Seasons for the Soul
March 1-May 31
Top Ten Reasons to Visit in the Spring!
DISPLAY: Spring Bulbs (genus Narcissus and genus Scilla)
LOCATION: Visitor Center Landscape
PEAK TIME: March-April
The Visitor Center lawn hosts nearly 100,000 spring bulbs planted in a sunray pattern, featuring approximately ten different varieties of daffodil. Blue and white varieties of scilla, planted in the Fountain Garden, bloom in early-spring.
DISPLAY: Magnolias and Dogwoods (genus Magnolia and genus Cornus)
LOCATION: The Dennis & Annette Young Magnolia Walk & the Dogwood Walk
PEAK TIME: April-May
There are fifty varieties of magnolia and a wide variety of dogwoods at Powell Gardens. The blooms (brachts) of the flowering dogwood, the state tree of Missouri, range from white to deep pink-ish red in color. The Alan Branhagen Magnolia Collection features blooms in an array of colors including white, pink, purple, and yellow.
DISPLAY: Hellebores (genus Helleborus)
LOCATION: The Perennial Garden
PEAK TIME: March-April
Hellebores are an early spring feature at Powell Gardens with blooms that droop toward the earth and vary in color from white to pink and lavender.
DISPLAY: Wisteria (genus Wisteria)
LOCATION: The Perennial Garden Arbor
PEAK TIME: May
The Perennial Garden Arbor features two varieties of wisteria—an Asian cultivar and North American cultivar. The pendulous blue-purple flower clusters emit a strong fragrance when in bloom.
DISPLAY: Bloodroot (genus Sanguinaria)
LOCATION: The Perennial Garden
PEAK TIME: March-April
Native to Missouri, this wildflower is named for its yellow-red colored sap, thus the name Sanguinaria which has the Latin root sanguis meaning blood. The flowers are stark white and spread into colonies over time. The root of this plant has been used for centuries for its varied medicinal properties.
PEAK TIME: March- May
Take a moment to pause, and enjoy the earthy scent of the ground thawing and warming as garden areas burst with new growth and plants push through the topsoil.
PLANT: Clove currant (genus Ribes)
LOCATION: The Heartland Harvest Garden
PEAK TIME: Late-March to Early-April
This shrub features bright yellow blooms and an intoxicating clove-like scent, attractive not only to humans but also pollinators. As an early to mid-spring bloomer, it is often a shrub buzzing with insect activity. The currant fruit that it produces later is edible.
PLANT: Flowering crabapple (genus Malus)
LOCATION: The Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden
PEAK TIME: April
There are many cultivars of flowering crabapples at Powell Gardens and they range in bloom color from bright white to shades of deep pink.
PLANT: White fringetree (genus Chioanthus)
LOCATION: David T. Beals III Woodland & Stream
PEAK TIME: Late-April
This tree, native to Missouri, is very showy and its blooms especially sweet smelling. The genus name refers to the Greek words chion or snow and anthos meaning flowers.
PLANT: Carolina allspice (genus Calycanthus)
LOCATION: David T. Beals III Woodland & Stream Garden
PEAK TIME: Late-April to Early-May
Commonly referred to as strawberry bush or sweet shrub, different varieties emit smells similar to pineapples, strawberries, or bananas. The leaves of this shrub also give off a fragrance when gently touched.
Drop in and Draw!
Saturday, March 9, 2 -4 p.m.
Free with garden admission.
Celebrate the opening of Flores de Color and draw from live fresh flowers with our featured artists in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Center. Fun for all ages. Refreshments provided.
Hideout at Powell Gardens: Fort-Building Day Camp
March 18-22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily (aftercare options available)
COST: $225 (members receive 10% off)
Imaginations will run wild at this day camp providing opportunities for your first or second grader to design and construct play homes, forts, and hideouts during spring break!
Frida Kahlo’s Garden
April 6-May 25, Daily (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Join us for our spring exhibition featuring an intimate look at Frida Kahlo and the inspiration behind her world-renown works of art.
Missouri Arbor Day & Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Missouri Arbor Day and receive a FREE Chinkapin Oak seedling for your home garden. Chinkapin Oaks are a Midwest native featuring strong branches and beautiful green, glossy leaves.
Frida Style: Exhibition Premiere
Saturday, April 6, 6-10 p.m.
COST: $50 (includes one specialty cocktail, cash bar available)
Don’t miss this ticketed event celebrating the Kansas City premiere of Frida Kahlo’s Garden, a traveling exhibition on view exclusively at Powell Gardens. Enjoy live music, food & cocktails, a performance by Kansas City playwright and actress Vanessa Severo, and an exhibition walk-through with Kansas City chef Renee Kelly who will discuss the culinary side of Kahlo’s work.
Seasons for the Soul: Spring Ephemerals
Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. |FREE with garden admission
Meet a Powell Gardens docent in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Center for a walking tour of early blooms of the season.
SAGES: Frida Kahlo’s Garden
Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | $35 (includes a box lunch, following the lecture)
This illustrated talk, presented by Stephanie Fox Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will provide biographical details and highlights of Frida Kahlo’s fascinating career with special attention paid to her relationship with plants and their impact on her artistic expression.
Workshop: Succulent Containers
Saturday, April 13,
9 a.m.-noon (sold out) and 1:30-4:30 p.m. | $45 (member 10% off)
Using inspiration from the plants featured in the exhibition, Frida Kahlo’s Garden (on view exclusively at Powell Gardens), this hands-on workshop will provide you with information about the identification, care, and propagation of various succulents. Participants will design a small container to take home.
Planting an Impact: Earth Day 2019
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free with garden admission
Celebrate Earth Day by restoring native prairie with Powell Gardens. Individuals, families, environmental groups, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts are invited to help Powell Gardens manage the native landscapes to better support diverse plant and animal species.
Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$12 Adult, $5 Youth (5-12), 4 & Under are free | Members are FREE
Join the best craftsman, brewers, distillers, artistans and winemakers Missouri has to offer at the second annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair, planned in collaboration with Missouri Life Magazine.
Fungi and Fermentation
Saturday May 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free with garden admission
Celebrate mushrooms and all things fermented with a daylong event featuring tastings, demonstrations and classes with topics such as growing mushrooms, composting, and making mead. Live music, food vendors, and a ticketed beer garden showcasing regional microbrewers are also part of the fun (admission to the beer garden is limited to those 21 years and older–ID required). A free make-a-mushroom hat activity is available for families during the day.
Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks
May 4-July 21, Daily (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Explore the beauty of nature through the larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculptures designed by artist, Sean Kenney. Encounter a variety of variety of creatures including a gigantic garden spider, a proud peacock and a huge hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower. General admission applies: $10 adult, $4 children 5-12 and free for children 4 & under.
Family Frolic: Backyard Bugging
Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dig in dirt, sift through pond sludge, and chase down aerial insects in search of some of the most unique invertebrates found in Missouri. Meet with Missouri Master Naturalists enjoy Free hands-on activities for kids and watch a LEGO® Master Builder construct a larger-than-life insect. Don’t miss StoneLion Puppet Theatre perform their “backyard bugging” show.
Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mother’s Receive FREE admission. Enjoy the spring exhibition, Frida Kahlo’s Garden and the spring-blooms. Grab a mimosa from the bar and relax on the Visitor Center terrace.
Revive Your Beds! Perennial Planting Design
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
COST: $55 (Members receive 10% off)
This workshop, co-presented by Colonial Gardens and Powell Gardens will provide you with inspiration for transforming and revitalizing your sun-loving, shade-loving, wet or drought-prone beds. Participants will workshop with our horticulture staff and take home a planting plan, a tailor-made list of plants and a discount coupon for use at Colonial Gardens.
Shop with the Experts! Ask Why Before you Buy
Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horticulture specialists (from Powell Gardens and Colonial Gardens) are available to help you consider the right plant for the right space in your garden.
Colonial Gardens, 27610 E. Wyatt Road, Blue Springs, MO
Dog’s Day Out
Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Members and man’s best friends are FREE!
Grab your furry friend and head out to the Gardens for a romp through our shaded paths or a hike through the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Current vaccinations and leashes are required. General admission applies.