Dogwood Forest is located in the Quindaro Bluffs at the edge of Kansas City, because of its close proximity to the river is host to diverse native species of plants and animals.
There are a number of different ecosystems on the property from a boggy pond and moist woods to native Kansas prairie.
The Garden at Dogwood Forest
The Garden at Dogwood Forest is an orchard specializing in blueberries, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears, peaches cherries, figs a few other fruits, herbs, and indigenous plants. We grow organically and use regenerative farming practices. This year we'll be inviting people to our you pick and our Blueberry Pickers Group. To keep informed join our Dogwood Garden Club Facebook group. Because our blueberry picking area is only a half acre and we want to make sure everyone can eat and pick enough, we take reservations on a first come first served basis.
We have more than blueberries. You can also pick elderberries when they're in season. There is 35 acres of forest, a medicine garden, a sculpture garden (For the Forest), a restored prairie and you can always pick up some of Regina's amazing salves, low sugar content jellies, vinegars, soaps and tea blends.
Rick Mareske, uses regenerative farming techniques to grow fruit trees and berries in a way that goes beyond organic farming. He’s nurturing the soil using lots of bark mulch that breaks down with microbial action and active mycelium and biochar that increases the storage capacity of the soil.
Reintroducing native forbs and grasses into the pasture may be pretty but it’s utilitarian as well. Many beneficial insects are linked to the specific timing of a specific bloom. Rick uses solarization, burning, planting, seeding, and weeding. He encourages a diverse variety of species to bloom throughout the entire growing season.