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Conference Tours

We are busily planning optional tours which will showcase Overland Park, the Kansas City metropolitan regions and the state of Kansas in all its uniqueness and diversity.

If you’ve never been to our area of the country, you may be surprised to learn:

• Our city and metro region lie within a transition zone where the North American eastern deciduous forests meet the tall grass prairie.

• Metro Kansas City is in zone 6a & 6b. It is lush with a canopy of trees, gently rolling hills, gardens and beautiful green spaces.

• Travel 30-90 minutes west from the city and see the landscape change into the vast openness of the prairie and rich farmland.

We are currently planning an exciting line-up of tours from June 17 through 21. We will post the exact schedule closer to November 2022 when registration opens.

Plan to arrive in Overland Park Saturday, June 17, 2023, to begin your conference experience. Saturday’s highlight will be an all-day private tour of stellar gardens rarely open to the public.

Local and regional tours begin the morning of June 18th. The activities will fill up quickly. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest conference news including tours and workshop details and the exact date November registration opens. Then, be ready with your can’t-miss list when registration opens in November. Additional fees apply. Follows are short summaries to tempt you. Stay tuned for additional details coming soon.

Amber Waves: Two Days in the Kansas Heartland. (overnight tour link)

Gardens, Roofs and Prairies in the Little Apple; K-State gardens and rooftop gardens, Konza prairie and dinner at a ranch.

Petals, Vines and Wines; the Monet Garden; and two wineries with a chef curated dinner.

Tour of Private Gardens…Beauty, Elegance and Inspiration; a tour of 6 private gardens in the KC Metro area.

Escape to Eastern Kansas, Where Delightful Gardens Abound; 2 private gardens, Ward-Meade Park and Lake Shawnee Gardens.

Pockets of Opportunity, an Urban Farm Tour; a great farm tour of urban farms in Kansas City.

Preserving the Future: Monarchs, Wetlands and Prairies; Baker Wetlands, Monarch Watch, Douglas County demo gardens and Rockefeller prairie.

Nelson-Atkins Museum: Experience Gardens Through Art; a tour of the sculpture garden, Art in Bloom, and inside tour and a visit to the Kauffman Gardens and Anita Gorman native gardens.

Midtown Gardens: From Prim and Proper to Wild and Woolly; Shawnee Indian Mission gardens, Loose Park rose garden, Kauffman Gardens and Anita Gorman native gardens.

Educating the Gardener in You; Overland Park Arboretum, Back Yard Garden and the K-State Research facility and Kill Creek Prairie.

KC Arts and Architecture Tour; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Union Station, 18 Broadway Pantry Garden, Zahner Manufacturing.

A Relaxing Outing: Behind the Scenes at Boulevard Brewery; the title says it all.

Workshops

Participate in optional workshops that offer creative, hands on or interactive learning activities that range from photography to leadership training.

Coming Soon, our lineup of workshops.

Evening Activities

Cap off your day participating with friends, new and old, in optional evening activities that will be entertaining and relaxing.

Coming Soon, our evening activities.

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