Toka Plums in the Heartland Harvest Garden


Fresh Bites are seasonal demos covering a number of topics from growing edibles to upcycling. The demonstrations are included with Garden admission. Reservations are not needed and visitors of all ages are welcome.

Barb is a fantastic cook, and many of her sessions focus on cooking with ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation's largest edible landscape. See some of Barb's favorite recipes

Fresh Bites takes place in the open-air Missouri Barn at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on most Saturdays through early September. 


June 6 Strawberries—The First Fruits of Spring—Those fresh strawberries are so good that Barb is offering this session twice this spring. Stop by to sample her 'Strawberry Cheesecake Freeze' and get some tips for growing strawberries in your home garden.  

June 13 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Herbal Makers Market: Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group members will be selling herbs and herbal products from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Missouri Barn. Throughout the day you can sample Barb's mint lemonade, herb-infused teas and basil cookies (thank you to Craig Howard, Chef/Owner at Howard's in Kansas City, Mo., for the cookie recipe). There will also be demonstrations using herbs: 

  • 10 a.m. How To Make Tinctures and Salves by Dotty Sharp, Owner of Smoky Hills Farm in Drexel, Mo. 
  • 11 a.m. Medicinal Teas by Lynn Soulier, President of Gardens of Delight in Parkville, Mo., and member of the Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group
  • 1 p.m. Herb Walk & Talk with Barb the Gardener (Meet at the Missouri Barn.)
  • 2 p.m. Medicinal Teas by Lynn Soulier 

June 20 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Buzz: A Celebration of Pollinators in the Garden:

  • 11 a.m. Be Your Own Beekeeper! Barb the Gardener will talk about how to attract and keep native bees in your garden. 
  • 2 p.m. Cooking with Honey, presented by 2015 Missouri Honey Queen Erin Mullins  

June 27 No Fresh Bites today


July 4 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Allium Family Tree—Barb will talk garlic, onions, shallots and leeks, which add tremendous flavor to recipes. She will also prepare a fresh pesto, using garlic and basil from the Heartland Harvest Garden.    

July 11 One session only: 2 p.m. Chef Patrick Parmentier, Program Director at L'Ecole Culinaire in Kansas City, Mo. 

July 18 One session only: 2 p.m. Terra Health and Wellness Market joins Barb for this afternoon's demo! Please check back for details. 

July 25 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please check back for today's topic. 


Meet Your Instructor

Barbara Fetchenhier (pictured to the left) has a passion for growing edibles of all types. As the Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter, she gets to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors. Drop by one of Barbara's Fresh Bites sessions. Even the most frustrated gardener will gain new excitement for growing edibles after spending time with her!

Barbara, who has been with the Gardens for nearly 20 years, was previously the fruits and nuts gardener in the Heartland Harvest Garden. She and her husband Jeff run the 20-acre Fetchen' Honey Farm, which produces eggs, honey, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. Barbara is a Johnson County, Missouri, Master Gardener. Her spectacular farm was featured on the group's Garden Tour in 2012.

Did you know? Powell Gardens has 7,000 varieties of permanent plants on display. No matter the season, this is a great place to see an inordinate variety of plants in the landscape and take home ideas you can use. See our Gardening Resources »


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