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Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 — 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Shawnee Civic Centre 13817 Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66216


The Eighth Annual Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday, April 1, aims to help you make greener choices for your yards and homes. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center, located at 13817 Johnson Drive in Shawnee.

attendee at Healthy Yard ExpoThe expo focuses on Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities (KHYC), a program developed by Kansas State University Research and Extension. KHYC helps homeowners make wise choices on environmentally conscious lawn and garden care techniques. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is teaming with Johnson County Stormwater Management and the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee to present the event.

3 men attending Shawnee booth“The expo promotes eco-friendly practices and provides education so that you can do your part for clean water, air and healthy soils while maintaining an attractive landscape,” said Dennis Patton, horticulture agent for Johnson County Extension. “Without proper care the practices that we do to manage our landscape will have an effect on our water supply. Runoff or misapplications of products can move into our rivers, and ultimately in our drinking water.”

The expo highlights many simple and easy practices that can be done to achieve a nice yard.

The Healthy Yards Expo will feature businesses, non-profits and tips that meet the program’s criteria, helping Johnson County and surrounding area residents become “greener” in their lawn and garden care.

Expo features
Woman handing out native plantsThe expo is a great place to get new ideas from experts. It’s a one-stop learning event on green ideas and services.

Visitors to the Expo can:

  • Register for Door Prizes! Get rain barrels and a compost bin.
  • The first 100 visitors will receive a free tree seedling, courtesy of Overland Park.
  • The first 500 visitors will receive an assortment of native plants to try in their home gardens, courtesy of Johnson County Stormwater Management.
  • Visit with Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners and local plant societies. They’ll offer expert advice on gardening and plant cultivation.
  • Talk with city representatives to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about cost share programs for establishing rain gardens and rain barrels.
  • Listen to informative speakers on topics such as native plants, pollinators, vegetable gardening and landscapingChildren sitting on the floor
  • Enjoy free Stone Lion Puppets shows for the children.

Johnson County Residents — Get a FREE soil test
Scooping soil into a baggieJohnson County residents can get a free soil test, compliments of Johnson County Stormwater Management and Johnson County Extension.

Get a free soil test compliments of Johnson County Stormwater Management and Extension.

  • Bring your soil sample to the Expo to receive the free testing. How to take a soil test.
  • A soil test will provide you with the fertility needs to grow healthy plants while protecting our soil and water.

Become an Expo Vendor:

Vendor packet
We are currently looking for businesses and non-profit groups to have a booth during the Expo. Your business must be a green related product to the home and landscape. The committee must approve any vendors. For more information please download the application or contact us.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

9am to 2pm

Cost: Free

Shawnee Civic Center
13817 Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66216 Get Directions

Free Puppet Shows: 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Dennis Patton pointing to projector screen

Free Seminars

Speaker Series 1 – Connecting Nature To Your Backyard

  • 9:15 — Growing Wild in Johnson County Parks, Matt Garrett – Johnson County Parks and Recreation
  • 10:00 — The Best Native Plants for the Landscape, Ted Semadeni, City of Lenexa
  • 10:45 — Simple Rain Garden Design and Maintenance, Dennis Patton, horticulture agent, Johnson County K-State Extension
  • 11:30 — Creating a Pollinator Friendly Habitat – Meg Mullett, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener
  • 12:15 — Creating a Bird Friendly Landscape, Mary Nemecek, conservation chair, Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City and member of the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative
  • 12:45 — Restoring Natives in the Suburban Garden, Sami Aaron, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Naturalist
Speaker Series 2
  • 9:30 — The Energy Efficient Garden: Ways to Garden with Minimum Inputs, Deb Nixon, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener
  • 10:15 — Emerald Ash Borer, What You Need to Know, Sarah Crowder, Heartland Tree Alliance Program Manager
  • 11:00 — Water Quality Begins in your Backyard, Ian Fannin-Hughes, Water Quality Specialist, City of Overland Park
  • 11:45 — Yard and Garden Care: How it Affects Our Health and the Environment, Mae Christenson, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener
  • 12:30 — Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities:  What’s it all about?, Nancy Chapman, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener
  • 1:15 — It All Begins with the Soil, Nancy Chapman, Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener