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 mid-March through 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. Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Kansas City, will kick off the 2016 series on Sunday, May 29. We will post the complete 2016 schedule this spring at

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 (sold out); 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 (sold out). Learn more about the Missouri Barn Dinner Series

Under a Harvest Moon

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

Wassailing Celebration and Winter Feast

On January 16, we will sing to the health of the Garden's apple trees, imbibe some "ole recipe wassail" and enjoy a winter feast! Visit for details.

Valentine's Day Dinner

Join us on Valentine's Day for an elegant evening of food, wine and music. Enjoy the Winter Romance conservatory exhibit and a multi-course dinner with wine served fireside in the Grand Hall by Chefs Pamela Infranca and Ellen Knapp. Prepaid reservations are required. Visit to learn more.


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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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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