Great garden chef demos plus an exclusive art experience this month at Powell Gardens

September brings lush blooms and an exclusive chance to spend time with the sculptor whose art graces the Gardens Gone Wild sculpture exhibit at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden.

Here’s what’s happening at the Gardens this month:

Chef Demonstrations and Tastings

See how chefs and culinary experts use fresh food grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden at 2 p.m. Sundays, with free samples while supplies last. Then taste what’s in season from the daily tasting station. The September chef demo schedule includes:

  • Sunday, September 7: Richard W. McPeake, Chef/Culinary Instructor, and students from the Kansas City, Kansas, Community College Culinary Arts Program;
  • Sunday, September 14: Mindy Lindeman Riley, Owner of Olive Tree Fine Oils + Vinegars; and
  • Sunday, September 28: Michele Coakley, Personal Chef/Owner at Exquisite Eats Personal Chef Service.
  • A Saturday special in the series is set for Sept. 27, when sculptor Dan Ostermiller and cooking school buddy Richard Matteucci present a favorite Italian recipe at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Barn.

An Art Experience with Sculptor Dan Ostermiller

Dan Ostermiller, the sculptor who created the 26 animal sculptures in this summer’s Gardens Gone Wild exhibition, returns to Powell Gardens for an exclusive art experience at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Ostermiller will lead a private tour to tell the tales behind the works in exhibit and share behind-the-scenes information about his artistic process. Wine and light appetizers are included in the ticket price of $45 ($35 for members). Tickets for this event are limited and prepaid reservations are required. Visit or call 816-697-2600 x209.

Scarecrows in the Garden: Call for Entries

Deadline: 5 p.m. Sept. 27

Families, school classes, scouts, garden clubs, businesses and individuals are invited to enter this salute to the icon of autumn. Scarecrows will be displayed throughout the month of October. No fee is charged to enter a scarecrow, but Garden admission applies to view them. See details at or call 816-697-2600 x208.  (A limited number of rebar scarecrow frames are available for loan or purchase.)