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. 


May 23 Horsing Around with Horseradish—The zing and aroma of the horseradish root are barely detectable until it's grated or ground and then watch out! Barb and her guest, Dale Dolash, will share recipes and samples. They will also be selling freshly ground horseradish.

May 30 The First Fruits of Summer—Strawberries 


June 6 The First Fruits of Summer—Strawberries 

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. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. they will demonstrate recipes featuring herbs grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Throughout the day you can sample Barb's purple basil 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).  

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  

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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