Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden
As Kansas City’s Botanical Garden, Powell Gardens plays a vital role in the community as a space for release, rejuvenation, and the celebration of the fleeting nature of nature itself. Visitors enjoy eight themed display gardens, a three-mile nature trail, seasonal festivals, rotating exhibitions, exceptional architecture, and dining options featuring ingredients grown in our Heartland Harvest Garden, one of the nation’s largest edible landscapes.
Established in 1988, Powell Gardens is a public garden, maintaining 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, with more than 175 acres and a large collection of plants open to the public for education, exploration, and recreation. Many of the plants in the Gardens are regionally native, and all highlight the changing seasons and Midwest spirit of place. Visiting the Gardens provides the public with the opportunity to step away from the rules and routines of every day to learn, explore, reset and feel free.
More than 15,000 youth visit the Gardens annually, taking advantage of the educational programs for classrooms and nature activities for the whole family. Our Children’s Garden features a variety of interactive installations and is situated just steps away from locally made ice cream treats at the reFresh snack shop in the Missouri Barn.
The Gardens feature the largest collection of public buildings designed by renowned architects E. Fay Jones, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his partner Maurice Jennings including the Visitor Center, Meadow Pavilion, Gate House, and Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel. More recent architectural additions to the Gardens including the Missouri Barn and Miller Hammond Chapel Study as well as the soon-to-be-constructed front entrance are also designed by the same firm, now called Jennings + Santa-Rita Architects, LLC. Each of the buildings serve as exceptional settings for life’s milestone moments and are available for wedding, memorial, corporate, and private rentals.
As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Powell Gardens is supported by foundations, corporations, individuals, and members, in addition to income generated from admission, gift shop sales, and rentals. To make a tax-deductible donation or become a member, visit powellgardens.org/donate.
As a public cultural organization, Powell Gardens supports principles of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all members of our vibrant and varied community, where every visitor can find respite, peace, and beauty in nature.