Get ready to be inspired and to learn something new at Powell Gardens. Call 816-697-2600 x209 or follow the link by each listing to register online. Many classes fill quickly, so sign up early to reserve your space. Registrations made after the posted registration deadline incur a $5 late fee.
Herbarium Practicum, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30 & 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 20
In part one you will take a guided tour of our Norlan C. Henderson Herbarium and particiapte in a guided hike to the Byron Shutz Nature Trail to identify and collect plants. Learn how to press, dry and voucher each as a permanent record of our native flora. In part two you will learn how to mount, glue, record and file your collected, pressed plants to take home or file as permanent additions to the Norlan C. Henderson Herbarium.
$37/person, $32/memberRegister by May 18.Marie Frye
This class is canceled.
Watercolor with Diren He, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 30
Practice techniques to capture color temperature, control water and lead the brush. Use fresh flowers and photos or bring your own photos of flowers or gardens. A supply list will be mailed after registration. Beginning painters can borrow supplies for an extra fee of $5; please request when registering.
$69/person, $59/member (add $5 to borrow supplies)Register by May 26.Diren He See more details and register.
Backyard Chicken Keeping, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6
It’s the latest suburban adventure – keeping laying hens in your own backyard! Come and meet our favorite hen, Little Miss Crankyfoot, and learn about the basics of good chicken care, behaviors and benefits. Four half-dozen cartons of eggs will be given away in a drawing.
$37/person, $32/memberRegister by June 1.Christine Shuck See more details and register.
Healing Properties of Essential Oils, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, June 12
Learn how specific oils help alleviate certain ailments. Discover the chemical properties of essential oils that make them anti-tumoral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and more. Sample different oils and discover how each are used around the world. Treat yourself to a sample of ice cream flavored with essential oils.
$29/person, $24/memberRegister by June 10.Janalea Hoffman See more details and register.
Learn to Play the Native Flute, 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, June 12
Learn to play your own beautiful 6-hole Navajo Pine flute in the key of A. Select bear, eagle, turtle, wolf or buffalo totem design. Learn to imitate nature sounds and play melodies. No prior music knowledge necessary.
$79/person, $72/member ($36/person, $29/member if bringing own flute)Register by June 10.Janalea Hoffman See more details and register.
Tree Walk: Union Cemetery, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 14 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)
Union Cemetery dates back to 1849 and is an unexpected greenspace of spectacular trees with a backdrop of high rises at Crown Center and downtown to the north. Meet at the main entrance of Union Cemetery and dress accordingly for walking about 2 miles.
Free to members of Powell Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native!,$5/non-membersRegister by June 10.Alan Branhagen
This session is full.
Painting with the Sun, (TIME/DATE CHANGE) 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 20
In this hands-on class, you will use botanical elements and solar-activated dye to create unique designs on fabric. Create a solar-dyed canvas tote bag in class. You may bring one cotton shirt to dye, as well (white or light colored, recommended). Wear walking shoes and dress for messy creativity.
$29/person, $22/memberRegister by June 15.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register.
Make Your Own Fairy Home, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 20
Learn how to create a fairy house out of ordinary household objects and a few craft supplies. Make and take a fanciful fairy house to place in your fairy garden. Leave with the inspiration and imagination to make more.
$39/person, $34/memberRegister by June 15.Christine Shuck
See more details and register.
Honeybee Keeping 201, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 20
Learn how to install bees, use a bee smoker and maintain the hive. Discover the proper way to inspect a hive and how to identify and treat common diseases. Find out how to extract honey and how to store your “liquid gold.” Come even if you missed Honeybee Keeping 101. We will take a half-hour lunch break.
$24/person, $20/memberRegister by June 15.Hal Reidler See more details and register.
Astronomy: Our Solar System, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20
This evening will be perfect to introduce you to your astronomical “neighborhood” – the moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. See how good they look magnified 50 to 200 times. You will see mountains, craters, shadows, rings, belts and more.(Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.)
Each session $10/adult, $6/member, $6/child ages 5-12(Every fourth registrant is free.)Register by June 18.Grant Miller & ASKC See more details and register.
Basketry: Pastry Basket, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27
Learn to do feathering while weaving a festive, pastry basket. The completed basket will measure 9 inches by 4 inches and stand 4 inches tall. Two swing handles finish the basket. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.
$42/person, $35/memberRegister by June 22.Sandy McCormick See more details and register.
July and August
Healing Herbs in the Kitchen, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11
Discover how to fortify your diet by cooking with herbs. Take a walk in the garden to identify and harvest culinary herbs and return to the kitchen to taste examples of healing food.
$42/person, $37/memberRegister by July 7.Regina Compernolle See more details and register.
Quick and Tasty Herbal Jam, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 18
Learn how to make three tasty jams using herbs and fresh or frozen fruit without pectin. Help make one of the three recipes in class. Choices include raspberry with hints of cardamom, lavender-peach with vanilla, or double-mint blueberry. Taste them all and take a half-pint sample of one flavor and recipes to make all three at home.
$39/person, $34/memberRegister by July 13.Christine Shuck See more details and register.
Astronomy: Triple Conjunction, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18
Three solar system bodies are gathered close together this evening for you to view. Plus the “Lord of the Rings,” Saturn, is at its best viewing. See its magnificent ring system tilted at 24 degrees. You’ll also get an update on the New Horizons mission to Pluto. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.)
Each session $10/adult, $6/member, $6/child ages 5-12(Every fourth registrant is free.)Register by July 16.Grant Miller & ASKC See more details and register.
Healing Power of Nature Workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 24
Discover the healing qualities of essential oils, common weeds and more. Time will be spent in nature practicing what you have learned. The program is approved for 5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) valid in both Kansas and Missouri by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
$59/person, $52/member (Add $10 to receive 5 CEUs)Register by July 20.Janalea Hoffman See more details and register.
Annual Butterfly Count, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 25
At 9 a.m. participants will be divided into guided groups. At 1 p.m. there will be a 4-hour hike on the 3.25-mile Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Attend either or both parts. Wear sun protection and hiking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Call Linda to RSVP at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.
Garden admission plus $3/participantRegister by July 22.Alan Branhagen See more details and register.
Basketry: Petite Apple Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 25
Come craft a round, woven-bottom basket with a 5-inch diameter and 5-inch height. A stencil strip, red-colored reeds and a wrapped handle finish the basket. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.
$39/person, $32/memberRegister by July 20.Sandy McCormick See more details and register.
The Gardens at Twilight, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, July 25
Join Alan Branhagen and Missouri Master Naturalists for a twilight hike of the Gardens and the 1.25-mile loop of the Byron Shutz Nature Trail to listen to the calls early evening insects and animals. They will demonstrate blacklighting and baiting techniques to lure in nocturnal moth species.
$12/person, $7/memberRegister by July 22.Alan Branhagen & Missouri Master Naturalists See more details and register.
Watercolor Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15
Learn a pouring technique and build confidence with masking and brush work. There will be demonstrations and individual instruction. Learn how to bring out the background using negative spaces along with positive rendering. A supply list will be mailed upon registration.
$45/person, $37/memberRegister by Aug. 10.Ellie Behrmann See more details and register.
Astronomy: Treasures of the Triangle, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15
The Summer Triangle is in good position for viewing the Ring Nebula, the Double-Double, the Coat-hanger and two “movie stars”. See if you can spot the very young, very thin moon this evening. You may even catch a few late Perseid meteors. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.)
Each session $10/adult, $6/member, $6/child ages 5-12(Every fourth registrant is free.)Register by Aug. 13.Grant Miller & ASKC
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Zentangle: River Rock, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 22
Learn how Zentangle can help you focus, expand artistic abilities you didn’t know you had, and create beautiful art in the process. Use a new Zentangle pattern, and combine it with other patterns to create your own unique Zentangle-inspired river rock.
$39/person, $34/memberRegister by Aug. 17.Christine Shuck See more details and register.
Tree Walk: Burr Oak Woods, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)
Burr Oak Woods has arguably the best local diversity of wild native trees. The hike will be more than 2 miles on well-maintained trails. Meet at the parking lot at the west end of the park road as the Burr Oak's visitor center is closed on Sundays.
Free to members of Powell Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native!,$5/non-membersRegister by Aug. 19.Alan Branhagen See more details and register.
Save The Date!
Super-Moon Total-Lunar Eclipse, 6:45-10:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27
Two great astronomical events converge into one spectacular evening — a large, super moon and a total lunar eclipse. Either of these events is breathtaking viewed singularlyImagine how special it will be to see both in one evening! Powell Gardens is perfectly located to enjoy this natural sky show of celestial mechanics. This is the last eclipse of the recent ‘tetrad’ of lunar eclipses.
Each session$10/Adult, $6/members, $6/child ages 5-12(Every fourth registrant is free.)Register by Sept. 24.Grant Miller and ASKC See more details and register.
Forest Hill dates back to 1888 and is known for its beautiful sugar maples which should be nearing peak fall color. It contains the area champion blackgum, cucumber tree magnolia, a classic vase-shaped American elm that defies Dutch elm disease, white ash and chestnut oak. Meet at the main entrance of Forest Hill Cemetery.
Free to members of Powell Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native!,$5/non-membersRegister by Oct. 21.Alan Branhagen See more details and register.
Powell Gardens takes registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure your space in the program. Advance registration is required for all classes. You will receive confirmation of your enrollment via email after you complete your registration.
Four Easy Ways to Register
- Online: Sign in to our site and register online with the link included on each class listing. If you do not already have an account with us, create one here (New accounts are processed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.). MEMBERS: Log in to get your member discount!
- By mail: Print and fill out the registration form for the classes you wish to take and mail the form with a check or money order made payable to Powell Gardens or fill out the credit card number if paying by VISA, American Express, MasterCard or DISCOVER. Please include expiration date on all credit card payments. Mail to Attn: Class Registration, Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061.
- By fax: Fill out the registration form, complete the payment section with a VISA, American Express, MasterCard or DISCOVER card number, and fax completed form to 816-697-2619. Please include expiration date on all credit card payments.
- By telephone: Call 816-697-2600 x209. Payment may be made using a VISA, American Express, MasterCard or DISCOVER number. Please have all information on hand when you call. Members need to have your Member ID on hand. Member ID numbers are located on the back of your membership card.
Refund policy: A 100 percent refund will be given if the request is made 24 hours before the registration deadline. No refunds will be made after the class takes place or after the enrollment deadline. However, in most instances, your fees can be applied to a future class.