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Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo

An Earth-friendly Home, Lawn and Garden event

Healthy Yards Expo logo

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Concession Stand: Breakfast and Lunch will be available for purchase during the Expo provided by a local Boy Scout Troop.

Make greener choices for your yard and home at the Ninth Annual Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo — a FREE Earth-friendly lawn and garden event.

attendee at Healthy Yard ExpoKansas Healthy Yards and Communities (KHYC), developed by K-State Research and Extension, helps homeowners make better choices on environmentally conscious lawn and garden care techniques. Johnson County Extension is teaming with Johnson County Stormwater Management and the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee to present the Expo.
3 men attending Shawnee booth

Discover simple, easy Earth-friendly practices for achieving a nice yard while still protecting our water, air and healthy soils.

The Healthy Yards Expo features

  • businesses,
  • non-profits,
  • seminars, and
  • tips

to help residents become “greener” in their lawn and garden care. It’s a one-stop learning event on green ideas and services.
Woman handing out native plants

New this year — Native Plant Sale!
Choose from over 1,000 plants selected specifically to thrive in your garden. Locally and organically grown, shop the best native plants for our area.

Be sure to:

  • Register for Door Prizes!
    • Six $50 vouchers for native plants will be given away
    • One rain barrel
    • One composting bin
  • Free Tree Seedling: First 100 visitors get a free tree seedling, courtesy of Overland Park.
  • Free Native Plants: First 500 visitors get 2 free native plants (with completed Expo Passport) — 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
  • Fun for the Kids:
    • Enjoy a free Stone Lion Puppets show at 10a.m.,
    • Plus Make-&-Take Kids Crafts from 10 – 11a.m.

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:

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 7, 2018

9am to 2pm

Cost: Free

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

For the Kids

  • 10am: Stone Lion Puppet Theatre Show
  • 10 – 11am: Make & Take Crafts

Dennis Patton pointing to projector screen

Free Seminars

Speaker Series 1 –

9:15amDrought Tolerance Perennials

10am:  Designing with Native Plants

List of Native Plants for Sale at the Expo

10:45am:  Top Natives for Sun, Shade and Formal Gardens

11:30am:  Rain Barrels

12:15pm:  Butterfly 101

1pm:Efficient Composting: Which Method Suits You?

Speaker Series 2

9:30am:  Edible Landscaping

10:15am:  Herbs for Beginners: Growing Culinary and Medicinal Herbs

11am:  Organic Gardening

11:45am:  Small Orchards in Suburban Landscapes

12:30pm:  When Good Intention Planting Turned Invasive…Oh My!

1:15pm:   Yard Sense: The Sensible Ways to Garden