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Celebrate Earth Day at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden!

Friday, April 22, 2016

On Earth Day (April 22), come explore all that Kansas City’s botanical garden has to offer. Guests will enjoy free Garden admission and a full day of activities. Guided tours, storytelling, a cooking demonstration by culinary arts students from The Fort Osage Career & Technology Center, and a Trees 101 presentation by Sarah Crowder, Program … Read More

Now Blooming: Dogwoods

Friday, April 15, 2016

It looks like it will be a fantastic weekend—perfect for a stroll through the Gardens. It’s a great time to see the dogwoods, which are spectacular! Enjoy these photos, and we look forward to seeing you in the Gardens. Cornus florida ‘Cloud 9’ flowering dogwood (photo by Alan Branhagen) Flowering dogwood in the Perennial Garden … Read More

Enjoy Early Spring Blooms, Butterflies and Kites this Saturday at Powell Gardens!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Photo by Breanne Wasinger  To celebrate the addition of Paper Kite butterflies to Powell Gardens’ Spring Butterfly Exhibit, we have invited the Kansas City Kite Club to the Gardens this Saturday, March 19, to fly some of their spectacular kites. Photo courtesy of Sean Beaver Kites like the one above will be soaring over the … Read More

It’s a Jungle Out Here: Meet the Morphos

Friday, March 11, 2016

Our second annual Out of the Blue spring butterfly display opens to the public Saturday (March 12th). The conservatory has been transformed into a warm and humid jungle, lush with tropical plants along with some seasonal colorful flowers. The conservatory as jungle today! Below are some of the beautiful plants you will encounter: ‘Del Mar’ … Read More

Five Edibles to Plant When Time and Space Are Limited

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Planning a vegetable garden but you’re limited on time and space? Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier can help! Here are her top five edibles to plant for a relatively low maintenance garden that requires minimal space: Tomatoes Who doesn’t love a fresh tomato from the garden? Plant cherry or full-sized tomatoes. They are easy … Read More

Tree Championship in Greater Kansas City

Friday, March 4, 2016

  A list of the champion trees of Greater Kansas City dates back to 1955 when the late Stanley R. McClane, landscaping superintendent for the J.C. Nichols Company made the first survey. The list designated the largest known example of well over 100 species and varieties of trees in Jackson, Clay, Wyandotte and Johnson counties. … Read More

February: Garden Reminiscence Becomes Anticipation

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wintertime in the temperate world is when our gardens rest and the time for a gardener to do the same. We reflect upon the past season while dreaming, planning and ordering for the coming year. May you all reminisce on special moments in your and others’ gardens from 2015 and dream up wonderful new plans … Read More

Using the Force: Forcing Blooms in Winter

Monday, January 25, 2016

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31 If you are like me, your green thumb is itching for spring. Forcing bulbs and branches to bloom indoors during winter is a favorite hobby of avid gardeners but takes planning especially when it comes to bulbs. Long periods of chilling followed by two to three … Read More

Somewhere, over the Rainbow

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Powell Gardens lost a beloved friend last week: Doctor Norlan Henderson passed away peacefully at age 100. It would be fitting to write some witty pun, for “Doc” loved puns, and with an IQ of 180 he had no shortage of wit. He served on the original board of Powell Gardens and had shared so … Read More