Culinary Adventures

The Heartland Harvest Garden is meant to be enjoyed with all five senses. Every time you visit we hope you taste, smell or learn something new. Here are some of the opportunities awaiting you this season.

Tasting Stations

Tasting Station Volunteer

How long has it been since you had a sweet, juicy strawberry, crunchy snow pea or tomato that ripened on the vine to peak flavor? Have you tried a Mexican sour gherkin or Armenian cucumber?

Stop by a Tasting Station (from 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 with nearly every visit.

Fresh Bites

Ever wished you could talk with one of Powell Gardens' star horticulturists or get some free hands-on coaching about edible gardening or cooking from the garden? In 2014, Barbara Fetchenhier will offer regular drop-in sessions in the Missouri Barn at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on most Saturdays through October 4. Learn more.

Garden Chef Series 

Discover new ways to use fresh ingredients by attending our Garden Chef Series cooking demos on most Sundays from mid-May to early October in the Missouri Barn. Demos are included with admission to the Gardens. Don't miss our next demo at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club. She will focus on fall flavors from the Heartland Harvest Garden. See the complete Garden Chef Series schedule here.    

Barn Dinners

The 2014 Missouri Barn Dinner Series includes six fantastic chefs who will create one-night-only menus featuring ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden. This season includes five barn dinners, including two firsts for the series: a live-fire dinner on June 29, which has sold out, and a vegetarian dinner on July 20, which is also sold out. Guest chefs include Joe Shirley, Craig Howard, Craig Jones, Ian Denney, Mickey Priolo and Rick Mullins. Learn more here.

Wine Tastings

Check back for details on upcoming tastings. 

Under a Harvest Moon

Chefs Linda Duerr, The River Club's executive chef, and Leon Bahlmann, Cafe Trio's former executive chef, are planning an unforgettable menu for this farm-to-table dinner, which benefits children's educational programs in the Heartland Harvest Garden. They will showcase the season's best flavors with ingredients from local farms and producers, including the nation's largest edible landscape—the Heartland Harvest Garden. Under a Harvest Moon takes place on September 21, 2014. Tickets and more information are available here.


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 »


Carter Holton-Garden Chef Series 1

Visit the Heartland Harvest Garden at 2 p.m. most Sundays to learn how to cook from the garden!

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

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