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.
Through the Lens with Jackie Chamberlain and Kathryn Marshall: Garden Images
May 26–August 4, 2018
This summer’s exhibition is on view throughout the Visitor Education Center and features photographs by two regional photographers who are both passionate about nature and the medium of photography. Please be sure to explore the café and hallway areas of this building to view all the works on display. All artworks (unless otherwise noted) are for sale and can be purchased in our gift shop.
Meet the Artists
Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m.
Join exhibiting artists Jackie Chamberlain and Kathryn Marshall in the grand hall of the Visitor Center for light refreshments and view their photographs in the current exhibition.
Jackie Chamberlain began taking photographs as a means to capture scenes she might want to paint afterward. Eventually, Jackie discovered that she enjoyed the actual photography and started taking photographs as an additional outlet for her creativity. She paints and take photos of things that inspire her—thus her art features mostly images of animals, nature and Greek/Roman or Victorian inspired architecture. Her first published work was in the literary magazine KC Voice. Since that time, she has attended workshops and lectures with well-known photographers to increase her skill level.
Jackie chooses to photograph in color because she finds the many different colors and hues in nature to be an integral part of the beauty. She is a founding member of Summit Art, a local visual arts organization in Lee’s Summit, where she is able to connect with other artists and photographers. Her work has been exhibited at numerous local businesses and is continually on display at Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. Jackie is originally from Nebraska and currently lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband and Lhasa Apso, Rifkin (a favorite source for inspiration).
Kathryn Marshall is a nature photographer who is amazed by the complexity found in nature. She specializes in the photography of flowers and the butterflies that visit these flowers. She is fascinated by their color hues, details, and graceful curves.
Kathryn exhibits her work at a variety of locations and has won awards at the Ag Expo Photo Contest, the Cole Camp Fair Photo Contest, the Cole Camp Prairie Day Photo Contest, and the Missouri State Fair’s Floriculture Photo Contest. She has had four photographs selected to be included in the “Top 50 Art Exhibition” at the Missouri State Fair.