Spring Native Plant Workshops

Mark your calendars and save the date for native plant workshops in February and March!  Cosponsored by Kansas City Native Plant Initiative, the Missouri Department of Conservation and GrowNative!, the following free workshops take place at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.


Introduction to Native Landscaping: Native Plants for Novices

Tuesday, February 20, 6-8pm 
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 
4750 Troost Avenue

If you’re a new homeowner, beginning gardener or just “native-plant curious”- this is the workshop for you! We’ll cover the basics: importance of native plants in your garden, tried and true favorite species and simple garden templates you can try at home. Once you get your feet wet you’ll never look at your yard the same way again!


Stephen Van Rhein, Missouri Department of Conservation

William Roth Gibson, Green Thumb Gardens & Down To Earth Services

Courtney Masterson, University of Kansas & Native Lands LLC

Walk-in. No charge.


Native Plant Rain Gardens
Tuesday, March 6, 6-8pm 
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 
4750 Troost Avenue

Come and learn about a great way to deal with that water logged spot in your yard. Or do your part for better stormwater management. Or just create a special spot in your yard for more water tolerant plants. Rain gardens are great for the environment and a new way to garden. Learn all about creating a raingarden from placement to plants.  Presented in partnership with GrowNative!


David Dods, AECOM

Ayana Curran-Howes, Heartland Conservation Alliance

Walk-in.  No charge.

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Native Garden Maintenance

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8pm 
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 
4750 Troost Avenue

So now that you have a great native landscape how do you keep it looking nice? How is native landscape maintenance different from other gardening? Learn about all of the does and don’ts for maintaining your native garden.  Topics covered include: How will the landscape change over time? When to cut back dead heads?  Which plants can get an early trim to grow shorter? We’ll also discuss how easier maintenance begins with good design.  Presented in partnership with GrowNative!

Speakers TBA.

Walk-in.  No charge.



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