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11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

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Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo

An Earth-friendly Home, Lawn and Garden event

10th annual graphic

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Healthy Yards Expo LogoMake greener choices for your yard and home at the 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, Olathe, 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.

Back by popular demand— Native Plant Sale!
Monarch catepillar on mexican milkweed plantChoose 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!
  • Free Tree Seedling: First 100 visitors get a free tree seedling, courtesy of Overland Park.
  • 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.Little boy strokes hornworm
  • 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 landscaping
  • DIY Radon Kits: Visit with university experts and learn how this radioactive gas can cause lung cancer and why you should test your home here in Johnson County Radon in Johnson County
  • Fun for the Kids:
    • Enjoy a free Stone Lion Puppets show and Kids CraftsKids audience for StonLion Puppet Theatre show

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 6, 2019

9am to 2pm

Cost: Free

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

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

For the Kids

  • 10am: Stone Lion Puppet Theatre Show - The Frog Prints
  • 10 - noon Make and Take Crafts

Dennis Patton pointing to projector screen

Free Educational Seminars

Download Seminar Schedule with Times and Topics

Speaker Series 1

It All Begins with the Soil
: Nancy Chapman, JOCO Extension Master Gardener (EMG)

Food Production in Small Suburban Lots: Nancy Chapman, JOCO EMG

Keeping your Family Safe from Radon: Brian Hanson, Radon Program Coordinator K-State Engineering Extension

Landscaping to Attract Pollinators: Mae Christenson, JOCO EMG

Composting: Which Method Suits You?: Mae Christenson, JOCO EMG

How to Start a Vegetable Garden: Jennifer Stefanchik, JOCO EMG


Speaker Series 2-

Drought Tolerant Perennials:
Judy Sharp, JOCO EMG

Integrating Natives into the Formal Landscape: Will Gibson, Green Thumb Gardens, Down to Earth Services

Landscaping for Backyard Birds
: Colleen Winter, Jo Co EMG

Native Trees and Shrubs for the Landscape
: Will Gibson, Green Thumb Gardens, Down to Earth Services

Native Shade Plants
: Will Gibson, Green Thumb Gardens, Down to Earth Services

Designing and Maintaining Rain Gardens
: Dennis Patton, Johnson County Extension Horticulture Agent