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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