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.
Build a Grow Light Frame, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
Build a PVC frame to allow you to adjust the height of the grow lights. It is easy to take apart for storage. All tools and precut materials are provided. (Light fixture and fluorescent bulbs not included). The finished frame will measure 4 feet long and stand 2 feet tall when assembled.
$59/person, $52/memberRegister by Jan. 14.Eric Jackson
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Attracting Backyard Birds, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1
Learn how to attract an array of bird species by understanding basics from seed selection to providing water. Participants will mix and take home a batch of peanut butter-based suet sure to please the most discerning nuthatch. A laminated backyard bird identification guide with more than 100 species is also included.
$24/person, $19/memberRegister by Jan. 26.Eric Jackson See more details and register.
Honeybee Keeping—Traditional & Organic Approaches, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7
Hobbyist beekeepers across America keep bees for many reasons, from a scientific fascination with bee colonies to honey production and use. In this class you will 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.
$24/person, $20/memberRegister by Feb. 2.Hal Reidler See more details and register.
Handcrafted Chocolate Candies, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
Starting with organic cacao powder, cocoa butter and honey, you will mold dark chocolates to enjoy or to give as a gift. Add nuts, natural flavors, edible decorations or leave plain. While the candies set, you will discover what it takes to bring chocolate from pod to plate. You will leave with six hand-crafted chocolates, a gift box and a recipe card to make more.
$29/person, $22/memberRegister by Feb. 2.Eric Jackson
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Great Backyard Bird Count (a.m. and p.m. sessions) 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15
The morning session begins indoors and will focus on counting the birds that frequent our feeders around the Visitor Center. In the afternoon, hike of the Byron Shutz Nature Trial to count our more reclusive feathered friends. The fee includes either or both sessions; please register for each session you plan to attend. (Members can RSVP directly to Linda Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Bring a sack lunch as the cafe will be closed.
$8/adult, $3/youth (ages 5-12), Free/member (registration required)Register by Feb. 11.Alan Branhagen Register for the morning session and/or register for the afternoon hike.
Pruning for More Fruit, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28
Proper dormant season pruning is an essential part of managing disease and insects and improving fruit harvests. During this workshop you will learn the principles and techniques for dormant pruning of apples, peaches and grapes. This class will be outdoors with a hands-on pruning demonstration, so dress appropriately. Tools will be provided.
$29/person, $22/memberRegister by Feb. 23.Mark Gawron, Horticulturalist See more details and register.
The Art of Dormant Pruning, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7
Thoughtful removal of branches and limbs can be easy and encourages good growth in the spring. Classroom time is blended with hands-on time to teach you the basics of pruning, including proper technique, the optimal time to prune each plant and basic care for pruning tools. Part of the class will be outdoors, so dress appropriately. Tools will be provided.
$29/person, $22/memberRegister by March 2.Willie Hofstetter, Sr. Island Gardener See more details and register.
Garden Planning Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 14
Get the jump on the gardening season and plan your vegetable garden now. Learn when to plant your vegetables and how to keep your garden healthy. You will sketch garden design plans with expert advice and take home a collection of seeds. (This workshop is also perfect for teachers looking to revamp schoolyard gardens.)
$29/person, $24/memberRegister by March 9.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register.
Rain Barrel Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 21
Using rain barrels can be an easy, inexpensive way to have beautiful gardens all growing season. Learn how to use a rain barrel and make your own rain barrel to take home. Your rain barrel will be made with a 55-gallon barrel, so bring an appropriately sized vehicle to haul it home.
$67/project, $59/memberRegister by March 9.Stephanie Kemp See more details and register.
Zentangle’d Butterflies, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 21
Using butterflies as a focus, you will create six different butterflies using the zentangle drawing method. This class includes a PowerPoint presentation, handout, materials for hands-on practice and step-by-step instructions for several tangle patterns. After class, walk through the conservatory exhibit to see majestic Blue Morpho butterflies in flight.
$35/person, $29/memberRegister by March 16.Christine Shuck See more details and register. Growing Strawberries, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 21
Learn how to grow your own strawberries and discover ways to preserve the fruit of your labors. Sample homemade strawberry goodies. Learn easy recipes and instructions for making your own jam. Plus, receive 25 plants to start your strawberry patch. Part of the class will be outside, so dress accordingly. Gardening gloves are recommended.
$34/person, $27/memberRegister by March 9.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register.
Watercolor Workshop: Flowers & Butterflies, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Using fresh flowers, photos and preserved butterflies, learn to use watercolors to capture color temperature, control water and lead the brush. A supply list will be mailed after registration. For beginning painters, supplies are available to borrow for an extra fee of $5; please request when registering.
$69/person, $59/member (Add $5 for supplies to be furnished)Register by March 23.Diren He See more details and register.
Growing Asparagus, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 28
Come learn the proper techniques and conditions for growing your own healthy crop of asparagus. Planting and care tips are included. Take home six asparagus crowns, including a purple variety, and the knowledge you need for a successful asparagus patch.
$34/person, $27/memberRegister by March 16.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register. Basketry: Apples & Bows Basket, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Come make a delicious basket featuring red apples and green bow accents around the outside edge. This large basket is set on a 12-inch wooden, oval base and stands 10 inches deep plus a handle. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or a snack as the class will not break for lunch.
$54/person, $49/memberRegister by March 23.Sandy McCormick See more details and register.
Monster Terrarium, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11
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/memberRegister by April 6.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register.
Pastels Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18
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/memberRegister by April 13.Ellie Behrmann See more details and register.
Medicinal Uses of Herbs, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18
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/memberRegister by April 13.Regina Compernolle See more details and register.
Kefir: Culture and Use, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 25
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/memberRegister by April 20.Christine Shuck See more details and register.
Basketry: Flag Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25
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/memberRegister by April 20.Sandy McCormick See more details and register.
Plant an Herb Container, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25
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/memberRegister by April 13.Caitlin Bailey See more details and register. May
Herb-Infused Vinegars, Oils & Butters, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 2
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/memberRegister by April 27.Christine Shuck 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.