E. Fay Jones & the Midwest Spirit of Place
Thursday, July 14 | 7-8:30 p.m.
$50 | Member discount cannot be applied
Miller Hammond Chapel Study
Join Powell Gardens’ CEO, Tabitha Schmidt and architects Walter Jennings and Lori Yazwinski from Jennings + Santa Rita Architects for an evening of architecture. Attendees will learn about American prairie-style architect E. Fay Jones’ impact on Powell Gardens and its buildings.
After the discussion, we invite you to explore the Miller Hammond Chapel Study, where light refreshments will be served. Next, head out to the Meadow Pavilion to catch the best sunset in Kansas City. Susan Mertz, Director of Horticulture, and Conservationist Julie Copley will also be available to discuss the Wildflower Meadow.
Garden to Glass: Rum Edition
Saturday, July 16 | 3-4 p.m.
$20 | 10% less for members
Join Education Manager Caitlin Eckard for a fun, hands-on class where you will learn about what plants go into the production of rum. Class attendees will make their own mojitos with mint grown at Powell Gardens!
Must be 21+ to register. Attendees will take home a branded Powell Gardens shot class, as well as a recipe card for making mojitos at home.
Garden to Glass: Coneflower Tea
Saturday, July 23 | 3-4 p.m.
$22 | $15 for members
Did you know you can make a delicious tea using Missouri’s native coneflowers? All tea drinkers are welcome to learn how to brew the best cup of tea and try Powell Gardens’ version of coneflower tea. Attendees will also take home coneflower seeds, a coneflower patch, and a Powell Gardens branded mug.
Admission to Festival of Butterflies is included in your ticket price, a value of $12. No refunds.
Note: As part of our Midwest Foraging Exhibit, Powell Gardens’ is featuring a foraged item each month. In July, the focus is on a pollinator favorite, coneflowers!
Book Club: Bicycling With Butterflies
Saturday, July 30 | 11 a.m. – noon
$22 | 10% less for members
Join Education Manager, Caitlin Eckard, to discuss Sara Dykman’s book, Bicycling With Butterflies (winner of the 2021 National Outdoor Book Award). The account details Dykman’s round-trip bicycle ride from Kansas City, Kansas to Michoacan, Mexico, as she follows the migration path of monarch butterflies.
Light snacks provided. Admission to Festival of Butterflies is included in the ticket price, a value of $12.
Native Plants as Host Plants for Butterflies
Saturday, July 30 | 3-4 p.m.
$32 | $20 for members
Join Dr. Nadia Navarette-Tindall (Extension Associate Profession, Lincoln University) for this presentation. Attendees will learn about the importance of native plants as hosts plants for butterflies. From milkweed to paw paws, build native plant identification skills and learn to grow them in your yard or acreage.
Dr. Navarette-Tindall’s presentation will include information on 20 different species. Attendees will take home a native host plant!
Native Prairie Series: Tallgrass Prairie
Tuesday, August 9 | 9 a.m. – noon
$90 per class | $240 for three-part series
*10% membership discount only applied when signing up for an individual class in this series
Ona Gieschen’s Native Prairie, located just outside of Sedalia, Missouri, is owned and managed by Powell Gardens. The Native Prairie Series, a series of workshops taught at Ona’s Prairie by staff Conservationist Julie Copley, aims to provide participants valuable perspective on this critical Midwest ecosystem. Each workshop will highlight topics surrounding the tallgrass prairie such as biodiversity, management, and conservation, as well as include a discussion of the highlighted prairie plant species for additional community context.
The final workshop of the series will focus on conservation. Participants will learn about the process of prairie restoration and seed collection. The plant of focus for this class is the Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya).
Classes will be held outside at Ona’s Prairie, so please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, hats, and bug spray. There will be a picnic area and water available for a break time. Portable toilets will also be onsite.