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 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.

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? 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. See the 2015 Garden Chef Series schedule

Missouri Barn Dinners

Join us for an evening of food and drink in the open-air Missouri Barn. Guest chefs include Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's on June 14; Rick Mullins, Chef at Gram & Dun on July 19 (sold out); Craig Jones, Food Network's Grill Mayor and Owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts on September 12 (sold out); and John Smith, Executive Chef at Pig & Finch on October 11. Learn more about the Missouri Barn Dinner Series

Under a Harvest Moon

Ryan Brazeal, chef/owner at Novel in Kansas City, Mo., will create an incredible menu for this farm-to-table dinner, which benefits children's educational programs in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The September 20 dinner 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. 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 »


Carter Holton-Garden Chef Series 1

Visit the Heartland Harvest Garden on Sunday afternoons to learn how to cook from the garden! 

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

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