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Explore Powell Gardens as the earth wakes up and comes alive with bulbs and blooms.

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


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.





PLANT: Soil!

LOCATION: Everywhere

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


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.