Hutchinson Garden Tour

Garden Tour 2016The Reno County Extension Master Gardener’s eighth annual Hutchinson Garden Tour is Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gardens include:

  • Bountiful Country Harvest, Mott Garden at 604 East 71st
  • Elegance in the Shade, Gordon Garden at 102 Road Runner
  • Plant Collector’s Dream, Barnes Garden at 706 West 20th
  • Designed for Outdoor Living, McKay Garden at 1829 North Monroe
  • Gardener’s Paradise in the Sandhills, Hanzlicek Garden at 4200 Brigadune
  • Pathways to Discovery, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on HCC Campus

Highlights of this year’s tour include a dry creek bed with an arching bridge, a gnome garden, a new butterfly garden, bubbling fountains, and a recently built pergola and sunny deck with color-splashed container gardens. For those who like the unusual, you’ll be fascinated by the endless collection of succulents, tropical fruit trees, orchids, plumaria and exotic horticulture oddities.

All of the educational talks will be presented at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on the HCC campus, with parking available in the 14th street parking lot.

10:00  Attracting Beneficial Insects
by Scott Vogt
Executive Director of Dyck Arboretum, Hesston

10:30  Pruning Trees & Shrubs
by Bob Hunter
Certified Arborist

11:00  Shade Gardening
by Matthew MCKernan
Sedgwick County Ornamental Horticulture Agent

Your ticket will include a map of the garden locations and the schedule of the educational talks at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. Reno County Extension Master Gardeners will be your tour guides at each of the six gardens, and available to answer gardening questions. See for preview photos of the Garden Tour.

Advance tickets are $8.00 at the Reno County Extension Office at 2 W. 10th, South Hutchinson; Dillon Nature Center, 3002 E. 30th; Stutzman’s Greenhouse in Pleasantview and on Apple Lane, Bornholdt’s Plantland at 1508 West 4th, Benton’s Greenhouse at 209 South Valley Pride Road, and at all Dillons stores in Hutchinson. Or buy online at or  call Reno Country Extension (620-662-2371) to order tickets. Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens the day of the tour for $10.00. Children 12 and younger are free.

Garden Tour proceeds support Master Gardener community education programs and the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Hutchinson Community College and the garden at Reno County Extension. Funds also support youth programs, including the Youth Lawnmower Safety Clinic, Junior Master Gardeners, and 4-H.
Gardens on the tour include:

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Daddy Daughter Dance

person-1104802_640The 13th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is Saturday, May 7. It’s from 7-8:30 p.m. at Prairie Hills Middle School, 3200 Lucille Drive.

Altrusa International of Hutchinson is creating a special evening with music, dancing, refreshments and door prizes. Make memories that will last a lifetime.

The dance is for girls in 1st through 6th grade and their dad or other father-figure in their lives. Tickets are available at:
• Prairie Point Fabrics, 7 East Sherman, until 6 p.m. Friday, May 6
• Metropolitan Coffee, 17th & Lorraine, until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Money raised supports the Children’s Emergency Shelter Home, Inc.

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Hutchinson Art Fair on May 7

20160317 678The 54th Annual Hutchinson Art Association Fair is Saturday May 7 from 9-4. It will be held in the Sunflower South Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The original work of over 45 artists from throughout the Mid-West in a variety of mediums, featuring a wide range of prices, will be on display. Don’t miss this chance for a great family outing including great Art, Food, and Music.

In 2015 artists exhibiting at the Fair were presented nearly $2,400.00 in purchase awards and $2,300.00 in cash awards. The cash awards consisted of 1 st – $500, 2nd – $400 and 3rd – $300 plus eleven Awards of Excellence totaling $1,100 and four Memorial awards totaling $1,000. An additional estimated $15,000.00 in purchases were made by the thousands of patrons in attendance at the Art Fair.

The Art Fair is free and sponsored by the Hutchinson Art Association in conjunction with The Hutchinson News, Downtown Hutchinson and The Dillon Stores. For more information call the Hutchinson Art Center at 620/663-1081 or e-mail

Art projects for the children will be offered throughout the day. Our future artists will be able to create works of art for Mom, the refrigerator door, or simply for the joy of doing. There is no charge for the children’s activities.

The music at the Art Fair is sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council.

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O’ Handsome Navigator at Stage 9 on May 14

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David Garibaldi at Dillon Lecture Series on April 4

garibaldi-150x180Performance Painter David Garibaldi will speak  at the Dillon Lecture Series on April 4 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

David Garibaldi took his passion for graffiti and turned it in a more positive and creative direction to create images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music in an entertaining way with the hope of inspiring the audience to use their passion to benefit and inspire others.

Tickets are only $10 and available that morning.

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Sharon Scott Photography Exhibit on Display at Hutchinson Public Library

sharonphotoPhotographer Sharon Scott’s exhibit, “Here is Where: Moments of Resonance with Nature,” opens this Saturday February 13th, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N. Main St, Hutchinson KS. Refreshments will be provided. The photos will be on display for the remainder of the month.

“We are physically and energetically part of the natural world around us. When we spend too much time in artificial environments, this nourishing connection is constricted, and our physical/mental/spiritual health suffers.

To me, a bird, river, tree, animal, stone or insect is another kind of being, with a deeper history than my human one, and a different kind of awareness. When I feel the resonance of the connection between us, that is what I try to capture and share. As you experience each photo, I hope it will resonate in you as well, and broaden your connection to the natural world around you,” says Scott.

The exhibit is free and available anytime the library is open.

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Chocolate Crawl February 18

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The Third annual Chocolate Crawl is downtown on February 18 during Third Thursday. It’s 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Hutchinson.

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Jeanette Mull Retrospective at the Hutchinson Art Center

MP900341528FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING: Sketches, Drawings, and Paintings, A Retrospective By Jeanette Mull is on display at the Hutchinson Art Center through February 19. The Arts Center is at 405 N Washington St.

A closing reception is scheduled for the 19th from 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Jeanette’s paintings have their primary roots in the art of the American 20th Century and the French and American impressionist “plein air” traditions. Introduced to painting at an early age by her artist mother, it has been her passion and challenge as an adult.

Jeanette has honed her craft over the years by taking classes, studying under accomplished artists and attending workshops. She is currently a member of Friday Morning Art Group that meets weekly at the Hutchinson Art Center, for studio life drawing as well as “plein air” painting around the local area. Her work has been shown locally and throughout the region and her painting may be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Mid-West and beyond.

Mull continues to be inspired by nature and the life and landscape of Kansas, her adoptive state, which she loves. Born in Missouri, she has lived her married life in Hutchinson with physician husband, Jack. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

If you have any questions or would like more information on this exhibit or other activities at the Art Center please call 620-663-1081 or e-mail

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Dr. Beck Weathers at Dillon Lecture Series on Feb. 16

weathers-150x180Dr. Beck Weathers is speaking at the Dillon Lecture Series at HCC on February 16. The presentation is in the Sports Arena and begins at 10:30 a.m.

Weathers is a pathologist from Texas best known for his role in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster that has been the subject of many books and films, most notably the 2015 motion picture “Everest” starring Josh Brolin.

Cost to attend is only $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center

sundayattheartcenterlogoPrograms are at 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public

The Art Center is located at the Corner of 5th and Washington in Hutchinson

January 31st: Ponka-We Victors, The youngest member and only Native American woman serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature. Rep. Victors will discuss the concept of public service and politics from her unique perspective.

February 7th: Mark McCormick, Current Director of the Kansas African American Museum. Mr. McCormick will discuss a recently published history he contributed to that focused on the History of the Black Community of Wichita, and the current activities at the KAAM.

February 21st: David Quick, Artist and Art Historian will present a program on the Harlem Renaissance and the impact Black artists from Kansas had on this important movement.

February 28th: Lemuel Sheppard, performer and authority on African-American folk music will present a program on African-American folk music, its origins and its later influence on popular culture. Lem’s program is a delightful mixture of scholarship and music.

March 6th: Teresa Preston, artist and art historian will discuss the influence and work that women artists have brought to bear on Western Culture. Often over looked the contribution women have made is substantial and an essential component of our civilization.

March 13th: Cowboy Jim Gray, with the sponsorship of the Kansas Humanities Council, will present “Head’Em Up & Move “Em Out, an exciting retelling of the History of the Cowboy and the Cattle Trade in the Old West.

March 20th: Author Bob Sommer, Development Director for the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club. Bob’s latest book A GREAT FULLNESS has just been published. Kansas centered about a family with struggles, hardship, fulfillment and redemption Sommer will read from his work, talk about it and be happy to sign copies.  A Great Fullness (

All Programs are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council in cooperation with the Hutchinson Art Center and Downtown Hutchinson. For more information call 620-662-1280,620-663-1080, or e-mail

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