July 27-August 12, 2018
Festival of Butterflies
July 27 – August 12 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day
Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE
$5 Parking Fee
Join us for this family favorite and immerse yourself in the world of butterflies native and exotic! Special programming, family-friendly activities, free expert advice each weekend (Friday-Sunday) of the festival.
|Seniors | 60 & Better||$10|
|Children | 5 to 12||$5|
|Children | 4 & Under||FREE|
|Tropical Butterfly Conservatory||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Native Butterfly Habitat||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Conservatory Talk Daily (Fri., Sat., Sun. only)||10 a.m. and noon|
|Tripod Tuesdays | Tripod Photography in the Conservatory (July 31, August 7)||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Native Butterfly Chat Daily (Fri., Sat., Sun. only)||10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.|
|Kid's Winged Creatures Show and Tell (Fri., Sat., Sun. only)||3 p.m.|
|Butterfly Fashion Show & Kid's Parade (Fri., Sat., Sun. only) Fancy Nancy will lead July 27, 28 and Aug. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. Powell Gardens Staff will lead July 29.||11 a.m. and 2 p.m.|
|Caterpillar Experience (Aug. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12)||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Hands-on Activity Station||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Big Backyard Exhibition||9 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
Tuesday, August 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join us for the 16th Annual North American Butterfly Association butterfly count at Powell Gardens. By tracking butterfly populations across the country, this count makes a significant contribution to the understanding and conservation of wild butterflies. Participants will be divided into parties, each with a knowledgeable leader, and assigned to various garden areas. At 1 p.m. there will be a four-hour hike on the 3.25-mile nature trail to find butterflies in a natural habitat. Participants can attend any part of the count or stay the whole day. Knowledge of butterflies is a plus, but no experience is necessary to participate. Participants are encouraged to wear sun protection, proper shoes, and bring a water bottle. Garden admission is required plus a $3 participation fee. The small fee is required by NABA. Burroughs Audubon Society members are not charged general garden admission.
Instructor: Linda Williams
Location: Meet in the Multipurpose Room of the Visitor’s Center
Fee: Festival Admission plus $3 fee collected at the event
Friday, August 3, 5-7 p.m.
Release and Short Presentation at 6 p.m.
Join us for a truly unique happy hour featuring a live Monarch butterfly release from the newly renovated patio at Kansas City’s Monarch Bar. The bar menu features specialty cocktails inspired by seasonal migratory patterns of the Monarch butterfly created by Kansas City star bartender Brock Schulte. During this exclusive cocktail party, sip on a premium butterfly-themed cocktail and learn how to promote Monarch butterfly populations by offering the right host and nectar plants in your home garden or landscape.
COST: $35 (ticket includes one Monarch craft cocktail, bar nuts, a spectacular live butterfly release, a 15-minute presentation about Monarchs and a discussion of host plants, plus a donation to Powell Gardens)
Additional cocktails and bar snacks will be available for purchase.
PRESENTER: Eric Perrette, senior gardener and butterfly expert at Powell Gardens
LOCATION: Monarch Bar | 4808 Roanoke Parkway, Kansas City
Saturday, July 28
Two seatings: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Ticketed Saturday Brunch
Sam Donnell, owner of the brunch pop-up favorite The Waffle Iron based in Lawrence creates your choice of one sweet or savory gourmet waffle. Donnell’s waffles are works of art that complement the kaleidoscope of color presented by the Monarch butterflies swirling as you sip in the nearby cocktail tent. Includes festival admission, coffee, waffles, and a brunch cocktail by bartenders from the luxuriously chic Country Club Plaza’s The Monarch Bar, where the cocktail menu is based on the flight patterns of Monarch migration. Powell Gardens butterfly expert, Eric Perrette, will speak.
COST: $40/adults only (includes festival admission)
LOCATION: Tent next to the Native Butterfly Habitat Tent
Thursday, August 2, 10:00-noon talk followed by lunch-1:00 p.m.
Many gardeners aspire to attract butterflies but did you know that more than 60 species of butterflies call Western Missouri/Eastern Kansas “home?” Like all wildlife, butterflies have specific needs that must be met, including host plants for the caterpillars and flowers for the adults. However, if you offer only flowers in your garden, you are really not a true butterfly gardener! In this talk, learn how to become a butterfly bartender, a saloon-keeper, and a butterfly voyeur–to best spot butterfly courtship behaviors at the “Nectar Bar.” This presentation will also review butterfly biology and habitat requirements with an emphasis on garden design and will feature sexy photographs of butterflies, caterpillars and their host plants to best illustrate the butterflies’ field of dreams: “plant it and they will come.”
COST: $35 (includes a box lunch)
PRESENTER: Lenora Larson
LOCATION: Powell Gardens Multipurpose Room
Sunday August 5, 10 a.m.
Join botanist Bret Budach for a walking tour through the gardens to locate and identify dragonflies and butterflies and host and nectar plants. Please dress for the weather.
COST: $15 per person (includes festival admission)
PRESENTER: Bret Budach
LOCATION: Participants will meet in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Center
Sunday, August 5, noon
Join our horticulture staff member and native butterfly expert, Eric Perrette, for a live release of native butterflies in our Fountain Garden area.
Free with garden admission