Category: Home & Garden

Parks department’s trees program open for fall orders

The Raytown Parks and Recreation Department is now taking orders for the fall portion of its “Trees for Raytown” program, which aims to provide residents with ornamental or shade trees. The parks department boasts multiple benefits for planting such trees, among them are: shade, wildlife habitat, energy conservation, fall color, and noise reduction. Ornamental trees…

MDC offers free course on spring planting

With spring planting season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting a free course on native plants for landscaping at 9:30 a.m. April 16 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. The walk-in course is open to all ages. Visitors can view the extensive plantings in the discovery center’s outdoor garden.…

Home revitalized in Raytown neighborhood

By Kris CollinsWhat would have been an empty lot between homes in the 8000 block of Elm Avenue is now a renovated home, ready to be sold and occupied. The city of Raytown and Builders Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that aims to rebuild communities, partnered to salvage the once abandoned home headed toward demolition.…

Raytown Parks offers ‘Trees for Raytown’

They Raytown Parks and Recreation Department is starting up the spring cycle of Tree for Raytown program, which offers residents trees for shade, wildlife habitat, energy conservation and noise reduction. Trees available through the program this spring are: Ornamental trees — Flowering crabapple in red, white or pink; fruitless crabapple, red bud and white or…

Mo. Conservation offers tips for native plants prone to frost flowers

Icy blooms, often called frost flowers, are appearing this winter at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Frozen, twisted ribbons of ice arose on the lower stems of white crownbeard, a native wildflower planted in the center’s outdoor garden. Good soil moisture and cold temperatures have produces the frost flowers. Only a few plants in…

Couple grows gardening passion into Independence urban garden

Farmer Vendor of the week

Our farm is Precious Petals & Pepper Berries Urban Farm, located at 105 North Rogers St. in Independence. This is the first year of our business expansion with the farm. In the next three years we will be able to see our dreams and goals come together at our Pepper Berry Urban Farm. Gardening, cooking,…


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The Raytown Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Boulevard.  The program will be “Learning to Create Flower Show Designs” presented by Jeanette Bartles, Master Judge and Master Gardener.  Visitors are always welcome.  Please call 816-257-0049 for more information.

18th Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour and Lunch, June 16

Shepherds Center of Raytown

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown will host its annual garden tour and lunch on June 16, 2015. Tickets for the garden tour are $10. The tours are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lunch will be served for $7 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Raytown Christian Church, 6108…

Raytown Garden Club June Meeting

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The Raytown Garden Club will meet Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 10:00a.m. at Raytown Christian church, 6108 Blue Ridge Boulevard. The program will be “Preparing Horticulture for a Flower Show” that will be presented by Stephanie Dareing, Master Gardener. Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Volunteers Dig New Life Into Rice Gardens

The garden plots at the Rice-Tremonti Home are being restored and replanted this spring, thanks in large part to a couple of new member volunteers – David Wilson of Raytown and Linda Thomas of Liberty. Dave is heading up a new effort to create a vegetable garden in back and Linda has recently renovated the…

Raytown Garden Club Meeting, May 5

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The Raytown Garden Club will have its meeting on May 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd. The program will be “Growing Orchids & Other Exotics” presented by Iva Stribling, Master Gardener and Orchid Society member. Visitors are welcome.

Raytown Garden Club Annual Spring Plant & Bake Sale

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Raytown Garden Club will have its annual Spring Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. to noon at Cave Spring Interpretative Center, 8701 E. Gregory, Raytown. The sale will feature a variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables, as well as homemade baked goods. Garden club members will be available to answer your…

South Middle Growing Future Gardeners

(Raytown, Missouri) Raytown South Middle School students are mimicking the moves of local gardeners, as they once again break ground in their school garden. Initially started with funding from a Raytown Educational Foundation Grant in 2011, by sponsors Heather Reardon and Kevin Easley, the garden is now into its fourth year and several hundred students…

Rice-Tremonti Starting Sophie White Garden and Orchard

Rice-Tremonti Home

The Friends of Rice-Tremonti Home are starting a garden club to support the vegetable garden and orchard on the property.  The vegetable garden and orchard is being named to honor Raytown historical character and former slave of the property, Sophie White.   The garden will be named the Sophie White Garden and Orchard in her honor…

Raytown Garden Club Meeting

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RAYTOWN GARDEN CLUB APRIL MEETING The Raytown Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., at Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Boulevard. The April program will be “Birdscaping Your Yard” presented by Ed Reece, owner of Wild Bird House, Overland Park, KS. Visitors are welcome.

Raytown Garden Club Spring Launch

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Raytown Garden Club Meeting to be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at the Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd. The program will be “Planning and Planting Your Garden” presented by Jim and Vicky Hart, Master Gardeners. Refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome.

Raytown Garden Club Flower Show 2014

Petite Floral Designs

By M. A. MonninYou might think just roses when the term Flower Show comes to mind, but there were far more than roses to view at the Raytown Garden Club Standard Flower Show held August 2nd at the Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church. The show, entitled “The Music Box”, was free and open to the public…

Public Invited to Flower Show

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By Charlene FarrellThe Music Box, a standard flower show presented by the Raytown Garden Club is free and open to the public from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO. The show is open to all members of Raytown Garden Club…

Containers Expand Gardening Potential

This container garden in front of the Raytown branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is maintained by the Raytown Garden Club. Photo by Charlene Farrell

Lack of space is no longer an excuse not to garden. Container gardening is all the rage. Elevating the growing area makes it easier for people with movement issues, so anyone can do it. Following these simple steps will allow you to have color and beauty wherever you want. Choose your location, container and plants…