Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 4:30-6:00pm: Mingle with native plant professionals in Kansas City. Unwind after work at this informal native plant happy hour co-hosted by Grow Native! and Bridging the Gap. Connect with Grow Native! native plant professionals who can answer your questions about native plants, and about how to use natives to create beautiful and functional gardens and landscapes. Native plant professionals, such as growers, designers, land care service providers, and other professionals with native plant expertise will be present. This event is free but registration is required. Register online at grownative.org or call 636-303-7418. Bridging the Gap is at 1427 West 9th Street, Suite 202, Kansas City, MO.

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 8:30am-2:30pm: Kaw Valley Seed Fair in Lawrence. For the love of seeds! It’s that time of year again. Visit Botanical Belonging’s booth at the 14th Annual Seed Fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This is a great place to meet people devoted to sustainability and biodiversity in our Kaw Valley region. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Please bring your saved seeds or packaged seeds to share at our exchange tables. We typically have envelopes available but bringing your own is a great idea as we sometimes run out. Bring containers, envelopes, or baggies to donate especially if you do not have seeds to share, it is much appreciated. Sharing is exactly what makes this event a great success every year! Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS. Visit their website.


Join us at the Farm for a workshop! Workshops range from one hour to a half-day long. Come learn about our local native plants, how to grow them, and how to care for them in your own landscapes. You’ll be sure get your hands dirty, and will often have a plant or seeds to try at home when you’re done.

No upcoming workshops. Check back soon for 2023 dates!

Past Events

Let’s Start a New Prairie Reconstruction! (Sunday, December 4, 2022) Join us as we burn a small area of Brome to begin a new prairie reconstruction at Happy Apple’s Farm. Safety is the first priority, so registration is required to attend. Participants are welcome come as spectators as well as helpers. Helpers must have appropriate clothing as described in registrations. But simply watching as small areas are cleared is a great way to start learning how to conduct prescribed/controlled burns.

Front Yard Prairie Burn at Happy Apple’s Farm (Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022) Join us for a very fun morning burning our front yard. We began reconstructing the prairie in our front yard in 2017 with our first-ever burn. It’s a great and safe place to learn about prescribed burning. And participants can either watch from a distance…like our front porch…or get involved helping on the edges. We’re excited to welcome anyone interested in learning more about how a homeowner/landowner might conduct a burn or anyone who is curious about conducting a small controlled burn. Space is limited and registration is required. Burns are very weather-dependent. So we’ll watch the weather closely and stay in touch with registrants. Registration for this free event was required.

Seed Collecting at Blazing Star Prairie (Thursday November 3, 2022). Join Botanical Belonging as we explore and collect seeds at Blazing Star Prairie with Courtney Masterson and Ryan Riedel. The prairie is a remnant located behind their home, the headquarters of Native Lands. As we hike into the prairie, you’ll learn to identify several species that are ready for seed collection such as Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Slender Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum teniufolium), and Thickspike/Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pychnostachya). Attendees will be encouraged to take seeds home for use in their gardens! The majority of the seeds collected will support the efforts of Native Lands and Botanical Belonging in providing native plants and seeds to the community through local libraries and events, as well as in the planting of new prairie spaces in the area. Every seed collected makes a difference!

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