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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

Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sunday, February 15th was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count at Powell Gardens. The Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada to gauge bird populations at the peak of winter in February before birds begin their migration northward for spring. This year … Read More

Butterflies at Powell Gardens in 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015, Powell Gardens received a marvelous donation of the lifelong butterfly collection from the family of the late Richard Meier Minteer. It contains local butterflies as well as species from all over the world. It is truly a breathtaking gathering of some of the most beautiful species in every hue, and in … Read More

Field Trip: Champion Trees of Greater Kansas City

Monday, February 2, 2015

A list of the Champion Trees of Greater Kansas City has been maintained since 1955. It was originated by Stanley McLane, Landscape Architect for the J. C. Nichols Company. Today Powell Gardens maintains the list and we periodically take a field trip to go measure nominated trees. A nice day in winter is usually a … Read More

The optimism of a gardener

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I like to think of us gardeners of an optimistic bunch and full of faith. We all can envision a paradise of plants and the accompanying wildlife they bring to the garden. And here at Powell Gardens we’re always aiming to inspire visitors with an enjoyable experience that reflects the importance of plants in our … Read More

What Happens at the Gardens in Winter

Friday, December 19, 2014

I am often posed the question: “What do horticulturists and gardeners do in winter?”  The answer? Planning and preparation for the next growing season, plus the routine garden maintenance chores. Here’s a look at what’s happening behind the scenes right now. The Visitor Center is decked out in holiday display but we’re already busy planning … Read More

The Big Chill of November 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Our November chill with temperatures today colder than our average January day has been a shock since it was 71F at the gardens on Monday (November 10th).  A sharp fall freeze occurs around once a decade and creates what is called a marcescent fall — it freezes many leaves on the trees.  Our current big … Read More

2014 Fall Splendor at Powell Gardens

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall color is actually about a week earlier than normal this year. We have had a great growing season with ample rain with just two minor, three-week dry spells. Fall color was lackluster on some tree species despite the perceived perfect conditions while some trees have been as beautiful as ever.  Go figure. Here’s a … Read More

Gardens Gone Wild and The Amazing Animal Quest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thanks to everyone who’s been enjoying the Amazing Animal Quest during Gardens Gone Wild: An Animal Art Adventure this summer at Powell Gardens. The 26 visiting sculptures by Colorado artist Dan Ostermiller have inspired some amazing photography and fun photo opportunities this summer. Enjoy these Instagram photos by five randomly selected first-round winners, who will … Read More

Meet An Instructor: Christine Shuck

Monday, July 7, 2014

Each season, I am excited to work with many of our long-time instructors to offer great learning experiences through our Garden Culture classes. This month, I am happy to introduce a new instructor to our line up—Christine Shuck. Christine is a writer, artist, community education instructor and homeschool mom who lives in Kansas City. A … Read More