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 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on most Saturdays from mid-March through August. Here's a look at what's coming up:

August 20: Spice Up Your Life!

Join Barb and her guest Grace Radillo to explore the vibrant, garden-fresh flavors of Mexico. Sample a flavorful roasted salsa made with colorful peppers and onions grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden, and learn about the herb papalo (sometimes called summer cilantro).

August 27: No Fresh Bites today

Barb has the day off today, but Dino O'Dell will be here to entertain the kids with "Dinosaurs and Dragonflies" at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Barn!

September 3: Patriotic Pasta 

It's Booms & Blooms Festival Day, and Barb is creating a colorful gnocchi for the occasion! She will use red, white and blue potatoes grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden to make the gnocchi, and top it with fresh pesto. This is why we love Barb! Stop by for a sample. (Included with festival admission.) 

October 2: Taste the Fall Harvest 

Stop by from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to sample what Barb has created using ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden! (Included with festival admission to the Harvest Celebration & Antique Tractor Show.) 






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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Visit the Heartland Harvest Garden on Sunday afternoons to learn how to cook from the garden! 

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