The Gardens

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In alignment with the mission of Powell Gardens, our conservation efforts pursue the protection of the Midwest Spirit of Place as experienced within our ecological communities.

Powell Gardens’ stewardship actions are a dynamic application of restoration strategies, including engaging valuable partners, as we work to restore the living landscape which supports our botanical gardens. Actions to preserve and uphold the integrity of our ecological communities include reintroducing prescribed fire across the landscape, balancing competition from invasive species, and improving biodiversity within our habitat reconstructions through thoughtful species additions.

Powell Gardens is passionate about connecting people to the landscape of our region throughout the seasons through educational courses, citizen science projects, and conservation volunteer opportunities. We encourage our visitors to observe our restoration progress throughout the Powell Gardens landscape.

Ona’s Prairie

Ona’s Prairie, located in Southwest Pettis County, MO, is a 40-acre tallgrass prairie supporting a diversity of plant and animal species.

This natural community was given to Powell Gardens for education and research in late 2019 due to a bequest from Ona Gieschen. Today, our staff continues to care for this ecological treasure.

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