Enjoy the Heartland Harvest Garden with all five senses! Every time you visit the nation's largest edible landscape, we hope you taste, smell or learn something new. Here are some of the opportunities awaiting you this season.
How long has it been since you had a sweet, juicy strawberry, crunchy snow pea or vine-ripened tomato? Have you tried a seaberry or Mexican sour gherkin? Stop by the Missouri Barn Tasting Station (open late May to early October) to sample what's growing in the Heartland Harvest Garden. With more than 2,000 food plants, you'll find something different nearly every visit!
Fresh Bites with Barb the Gardener
Ever wished you could talk with one of Powell Gardens' horticulturists or get some free hands-on coaching about edible gardening or cooking from the garden? Barbara Fetchenhier, Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter, offers regular drop-in sessions at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Barn on most Saturdays from mid-March through late August. Learn more about Fresh Bites.
Garden Chef Series
Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Attend our Garden Chef Series cooking demonstrations and discover new ways to use fresh ingredients. Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City, kicks off the series at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29. See the complete schedule at powellgardens.org/chefs.
Missouri Barn Dinner Series
We have some great dinners lined up for you this year. Space is limited. Prepaid reservations are required ($100/person per dinner or $80/members of Powell Gardens). Click each dinner for details and to reserve a seat:
- Sunday, May 29: Laura and Tim Tuohy, Owners of Kansas City Canning Co.
- Sunday, June 26: Martin Woods, Executive Chef with the PB&J Restaurant Group
- Sunday, July 10: Rick Mullins and Mickey Priolo, Chefs/Partners at SOIL Collective
- Sunday, August 14: Joe West, Executive Chef/Co-owner of Komatsu Ramen and Kusshi
- Sunday, September 11: Live-Fire Dinner with Craig Jones, Food Network's Grill Mayor and Owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts
- Sunday, September 25: John Smith, former Executive Chef at 801 Fish and Pig & Finch
- Sunday, October 9: Boulevard Brewing Co. Beer Dinner: Calvin Davis, Chef/Partner at SOIL Collective
Under a Harvest Moon: A Farm-to-Table Dinner Fundraiser
Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City will create an incredible menu for this September 18 dinner, which benefits children's educational programs at Powell Gardens. The farm-to-table dinner will showcase the season's best flavors with ingredients from local farms and producers, including the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation's largest edible landscape. Prepaid registration required. Reserve your seat at powellgardens.org/HarvestMoon.
Wassailing Celebration and Winter Feast
In mid-January, we will sing to the health of the Garden's apple trees, imbibe some "ole recipe wassail" and enjoy a winter feast. Visit powellgardens.org/wassailing for details.
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 »