Gardener’s almanac (March 23)

03/23/2013 7:28 AM

03/23/2013 7:34 AM

Plant – Rhubarb, strawberries, potatoes, onions, peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, onions, spinach, turnips, beets.

Enter daffodil show – The Wichita Daffodil Society Show will have a daffodil show April 6 at the Minisa Park Shelter Building, 704 W. 13th St., and flower-show novices are welcome to enter the horticulture or design categories. All you need for a horticulture entry is the name of the cultivar you are entering. Bring a flower stem, and all other materials will be provided. The cultivar name is not needed for design, but contact Margie at 316-682-3519 for a design schedule if you want to enter a design. Entries will be taken from noon to 4 p.m. April 5, and the show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 6. Entry and viewing are free.

This will be the first flower show of the season and is one of only four American Daffodil Society-sanctioned shows in the central region. The others are in St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Garden events

Daylily meeting – The Prairie Winds Daylily Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. Marilyn Mason will give a program on what makes a prize-winning daylily. Admission is free and open to the public.

Succession-planting talk – Master-gardener coordinator Marcia Baade will be at the meeting of the Wichita Organic Garden Club on Tuesday at Botanica to talk about succession planting of vegetables from spring through summer and into fall. The information can be applied to any size garden. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Monarch butterfly talk – Chip Taylor, coordinator of the Kansas Monarch Watch Program, will be at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston on Monday to talk about “The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly.” The lecture will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Pavilion, with an optional soup supper at 6 p.m. in the Visitors Center. The cost is $2 for the lecture, or $7 for the supper and lecture. Call 620-327-8127 by 5 p.m. Friday for supper reservations.

Tulips, Fairies & Friends – Botanica is celebrating spring with four Saturdays of activities called Tulips, Fairies & Friends. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 and 30 and April 6 and 13. All events are included in Botanica admission or membership except for crafts the first Saturday, which require a $1 fee. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Here is the lineup of events this Saturday, which will be indoors: crafts in the Terrace Room for $1, including building a fairy house, making a wand, pixie dust; fairy storytelling; appearances by the tooth fairy from Small Smiles Dentistry at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and a tulip scavenger hunt.

Lawn Care & Water in Kansas – A series of three classes on lawn care will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16 at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. The county Extension and the city of Wichita Water Center are sponsoring the classes for $5 for the series. People can attend any or all of them. Here’s the schedule: April 2, basic lawn care; April 9, lawn problems; and April 16, efficient lawn watering. Register online at lawnwaterclassks.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100 by Friday.

Easter Sunday at Bartlett Arboretum – Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will be open Easter Sunday, March 31, for two events: an ecumenical sunrise service, free and open to the public, at 7 a.m., and vintage jazz by Nouveau Quintet from 2 to 5 p.m. Luciano’s will have Italian cuisine available for sale. The concert is $5 at the gate.

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