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About the Arboretum
Founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues, The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a year-round destination with a wide variety of experiences, seasonal programs, and events for all ages. It is an educational, recreational, and cultural resource for the Kansas City region. Approximately 85 percent of the property is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. The remaining portion includes traditional botanical gardens and the Environmental Education Visitors Center (EEVC).
The houses are still there! Visit the Gnome Villages along the sculpture trail until they are removed sometime in February. Created by local artists for the annual Luminary Walk, these intricate creations are a delight. You’ll learn all about them in the words of the artists in this video by Sonya Wright. Click here if you have problems watching the video.
AND . . . 7 of the houses are being retired! Learn more soon on how you can have one of them for your own garden.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions in Place
- Temporary operating hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Closed Tuesdays.
- Water fountains and concessions are not available – please bring your own water.
- The Visitor Center is not open.
- Restrooms are open and cleaned regularly.
- Please practice social distancing and wash your hands.
Adventures are Endless
Be captivated by the great outdoors on a walk in the woods, an invigorating hike, the beauty of trees and flowers and sculpture, and just being outdoors. Learn something – the value of a tree, the history of Overland Park in the Train Garden, Native American culture at the Medicine Wheel, what to plant in a xeriscape garden – the list is endless, and it won’t be in a classroom. Escape your everyday routine and enjoy the natural world. Beautiful areas for quiet meditation abound. Stimulate your senses – the smell of the herb garden, the sight of the Monet Garden, the sounds of birds, the feel of so many different kinds of tree bark. And for taste, enjoy a snack in the Garden Café . . . or bring along your own picnic. Tours and field trip opportunities are available for groups.
Explore the Arboretum’s 300 acres and more than 800 plant species, including 45 acres of botanical gardens. Favorites include the award-winning Monet Garden and the Train Garden. Trails allow you to hike along Wolf Creek and into the restored prairie. Enjoy 38 sculptures, including the Chinese Cultural Exchange collection and temporary exhibits of varied art forms throughout the year.
Overland Park, KS 66013 PO Box 26392,
Overland Park, KS 66225
|The Arboretum is open Wednesday through Monday. Temporary operating hours are 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays
Under normal circumstances, the Arboretum is open seven days a week.
Oct. 1-April 9: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 10-Sept. 30: 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
(Fourth Saturday of June: closes at Noon)
Dec. 25 - Closed
Free for members of Friends of the Arboretum
$1.00 Child 6-12
Free 5 years and younger
No admission charge on Tuesdays.