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.
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 seaberry or cornelian cherry? How about a Mexican sour gherkin or Armenian cucumber?
Stop by a 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 with nearly every visit to the nation's largest edible landscape.
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? Barbara Fetchenhier, Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter, will offer regular drop-in sessions in the Missouri Barn on most Saturdays from March 21 through early September. 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. The 2015 series kicks off on Sunday, May 24, with a demo by Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City. We will announce the full schedule in April. Learn more about the Garden Chef Series.
The 2014 Missouri Barn Dinner Series included six fantastic chefs who created one-night-only menus featuring ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The season included five barn dinners, including a live-fire dinner and a vegetarian dinner. Guest chefs included Joe Shirley, Craig Howard, Craig Jones, Ian Denney, Mickey Priolo and Rick Mullins. We will announce the 2015 Missouri Barn Dinner Series in April.
Under a Harvest Moon
Chefs Linda Duerr, The River Club's executive chef, and Leon Bahlmann, Cafe Trio's former executive chef, created an unforgettable menu for this farm-to-table dinner, which benefits children's educational programs in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The September dinner showcased the season's best flavors with ingredients from local farms and producers, including the nation's largest edible landscape—the Heartland Harvest Garden. Learn more about Under a Harvest Moon 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 »