Toka Plums in the Heartland Harvest Garden

Fresh Bites from the Heartland Harvest Garden

Fresh Bites are seasonal demos covering a number of topics from growing edibles to upcycling. Reservations are not needed. The sessions are held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on most Saturdays (late March through early October) in the Missouri Barn and are great for visitors of all ages. 

April and May 

Fresh Bites will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates. (Note: Fresh Bites will not be offered on Saturday, May 24.) 

  • Saturday, April 26: Rootin', Shootin' Asparagus 
  • Saturday, May 3: Rootin', Shootin' Asparagus 
  • Saturday, May 10: The Zing of Spring — Horseradish and Rhubarb 
  • Saturday, May 17: Get Your Buzz On — Missouri's Native Bees
  • Saturday, May 31: TBA


Save the date for Buzz: A Celebration of Honeybees on Saturday, June 21. Meet beekeepers from the Midwestern Beekeepers Association, see an observation hive, try on beekeeping suits, do the bee dance, learn about foods pollinated by bees, take home recipes and find out how you can protect these valuable pollinators. It's part of National Pollinator Week, which runs June 16-23.

And don't miss these activities: 

  • StoneLion Puppets present Backyard Buggin', 10:30-11 a.m. 
  • Midwestern Beekeepers Association Presentation, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn about honey plants, the decline of honeybees and what it takes to be a beekeeper. 
  • Mead Tasting with 7 C's Winery and Meadery, 2-4 p.m. ($5/five samples; 21 and older) 7 C's, which is located in Walnut Grove, Mo., is one of a few Missouri producers of mead, an alcoholic beverage made of fermented honey and water. 

All Buzz activities (except the mead tasting) are included with admission to the Gardens.

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 more than 16 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 at 2 p.m. most Sundays to learn how to cook from the garden!

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