Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule

All workshops are free!

Due to the renovation of KCCG’s conference room, Friday workshops in February, March and April will be held at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Please pay careful attention to the location of each workshop.

KCCG Office in Swope Park

6917 Kensington, KCMO 64132
When Time Workshop
February 27 (Monday) 6:00pm VEGETABLE GARDEN BASICS:This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including: site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting.
March 4 (Saturday) 10:30am PLANNING AND PLANTING YOUR SCHOOLYARD GARDEN: Designed for teachers or school staff who have or are planning to start a school garden, this workshop will cover the basic gardening knowledge needed for planning and planting your spring and summer school garden. Plant selection, tips for planting and garden management will all be discussed. We will also highlight ideas for fun garden activities and demonstrate garden-based lessons.
March 30 (Thursday) 5:00pm Hands-on Series #1- Spring Planting in the Garden
April 27 (Thursday) 6:00pm Hands-on Series #2- Summer Planting in the Garden
May 5 (Friday) 12:00pm VEGETABLE GARDEN BASICS: This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including: site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting.
May 19 (Friday) 12:00pm COOKING WITH SPRING'S GREENS: Everyone is talking about super foods - kale, collards and other leafy greens - but not everyone knows how to prepare them. Learn some easy and delicious recipes as well as how to put together simple salad dressings. We will focus on whatever produce is ready to harvest. Come ready to sample some delicious foods.
May 25 (Thursday) 6:00pm Hands-on Series #3- Watering in the Garden
June 2 (Friday) 12:00pm KEEP OUT! BEST PRACTICES FOR DETERRING ANIMAL PESTS: How do I keep the squirrels out of my tomatoes? Voles out of my sweet potatoes? Although there are no sure-fire solutions to keeping pesky pests out of your garden, this workshop will discuss best practices for deterring animal pests.
June 23 (Friday) 12:00pm FREEZE! YOUR GARDEN PRODUCE: Freezing is one of the easiest, cheapest and safest ways to preserve many crops harvested from your garden, including beans, peppers, tomatoes, collards and corn. Find out which of your garden’s crops store well in the freezer. We will demonstrate best methods for some of the most popular and abundant crops.
June 29 (Thursday) 6:00pm Hands-on Series #4- Insects in the Garden

Discovery Center

4750 Troost, KCMO 64110 – Nature’s Bounty Room
When Time Workshop
Feb. 17th (Friday) 12:00pm SELECTING AND PLANTING FRUIT TREES AND BERRY BUSHES: Add fruit to your garden or learn more about the best fruit varieties for our area. We will discuss the fruit plant varieties offered by KCCG as well as basic fruit planting techniques.
March 3 (Friday) 12:00pm FRUIT TREE CARE AND MAINTENANCE: Fruit trees can be incredibly rewarding, but it takes work to get that reward year after year. Learn pruning and pest management techniques and timing for fruit trees and berries to insure a bountiful harvest.
March 17 (Friday) 12:00pm KICK-START YOUR GARDEN: Planting Early Spring Crops: Give in to your spring gardening fever and get outside to plant a spring vegetable garden. Learn about selecting, planting and caring for vegetables that thrive in the cool spring weather.
April 7 (Friday) 12:00pm PLANNING YOUR PLOT FOR GARDEN SUCCESS: Find out how creating a planting plan for your garden can help you maximize garden space, get more of the vegetables that you love and save you time and money. KCCG has developed some great tools to help you create a garden plan and seed/plant list for spring, summer and fall.
April 21 (Friday) 12:00pm TOMATOES, PEPPERS AND SWEET POTATOES - OH MY! Are you overwhelmed by the number of tomato varieties available? Are you confused about heirloom tomatoes? Do your pepper plants not produce as many peppers as you would like? Are you disappointed when you dig up your sweet potatoes? Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

Independence Health Department:

515 S. Liberty St. Independence, MO 64050

Sign up for your 2017 KCCG membership from 4:30-6 pm before each of the following workshops:

When Time Workshop
March 13 (Monday) 6:00pm VEGETABLE GARDEN BASICS: This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including: site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting.
April 17 (Monday) 6:00pm TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND SWEET POTATOES - OH MY! Are you overwhelmed by the number of tomato varieties available? Are you confused about heirloom tomatoes? Do your pepper plants not produce as many peppers as you would like? Are you disappointed when you dig up your sweet potatoes? Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

Blue Hills Community Services:

5008 Prospect, KCMO 64130
When Time Workshop
March 16 (Thursday) 6:00pm RAISED BED GARDENING: Discover the many benefits of raised bed gardening. Learn which crops grow best in raised beds and how to plant in them for maximum efficiency.
April 17 (Monday) 6:00pm FRUIT TREE AND SMALL FRUIT MAINTENANCE: All fruit plants require some sort of maintenance, from pruning to thinning to pest management. Learn what to do, why to do it and when to do it. The site features peaches, apples, pears, Asian pears, bush cherries, raspberries and blackberries all planted in 2013. The workshop is recommended for those with young fruit trees. NOTE: This workshop will take place in Prospect Community Garden and Orchard on the west side of BHCS. Please park on Wabash.

Ivanhoe Community Center:

3700 Woodland, KCMO 64109
When Time Workshop
February 21 (Tuesday) 5:30pm KCCG MEMBERSHIP SIGN-UPS & PLANNING YOUR PLOT FOR GARDEN SUCCESS: Find out how creating a planting plan for your garden plot can help you maximize garden space, get more of the vegetables that you love and save you time and money. KCCG has developed some great tools to help you create a garden plan and seed/plant list for spring, summer and fall.
March 14 (Tuesday) 5:30pm KICK-START YOUR GARDEN: Planting Early Spring Crops: Give in to your spring gardening fever and get outside to plant a spring vegetable garden. Learn about selecting, planting and caring for vegetables that thrive in the cool spring weather.
May 9 (Tuesday) 5:30pm WHAT'S REALLY BUGGING YOU? INSECTS IN THE GARDEN: Do you ever wonder whether the insects in your garden are helping or harming your plants? Learn about the common insects found in our area so that you can identify garden pests as well as beneficial insects. We will also discuss how to control problem insects.
June 13 (Tuesday) 5:30pm COOKING WITH SPRING'S GREENS: Everyone is talking about super foods - kale, collards and other leafy greens - but not everyone knows how to prepare them. Come learn some easy and delicious recipes as well as how to put together simple salad dressings. We will focus on whatever produce is ready to harvest. Come ready to sample some delicious foods.

Rosedale Development Association

1403 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66103
When Time Workshop
March 9th (Thursday) 6-7:00 PM Planning Your Plot for Success: Find out how creating a planting plan for your garden plot can help you maximize garden space, get more of the vegetables that you love and save you time and money. KCCG has developed some great new tools to help you create a garden plan and shopping list for spring, summer and fall.