Powel Gardens in Kansas City are a true reflection and celebration of America's Midwestern spirit. Of course, it is more than just a garden, as inside you will have many opportunities to delight your visual and auditory senses. The Powell Memorial Gardens contain the Heartlands Harvest Garden, the Fountain Garden, the Island Garden, the Meadow and Pavilion, the Woodland and Stream Garden, the Perennial Garden, the Memorial Garden, a visitor education center, and the Byron Shutz Nature Trail.
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With so much to explore here, you will find it impossible to be bored as you make your way from one thoughtful and beautifully designed garden to the next. The most captivating garden is the Memorial Garden, which has the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel as a backdrop. Lose yourself in your thoughts as you gently amble along paths surrounded by wildflowers and the songs of native birds. There is also a bubbling fountain, which appears to be irresistible for birds and local wildlife, as well as plenty of benches overlooking the lake and chapel so that you can sit back and soak up the beauty and serenity of the gardens.
Refreshments and Shopping
When all the walking leaves you tired, grab a bite to eat and something refreshing to drink at one of two on site dining places. The Thyme Cafe offers seasonal specials, handmade wraps, and homemade soups, along with a choice of coffees and teas. The next place is reFresh in the Missouri Barn, which provides cold drinks, garden fresh treats, and plenty of light bites.
After refreshing, head over to Perennial Gifts, where you will find plenty of green-fingered themed gifts, trinkets, and plants. There is also a nice selection of garden decor and educational books;the proceeds from the sale of these help support the gardens.
Throughout the year, the gardens play host to many different types of events, such as the Boom and Bloom festival, which celebrates America's Independence. There is also the Festival of Butterflies, which gives visitors an unprecedented look into the secret world of butterflies. The most popular festival event is the spooky Jack' O Lantern Festival, which has hundreds of intricately carved lanterns on display as well as tractor rides and plenty of fall fun.
Opening Times, Admission,and Parking
The gardens and Perennial Gifts are open 7 days a week from 9:00amto6:00pm.
Café Thyme is open 7 days a week (seasonally) from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
reFresh in the Missouri Barn is open 7 days a week from 11:00amto 3:00pm.
General admission and festival admission.
Admission to the gardens and the festivals, respectively, are $10 and $12 for adults, $8 and $12 for active and retired military personnel, $9 and 10$ for seniors aged 60 and over, $4 and $5 for youth aged 5 to 12. Entrance to both the gardens and the festivals are both free to children under 4 and members.
Parking for the gardens is free and it is $5 for the festivals. Parking for both is free for members.
Kansas City’s Botanical Garden, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 | Kingsville, MO 64061, Phone: 816-697-2600