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Astronomical Event of the Year: Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse

Monday, September 21, 2015

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse is coming this month, and the dark skies of Powell Gardens afford the perfect spot to watch the stellar event unfold. It is the first supermoon total lunar eclipse since 1982 and the last until 2033. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse is only the fifth since 1900. Catch the first one of … Read More

Explore the Joy and Beauty of Ikebana with Sensei Meghan Rowswell

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Meghan Rowswell is a visual artist and a sensei in the art of Ikebana. She joins our team of instructors this fall to present a series of classes on the Japanese art of flower arranging. “The core of Ikebana’s beauty is the combination of colors, graceful lines, textures and latent meanings that suggest a season … Read More

Bim Willow Returns to Powell Gardens for a One-Day Workshop

Monday, August 31, 2015

Travelling Master Furniture Builder Bim Willow returns to Powell Gardens this September. It’s easy to spot Bim. Just look for his brightly colored bus. Bim travels the Midwest sharing his stories and passing on the tradition of bent-willow furniture making. Saturday, Sept. 26, is the only day you can make a bent-willow heirloom under his master instruction. You … Read More

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: 8/12/15

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A few scenes from Powell Gardens on this beautiful day: The Meadow Pavilion The Island Garden Sean Kenney’s LEGO brick eagle.

Booms and Blooms 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Booms and Blooms attracted almost 7,000 visitors to Powell Gardens on Friday night, July 3rd.  It was fulfilling to see so many folks enjoying the grounds and landscape — it was a perfect day with sunshine and moderate temperatures. I couldn’t help but think that our “natural” landscape was working. People were enjoying the lawns … Read More

Garden Glory in a Rainy Season

Friday, June 5, 2015

And the rain, rain, rain; came down, down, down … seems I recall that line from a classic Winnie the Pooh episode. Precipitation fell 22 days in May for a total of 8.5 inches of rain at Powell Gardens weather station and  we know we were on the low-end of rainfall amounts in the region. … Read More

A Sweet Spring

Friday, May 15, 2015

Greater Kansas City’s normally manic-depressive climate has acted more like the Pacific Northwest or England this spring with quite consistent moderate temperatures and rainfall.  Flowers from annuals and bulbs to flowers on shrubs and trees have never lasted so long! Above are some new perennials in our trial beds: white ‘Snowcap’ Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) surrounded … Read More


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hanami or “flower viewing” is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers — mainly flowering cherry trees that they call “sakura.” It’s a custom I have always admired and have made time to experience the sublime flowering of springtime trees that bloom before they leaf out or are “foliated” in flowers … Read More

Out of the Blue, A Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IT’S MARCH! Close friends know that’s my line for this magical month when winter finally let’s go and spring takes hold. Geese, blackbirds and robins migrate in droves and the wetlands come alive with the sounds of spring peepers and chorus frogs. The first flowers come to life from crocus and snowdrops in the garden … Read More