Tucked away inside Swope Park is an environmental oasis, rich in flowers, herbs, vegetables and grains. The land, named the Leanna Flandermeyer Beanstalk Children’s Garden and operated by Kansas City Community Gardens, is a space where children and adults can learn about gardening, nutrition and plant science.
It’s also the backdrop of the annual Gardens at Sunset event, which takes place Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. If the setting isn’t enticing enough, the mission behind the gardens will have you invested in the process by night’s end.
While sipping on locally-made beers and eating local fare, you can explore the many gardens that make this destination unique. From the vegetable garden, created to inspire children to make healthy food choices, to the water garden, home to fish, frogs and water plants, you see firsthand how gardens inspire and empower low-income families throughout the metropolitan area to grow their own food.
“Gardens at Sunset is absolutely the best time to experience the Beanstalk Children’s Garden,” says Executive Director Ben Sharda. “Not only is the garden at its most beautiful, but attendees are able to hear directly from our program participants how the organization has impacted their lives, their children’s lives, and improved their neighborhoods.”
The evening will include a number of one-of-a-kind silent auction items, as well as beer from local breweries and food from Kansas City-based restaurants. Tickets are $75 apiece and include food and drink. All proceeds support the Kansas City Community Gardens’ mission to assist low-income households and community groups to grow their own produce. To learn more about Gardens at Sunset, visit kccg.org/spaces.