We invite adults and school-age children alike to get some fresh air, a little exercise and the chance to learn about everything from plants and wildlife to Powell Gardens’ iconic architecture when they embark on a guided or self-guided tour.
Three-Hour Curricular Program
This special program, generously funded by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation and others, is designed for grades 3-5 and features an introduction to plant science (including photosynthesis and plant pollination), the journey from seed-to-plate and the importance of healthy eating and includes a guided tour of several garden spaces. All Good to Grow reservations must be booked at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date. All reservations are first-come, first-served based on availability. Total payment for program admission is due the day of your visit in the form of check, cash or credit card based on the total number of adults and children attending. All fees are to be paid in the Visitor Eduction Center during tour group check-in. Good to Grow programs may be scheduled for the following times Monday through Friday:
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Good to Grow Program Fees: $12/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)
A 25-student minimum is required for booking Good to Grow
Total capacity per scheduled block is 60 students
One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students (teachers may serve as chaperones)
A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled time will be emailed to the group contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, chaperone guidelines, student expectations, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information.
The Good to Grow experience may be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Scholarship funds to offset participation fees may be available. To schedule Good to Grow inquire about scholarships, please complete the form below:
Thematic One-Hour Tour
This hour-long guided experience must be reserved at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date. All tour reservations are first-come, first-served, based on availability. Total payment for tour admissions is due the day of your visit in the form of a check, cash or credit card based on the total number of adults and children attending. All fees are to be paid in the Visitor Education Center during group leader check-in at the front desk. One-hour student tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday
Fees for one-hour guided tours: $8/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)
A 15-student minimum is required for booking any guided preK-12 tour experience.
Total guided group capacity is 60 students per one-hour slot.
One adult chaperone is required for every ten students (teachers may serve as chaperones).
A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled tour type and time will be emailed to the group’s contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, chaperone guidelines, student expectations, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information.
To schedule a guided tour experience for any school-age group, please complete the reservation form:
One-Hour Tour Options
This interactive guided garden walk is designed to engage preschool through second grade students to carefully observe elements of the gardens and introduce them to related vocabulary. Young participants’ sense of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound will be engaged as they experience the ever-changing seasonal aspects of the gardens. A hands-on drawing experience will invite students to individually reflect upon their observations.
60 minutes total (30 minute walk/30 minute activity)
60 students maximum
Students will explore the critical role of bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators in relation to our region’s food sources. Students will learn and understand basic plant science: the parts and functions of a leaf, stem, root and seed; the importance of sunlight, water and soil in the growing process; and the role plants like parsley and milkweed play as attractants and food sources for pollinators. Participants will examine native plants, vegetables and fruits that can be grown in our region through guided exploration of the prairie, Children’s Garden, Heartland Harvest Garden and/or greenhouses.
Grades 2-5, 6-8
60 minutes total
60 students maximum
This guided experience leads students through the David T. Beals III Woodland and Stream Garden to explore native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in all seasons. Students will learn which plants grow well in the Midwestern region and specifically Missouri. Participants will notice and investigate bark patterns, leaf shapes, seeds or other identifying characteristics of trees, plants and shrubs while also spotting insects, birds and traces of mammal activity (tracks and scat) and studying the natural diversity of this site. This experience begins in the classroom, with guides then leading an exploration of the Byron Shutz Nature Trail or Beals Woodland and Stream Garden. Field notebooks and other observational, naturalist tools are included in this experience.
Grades 2-5, 6-8, 9-12
60 students maximum
This guided tour experience invites students to explore elements of landscape design and see how gardeners and horticulturists “plan to plant” based on season, color, garden location, region, texture, scale, shape, budget and purpose of an intended garden. Students will compare and contrast several planted areas at Powell Gardens, learn about select plants and design an imagined garden space using graph paper, rulers, colored pencils, photos and other resources.
Grades 6-8, 9-12
60 students maximum
$4/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)
There is no capacity limit. For your best experience, please reserve a time in advance. This ensures your group’s access to our self-guided activities and classroom connections. one chaperone for every ten students is required.
Guided Adult Tours
$15/person, 15-person minimum per group
One-hour docent-led walking tours that explore various aspects of Powell Gardens are available for your adult group with advance registration. Guided tour requests must be made at least three weeks in advance of your desired tour date. When making a reservation, please let us know if we may assist in providing lunch or refreshments during your visit. All tours begin in the Visitor Education Center. Tour content and length can be customized to meet the needs of your group. Please check back for new thematic adult tour offerings in December 2017.
To reserve a time for a guided garden experience, please complete the reservation form below:
A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled time will be emailed to your group’s contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information.
Explore the design of the nation’s largest edible landscape featuring seasonal herbaceous vegetables, annual herbs, orchards and seasonal display beds that change with the seasons. The Heartland Harvest Garden features roughly 1,500 species of permanent plants including fruit trees and a vineyard. Explore the adjacent interactive teaching garden used for K-12 curricular programming and enjoy respite from the sun at the shaded patio under the eaves of the beautiful Missouri Barn.
A short walk from the Visitor Education Center, the Island Garden is the centerpiece of Powell Gardens and features scenic views of the pond all season long and showcases various aquatic plants and seasonal displays. The living wall which winds through this garden features a wide variety of perennial plants that provide interest throughout the year. A short walk from the Island Garden, across a wooden footbridge, is the Prairie style chapel designed for Powell Gardens by architects E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings. Visitors will explore the interior and exterior design elements of the Chapel and its surrounding landscape. Finally, visitors will stroll through the adjacent prairie and wildflower meadow to the Jones and Jennings-designed Meadow Pavilion which offers a beautiful hilltop view of the gardens.
David T. Beals II Woodland and Stream Garden and Perennial Garden
Discover native woodland trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and shade loving plants in this garden designed to resemble a peaceful woodland and stream. Seasonal color-themed features include blooming witch hazel, early spring bulbs, blooming redbuds, azaleas, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns and more. This garden offers natural appeal all season long.
This tour is inspired by what is currently in bloom or offering aesthetic or sensory appeal during any given season. Your tour guide will take special care to select several points of interest to showcase plants, trees and shrubs with beautiful or interesting features.
These private, one-on-one tours are led by Powell Gardens Horticulture staff. Engage our Director of Horticulture, another horticulturist on the team or a senior gardener for your group. A minimum of 15 adults is required. Scheduling is based on the availability of our staff. Please contact Linda Burton, Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-697-2600 x306 to inquire about booking a horticulture tour at Powell Gardens or inviting our expert staff to speak at your function or gathering.
Group tour pricing for our horticulture experts is $15 per adult plus the following honorarium fees. A speaking engagement off-site requires the fees listed below plus travel costs.
Director of Horticulture $350 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
Senior Gardener $150
Self-Guided Adult Tours
$10 per adult. No capacity limit. For your best experience, please schedule your tour in advance.
Total payment for tour admission is due the day of your visit in the form of check, cash or credit card based on the total number of tour attendees. All fees are to be paid in the Visitor Education Center during group check-in.
To reserve a time for a self-guided garden experience please complete the reservation form below:
A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled time will be emailed to your group’s contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information
Dining options for Adult Group Tours
Box lunches or in-house dining options at Cafe Thyme can be reserved for your group before or after your tour. Special cocktail hours, appetizers, tea etc. can be arranged on-site with advance reservations. Group seating is available in the restaurant for up to 60 people. Adult groups of over ten people wishing to dine in the cafe must make a reservation for group seating. Requests for box lunches, on-site refreshment or dining for tour groups must be made at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request. Please contact Linda Burton, Registrar, at email@example.com or 816-697-2600 x306 to inquire about food options, pricing and reservations.
Tour Group Menu
All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity. Meals come with bottled water or Coke product and a cookie unless otherwise noted.
Items listed are available as a box lunch or sit-down lunch in the restaurant. Box lunches may be picked up in the Visitor Education Center.
COBB WRAP OR COBB SALAD $15
Greens with turkey, bacon, hard-cooked egg, seasonal vegetables and cheese, comes with drink, cookie and fruit medley
SOUTHWEST WRAP OR SALAD $15
Greens with chicken, black beans, cheese, seasonal vegetables and cheese with spicy ranch dressing, comes with drink, cookie and fruit medley
ROAST BEEF WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE $12.75
Sandwich on hearty bread served with a side garden salad (also available as a wrap)comes with drink and cookie.
CHICKEN SALAD $12.75
Sandwich on hearty bread served with a side garden salad. (also available as a wrap)comes with drink and cookie.
GARDEN VEGETABLE $12.75
Sandwich on hearty bread served with a side garden salad (also available as a wrap)comes with drink and cookie
Available in restaurant only
These options are not available as a box lunch and are served with a drink, fruit medley and cookie.
Bacon swiss quiche with a garden side garden salad $15
Roasted sweet pepper quiche with a side garden salad $15
Trolley and Tram use for Group Tours
Group tour visitors may board the tram from the Visitor Education Center to the Heartland Harvest Garden as space is available, in April through September. The trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Visitor Education Center to the Chapel on weekends in April, 7 days a week in May through August and weekends only in September. Trolley capacity is 35 people and group tour visitors may board for an additional two dollars each. Seating is first-come, first-served. The trolley can also be booked for private group tours outside of regular hours based on availability. Inquire for pricing and availability.