Why Donate to Powell Gardens?


About Powell Gardens

Established in 1988, Kansas City’s botanical garden, Powell Gardens, provides 175 acres of recreation, adventure, and exploration.

Visitors enjoy themed display gardens with rotating botanical displays, notable plant collections, seasonal programming and events, educational classes, art, architecture, breathtaking views and more.

As a non-profit organization, Powell Gardens welcomes donations of any size to support an experience that embraces the Midwest spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives. This would not be possible without generous contributions and funding from our dedicated supporters.

Visitor Amenities

As a tranquil place for guests of all ages to learn, play, and explore outdoors, Powell Gardens provides a retreat from urban life and is an essential part of the Kansas City experience. Donor support helps enhance key services and spaces throughout the Gardens (including architecture by E. Fay Jones) to meet the varying needs of our visitors.

Mobile Concessions
The implementation of a mobile concession model will provide more food and drink options during events and festivals.

The addition of signs will enhance the visitor experience and assist guests with confidently navigating the Gardens.

Investment in a new trolley system will provide increased accessibility for visitors in various parts of the Gardens.



Powell Gardens’ 970-acre footprint includes, but is not limited to, the Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden, the David T. Beals III Woodland and Stream Garden, and so much more. To invoke the unique feeling of the Midwest landscape and preserve the local ecosystem, much of Powell Gardens’ acreage is remnant (undisturbed) and reconstructed prairie.

Prairie Education and Conservation Areas
New programming will focus on conservation and restoration with native plants, including partnerships featuring Ona’s Prairie and Goats on the Go.

Design Fee
The Heartland Harvest Garden and Children’s Garden will be redesigned to reduce their maintenance needs, elevate design, and enhance the visitor experience with a special focus on regenerative agriculture.

Please contact Sharon Ramsey at sramsey@powellgardens.org or 816.683.4830 for more information.



Powell Gardens presents festivals, cultural programming, and exhibitions that weave the artistry of the natural world together with meaningful educational experiences for children and adults alike.

Painted Garden (Spring)
Visual Art Underwriting

Fortopia (Summer)
Fort Underwriting



Your support plays a direct role in Powell Gardens’ ability to offer interactive moments with nature.

With more than 140,000 visitors each year, Powell Gardens strives to provide meaningful experiences with nature through educational opportunities, seasonal festivals, signature events, and special programming only a botanical garden can provide.


Powell Gardens offers many opportunities for community partnerships through in-kind support and sponsorships. Opportunities can include naming, advertising, marketing, and a wide range of other customizable benefits. Data on attendance, reach, and followers are available upon request. Please contact Sharon Ramsey (816.683.4830) for more information.


Support Powell Gardens’ multi-faceted operations, programming, education, events, and so much more. Individual memberships provide members with access to specific benefits.

Planned Giving

Powell Gardens offers a variety of ways to make an impact, including wills, bequests, IRA charitable rollovers, charitable remainder unitrusts, estate planning, and the Heirloom Society.

Learn more about planned giving

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