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Nature Connects 2 + Culinary Adventures this June at Powell Gardens

June brings a buzz of activity to Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. With LEGO brick sculptures dotting the Gardens, a day dedicated to bees and other pollinators and plenty of opportunities to taste the deliciousness of the Heartland Harvest Garden, there’s something for every age and interest. Unless otherwise noted, all events listed are included with regular Garden admission of $10/adults, $9/seniors and $4/children ages 5-12.

Nature Connects 2: LEGO® Brick Sculpture Exhibit
Continues through Sept. 7
See the wonders of nature brought to life in amazing detail in 25 new LEGO® brick sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney. Nature Connects 2 is a follow up to Kenney’s first exhibit shown at Powell Gardens in 2013. From a majestic bald eagle to birds taking on squirrels at the feeder, the exhibit includes 27 larger-than-life sculptures using more than 300,000 LEGO® bricks! After finding all of the sculptures in the Gardens, visitors can stop by the Building Station to complete LEGO® building challenges or make and photograph their own LEGO® brick art.

Father’s Day with The Paul Mesner Puppets, 2-3 p.m. June 21
Celebrate Father’s Day by taking a family adventure through Nature Connects 2. End your journey in the Heartland Harvest Garden (home to the LEGO® Carolina Mantis, a mosaic photo opportunity and a LEGO® brick sundial) to watch one of Kansas City’s favorite puppeteers present “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Cat Came Back” at 2 p.m.

Everything Is Awesome Discovery Stations, June 13-14 & June 27-28
Find out how nature connects in awesome ways during a series of discovery stations throughout the Nature Connects 2 exhibit. In June, the series looks at the magic of metamorphosis. This drop-in activity is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 13-4 and June 27-28.

Adventures in the Heartland Harvest Garden
Powell Gardens’ Heartland Harvest Garden is the nation’s largest edible landscape and in June this 12-acre garden brims with flavor. Visitors will have several opportunities to taste the experience:

Garden Chef Series, 2 p.m. June 7 and June 28
Gather ideas for cooking fresh from the garden during this series of Sunday afternoon cooking demonstrations by local culinary experts. On June 7, join Martin Woods, Executive Chef at YaYa’s Euro Bistro. On June 28, Linda Duerr, Executive Chef at The River Club, will cook. Demonstrations include free samples while supplies last! This series is sponsored by Cosentino’s Price Chopper with cookware provided by Vita-Craft and grill donated by Smoke N Fire.

Herbal Maker Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13
Learn how to grow a variety of herbs and find innovative ways to use them during the Herbal Maker Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the Missouri Barn. Members of the Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group will have plants and herbal products for sale and offer demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the day, Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier will have tastings of herb-based drinks—from purple basil lemonade to herb-infused teas. ReFresh snack shop will offer herb-infused popsicles like lavender lemonade or cucumber basil and visitors can vote for their favorite basil varieties in the Authors’ Garden.

BUZZ! A Celebration of Pollinators in the Garden, June 20
Find out why pollinators and other bugs are so important in a backyard sanctuary and for our food supply during this day-long celebration of pollinators—including honeybees, butterflies, birds, moths, bats and other creatures. Throughout the day, visitors can meet beekeepers, see an observation hive, try on beekeeping suits, get recipes and learn ways to support pollinators in their own gardens.

Members of the Midwestern Beekeepers Association will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier will give a talk about native bees at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. the Missouri Honey Queen will share a honey-based recipe. All activities are included with regular Garden admission.

Evening Events & Fund Raisers
Under a Blue Moon: Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction, June 7
Join supporters of Powell Gardens for an evening under the stars and the chance to acquire rare botanical finds plus garden art and decor. The party begins at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a short live auction during dinner and dessert. All proceeds benefit educational programming for children. Learn more at www.powellgardens.org/bluemoon.

Missouri Barn Dinner Series
Taste the full experience of the Heartland Harvest Garden during the Missouri Barn Dinner series, in which guest chefs present multi-course dinners with garden-fresh ingredients and drinks in a relaxed setting. The series opens on June 14 with Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia’s in Kansas City. Although the 2015 series is sold out, interested guests may contact lburton@powellgardens.org to be placed on a waiting list. Learn more about the series at www.powellgardens.org/dinners.