Adult Classes at Powell Gardens

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.  

June Classes

July Classes

August Classes

 

April

Musical Solutions with Native Flutes, 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, April 25

 In this unique workshop, hear a presentation with Native American flutes and learn how healing this instrument can be. Experience musical solutions for common issues such as hypertension, depression and anxiety, and learn how music can help boost your immune system. Learn how different forms of music can bring enhance the mind-body connection for overall health. Begin the journey to inner well-being through musical solutions.

$25/person, $19/Members
Register by April 21.
Janalea Hoffmann 
  

This class is canceled.

 

Learn To Play the Native Flute, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 25

Receive your own beautiful 6-hole Navajo Pine flute in the key of A, great for playing both indoors and out. Upon registration, select "bear," "eagle," "turtle," "wolf," or "buffalo" totem design. Learn to imitate nature sounds and play melodies. No prior music knowledge needed.

$79/person, $72/Members
($36/person, $29/Member if bringing own flute)
Register by April 21.
Janalea Hoffmann 
 

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

 

Digital Photography in the Gardens, 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, April 26

Learn to take sharp, digital images of flowers to print and frame or to post on your social media outlets and blogs. Bring a digital camera and any equipment that goes with it including spare batteries and a memory card capable of holding 100 or more images. (Continue learning from the instructor at various locations throughout the gardens. Dress for outdoor exploration and wear walking shoes. A list of additional items to consider bringing will be sent upon registration. 

$24/person, $19/Members
Register by April 21.
Janet Bonsall
  
Call Linda for late registration options at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.

 

 May

Tough-As-Nails Succulent Dish Garden, 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2

These tough, drought-tolerant plants can take the heat as well as thrive in containers. Learn about top succulent selections for our area and plant your own beautiful succulent garden in an 18-inch dish. Members of Powell Gardens are invited to stick around after class and shop at the Members Only portion of the Spring Plant Sale starting at 5 p.m. 

$47/project, $39/Members 
Register by April 21.
Caitlin Bailey
   

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

 

 

Water-Wise Gardening, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 3 

Learn about drought tolerant plants and cultural strategies to minimize the watering needs of your landscape. Discover how to take advantage of natural microclimates and put the right plant in the right place. This class includes a lecture and tour to observe some of these plants and ideas in practice. Participants should wear walking shoes, sunglasses, and sun block. 

$19/person, $14/Members 
Register by April 28.
Caitlin Bailey

 

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Going Native with Perennials, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3

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 Whether you want to add a few perennials to your beds or plant your whole front yard in perennials, natives are the way to go. Learn which do well in shade or sun and which are for moist or for dry areas. The class will continue at the Annual Spring Plant Sale, where you can learn while you shop for native perennials with the guidance of the instructor.

$17/person, $12/Member
Register by April 28.
Marie Frye
 
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Watercolor Workshop with Diren He, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10

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Learn how to analyze and simplify shapes and forms. Through a series of demos you will see ways to capture color temperature, control water and lead the brush. Use fresh flowers and photos as references or bring your own photos of flowers or gardens. 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/Members (add $5 for supplies to be furnished)
Register by May 5.
Diren He
  
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It's Raining Barrels! 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 17

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Learn why and how to use a rain barrel. Plus, you will get to 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.

$62/project, $54/members
Register by May 12.
Stephanie Kemp
   

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Basketry: Lattice Market Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17

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Come craft a woven-bottom basket with a sturdy “D” handle for easy toting. The finished basket will measure 10 by 6 inches and stands 5 inches tall. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.
 
$39/person, $32/members
Register by May 12.
Sandy McCormick
    
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Build a Herb Garden Tower, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18

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Build a vertical herb tower that’s perfect for small spaces. Plus, plants are more accessible and watering is easy. All materials including potting mix, power tools, herbs and step-by-step care instructions. Bring garden gloves. The finished planter will measure about three feet tall.

$42/person, $37/members 
Register by May 12.
Eric Jackson 
    
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Healing Power of Nature Workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 31

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Discover the healing qualities of essential oils and 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/members (Add $10 to receive 5 CEUs)
Register by May 27.
Janalea Hoffman
   

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Naturalists of the Night Astronomy: The Fab Five, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31

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Five solar system planets will be visible this evening, including elusive Mercury. “Lord of the Rings” Saturn, viewable through much of summer, is a must see! Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. 

$10/adult, $6/members, $6/child ages 5-12
(Every 4th registrant is free)
Register by May 8.
Grant Miller and ASKC
   
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 June

Keeping Backyard Chickens, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 7

It’s the latest suburban adventure – keeping laying hens in your own backyard!  Come meet Ms. Crankyfoot and learn about the basics to good chicken care, their behaviors and benefits.Two half-dozen cartons of eggs will be given away in a drawing.

$27/person, $22/members 
Register by June 2.  
Christine Shuck
 
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Spice Up! The Herb Garden Container, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 7

Plant a zesty 18-inch herb container to “spice up” your patio garden with some Powell Gardens’ favorites.  Plus, take a guided tour of the herb gardens in the Heartland Harvest Garden, and learn tips and tricks for growing herbs. Tastes and samples will be included. Bring gardening gloves and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

$39/person, $32/members 
Register by June 2.  
Caitlin Bailey
 
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Terrarium: Jungle in a Jar, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 14

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Design your own “adventure-scape” in a chic terrarium. Plant and learn to care for your own 12-inch tall tropical terrarium. Materials provided include potting media, jars, plants and some decorative elements. Bring your own bobbles and trinkets if desired. Gardening gloves are recommended. 

$47/person, $42/members 
Register by June 9.  
Caitlin Bailey
 
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Basketry: Mini-Van Basket, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 14

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Make an 11-inch tall basket with a woven bottom and colorful, French randing through the middle. Complete with wooden side handles, the finished basket measures 6 by 10 inches. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.

$47/person, $39/members
Register by June 9.
Sandy McCormick
 
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Herbal Home Remedies, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21

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Learn to use poultices, compresses, soups and salves for overall health. You'll discover ways to preserve wild and cultivated herbs for future use. Class includes a short walk to identify and harvest herbs. Hands-on demonstrations, samples and handouts included. 

$39/person, $35/members 
Register by June 16.  
Regina Compernolle
    
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Honeybee Keeping 201, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 28

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 Learn how to install bees, use a bee smoker and how to 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/members
Register by June 23.
Hal Reidler
 
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Naturalists of the Night Astronomy: Eye Spy, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28

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With help, finding fabulous celestial objects such as Saturn, the Hercules Cluster, Ring Nebula and Wild Duck Cluster will be easy. Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.) 

$10/adult, $6/members, $6/child ages 5-12
(Every 4th registrant is free)
Register by June 26.
Grant Miller and ASKC
 
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 July

Musical Solutions with the Native Flute, 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, July 18

Learn how different forms of music can enhance the mind-body connection for overall health. Experience musical solutions for common issues such as hypertension, depression and anxiety, and learn how music can help boost your immune system. 

$25/person, $19/members
Register by July 14.
Janalea Hoffmann
     
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Learn to Play the Native Flute, 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, July 18

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/members
($36/person, $29/member if bringing own flute)
Register by July 14.
Janalea Hoffmann
  

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Watercolor Workshop: Sketch Techniques, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19

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Explore a calligraphic drawing method along with watercolor to achieve a looser look. Use watercolors, colored pencils, gold and silver accents, pen and ink to complete more than one sketch. All skill levels are welcome. 

$45/person, $39/members
Register by July 14.
Ellie Behrmann
   

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Cooking with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 19

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Learn how to grow and cook with herbs. Sample mint/black pekoe tea, tilapia with sage and prosciutto, rosemary cream biscuits served with thyme butter, basil cheese crisps, and lavender-honey ice cream. 

$34/person, $27/members 
Register by July 14.  
Christine Shuck
  
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Basketry: Sqaure Market Basket, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19

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Create a large, woven-bottom basket complete with a sturdy wooden handle. The finished basket will measure a generous 10 by 14 inches and stand 6 inches tall. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.

$44/person, $37/members
Register by July 14.
Sandy McCormick
  
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Powell Gardens' Annual Butterfly Count, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26

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The North American Butterfly Association annual butterfly count will begin at 9 a.m.  Participants will be divided into parties. At 1 p.m. there will be a 4-hour hike on the 3.25-mile nature trail to find butterflies restricted to the Gardens’ natural habitats. Attend any part and stay until close. Wear sun protection and hiking shoes, and bring a water bottle. 
Garden admission plus $3/participant
Register by July 23.
Alan Branhagen
   
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Evening with the Moths and More, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, July 26

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Start with a twilight hike of the Gardens and the 1.25 mile loop of the Byron Shutz Nature Trail to listen the calls of crepuscular (dawn and dusk active) insects and animals. Black-lighting and baiting techniques will be demonstrated to lure in a variety of nocturnal moth species. 
$9/person, $5/members
Register by July 21.
Alan Branhagen
  

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Naturalists of the Night Astronomy: By the Dark of the Moon, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, July 26

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Today’s new moon means good hunting for deep sky objects under Powell Gardens’ dark skies. Random meteors and man-made satellites should be easy hunting, too. Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.) 

$10/adult, $6/members, $6/child ages 5-12
(Every 4th registrant is free)
Register by July 24.
Grant Miller and ASKC
   
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 August

Raising Caterpillars at Home, 1-3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9

Learn how to raise and identify your own butterflies, about life cycles, predators and diseases that harm butterflies. Take home a caterpillar with everything you need to raise it to an adult butterfly. (Price includes Festival of Butterflies admission for one adult.)

$35/person, $27/members
Register by July 28.
Eric Perrette
     
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Herbs and Spices from Around the World, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Make several herbal blends to take home to season foods, and learn about the healing properties of the plants. We will prepare a fresh herbal mixture also. Discover where each plant is grown in the world, how it is harvested, and how to use them in foods you cook every day. Recipes will be provided.

$39/person, $32/members
Register by August 11.
Lynn Soulier
 

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Build an Indoor Waterfall Fountain, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

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Assemble a working waterfall fountain in a lightweight, 16-inch tall fiber-resin planter complete with pump, decorative rocks and maintenance instructions. Please indicate color choice of planter upon registration: Select from “charcoal,” “terra cotta,” or “bronze” coloration.

$79/person, $72/members 
Register by July 28.
Eric Jackson 
   
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Basketry: Country Wastebasket, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23

(Image not of actual basket)Weave a large basket measuring 6 by 11 inches and 12 inches tall. This is a woven-bottom basket with sturdy side handles each with a cutout of a house for easy grasping and carrying. All materials will be provided. Bring a sack lunch or snack as the class will not break for lunch.

$49/person, $42/members
Register by August 18.
Sandy McCormick
   
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Putting Up Peach Preserves, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23

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Preserve Missouri’s seasonal treats into luscious peach preserves. Tastes and samples included. Learn about Missouri peaches and water-bath canning basics. We will take a short walk to the Heartland Harvest Garden Peach Plaza while our preserves set. Take home one half-pint jar of peach preserves. 

$24/person, $17/members
Register by Aug 18.  
Caitlin Bailey
    
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Naturalists of the Night Astronomy: Treasures of the Triangle, 8-10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31

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We’ve got it all on this Sunday night event – crescents, craters, mountains and rings. Plus, all the treasures of the Summer Triangle including sapphire and gold Albireo and Ring Nebula will be in our scopes. Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. 

$10/adult, $6/members, $6/child ages 5-12
(Every 4th registrant is free)
Register by August 29.
Grant Miller and ASKC
   
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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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