Pendleton Heights to plant orchard, historic garden


Historic garden. What is now a vacant lot will soon be transformed into a historic garden and fruit orchard featuring pawpaw, service berry, crabapple pear and more. Joshua Phillips

Northeast News
July 3, 2013

To celebrate the long-standing history of the Historic Pendleton Heights neighborhood, an orchard and historic garden will be planted.

The nearly vacant lot on the southwest corner of Lexington and Montgall in Pendleton Heights will serve as a community orchard and historic garden, once completed in the fall. The historic garden will showcase trees from Pendleton Heights and the Historic Northeast grown since 1837. Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association (PHNA) President Jessica Ray said she hopes the transformed lot will attract people throughout the Pendleton Heights area.

“I am hoping it is not only a healthy food option and beautification of Lexington Avenue, but that it also attracts people to the neighborhood,” Ray said. “This will be the first full-scale orchard for Pendleton Heights.”

The heritage fruit trees to be planted include persimmon, pawpaw, service berry, crabapple, golden russet apple, red haven peach, Bartlett pear and Italian fig.

Planting the garden and orchard fulfills one of PHNA’s goals of abating vacant lots, Ray said. In addition, the community orchard will be used to provide healthy food options at future farmer’s markets.

As for the cost of maintenance, Pendleton Heights will only be responsible for one expenditure.

“This will only cost us mulch,” Ray said. “We have volunteers who will help plant, we have help from Powell Gardens for trees, plus the trees the community has already planted to be moved. So, trees and labor work is free.”

Pendleton Heights resident and University of Missouri Extension Service Master Gardener Larry Becker is working with Matt Bunch, lead horticulturist at Powell Gardens edible garden display, to help with planting the historic garden. Volunteers can help with watering plants, weed eating and caring for the baby trees grown in the orchard and historic garden.

“This lot will go from being an eyesore to being hopefully a really good asset to us, not just for Pendleton Heights, but other people who just want to learn about history and agriculture,” Ray said.

Ray’s ultimate goal for the area near the orchard and historic garden is to fix up the sidewalk across the street, put a crosswalk on Lexington, signs for the orchard and historic garden and pillars for an entrance way across the bridge on Lexington in order to further beautify the area.




Comments are closed.

  • Office Tower slated for Indep/Benton

    April 1st, 2016

    Northeast Ruse KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Officials with Cashphlash, an international payday lending agency, has expressed interest in constructing a […]

    Fire destroys pawn shop warehouse

    November 19th, 2014

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Nov. 19, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Fire Department were called to an […]

    Neighborhood Advisory Council seeks candidates for 2015

    November 12th, 2014

    Northeast News November 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Advisory Council is seeking candidates for […]

    A new program coming to teach children music

    November 5th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An area community center is hoping to bring […]

    Hang out with runners along the Cliff Drive

    October 28th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 29, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This weekend, runners are heading for the cliff. […]

  • Par for the Concourse

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Saturday in the park, you’d think it […]

    Scarritt Homes Tour 2014

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 Along with the hundreds of volunteers who spent time building a playground, […]

    Showcasing culture

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 On Oct. 18, the Don Bosco English as a Second Language Center […]

    No reservoir-ations about park’s future

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – First, they took a look at Independence […]

    Honor those who have passed with an event at the Kansas City Museum

    October 21st, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22. 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Museum wants to help you […]

  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Snyder’s Grand Re-Opening celebration draws big crowd

    Northeast News May 28, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Six and a half months of hard work paid off on […]

    KC Museum hosts KU students for humanities boot camp

    Northeast News May 27, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A group of panelists from the Northeast offered career advice to […]

    Local officials visit reStart shelter, serve lunch

    Northeast News May 26, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A group of legislators and local officials convened at the reStart […]