Gardens of Myth
May 27 through October 22, 2017
Fantastic beasts from around the globe, inhabit Powell Gardens in an exhibit of mythical proportions. Encounter creatures as small as tiny fairies and as large as a fearsome 25-ft long dragon. Each sculpture was imagined by St. Louis-based artist Kendall R. Hart who, with the help of his team, hand-crafted each piece in his own Grimstone Studios.
Goblin of Germany
Troll of Scandinavia
Kappa of Japan
Fairies of Europe
Bigfoot of the United States
Leprechaun of Ireland
Unicorn of Europe
Gargoyle of France
Minotaur of Greece
Dragon of Europe
Exhibit Events & Programming
Join artist Kendall R. Hart for a discussion and guided preview tour of Gardens of Myth in the Heartland Harvest Garden.
The reception, with lite bites and drinks, begins at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Education Center, with the artist presentation at 6:30 p.m. and tour to follow at 7 p.m. This special evening is provided at no charge.
Join us from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. for his daylong event provides opportunities for families to learn more about the myths and legends tied to the Gardens of Myth sculptures exhibited in various locations throughout the garden. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes displaying their favorite mythological or fantasy creature (trolls, dragons, or fairies, All creatures are welcome). Drop-in activities, available all day and included with garden admission, allow visitors to create wizard or princess hats or dragon scales. Showcase creations in the scheduled garden parade at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. with some special guests! Plant and take home magic beans and learn about bigfoot’s habitat. Kids and adults alike can also get their hair fixed like a troll ($5 per hairstyle) or create a fairy terrarium to take home ($5 per person).
Join us from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and enjoy an enchanted evening discovering the myths behind legendary creatures such as kappas, dragons, trolls, and fairies featured in the Gardens of Myth exhibit. Learn about these fantasy figures and their connections to plants and produce! The guided portion of the evening, exploring a portion of our nature trail, ends in the vineyard with a cash bar, fantastic snacks and mingling with special costumed guests amidst our summer garden displays. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes—fantasy costumes are optional. Tickets are $30, members receive 10% off.
The 2,500-square-foot conservatory in the Visitor Education Center is home to six stunning exhibits annually. Visit often to see them all! Conservatory exhibits are included with general admission.
Tropical Gardens Under Glass | March 4-May 14
Enjoy a beautiful terrarium-inspired display featuring a variety of orchids, bromeliads, begonias, ferns and more.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | May 15-19
Summer Oasis | May 20-July 16
Enjoy a climate-controlled oasis with tropical foliage, the calming sounds of the signature fountain.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | July 17-August 3
Festival of Butterflies | August 4-August 20
See a Conservatory transformed into a butterfly sanctuary. Encounter tropical species of butterflies in every stage of life from larvae to adult, all surrounded by a variety of annuals and tropical plants providing a food source.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | August 21-25.
Display of Annuals | August 26-September 17
A beautiful display of annuals among the signature fountain.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | September 18-22
Savage Gardens | September 23-November 12
Enter if you dare. Encounter a display of carnivorous plants and spooky jack-o-lanterns, along with mums and other fall favorites.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | November 13-17
Holiday Display | November 18-January 7
Enjoy the biggest variety of poinsettias in Kansas City.