Festival of Butterflies
July 26 – August 11, 2019 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day
Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE
$5 Parking Fee
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.
Daily During the Festival (July 26 – August 11)
- Walk through the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat.
- Two FREE family-friendly drop-in hands-on activities.
- Access to view the Minteer Collection Butterfly Display.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday during the Festival (July 26-28, August 2-4 and 9-11)
Conservatory Butterfly Release and Short Talk
11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day
Meet a Powell Gardens butterfly expert to release newly emerged species into the conservatory. Each talk will last approximately 15 minutes and discuss several of the species on view and the process by which we rear and care for the butterflies.
Butterfly Fashion Parade
1:00 p.m. each day
Kids! Gather in the Grand Hall, grab some butterfly wings and other musican accessories and follow us out to the native butterfly habitat for a marching parade with a giant caterpillar.
Native Butterfly Show and Tell
1:30 p.m. each day
Join Powell Gardens horticulturist Eric Perette for a family-friendly show and tell experience to learn about native species in our native butterfly habitat. This is a hands-on experience to also seek and find live caterpillars amongst the host plants in the display. For those interested, a short butterfly hunt in the garden with butterfly nets follows the show and tell in the habitat.
The multi-purpose room space will be activated by various like-minded groups interested in promoting native butterfly habitats and conservation. Drop in all day!
The Idalia Society will be featured August 2, 3, 5 and 9, 10, 11 only.
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. These photographs bring the outdoors indoors and may inspire us to examine aspects of nature more closely in person.
Flitting Affairs! More Butterfly Opportunities!
Friday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.
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
Friday July 26, 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 terrace of The Monarch Bar (4808 Roanoke Parkway, Kansas City). The drink menu of this Kansas City-based, James Beard Award-Nominated cocktail bar and lounge is designed by star bartender Brock Schulte and features specialty creations inspired by the seasonal migratory pattern of the Monarch butterfly. During this exclusive event, 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.
$35/adult (21 yrs. & older) – Ticket includes one Monarch craft cocktail, bar snacks, 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.
Sunday, August 4, 2 p.m.
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.
Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m.
Join us for the golden hour just as the sun begins to set and photograph butterflies in the gardens and our Native Butterfly Habitat. Bring your tripods or monopods to capture the perfect shot of tropical butterfly species in the Martha Jane Philips Starr Butterfly Conservatory. A cash bar will be available. Ticket holders arriving prior to the 6:00 p.m. start time should check in at the front desk to obtain a bracelet to indicate their after-hours access.
$10 per person (does not include festival admission or parking)
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.
Free with Festival admission
Sunday, August 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join botanist Brett Budach for a field experience geared for adults to locate and identify native caterpillar and butterfly species in the wild. Please dress for the weather, bring a sun hat and sunscreen, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water for this walking tour. Meet in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Center to begin the tour.
$15 per person (does not include Festival admission or parking)