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Trail Tales Exhibition

Sunday, September 1 – Thursday, October 31 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Embark on a journey through the Gardens with Trail Tales, a literacy-in-nature project. Follow the children’s story Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move through the Perennial and David T. Beals III Woodland and Stream Garden, and enjoy interactive children’s activities that bring the story to life. Visit September 7 and show your Mid-Continent Public Library card (only one per family is needed) to receive free garden admission. This special day will include storytime led by Mid-Continent Public Library staff and a seed-bomb making activity (featuring native plant seeds) with Powell Gardens staff.

Included with Garden Admission
September 1-September 20: Regular Garden Admission Applies
September 21-October 20: Festival Admission Applies
October 21-October 31: Regular Garden Admission Applies


Fall Fling: Through the Looking Glass

Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, October 20 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into the magical world of Wonderland where things are not always as they seem! Enjoy an artistic display of nearly 800 pumpkins and other fall botanical favorites, arranged to tell the story of Alice and her topsy turvy trip into Wonderland.

Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE
Enjoy additional Garden activations, included with festival admission, on specific days.


Family Frolic: Hedge Apple Days

Saturday, September 28 | 1 to 4 p.m.

In partnership with Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Hedge Apple Days will feature seed-themed scavenger hunts, nature games such as hedge apple bowling, and the iconic Hedge Apple Goblin art activity. Search for, collect, and play with the unique seeds and seed pods from Missouri’s native plants. Fun family-friendly activities will be held at both gardens on different weekends, so pick the weekend that fits your schedule or visit both to have twice the fun. Bring the family to Hedge Apple Days at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on September 21st and Powell Gardens on September 28th.

Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE


Nature Hike (12 yrs. and older)

Saturday, October 12 | 1 to 4 p.m.

Spend some time discovering an often hidden aspect of Powell Gardens, the three-mile Byron C. Shutz Nature Trail that traverses acres of forest, remnant prairie, and pondscape. Learn about the history of the land, some spotlighted species along the trail and enjoy a seasonal fall hike. Please dress for the weather, wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes (the trail can be muddy in places if the ground is wet) and bring water and snacks. This is a moderately strenuous hike–walking over rough ground is part of the experience. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Open to those 12 years and older. Note that this hike is weather dependent and we will communicate to attendees the morning of if we need to cancel due to rain. Advance registration is required. Please reserve your space by October 7. Space limited to 30.

$15/per person



Family Frolic: Mad Scientist

Saturday, October 19 | 1 to 4 p.m.

Get in the Halloween spirit for this mad-science experience. Arrive in costume and embark on a spooky (but kid-friendly) journey through our gardens for an experience filled with explosions, potions, and eerie creatures. Kids will enjoy free garden-themed Halloween treats, a performance by Mad Science, and our mad scientist costume contest.

Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE


Gingerbread House & Landscaping Workshop

Sunday, December 8 | 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Spend an afternoon designing your gingerbread dream house and landscape with chef Melissa Fahlstrom of Sugar Whipped Bakery. Receive instruction on assembling a pre-baked gingerbread house (dimensions estimated 10 x 10 x 10 inches) and some fabulous tricks of the trade, including how to make windows look like stained glass and cookies look like snowy shingles. Finish off your masterpiece with a variety of frostings and ready-made candies. Participants will receive recipes for gingerbread dough and frosting, and how-to demos to take home. We recommend no more than two children per gingerbread house. Best for children ages six and older. Please register by December 2. Space limited to 20 gingerbread houses/60 persons (adults and children total).

$60/per kit | Members less 10%



Family Frolic: Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 14 | 2 to 5 p.m.

Join in the family fun and enjoy the festive family activities during this drop-in event. Create nature-themed ornaments, listen to storytelling by the fire, and enjoy a live holiday concert by Janie Next Door. Paint your own flower pot and begin growing a Christmas cactus, for a small fee. Holiday-themed sugar cookies are available for purchase for the kids and Boozy Botanical drinks are available for purchase for moms and dads. Stay until dusk to get a picture with Santa and walk the magical trail of the Festival of Lights.

Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE