Date: September 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wander through pollinator and rain gardens loaded with native plants and learn how you can create your own at the Native Garden Transformation Tour.

The Resilient Activist event features an Armour Hills Neighborhood residential garden and native plant workshops from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Attendees will be able to see multiple stages of native garden growth, from a brand-new installation, growth through a summer season, and a well-established garden.

The front yard showcases a well-established rain garden designed and installed in 2006. The homeowner applied for the rain garden installation through Kansas City’s 10,000 Rain Gardens initiative to address the city’s stormwater and overflow control issues. The initiative, which is no longer available, was a public-private partnership, involving citizens, corporations, educators, nonprofit organizations and government agencies such as the Kansas City Water Services Department.

The backyard has a small garden of established native plants, while much of the garden area along the perimeter consists of a new design created by Courtney Masterson of Native Lands, LLC. Portions were planted in May and late August. Masterson will be available from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to answer questions and discuss her design.

The event also will feature local experts, Patti Ragsdale of Botanical Belonging, Kelly Daniels of the Blue River Forest Experience, and Hillary Noonan of Mad Hatter Compost Tea. Participants will be able to shop with local vendors, view Amy Lyn Sell’s chalk art, be part of a short video by Prairie Hollow Productions, and shop a silent auction of local art and other specialty items.

Purchase tickets in advance for $20 from The Resilient Activist. The price is $25 on the event day. The exact location will be provided with the ticket purchase. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 9.

All proceeds benefit The Resilient Activist, a non-profit organization that works to build resilience, optimism and hope in response to the impact of the climate crisis.


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