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.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29: Spuds Unearthed!
Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier (AKA Barb the Gardener) shares tips for planting a successful potato crop. Learn the best varieties to plant and how to 'chit' potatoes. Seed potatoes will be available for purchase. And don't miss these Spuds Unearthed day activities just for kids:
- Make a Living Potato Head, 1-4 p.m.
- Storytelling with Amelia Bedelia (Dawnna Morris), 2-2:30 p.m.
In April, Barb will offer demos on herbal paneer, potatoes, asparagus and bamboo shoots, and Missouri's native bees. April sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates. Please check back for topics closer to April.
- Saturday, April 5
- Saturday, April 12
- Saturday, April 19: Earth Day Celebration— See Barb's upcycling exhibit and build a mason bee house to take home (offered all day)
- Saturday, April 26
May's topics include spring salads, herb walk & taste, Missouri's native mushrooms and fresh salad dressings. Fresh Bites will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates. Please check back for topics closer to May. (Note: Fresh Bites will not be offered on Saturday, May 3.)
- Saturday, May 10
- Saturday, May 17
- Saturday, May 24
- Saturday, May 31
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 or join her for Watch Your Dinner Grow, a weekly workshop starting in May. 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 over 15 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 »