Visitor Education Center

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The Visitor Education Center is the heart of Powell Gardens, home to the Powell Gardens Conservatory and a centerpiece for the surrounding gardens. The world-class architecture of the Visitor Education Center, designed by E. Fay Jones, offers an inspirational setting for educational classes, events, receptions, on-site restaurant Cafe Thyme and Perennial Gifts, the Powell Gardens gift shop.

Visitor Education Center and Surrounding Gardens

What’s in Bloom?


We are closed during this time.


We are closed during this time.


the spring exhibit will be on display in the conservatory. Early spring bulbs are just beginning to bloom in the surrounding gardens.


More spring bulbs begin blooming during this month. Spring annuals come alive in the garden beds and spring conservatory display. A few spring Ephemerals, like Meadow Rue, will begin blooming. The beginning of flowering Dogwoods, Magnolias, and Redbuds takes place during this month.


Spring annuals transition to summer annuals in the garden beds. Flowering Dogwoods, Magnolias, and other flowering shrubs steal the show during this month. A new summer conservatory is on display.


Summer conservatory exhibit stays on display throughout this month. Summer annuals are starting to fill out and flower. Hummingbirds are fluttering around, checking out all the flowers.


The Butterfly Festival beings late July. Summer annuals really start flowering. Butterflies bein arriving in larger numbers. Hummingbirds are nectaring on the summer flowers.


Sadly, the Butterfly Festival comes to an end during the month of August. Come visit before the butterflies are gone! Summer annuals are still in the garden beds, with lots of butterflies and hummingbirds.


A fall conservatory display will go in. The garden beds will transition from summer to fall, featuring flowering annuals and Mums.


Fall annuals and Mums continue to grace us with their presence. The conservatory will be updated with a fall display. The Glow Festival will be in full swing.


The fall conservatory will transition to a holiday display, featuring hundred of Poinsettias. The Festival of Lights will begin.


The Poinsettia display and the Festival of Lights continue to delight everyone who visits.