Toka Plums in the Heartland Harvest Garden


Fresh Bites are seasonal demos covering a number of topics from growing edibles to upcycling. Reservations are not needed and visitors of all ages are welcome. Barb kicks off the 2015 season on March 21 with an afternoon session on potato planting (see below for details). Fresh Bites takes place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on most Saturdays through early September.

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

Hot Potatoes: If You Dig Them, Grow Them! 

Barb will tell you everything you need to grow tasty tubers at home. She will also have a great assortment of seed potatoes available for sale. Barb offers Hot Potatoes at 2 p.m. on three Saturdays: March 21, March 28 and April 4. 

Fresh Bites takes place in the open-air Missouri Barn and is included with admission. 

April and May

Sessions are held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

April 18 Get Your Buzz On—Missouri's Native Bees

April 22 Earth Day Upcycling Display (Admission is free on Wednesday, April 22, in honor of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day!) 

April 25 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Earth Day Upcycling Display

May 2 A Taste of Spring

May 9 Dressing in the Garden—Fresh Salads and Dressings!

May 16 Horsing Around with Horseradish


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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Experience the tastes of the Heartland Harvest Garden with our 'Fresh Bites' programs.

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