Know Before You Go
Look below for the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
If we can help you plan your visit, please call Powell Gardens at 816.697.2600 or email email@example.com.
At Powell Gardens, the health and safety of our community of visitors, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority. In order to keep our community safe and to comply with the direction of officials in our area, Powell Gardens will remain closed beyond our initial reopen date of April 3. At this time, we cannot provide a reopen date with certainty. The situation continues to evolve rapidly, and Powell Gardens leadership meets frequently to monitor new developments and evaluate options with a goal to reopen as soon as it safe to do so.
We remain grateful to our members and supporters during this difficult time. It is the sustained support of this dedicated community that allows Powell Gardens to weather these challenging times and ensures that it will remain a vibrant resource and haven for our community when this all has passed.
Our priority at the present time is to stay ahead of Mother Nature, as this is the most intense period of garden maintenance throughout the year. Our team is rising to the challenge and is focused on sustaining the Gardens so that we are ready to reopen as soon as the crisis is resolved.
While the Gardens are closed, we aim to stay connected with our community and be a bright spot in your news feeds, providing beautiful, useful, and calming content. We invite you to find us on social media where we are sharing educational activities for kids, tips for home gardeners, and updates from the Gardens.
We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, consult with state and local health experts, and will follow direction of local officials. For updates, please visit www.powellgardens.org or follow us on social media @powellgardens.
Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the gardens when we are able to reopen
Paved Paths: Main garden pathways are paved in most areas. Wheelchairs are available for checkout at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please inquire with a Visitor Services representative.
Parking: Accessible parking is marked with the appropriate symbols in the parking lots and guest drop off is allowed in front of the Visitor Center.
Tram Service: The garden tram runs an approximate 20-minute round-trip route around the perimeter of the Gardens. Stops are located at the Visitor Center, the Perennial Garden, the David T. Beals III Woodland & Stream Garden, the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel and the Missouri Barn in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The tram is free to members.
Tram Schedule: Weekends-Only | April and September ( 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Daily | May – Aug (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Powell Gardens embraces most weather events and encourages visitors to experience the Gardens regardless of rain or snow. However, when the weather becomes dangerous to visitors, staff, and volunteers, the Gardens may choose to close. Powell Gardens uses the National Weather Service as a benchmark and takes into account the impact closing the Gardens will have on scheduled events and classes.
Winter Weather Events of Concern:
- Winter Weather Advisory: Garden remains open
- Winter Storm Warning: Garden closes
- Ice Storm Warning: Garden closes
- Heat Advisory: Garden remains open
- Tornado Watch: Garden remains open
- Tornado Warning: Visitors, staff and volunteers are moved to safe areas, the Visitor Center basement and the lower level of the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel.
- Lightning: Garden remains open, but everyone in the Gardens is advised to take shelter.
If events or classes are canceled due to inclement weather, they will be rescheduled or refunds will be processed.
General Admission Discount: Active-duty and retired military personnel receive $2 off general admission year-round.
Blue Star Museums Program*: Powell Gardens is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program and offers active-duty U.S. military personnel and up to five family members free general admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
*This offer excludes festivals and other special events.
The program includes all active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members. U.S. Military ID must be presented to receive admission. Acceptable forms of ID include a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or DD form 1173-1 ID card.
Coolers with picnic items (food and non-alcoholic beverages) are allowed.
You are welcome to purchase wine or beer for your picnic at Perennial Lounge or reFresh, the snack shop in the Missouri Barn.
It’s simple to learn more about what’s growing at Powell Gardens! PlantSnap is an easy to use plant identifier app. Scan the QR reader to download the Powell Gardens version of PlantSnap and instantly learn about flowers, trees, and other plants as you stroll through the gardens.
PlantSnap’s library has 600,000+ plants and 200 million+ plant images. Once the app is downloaded, take pictures of plants at Powell Gardens to see a complete description and learn the botanical nomenclature. You can even build collections of your favorite plants to reference later!
PlantSnap also connects us to other gardens and plant lovers around the world. Be certain to check out the app’s social feed to join a discussion and learn about plants in other parts of the world. PlantSnap works anywhere on Earth and is translated into 37 languages. The Powell Gardens’ QR code also gives the option of selecting the premium, ad-free version. A portion of the revenue generated by each visitor using the premium version supports the American Public Gardens Association’s (APGA) Garden to Garden Disaster Response Center. This response center supports member gardens recovering from extreme climate events as well as programs to help public gardens build resilience.
Powell Gardens is a member of APGA, allowing our members reciprocal benefits when visiting other member gardens.
Service animals are welcome at Powell Gardens. Pets are not allowed unless otherwise specified (Dog’s Day Out).
Please adhere to the following guidelines:
• Service Animals should remain on a leash at all times and may not be left unattended.
• Please clean up after your service animal and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle.
Powell Gardens is a smoke-free facility.
Firearms or weapons of any kind are not allowed.