May 12 through October 21, 2018
Explore an oversized world of everyday objects in this larger-than-life exhibition featuring backyard items such as Gigantic Adirondack chairs and an enormous birdhouse.
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.
Backyard Picnic | April 28-July 8, 2017
A summer display inspired by the Featured Exhibition, BIG Backyard.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | July 9-July 26
Festival of Butterflies | July 27-August 12
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 13-17
Display of Annuals | August 18-September 9
A beautiful display of annuals among the signature fountain.
Conservatory Closed for Rotation | September 10-14
Poison Garden | September 15-November 11
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 12-16
Holiday Display | November 17-January 7
Enjoy the biggest variety of poinsettias in Kansas City.
Professional artists’ work is displayed in the gallery spaces throughout the Visitors Center. We are now accepting proposals for our 2019 Gallery Exhibitions. Deadline for submission is October 1, 2018.
Missouri Reflections: Works By Gary Cadwallader and Pamela Morris
August 10 – October 28, 2018
The realistic representations featured in the Visitor Center were created in watercolor or oil paint by two different area artists and may depict some familiar regional imagery—places, landscapes, and plants. These works will be on view through October 28, 2018 and are available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of these works go to the artist and Powell Gardens.
GARY CADWALLADER creates his images to appear as if they are reaching out to try to touch the viewer. He is not interested in a single point of interest, but wants complexity and visual rewards anywhere the viewer might look in the image. He states, “My paintings may seem realistic, but there is a kind of dance between the abstract marks one makes and the viewer that can be life affirming. I want my paintings to be extroverts—I’m fine being a wall flower—but the paintings have to stand up and shout, to reward the viewer so that people never leave a room without having to look at my paintings one more time.”
Cadwallader studied art at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he received his B.A. Although he worked professionally as a computer programmer most of his life, he continued to paint. It wasn’t until 2011 however, that Gary became serious about painting and began exhibiting widely. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Honor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, has earned many awards, and has been included in many juried exhibitions including the Missouri Watercolor International, the Kansas Watercolor National, the River Market Regional, and Watercolor USA. In 2016, he was awarded a fellowship in Artist Inc. and in 2017, he was featured in Missouri Life magazine.
PAMELA MORRIS takes thousands of photos everywhere she goes, then she produces detailed works that feature intense light to go beyond photo-realism. She chooses subjects that are serene, yet provocative: bright oil colors joined with lines and crisp perspective—she calls this “bright realism.” Morris paints a variety of subjects as she has moved and traveled a lot—usually however, she concentrates on local scenes, but has also been commissioned for portraits and still lifes. Morris taught herself to paint (she has a B.A. in Education M.A. in Special Education) and gained a spontaneous appreciation for light in all its forms. She says she can feel light filling her body, like an emotion or physical sensation. The kind of light she saw when growing up in Florida (the bright light reflecting off white sand or concrete so brilliant it sometimes hurts your eyes) gives her incredible joy, and this is what she seeks to capture in her paintings. It is in essence, a form of homesickness.
Morris says, “If I stay in a place, as opposed to visiting for a short time, I ask locals where the most interesting places are. I take a lot of advice, but do a great deal of exploring on my own. I encourage anyone who wishes that they could produce art to try it, seek out instruction from anywhere they can find it, and continue to challenge themselves to improve, as I did when I began painting at 33 years old.”