combines a classroom presentation and a tour of Powell Gardens' best specimens, learn about the beautiful and diverse small trees and large shrubs native to the Midwest. Discover where your favorites grow wild, learn the details of their ornamental appeal, and how you can incorporate them into your own garden or landscape. In the event of inclement weather, the tour portion will become an indoor, close study of several highlighted specimens. Please dress for the weather.


May 20th: Native Plant Maintenance

Instructors: Alan Branhagen and Powell Gardens Staff     9 a.m. - 12 p.m.     

Native plants aren't NO maintenance, they're KNOW maintenance! Learn from our past mistakes during this active session that begins with a short classroom presentation, but allows you to dive quickly into hands-on experience! With the assistance of some knowledgeable Powell Gardens staff, you'll get down and dirty in the Gardens as you learn what it really takes to properly care for your favorite native plants. Please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes.


July 22nd: The Edible Native Landscape II

Instructors: Matt Bunch, Nadia Navarrette-Tindall, Barb Fetchenhier, Mark Gawron     9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In part two of our popular edibles class, meet several experts who will teach you everything you need to know - from identifying and growing, to preparing and eating your favorite native edibles. This day-long class includes classroom sessions, tours, and of course, tastings of some unique and flavorful recipes!


September 30th: Sedges Have Edges and Rushes are Round!

Instructors: Alan Branhagen, Elliott Duemler     9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn about native grasses and grass-like plants! Discover the best choices for groundcovers, garden subjects, prairie reconstructions or natural landscapes.


November 18th: Embracing Horticulture Ecology







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2017 March 25 Native Plant School: Trees & Shrubs
Redbud and Dogwoods and so much more! Learn about the beautiful and diverse small trees and large shrubs native to the Midwest. Find out where they grow wild, their ornamental appeal, and how you can incorporate them into your own garden or landscape. The program will be a PowerPoint program with specimens on display around the room. The final hour of the class will tour the plants in the gardens, outdoors (dress accordingly). In case of harsh inclement weather, time will be spent indoors with the plant specimens.
Instructor: Alan Branhagen
Save the dates for upcoming Native Plant School Sessions
5/20/17 Native Plant Maintenance!
7/22/17 The Edible Native Landscape II
9/30/17 Sedges have edges and Rushes are round
11/18/17 Embracing Horticulture Ecology
Single class scheduled on 3/25/2017 at 9:00AM
Participant: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

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