Local Food and Gardening Events

Local Food and Gardening Events

Wondering what’s happening with local food? On the hunt for the perfect native perennial? Look no further! We’ve got your roundup of local plant sales, workshops, and programs to keep you learning and growing! Also, be sure to check the Grassland Heritage Foundation's calendar of regional environmental events for more great local food and gardening events in our area. 


On-going

Yard Waste Collection: 2019
The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division picks up residential yard waste year-round, weather permitting, excluding holidays. For more information, click here, call 832-3032 or email solidwaste@lawrenceks.org.

City of Lawrence Compost Facility: March- mid-December
The City’s Wood Recovery and Compost Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street will be open to the public on Saturdays, from March 9th through mid-December, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Residents may purchase compost or woodchips (self-load only, bring a shovel). Cost: $10 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks). Cash only.
  • Residents may drop off brush and yard waste. Cost is $5 per pickup load.

For more information, visit https://lawrenceks.org/swm/lawntreeprunings/.


January

Soil Health Event: January 16, 2019, 8:30 AM-4 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Flory Meeting Hall, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Join the Douglas County Conservation District for our 2nd annual Soil Health event featuring noted agricultural and soil health consultant Neal Kinsey. Please RSVP to hold your seat: Email douglasccd1@gmail.com or call 785-843-4260, ext. 3.

The History of Master Gardeners in Kansas: January 19, 2019, 9-11:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by Dr. Chuck Marr, Professor Emeritus, K-State. Meeting & Activity Fair at 9am. Presentation from 10:30-11:30am. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.


February

Community Meal--Spaghetti Lunch: February 2, 2019, 11:30 AM-1 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Sunrise will be serving spaghetti, both veggie (bean) and meatballs, salad, bread, desserts and drinks. Suggested donation is $0-$6, give what you can. All are welcome, regardless of ability to financially contribute. Come out and be part of the Sunrise community! RSVPs help us plan so please click HERE to sign up!

Winter Pruning Workshop: February 2, 2019, 12-3 PM
Lawrence Community Orchard, 830 Garfield St., Lawrence, KS
Learn the basics of winter pruning in order to increase fruit tree health and productivity in this hands-on workshop. You must RSVP with your name and phone number to reserve a place in the workshop; email lawrencefruittreeproject@gmail.com to RSVP.

Seed Starting: February 7, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to start your own seeds and what seeds work best to start indoors. FREE, but Seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785)842-3081.

Kaw Valley Seed Fair: February 9, 2019, 9 AM – 3 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
The Seed Fair features a seed exchange, educational exhibits and a raffle for various gardening-related prizes.

Fertilizer 101: February 14, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn what those numbers on a bag of fertilizer mean and what works best for different types of plants. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Propagation Workshop: February 16, 2019, 10-11 AM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Certified horticultural therapist Nancy Harness will teach the basics of propagating common houseplants. Each participant will leave the workshop with a potted plant to take home. All ages welcome! Suggested donation: $0-$10, give what you can. All are welcome, regardless of ability to donate. RSVP here.

LPL Seed Library Launch and CSA Meet and Greet: February 16, 2019, 3–5 PM
Lawrence Public Library Atrium, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS
Back for its 5th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. This year's launch features our CSA Meet and Greet: Come meet local farmers and learn about your options for supporting local agriculture! 

Thai Fresh Spring Rolls: February 18, 2019, 6-7:30 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Curious about rice papers and spring rolls? Join Sam Byer for a hands-on spring roll class where participants will chop, stuff and roll their own Thai fresh spring rolls. Donation suggested, but all are welcome, regardless of ability to donate! RSVP here

TBA: February 20, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by the African Violet Club. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.

Native Plants for a Resilient Kansas: February 20, 2019, 7-8:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS
Join experts Betsy Betros, Dr. Liz Koziol and Kim Bellemere in a discussion of native plants and how they provide resilient resources to wildlife (and us) in the face of change. Free event hosted by the Kaw Valley Plant Coalition and moderated by ecologist Courtney Masterson, of Native Lands LLC.

Vegetable Gardening--Planning, Prep, Care: February 21, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn what it takes to make a garden great, from the planning stages to getting a bed ready for winter. We will walk you through an entire garden year whether it be vegetables or flowers. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Houseplants: February 23, 2019, 10:30-11:30 AM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn the basics to have a great looking houseplants. Topics include plant selection, light requirements, fertilizing and watering. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

If We Build It, Will They Come: Can Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction Restore Native Bee Communities? February 25, 2019, 7 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1245 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS
Join the Jayhawk Audubon Society and the Grassland Heritage Foundation for a presentation by Dr. Kathy Denning about the diversity and importance of native bees in Kansas and her study investigating whether tallgrass prairie reconstruction can restore communities of native bees. Email grasslandheritage@gmail.com for more information.

Vegetable Gardening--Cold Crops: February 28, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
How to grow cold season vegetables (think broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, potatoes, kale). 4-5 different cold season vegetables to be discussed, depending on a vote from the workshop attendees. Free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.


March

Kids Cook! Get Ready for Spring! March 1, 2019, 11 AM-1 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Youth in grades 3-5 are invited to roll up their sleeves and make some homemade food at Sunrise! In this hands-on workshop kids will make Camp Fire Mac and Cheese, Springy Veggie Salad and Five Minute Cookies. Donation suggested, but all are welcome regardless of ability to donate. RSVP required.

Sunrise Community Meal: March 2, 2019, 11:30 AM-1 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Join us for lunch!! Sunrise will be serving tacos, chicken, beef & bean options, desserts and drinks. Suggested donation is $0-$6 – give what you can, but please join us even if you cannot financially contribute! Please RSVP so we know how much to prepare: E-mail melissa@sunriseprojectks.org. Join us regardless!

Beekeeping Class 2019: March 3 & 10, 2019
Interested in getting started with honey bees and beekeeping? This course covers bee equipment, bee biology and anatomy, starting your first hive, products of the hive, bee friendly vegetation, and many other honey bee related subjects. For more information, visit www.nekba.org.

Compost 101--Beginning a Compost Pile at Home: March 7, 2019, 12-1 PM
Solid Waste Annex North facility, 320 NE Industrial Lane< Lawrence, KS
Offered by the City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division, the goal of this class is to provide attendees with enough basic knowledge on composting to begin a project on their own. It will cover both backyard composting and vermicomposting (with worms). The class is free and open to the public, but there is limited space available. To enroll, complete the online class registration form.

Vegetable Gardening--Summer Crops: March 7, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
How to grow summer vegetables. 4-5 different summer vegetables to be discussed (think peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers, squash), depending on a vote from the workshop attendees. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening: March 9, 2019, 10:30-11:30 AM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to start a simple and manageable vegetable garden. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Houseplants with Clinton Parkway Nursery: March 12, 2019, 7-8 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS
Bring the outside inside! Come learn all about house plants with our friends from Clinton Parkway Nursery. Registration required.

Growing the Perfect Tomato: March 14, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to grow a great tomato whether it be a cherry or a beefsteak, in the ground, or in a container. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Plants for Dyeing Textiles: March 16, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by a panel of Extension Master Gardeners. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.

Kids Cook! Go Green Leprechaun Lunch! March 16, 2019, 11 AM-1 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Youth in grades K through 2nd are invited to Sunrise for some hands-on cooking! We’ll be making a green-themed lunch and will sit down and enjoy our meal together. Drop off! Donation suggested, but all are welcome, regardless of ability to donate. RSVP required.

Beekeeping Basics with NEKBA: March 19, 2019, 7-8 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS
Learn all about beekeeping with the Northeast Kansas Beekeepers Association!

Growing and Storing Herbs: March 21, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to grow and store your herbs.
FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Building a Raised Bed: March 23, 2019, 10:30-11:30 AM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to build a simple wooden raised bed as well as what media to put in it for maximum results. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Pruning Fruit Trees: March 28, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to prune cherries, apples, peaches and pears for fruit production. This workshop will be held outdoors with a demonstration (weather permitting). FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Dig In! March 30, 2019, 12-3 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Share good food, gardening, music and a ribbon cutting for our accessible garden beds. Click here for a complete timeline of the day's events.


April

Caring for Roses: April 4, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to care for your roses; when and how to prune, fertilize, and general care. This workshop will be held outdoors with a demonstration (weather permitting). FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Sunrise Project Plant Sale: April 6, 2019, 9 AM-2 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Native and non-native garden plants.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers: April 11, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn how to grow vegetables in containers. What veggies work best. What soil to use and how to care for them to maximize production. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Lawrence Farmers' Market Opening Day: April 13, 2019, 7:30-11:30 AM
824 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS

Trees to Control Water Erosion: April 17, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by Dr. Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry, K-State. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.

Creating a Pollinator Garden: April 18, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Learn what it takes to create a garden that the bees and butterflies will love. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081.

Sunrise Project Plant Sale: April 20, 2019, 9 AM-2 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Native and non-native garden plants.

Earth Day Celebration: April 20, 2019
Lawrence's annual Earth Day celebration in South Park features live music, yoga, local food vendors, environmental exhibits and children’s activities. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more. Click here for more information!


May

Just Cook @ Your Library: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-7:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS
Learn to cook a healthy meal for around $2 a serving in this 4-part series. Prepare your own dinner alongside Just Food's trained professionals and then stay to enjoy your meal. There will be a different recipe every week! Adults, teens, parents and kids welcome. Registration required.

Monarch Watch Plant Sale and Open House: May 11, 2019, 8 AM-2 PM
Foley Hall, 2021 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS
For more information, go to www.monarchwatch.org/openhouse/

Grassland Heritage Foundation Native Plant Sale: May 18, 2019, 9 AM-1 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS

Water Gardening: May 18, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.


June

2019 NEKBA Bee Funday: June 1, 2019, 7:30 AM-6 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence
Enjoy a day of workshops, a keynote speaker, a swarm demo, lunch and honey ice cream. For more information, visit www.nekba.org.

Douglas County Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale: June 1, 9 AM-2:30 PM
Extension Office, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS

Drip, Soaker or Sprinkler, How Should I Water? June 5, 2019, 6-7 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Not sure of the best watering method for you? We will talk about the pros and cons of the big “3”: drip irrigation, soaker hoses and sprinklers. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 from mid-May to the end of September.

Creating an English Garden on the Prairie: June 19, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by Cynthia Gills. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.


July

Summer Perennials: July 3, 2019, 6-7 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
We will discuss some of our favorite sun and shade perennials for summer. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 from mid-May to the end of September.

Victory Gardens: July 20, 2019, 10-11:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by Sherri Thomas, Johnson County Extension Master Gardener. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.


August

Fall Vegetable Gardening: August 7, 2019, 6-7 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
A whole new season of vegetable garden awaits this fall. Learn what you can plant this fall. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 from mid-May to the end of September.


September

Lawn Care 101: September 4, 2019, 6-7 PM
Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Time to start thinking lawn renovation and fall fertilizing. Get a hands on demonstration on how to reseed, best mowing practices, and fertilizing. FREE, but seating is limited, so please RSVP either by clicking on “going” or call (785) 842-3081. This workshop in held in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Clinton Parkway Nursery which runs each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 from mid-May to the end of September.

Garden Tour Successes: September 21, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.


October

2019 Kaw Valley Farm Tour: First full weekend in October
Explore the diversity of local agriculture through tours of a wide variety of farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and wineries. Click here for more information.

Spiders of Kansas: October 16, 2019, 10-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Presented by Hank Guarisco, Kansas Academy of Sciences. Contact the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for more information: Email mastergardeners@douglas-county.com or call 785-843-7058.

Mother Earth News Fair: October 19 & 20, 2019
Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS
Dozens of practical workshops and demonstrations from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more! Click here for more information.

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