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May 26 – October 16, 2022

A new exhibit, Fortopia, is opening at Powell Gardens May 26, 2022. This playful exhibition taps into childhood memories of outdoor discovery and fort building. Eight forts will be on display for children and adults to explore and play.

Photos courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Design a Fort

Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden seeks proposals from creative individuals, groups, firms and students to design forts as part of its recurring temporary outdoor exhibition, Fortopia. Forts should inspire an appreciation of our natural environment through their innovative and sustainable designs, materials and construction while evoking memories of childhoods spent escaping into nature to build structures and play with friends.


Important Fortopia Dates:

Fortopia Information Sessions

Interested in designing a fort for Fortopia? Join Powell Gardens for an informational session to learn more, ask questions, and see the build site.

Tuesday, September 21

This information session will take place on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. This session is presented digitally. 

Thursday, October 7

This information session will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 11 a.m. – noon. This session is presented in-person at Powell Gardens (1609 NW US Hwy. 50, Kingvsillve, MO, 64061.) 

Stay tuned to learn more about Fortopia!