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The Heartland Harvest Garden


Welcome to America’s premier edible landscape—where every tree, shrub, flower and groundcover is part of the story of where our food comes from. In the heartland of America, this signature garden captures the spirit of Kansas City. Here, our rich soils and prime farmland make agriculture a shining star.

Seasonal display beds inspire home gardeners and chefs to discover new color, creativity, and plants with each visit. Four season food productions is on display in the Seed to Plate Greenhouse and Potager Menu Garden.

There are several unique displays within the Heartland Harvest Garden. Make sure to visit the Apple Cider Court, Vineyard, Native Edge, Quilt Garden, All-American Selection Garden, and Children’s Garden.



The Journey of Food from Seed to Plate

From seed to plate, the Heartland Harvest Garden is an adventure in learning in a garden designed to satisfy all the senses.  As you explore the fruits and vegetables, grains and nuts and so much more you may often find yourself saying, “Oh that’s the plant where that (food) comes from!”

You will see a wide range of edible varieties from heirloom and modern to even some plants on trial for the future. The Heartland Harvest Garden focuses on the sense of taste. Taste tests are often made available through pop-up visitor tasting stations and special events. The produce, herbs, and other edibles from this garden are used for our special events, eaten by staff and volunteers, or donated to the community. In 2021, check out the The Marketplace or reFresh for opportunities to purchase fresh organically grown produce during your visit.

A visit to the Missouri Barn’s silo observation deck is a must, where you can overlook the whole garden and see its quilt patterns.

Heartland Harvest Garden Highlights