Powell Gardens is offering free admission to all on Earth Day, April 22, and they have a full day of activities planned. It's a great opportunity to explore Kansas City's botanical garden to gather sustainable gardening ideas, get tips on how to choose plants that help the planet's ecosystem and learn ways to cook with garden fresh ingredients.
While supplies last, take home a tree seedling (one per party.) The seedling giveaways are part of Powell Gardens' new Legacy Tree Program, designed to help preserve some of the region's best tree species for future generations.
Learn more about the trees in our area during a Trees 101 presentation, plus enter a drawing for a rain barrel. Here's the schedule:
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Coloring station, hosted by Maureen Carroll, author of The Tree Who Walked Through Time, a tree identification book for children.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Reimagined: The Art of Upcycling display; and Cork pirate ship make-and-take project (while supplies last.)
• 9:45-10:30 a.m.: Guided tour of the Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation's largest edible landscape.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Eco-friendly seed planting pot make-and-take project.
• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Cooking demonstration by Chef Lisa Burgess and culinary arts students from the Career & Technology Center at Fort Osage.
• 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Storytelling with Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, presented by Dawnna Morris; and Cafe Thyme is open for lunch.
• 1-1:45 p.m.: Guided tour.
• 2-2:45 p.m.: Trees 101, presented by Sarah Crowder, Program Manager for Bridging the Gap's Heartland Tree Alliance.
• 3-3:45 p.m.: Guided tour.
For details, visit powellgardens.org/EarthDay or call 816-697-2600.