DESCRIPTION: Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens—Kansas City's botanical garden—offers breathtaking displays of intricate gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events, exhibits and classes for the entire family.
ADDRESS: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061
LOCATION: 30 miles east of Kansas City.
WEB SITE: www.powellgardens.org
GARDEN HOURS: May-Sep., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; Oct.-April, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.powellgardens.org for chapel, café and gift shop hours.
GENERAL ADMISSION: Nov.-March: adults $7, children (5-12) $3 and seniors $6. April-Oct.: adults $10, children (5-12) $4 and seniors $9. Children under 5 are always free. Festival admission applies for certain events.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: Approximately 120,000.
HISTORY: In 1948, George E. Powell, Sr., a prominent Kansas City businessman, acquired the beautiful tract of land that is now Powell Gardens. In 1969, he donated the 640-acre farm to the Kansas City Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who used it as a regional camp until 1984. Partnering with the University of Missouri’s School of Agriculture, the Powell Family Foundation then began developing a horticultural and natural resource facility. As a part of this project, the Powell Center retained Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning and Design, the leading U.S. consultants for botanical gardens. The firm recognized that the site would be ideal for development as a botanical garden. In 1988, official ties with the University of Missouri ended and Powell Gardens Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was established. Friends of Powell Gardens, a separate organization, is made up of nearly 5,000 members. The attraction is supported through private donations and admission, gift shop and rental revenues.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Open seven days a week from May through Oct., Powell Gardens’ Café Thyme offers a variety of lunch options from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (The café is closed in January and February, and open weekends only in November and December.)
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Powell Gardens offers a year-round schedule of classes on gardening, botanical arts and related topics. Hands-on discovery stations for children are frequently available on a drop-in basis.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS:
WHAT’S NEW: Several events in the Heartland Harvest Garden allow guests to taste, smell or learn something new. Sample what’s fresh at a tasting session, discover unique recipes at the Garden Chef Series cooking demonstrations or enjoy an evening of food and drink at a Missouri Barn Dinner.
DID YOU KNOW: Powell Gardens celebrates the official flower of Kansas City, the iris, each May with two weekends devoted to the gardens’ extensive collection on Iris Hill, which was established by Dr. Norlan Henderson.
DON’T FORGET: The gardens’ winding paths, wooded trails and large gardens, make comfortable walking shoes a necessity for those wanting to explore.
GROUP TOURS: Powell Gardens offers a variety of group tours to help navigate the Garden’s collection. Call for more information.
From the north: From I-35 S, take Exit 12A to I-435 S. Take MO-350 E (Exit 66) to 63rd Street/Raytown/Lee's Summit. Continue on MO-350 E and then merge onto US-50 E. The entrance to Powell Gardens is on the left (north) side of Highway 50.
From the south: Take I-435 E to I-470 E. Then take the Hwy 50 E exit in Lee’s Summit. The entrance is on the left (north) side of Highway 50.
From the west: Take I-70 E toward St. Louis. Exit at Bates City. Take Highway Z south 13 miles to Hwy 50. Turn left on Highway 50. Travel one mile; the Gardens’ entrance is on the left (north) side of Highway 50.
From the east: Take Highway 50 west toward Kansas City. Powell Gardens is 20 miles west of Warrensburg. The entrance is on the right (north) side of Highway 50.
PARKING: Parking at Powell Gardens is free.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Callen Fairchild Zind, director of marketing and events, 816-697-2600 ext. 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.