Culinary Adventures


Enjoy the Heartland Harvest Garden with all five senses! Every time you visit the nation's largest edible landscape, we hope you taste, smell or learn something new. Here are some of the opportunities awaiting you this season. 

Tasting Station

How long has it been since you had a sweet, juicy strawberry, crunchy snow pea or vine-ripened tomato? Have you tried a seaberry or Mexican sour gherkin? Stop by the Missouri Barn Tasting Station (open on weekends from late May to early October) to sample what's growing in the Heartland Harvest Garden. With more than 2,000 food plants, you'll find something different nearly every visit! 

Fresh Bites with Barb the Gardener 

Ever wished you could talk with one of Powell Gardens' horticulturists or get some free hands-on coaching about edible gardening or cooking from the garden? Barbara Fetchenhier, Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter, offers regular drop-in sessions at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Barn on most Saturdays from late May through early October. Learn more about Fresh Bites.

Garden Chef Series

Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Attend our Garden Chef Series cooking demonstrations and discover new ways to use fresh ingredients. The 2017 Garden Chef Series will be announced in May. 

Missouri Barn Dinner Series

We have some great dinners lined up for you this year. Space is limited. Prepaid reservations are required ($125/person per dinner or $100/member of Powell Gardens). Check back in spring 2017 for details. 

Under a Harvest Moon: A Farm-to-Table Dinner Fundraiser 

Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City, created an incredible menu for our 2016 dinner, which benefits children's educational programs at Powell Gardens. Join us in 2017 for another fabulous farm-to-table dinner showcasing the season's best flavors with ingredients from local farms and producers, including the Heartland Harvest Garden. Learn more about Under a Harvest Moon.  

Wassailing Celebration and Feast 

Wassail! On January 14, 2017, join us for our Wassailing Celebration and Feast—an event like no other in the region. We will sing to the health of the Powell Gardens' apple trees, imbibe some "ole recipe wassail" and enjoy a winter feast. Prepaid reservations are required ($125/person or $100/member of Powell Gardens). Reserve your spot at the Wassailing Celebration and Feast.   

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 »


Carter Holton-Garden Chef Series 1

Visit the Heartland Harvest Garden on Sunday afternoons to learn how to cook from the garden! 

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Experience the tastes of the Heartland Harvest Garden with our 'Fresh Bites' programs.

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