March 12-April 15
Dust off the winter blues and get ready to “Think Spring” at Powell Gardens! This month-long foray into warmer weather offers events, classes, workshops and displays all designed to get you geared up and ready for blooms, birds and sun.
Events, Classes & Workshops | Think Spring Fling
30 Must Have Plants for Your Garden This Season
Thursday, March 15
5:00-6:00 p.m. reception, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an illustrated talk presented by Kunso Kim, vice president of gardens, featuring his suggested ‘top 30’ plants to include in your residential landscape or home garden and why you should consider them. Enjoy a welcome reception for Kunso, prior to the talk.
COST: $30 (members less 10%)—includes appetizers and two drink tickets
LOCATION: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Growing Bulbs: Expertise from the Industry
Saturday, March 24
Join Philipp Laagland for an illustrated talk as he discusses the business behind the Dutch bulb industry. Laagland’s family business began four generations ago in 1910 in the fields of De Zilk in The Netherlands and is today one of the largest flower bulb growers & exporters in the world. Philipp will review the yearly cycles of flower production from planting to selling and will also explain all about using flower bulbs in your landscape designs. Reservations are required as space is limited.
COST: FREE for Powell Gardens members, non-members $10 per person.
LOCATION: Powell Gardens
Spring Fashion and Flower Reveal
Thursday, March 29
Join Rightfully Sewn and the Western Nursery and Landscape Association for an evening of new designs in Kansas City fashion, regionally grown cultivars, and floral arrangements. Meet the newly selected class of five Kansas City-based fashion designers plus learn about the hottest trends in 2018 plants on the market from Bailey Nursery. Enjoy beautiful displays incorporating fashion designs, live specimen, and creative expressions by area florists and Powell Gardens horticulture staff. This event features a short presentation at 6:30 p.m about design both fashion and floral; music, a signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is available as is round trip bus transportation from Kansas City by special reservation.
COST: $25 (Powell Gardens and Industry Director Members members less 10%)—event includes appetizers and one drink ticket (cash bar available)
$50 with round trip bus transportation from the Kauffman Memorial Gardens parking lot, 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
LOCATION: Powell Gardens Grand Hall and Multipurpose Room, conservatory
Family Frolic: Think Spring Fling
Saturday, March 31
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
General Admission Applies
Join us for a celebration of all things “spring” including, eggs, the Easter bunny, flowers, soil, seeds, spring breakfast brunch, and much more! This drop in day features storytelling by actors of the Coterie Theatre inspired by their upcoming theatre production Jack and the Bean Magico. Be sure to take part in an egg hunt on the lawn (for children ages six and under) at 10:30 a.m. and a scavenger hunt in the garden for kids seven and up (available all day)! Collected eggs and completed scavenger hunts will be turned in at the visitor center for age appropriate prizes and sweet treats. Peggy Friesen will be providing “soothing spring strings” harp ambiance in the Grand Hall from 2-4 p.m. on March 31. Professional color photos with the Easter Bunny ($5-7) and free hands-on activities–including creating an Easter Hat and bunny ears will also be available.
Brunch in Cafe Thyme by Reservation Only
Hot Brunch Cost:
$12 per adult, $6 per child, children four and under $3 each
(eggs, sausage, potatoes, french toast, cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee)
SAGES: Tulipmania Lecture and Lunch
Thursday, April 5
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Celebrate spring and spring flowers by joining us for an illustrated talk about the history of the tulip craze as depicted in Dutch works of art. This talk, presented by Powell Gardens, will feature a presentation by Rima Girnius, Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art who will share insight about the significance of the tulip in Dutch culture, trade, and art. A native Lithuanian speaker and U.S. citizen, Girnius was raised in Munich and Prague before earning a bachelor’s in art history at Notre Dame and a Masters and Doctorate in Dutch painting at Bryn Mawr College. Prior to her work at The Nelson-Atkins, she was a curator at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Her favorite flower is the tulip. A box lunch will be served following the talk and after lunch, participants are invited to stroll the Kauffman Memorial Gardens with Duane Hoover, Kauffman Gardens horticulturalist.
COST: $35 (members less 10%)—(includes a box lunch)
LOCATION: Ewing and Marion Kauffman Foundation (4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110)
Hand Papermaking with Garden Plants
Saturday, April 7
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The key ingredient to creating handmade paper is an organic compound found in all plant based materials–cellulose. Although a component to all plant material, not all plant materials are suitable for papermaking. This day long hands-on workshop, presented in collaboration with the Kansas City Art Institute’s Fiber Department and School of Professional and Continuing Studies will provide participants with experience in identifying, growing, and collecting several local plants that can be incorporated into hand papermaking. Participants will also discuss the long history of papermaking, and create their very own pieces of paper using materials grown at Powell Gardens.
COST: $124 (members less 10%)—(includes a box lunch, tuition, and materials fee)
Fiber Bomb Art Installation | The Kansas City Art Institute
While natural colors are just beginning to emerge in early-spring, Powell Gardens will become a living canvas through a “Fiber Bomb” art installation designed and executed by students from the Fiber Department of The Kansas City Art Institute. Students will play off structures and plants found in the Gardens to create an outdoor masterpiece. On view, March 13-April 15.
44,000 Bulbs on the Visitor Center Lawn
On a cold, misty Saturday in late November, Powell Gardens’ staff and a handful of faithful volunteers armed themselves with rakes, bulb augers and bulb planters to continue work placing 44,000 flower bulbs in a sun-ray pattern on the large expanse of lawn behind the Visitor Education Center. Averaging over 500 bulbs per hour with five staff members and two volunteers, 4,250 bulbs were placed in a single day. In total, it took 14 full days of planting and 642 staff and volunteer hours until the final bulb was placed in the ground and the effect will offer a beautiful display of spring color in the Gardens. Mark your calendar to visit between mid-March and late-April to see this installation in all its glory.
The effort to “bring back the bulbs”, generously sponsored by Westlake Ace Hardware, is just one of many springtime activation that will give members and visitors more reasons to visit the Gardens from March 12 to April 15.