Powell Gardens' 2015 Festival of Butterflies is July 31-Aug.2 and Aug. 7-9.



August 5-7 and 12-14, 2016

Sponsored by the Martha Jane Phillips Starr Foundation

Tropical Butterfly Exhibit Is Open Through August 21!

Powell Gardens' 20th annual Festival of Butterflies has ended, but you still have time to see spectacular, free-flying butterflies in the indoor conservatory! The tropical butterfly exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday, Aug. 21. See 30 different species that you won't see anywhere else in the region! 

What to Know Before You Go

Conservatory accessibility:

Our butterfly breezeway and conservatory are wheelchair accessible. However, to ensure the safety of our butterflies, strollers are not allowed inside these areas. Stroller "parking" is provided near each butterfly enclosure for your convenience. Thank you for helping keep our butterflies where they need to be!

Conservatory exhibit schedule on non-festival days:

The indoor butterfly conservatory is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 8 to 11* and 15 to 21. No other festival activities take place on these days, and regular Garden admission ($10/adult, $9/senior 60+, $4/children 5-12 and free/members) applies.

*Extended hours are available for photographers on Thursday, August 11. An additional fee applies. See below for info. 

Extended Hours for Photographers on Tripod Photography Day: On Thursday, August 11, photographers can pay a fee to use monopods and tripods in the conservatory. They will have exclusive access to the space from 8-10 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m. Photographers who pay the fee can also use monopods and tripods from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. when the conservatory is open to the public. Garden admission plus $5/photographer applies. (Tripods and monopods are not permitted in the conservatory any other days.)

Tips for Visiting with Kids

Check out this page for more details on enjoying a festival visit with children.

Thank You to the Most Incredible Volunteers! 

We owe a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who help make the Festival of Butterflies possible each year! They include Powell Gardens' volunteers, individuals and families, as well as volunteers affiliated with these groups: Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners; Osage Trails Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalist; Idalia Society of Mid-American LepidopteristsUMBCommunity of Christ TempleBlack & Veatch; Singles Available for Community ServiceServe KCDeloitteGarminSprintWhiteman Air Force BaseJohnson County Board of Services; and Community America Credit Union. Thank you all for generously sharing your time and talents! 

Join the #polliNATION!

Help us build up the monarch butterfly and support all types of pollinators by joining the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge—a nationwide call to action. Stop by the native plant sale during the festival to stock up on plants pollinators love!

The selection includes the six most gardenworthy of our locally native milkweeds—the only host plant (caterpillar food) for the monarch butterfly—as well as 12 species of the best plants for pollinators in general. The price is just $4 per plant. Quantities are limited. 

  • Spider Milkweed
  • Purple Milkweed
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Sullivant's Milkweed
  • Whorled Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed  
  • Rose Verbena 
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Aromatic Aster
  • Showy Goldenrod 
  • Stiff Goldenrod 
  • Rough Blazing Star 
  • Eastern Blazing Star
  • Prairie Blazing Star 
  • Cardinal Flower 
  • Blue False Indigo 
  • Pale Purple Coneflower
  • Marsh Milkweed