An illustrated talk and walk to learn about elements of water gardening and inspire you with simple ideas for water features you can easily incorporate at home in a backyard, patio, or even a tabletop.
Join us for the 17th Annual North American Butterfly Association butterfly count at Powell Gardens. This count helps track butterfly populations across the country and 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 gardens for the day. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a four-hour hike on the 3.25-mile nature trail to find butterflies restricted to the gardens’ natural habitats. 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 cash participation fee. The small fee is required by NABA and will be collected by one of the leaders the day of the count. Burroughs Audubon Society members are not charged general garden admission. Please call 816-697-2600 ext 306 or email@example.com to make reservations. Meet in the Multipurpose Room of the Visitor Center.
Garden admission plus $3 fee collected at the event
Natural Exposure: Photographs by Wendy Delzeit, Stephanie Ehrhardt, Angie Harris, and Lisa Healey
July 26-September 8, 2019
This special exhibition features four professional artists from the greater Kansas City area whose work depicts aspects of the landscape and garden through the medium of photography. Using a macro lens, Wendy Delzeit shows us a close up look at the world of flowers and insects. Stephanie Ehrhardt’s botanical prints feature scenes from Powell Gardens and a close-up look at particular specimen in the garden. Angie Harris is drawn to photographing ordinary things that most people overlook in the landscape and in nature. Lisa Healey feels a strong reverence for nature and examines the world of a flower from a few inches away. These photographs bring the outdoors indoors and may inspire us to examine aspects of nature more closely in person.
July 26-August 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Flit and flutter out to Powell Gardens for this annual event focused on a favorite pollinator! Enjoy hands-on activities, interact with expert community partners, and walk among the winged beauties in the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat. Festival admission applies, members are free.
Join us for a truly unique happy hour featuring a live Monarch butterfly release from the terrace of The Monarch Bar.
Gather tips from exhibiting photographers, Wendy Delzeit, Stephanie Ehrhardt, Angie Harris, and Lisa Healey for shooting insects in motion, florals, and landscapes. Refreshments provided. General garden admission applies.
Sunday, August 4, 2 p.m.
Free docent-led tour
Join docent Betty Boyd in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Center for a walk through the Native Butterfly Habitat in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and what is needed to create a successful habitat for supporting varied phases of the butterfly life cycle. Following this tour, we hope you will be inspired to help sustain native butterfly habitats at home. Free with festival admission.
Join us for the golden hour just as the sun begins to set and photograph butterflies in the gardens and our Native Butterfly Habitat.
Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Join a Powell Gardens docent on a hunt for Powell Gardens’ perfect pollinators. This family-friendly, features a short stroll through our gardens and Native Butterfly Habitat in search of winged wonders. Families will play a pollinator game and get up close with hungry caterpillars. This experience is suited for families with children aged five to twelve. Come prepared with sunscreen. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance.
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Free with Festival admission
Saturday, August 10, noon-4p.m.
Enjoy the rhythm of live music, libations, and the blooms of the season Second Saturdays through the summer. Purchase tasty bites from Cafe´ Thyme or Perennial Gifts, the garden gift shop, grab a drink from the terrace bar, relax and breath in the Gardens. General Garden admission applies.