Witch Hazel blooming at Powell Gardens.

 

To really appreciate all of Powell Gardens, we invite you to visit in every season. You'll be inspired by the changing beauty of plants in our landscape and get ideas for what you can grow in your own garden. Here's a look at some of the highlights to enjoy during the winter season. 

This fall, we enjoyed the first blooms on a Camellia japonica with a remarkable history. The seedling was a gift from Hiroshima, Japan, to the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Independence, Mo. Learn more about the Camellia's history. 

Camellia japonica bloom on a seedling that Hiroshima, Japan, gave to the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Camellia japonica
 

Terrace Gardens

As you walk the terraces outside of the Visitor Education Center, enjoy masses of bright yellow daffodils dotted with deep purple iris reticulata.

Island Garden

The aquatic plants and heat-loving succulents have moved indoors for the winter, where Island Gardener Willie tends to them. The succulents will be divided and re-potted in hypertufa pots as needed. This is also a time for lots of important behind-the-scenes work - Willie uses the winter season to catch up on paperwork such as updating plant records and putting in orders for the new season. There is still a fascinating variety of color, form and texture to be seen on the living wall as you walk this garden.

White snowdrops and delicate purple crocus have been popping up all over the Island, as well as small, beautiful iris reticulata in a multitude of colors.

Beals Woodland and Stream Garden

A walk in this wooded garden will reveal more crocus, daffodils, snowdrops and other small but brightly-colored blooms. Keep an eye out for several varieties of witch hazel, each with a slightly different yellow-and-rust colored bloom reminiscent of a tiny firework.

 

Behind the Scenes with the Garden Guru

Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen writes frequently about what's blooming and happening behind the scenes at Powell Gardens. Subscribe to our blog and you'll never miss an update! See highlights of recent entries here. 

Behind the Scenes with the Garden Guru

Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen writes frequently about what's blooming and happening behind the scenes at Powell Gardens. Subscribe to our blog and you'll never miss an update! See highlights of recent entries here. 

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