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.  

May Classes

June Classes

July & August Classes

 April

Monster Terrarium, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

Plant and learn to care for your own carnivorous “monster” terrarium. Materials provided include potting media, jars, plants and some decorative elements. Bring your own bobbles and trinkets to jazz up your creation. Figurines in the 1- to 3-inch-tall range will work great. Gardening gloves are recommended.

$49/person, $42/member
Register by April 6.
Caitlin Bailey
 
Call Linda for late registration options at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.

 

 

Pastels Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (DATE CHANGE) Saturday, April 11

geocaching Pastels were a favorite media of the masters like Degas. Come learn how to use this medium through demonstrations and individual instruction. Soft pastels (not oil pastels) will be used in this class. All levels of experience from beginner to expert are welcome. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

$44/person, $37/member
Register by April 6.
Ellie Behrmann
 
This class is canceled. 
 

 

Medicinal Uses of Herbs, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18

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Discover which “weeds” in your yard are edible and medicinal. Learn how to preserve collected herbs and how to use poultices, compresses, tinctures and teas for overall good health. We'll take a short walk to identify and gather herbs and make a healing salve from our harvest. Hands-on demonstrations, samples and handouts included.

$39/person, $34/member
Register by April 13.
Regina Compernolle
 

Call Linda for late registration options at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.

  
 

Tree Walk: Mount Washington Cemetery, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)

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Mount Washington Cemetery dates to 1900 and lies on loess covered hills near the Missouri River supporting one of the richest diversity of trees in the region. (No facilities are provided.  There is a gas station nearby on Winner Road just east of I-435.) This is NOT at Powell Gardens. Meet at the main entrance of Mount Washington Cemetery at 614 S. Brookside Ave., Independence, Missouri. Dress accordingly for walking about 2 miles. You must register/RSVP to attend.

Free/Powell Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation, and Grow Native! members.$5/non-membersRegister by April 15.  
Alan Branhagen
 

This class is full. Contact Linda to be placed on the waiting list at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.

 

 

Kefir: Culture and Use, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 25

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Have you heard of kefir and wondered how it is cultured and how it works? Come learn techniques for culturing milk kefir and taste test a kefir smoothie. Plus, you will take home your own kefir grains to culture. Health benefits and recipes that include uses for kefir cheese and whey will be included.

$39/person, $34/member
Register by April 20.
Christine Shuck
 
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Basketry: Flag Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25

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Whether you display the flag basket during Memorial Day or Independence Day or all year long, it’s the perfect size for hanging on a door, setting on a mantle or displaying on a shelf. It measures 7 inches long by 2 inches deep and stands 5 inches tall. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or a snack as the class will not break for lunch.

$34/person, $27/member
Register by April 20.
Sandy McCormick
 
This class is full.  

 

 

Plant an Herb Container, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25

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Plant your own 18-inch container garden with a selection of annual and perennial herbs that will supply savory flavors for your cooking pleasure. You will also learn about caring for your herb planter and how to use herbs. Weather permitting, we will tour the herb plantings of the Heartland Harvest Garden.

$44/person, $37/member
Register by April 13.
Caitlin Bailey
 
Call Linda for late registration options at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.   
 
 

 May

Herb-Infused Vinegars, Oils & Butters, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 2

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Using herbs, fruits and more, you will learn how to make flavorful infusions and how to use them in recipes. Learn about the fresh herbs you can grow, harvest and use to accent your cooking in new ways. Taste several infusions and leave with a sample, recipes and preparation suggestions.

$35/person, $29/member
Register by April 27.
Christine Shuck
 
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Healing Properties of Essential Oils, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by May 13.
Janalea Hoffman
 
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Basketry: Crabby Apple, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16

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Come make a spunky, woven-bottom basket measuring 8 inches long, 5 inches wide and 5 inches tall. The completed basket will sport a wire and wood handle and wooden apple adornments. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.

$39/person, $32/member
Register by May 11.
Sandy McCormick
 
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Learn to Play the Native Flute, 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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 May 13.
Janalea Hoffman
 
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Astronomy: Dark Sky Delight! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

With no moonlight to interfere, the Gardens’ dark skies will be perfect tonight for viewing planets, star clusters, constellations, moons of other planets, galaxies, shooting stars 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 May 14.
Grant Miller & ASKC
 
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Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17

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Using a wine bottle and copper wire, create a hanging hummingbird feeder that discourages other birds from feeding from it. Time permitting, we will sit in the hummingbird garden and watch the flying antics at the nectar feeders and flowers.

$29/person, $22/member
Register by May 11.
Eric Jackson
 
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Herbarium Practicum, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30 & 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 20

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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/member
Register by May 18.
Marie Frye
 
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Watercolor with Diren He, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 30

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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
 
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June

Backyard Chicken Keeping, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6

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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/member
Register by June 1.
Christine Shuck
 
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Healing Properties of Essential Oils, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, June 12

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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/member
Register by June 10.
Janalea Hoffman
 
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Learn to Play the Native Flute, 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, June 12

geocaching

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
 
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Painting with the Sun, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 13

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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/member
Register by June 8.
Caitlin Bailey
 
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Tree Walk: Union Cemetery, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 14 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)

(Image not of actual basket) 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-members
Register by June 10.
Alan Branhagen
 

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Make Your Own Fairy Home, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 20

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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/member
Register by June 15.
Christine Shuck
 

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Honeybee Keeping 201, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 20

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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/member
Register by June 15.
Hal Reidler
 
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Astronomy: Our Solar System, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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
 
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Basketry: Pastry Basket, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27

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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/member
Register by June 22.
Sandy McCormick
 
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 July and August

Healing Herbs in the Kitchen, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by July 7.
Regina Compernolle
 
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Quick and Tasty Herbal Jam, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 18

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by July 13.
Christine Shuck
 
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Astronomy: Triple Conjunction, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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
 
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Healing Power of Nature Workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 24

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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
 
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Annual Butterfly Count, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/participant
Register by July 22.
Alan Branhagen
 
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Basketry: Petite Apple Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 25

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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/member
Register by July 20.
Sandy McCormick
 
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The Gardens at Twilight, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by July 22.
Alan Branhagen & Missouri Master Naturalists
 
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Watercolor Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by Aug. 10.
Ellie Behrmann
 
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Astronomy: Treasures of the Triangle, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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

Cherokee purple tomatoes and other heirloom tomatoes

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/member
Register by Aug. 17.
Christine Shuck
 
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Tree Walk: Burr Oak Woods, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)

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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-members
Register by Aug. 19.
Alan Branhagen
 
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Save The Date!

Super-Moon Total-Lunar Eclipse, 6:45-10:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27

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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
 
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Tree Walk: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 (Sponsored By Powell Gardens and Grow Native!)

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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-members
Register by Oct. 21.
Alan Branhagen
 
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Registration

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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

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