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Painted garden

Thursday, April 21- Sunday, May 15, 2022

Wednesday – Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Member Opening: Wednesday, April 20 (5-8 p.m.)

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Festival Guide

After a long winter, Powell Gardens cheerfully welcomes Painted Garden. This spring festival celebrates the color, joy, and creativity of nature with spectacular botanical displays and inventive floral design. Rooted in Kansas City’s art community and presented in partnership with Peregrine Honig and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Powell Gardens invites you to imagine the garden as a gallery each spring. 

Featured artist, Peregrine Honig, will display her new work Ophrys in the glass-domed Conservatory. Crafted like a Victorian Tableau, the display provides Powell Gardens visitors the opportunity to explore the artworks of five regional artists set amidst a lush botanic and Victorian-inspired drawing room.

As you stroll through the gardens don’t miss the latest Garden Gallery botanic displays and new work from Saint Louis artist, Rachel Youn. Youn’s animated botanic sculpture, Tuzzy-Muzzy, draws inspiration from the rise in popularity of the nosegay during the eighteenth century. This play on the flower garland has a personality of it’s own as it writhes and rests, further embedding humor into the collecting frenzies that occurred during the era.  

Pictured: Duane Hoover’s container (titled Spring in the Dead Wood) from 2021.

Featured Artist: Peregrine Honig

Ophrys | Peregrine Honig
Conservatory (Powell Gardens Visitor Center)
Daily during festival | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Peregrine Honig was born in San Francisco and graduated from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2019. The youngest living artist to be purchased for the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, Honig is collected by Harvard, Yale, The Milwaukee Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Kemper Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The Chicago Art Institute, and recently completed a twenty-year survey at The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in September of 2021.

Internationally curated for her delicate line and elegant images of contemporary mythology, Honig’s art unveils awkward social constructs and intimate revelations. Ophrys, Honig’s latest work created for Painted Garden, is a Victorian Tableau that provides Powell Gardens visitors the opportunity to explore the artworks of five regional artists set amid a lush botanic and Victorian-inspired drawing room. Staged in the conservatory, visitors are invited to explore the tableau, viewing reproductions of artworks created during a live drawing session held prior to the festival’s opening.

(Stay tuned for more details about this installation and for information on Honig’s artist-talk and film screening!)

Additional Artists and Artwork

Family Discovery

Wildflower Workbook
Daily during festival | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pick up a Wildflower Workbook at the front desk (while supplies last). This kid-friendly field guide is perfect for learning more about spring in the Gardens through observation, drawing, and writing. Share your work by tagging Powell Gardens and using the hashtags #paintedgardenkc and #wildflowerworkbookkc.

Discovery Cart

Daily during the festival | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Look for the brand-new Discovery Cart in the Children’s Garden. This docent-hosted station offers self-guided materials to help you learn about parts of a flower using Powell Gardens’ herbarium collection. Check in here to see what’s blooming each week!

Featured Events

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 7-8, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Terrace Room (Visitor Center)
Gardens admission is free for moms May 7-8, 2022

Treat mom to a very special Mother’s Day picnic at Powell Gardens! Order brunch ahead of time here and pick up in the Gardens 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 7-8, 2022. Enjoy time with family indoors or outdoors on this special weekend. Don’t forget to snap a family photo amongst spring blooms!

Reserve Your Brunch

Add-ons like cake, bubbly, and flowers are also available for purchase. Order by May 4, 2022 to ensure availability.

Painted Garden Classes

Artful Gardens: Painted Garden
Sunday, May 1 | 3-6 p.m.
$50 | 10% less for members

Which came first, the artist or the garden? To explore the connection between visual art and the natural world, join instructor, Donna Houtteman, of ArtBlocksKC for the latest installment in the Artful Gardens series.

The spring session includes a 90-minute session exploring artists that use springtime themes and flowers for their inspiration. After the presentation, guests will enjoy wine, beer, and light snacks while receiving a private guided tour of the Conservatory, as well as the spring blooms on display at Powell Gardens.

Register: Artful GardenS

Food & Beverage at Painted Garden

Thank you to our sponsors!

Painted Garden is supported by the generosity of community partners.


Pam and Gary Gradinger
Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper
Mary Anne McDowell
Brad and Linda Nicholson

Stay tuned! More information coming soon.