Nature Hike with Alan Branhagen, 1-4 p.m. Sunday Jan. 22

Winter Hike

Discover the beauty of the winter landscape during this invigorating hike, led by Horticulture Director Alan Branhagen, along the 3.25-mile Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Participants must be able to walk nearly four miles over mulched and mowed terrains. We recommend wearing waterproof footwear and bringing binoculars. This is a great time of year for birdwatching! 

$15/nonmember, $13/member
Register by Jan. 19
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Native Plant School: Plant Propagation with Elliott Duemler, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday Jan. 28

 Learn a variety of techniques for propagating native plants from division and from cuttings. Through a series of presentations and hands-on work, you'll learn the basics of seed and vegetation propagation, checking seed viability, seed sowing and transplanting, plant divisions and cuttings, as well as the ethics and values that inform responsible propagation and collecting techniques. This class is suitable for all levels - from the professional looking to brush up on their skills to the home gardener interested in taking their hobby to the next level. Dress to get dirty!

$45/nonmember, $39/member
Register by Jan. 18 
Please note: This class is full. To be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations, send an email to or call 816-697-2600 ext. 306.


Prudent Pruning: Fruit Trees with Mark Gawron, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday Feb. 11

Come spend the morning in the Heartland Harvest Garden learning the basics of pruning for fruit production. Throughout the morning, get real-time, hands-on experience as Mark and other HHG gardeners lead this immersive workshop. Our gardeners will share with you the best approach for pruning peaches, apples, grapes, blackberries and blueberries, so you can get the most out of your own garden. Bring your gloves!

We invite you to stay for the afternoon session (1-4 p.m.) all about pruning ornamental trees. Those who register for both sessions may also purchase a lunch. In addition, you can pre-order pruning tools recommended by our gardeners.

Single class: $45/nonmember, $39/member
Both classes: $85/nonmember, $70/member
Lunch (optional): $10
Pruners (optional): $39, Folding Saw (optional)
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Prudent Pruning: Ornamental Trees with Willie Hofstetter, 1-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 11

Attend this session for a confidence boost! Learn all you need to know for proper pruning of your favorite small trees and shrubs.You'll get a well-rounded look at all things pruning, including the best time of year to prune, the best recommended horticulturally sound techniques, and even basic tool care. This class will be a mix of classroom and hands-on learning, so dress comfortably and bring your best work gloves!

You are also invited to attend the morning session all about pruning fruit trees. Those who register for both sessions may also choose to purchase a lunch catered by the Gardens. In addition, you may also opt to purchase pruning tools recommended by our gardeners.

Single class: $45/nonmember, $39/member; Both classes: $85/nonmember, $70/member
Lunch $10 (optional): Pruners $39 (optional):, Folding Saw (optional): TBA  Register here.


Forever Evergreens with Alan Branhagen & Gabe Perry, 9-10 a.m./10:15-11:15 a.m./11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 11

Enrich your landscape with conifers that thrive in Greater Kansas City gardens. This three-part program will provide a full exploration of our favorite evergreens. In Conifers I, we'll introduce you to the most common and easiest-to-grow; Conifers II covers intermediate and more advanced varieties; and Conifers III will consist of a guided walking tour of our American Conifer Society reference garden as well as a special opportunity to see and learn about Alan Branhagen's private conifer collection. Pick and choose the sessions you'd most like to attend, or join us for a whole morning of evergreen education.

9-10 a.m. Conifers I
10:15-11:15 Conifers II
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Conifers III
$15/nonmember, $13/member for single session, $28/$24 for two sessions, $43/$37 for all three sessions.
 Register here.



Great Backyard Bird Count and Bird Hike with Alan Branhagen, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19

Photo of cardinals by Alan Branhagen

Take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a national survey of bird populations. Be part of a team that identifies and counts the wealth of birds that frequent the Gardens. The morning session will keep you cozy in the Visitor Center, where teams will focus on counting the birds visiting the feeders surrounding the building. In the afternoon, Alan will lead a birding hike on the Byrobn Shutz Nature Trail in search of more elusive species. 

Fee includes one or both sessions, but please register for each session you plan to attend, so we can track attendance.
$15/nonmember, $13/member. 
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Cleaning Green and Mean with Barbara Fetchenhier, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Feb. 25

Learn how to make your home shine with cleaners made from herbal formulas. Recipes, samples and take-home cleaners for the dishwasher, laundry and basic housecleaning included. Bring two pint jars for take home samples.

$56/member, $65/non-member

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Honeybee Keeping 101: Traditional & Organic Approaches with Hal Reidler, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25

Learn the basics of beginning beekeeping, including traditional and organic approaches, equipment needed, where to obtain bees, how to manage bees and how to harvest the honey. Bring a sack lunch

$62/member, $70/non-member

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Square Plaid Tissue Basket with Cathy Sylvester, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25

Weave this striking plaid basket just the right size to hold a swuare tissue box. Some weaving experience is preferred as this basket emphasizes shaping skills with a tight weave. Students need to bring a towel, screw driver and sack lunch as we will work through lunch.

$36/member, $43/non/member
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The "I Wish I Was a Gardener" Gardener with Cassie Doolittle, 9 a.m-1 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 28 or Saturday March 4

Bee on iris

 For those new to gardening and not sure where to begin, this workshop will point you in the right direction. Reserve a kit os plants to get you started and pick them up at the Spring Plant Sale in May!

$52/member, $60/non-member add lunch for an additional $10 and we'll take care of the work!
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The Busy Gardener with Ania Wiatr, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday March 8 or Saturday March 11

Perfect for those who want a garden but have little time to care for one, this class will focus on hardy flora that needs minimal care and attention. Reserve a kit of plants to get you started and pick them up at the Spring Plant Sale in May!

$39/member, $45/non-member
Register here.





The "I Wish I had a Palm Tree" Gardener with Brent Tucker, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday March 11

 Join our resident tropical plant expert, horticulturist Brent Tucker, in our warm tropical greenhouse to learn how to care for tropical plants in the winter. Park in the staff parking area and look for directional signs to the greenhouse.

 $39/member, $45/non-member
 Register here.





 Hot Potatoes: If You Dig 'Em, Grow 'Em with Barb Fetchenier, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday March 18

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about potatoes but were afraid to ask! You'll learn how to grow potatoes organically, which varieties perform best in our area, insects and diseases to watch for and tricks and tips for producing high yields. Several unique varieties will be available for purchase.

$26/member, $30/non-member for this single class
$59/member, $68/non-member for this class and Butter Up! in the afternoon
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Judy's Rustic Tote Basket with Sandy McCormick, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday March 18

Weave this great tote featuring a wooden bottom, woven seagrass and reed and leather handles. Bring a sack lunch as class will not break for lunch.

$55/member, $62/non-member
This class is full. Please email to be placed on the waiting list:





 Butter Up! Creamery Butter and Sour Cream with Barb Fetchenier, 1-3 p.m. Saturday March 18

The perfect complement to your hot potato! We will make fresh creamery butter AND sour cream including some herbal and citrus varieties.

$35/member, $40/non-member for this single class or
$59/member, $68/non-member for this class and Hot Potato class in the morning
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Nature Hike with Alan Branhagen, 1-4 p.m. Sunday March 19

 Experience Mother Nature's rhythms of change as you hike the Byron Shutz Nature Trail with naturalist and Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen.

$13/member, $15/non-member
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Backyard Chicken Keeping with Jeff and Barb Fetchenhier, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Saturday April 8

Learn the ins and outs of raising your own poultry flock, including Guinea hen, from chicken wranglers Jeff and Barb Fetchenhier. Discover everything you need to know to get started and keep your girls happy. 


$39/member, $45/non-member
Register here. 





Mt. Washington Cemetry Tree Walk with Alan Branhagen, 1-3 p.m. Thursday April 20

This historic cemeetery was designed by George Kessler in 1900 and contains the finest collection of mature trees of any of the major historic cemeteries in the metro.

$13/member, $15/non-member

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Powell Gardens Tree Walk with Alan Branhagen, 1-3 p.m. Sunday April 23

This walk will focus on ornamental and native trees around the Visitor Center Terrace Gardens and the Dogwood and Magnolia walks. See the best of the many varieties of dogwoods and magnolias to inspire your own landscape.

$13/member, $15/non-member
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Hearts and Hues Basket with Sandy McCormick, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday April 29

Make this woven basket with wire handles and rainbow color accents in the center. The basket measures 4 inches high, 7 inches wide and 10 inches long. Bring snacks or lunch as class will not break for lunch.

$40/member, $47/non-member
This class is full. Please email to be placed on the waiting list:






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

  1. 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! 
  2. 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.
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  4. By telephone:  Call 816-697-2600 x306. 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. Click here to read our refund policy in full.


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