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This year’s tour day is jam-packed with garden retailing at its best! We’ve put together a full-day tour of five of the Kansas City area's best retail garden centers plus a little emotional inspiration along the way. Be ready to network with fellow retailers, our service pros, and our sponsors and discover new possibilities for profit. Bus captains will provide behind-the-scenes statistics to prepare you for your exploration at each stop.

So hop on board and be ready to enjoy a beautiful fall day filled with inspiration and discovery in America's Heartland and return to the hotel in time for dinner and entertainment in Kansas City!

Buses depart curbside from the InterContinental Hotel at 8:30 am and will return at 7:00 pm.


Colonial Gardens
27610 E Wyatt Rd
Blue Springs, MO 64014

Colonial Gardens sells flowers, trees and food. We plant, teach and celebrate all things outdoors, but most importantly, we create experiences. Here, people find solutions, inspiration and connections. We want to help people reconnect with nature. By strengthening our relationship with the earth, we can build a better future for ourselves and the planet.

Formerly Colonial Nursery, owner Tory Schwope purchased the property in February of 2016 with a vision “To reinvent the retail nursery business by introducing events, entertainment, food, and local agricultural to the traditional Garden Center business model." Colonial Gardens is a part of DCA Outdoor, a family of brands that connect the agricultural, nursery stock production, landscape distribution, retail, agritourism and transportation industries.

After a two-year renovation of the original property, the redesigned "Modern Prairie" style garden center blends the original architecture of the site into a newly created open-air courtyard, showcasing cutting-edge landscaping design techniques with a naturalized boulder wall, stone fireplace, contemporary covered stage, and luminous event space. Renovations include five remodeled greenhouses, an 11,000 square foot outdoor showroom, enlarged pond, offices, and an eco-friendly bio-swale and bio basin. A new classroom and workshop space offers educational opportunities for everyone from beginning gardeners to experts. 

There is no other place in Kansas City where you can take a class on gardening, grab a cup of coffee, listen to live music while you are eating lunch, pick out flowers and landscaping materials and even complete your grocery shopping for the week.

Colonial Gardens is comprised of 80 acres, which includes space that will be future “You Pick” fruit fields, an amphitheater, and “You Cut” flower fields. Divisions include annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs; Local market with produce, meat, cheese and dairy; The Bean Counter Café; greenhouses for fresh produce production to supply both market and café; satellite site for KAT, and Schwope’s landscape distribution company. During peak season they employ 40 people.






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