Arboretum

Train Garden Helps Grandmother and Grandson Become Buddies

Pam’s 4-year-old grandson loves trains, so he loves exploring the Overland Park Arboretum’s Train Garden. That special spot has become a favorite place for Pam and Nolan to spend time together. “When we go to the Arboretum, nothing else is competing for my grandson’s attention, so we really get to enjoy each other,” Pam says. … Read More

Dragonfly – My Garden Friend

garden dragonfly flitting by my weary head now I want to smile  Haiku Hank I share Haiku Hank’s thoughts about dragonflies. Summer at the Arboretum is obviously all about the flowers and walks through the trails. For me, summer is also about dragonfly arrival, especially in the Legacy and Marder Gardens.They flit just ahead of … Read More

It’s Always a Grand Day at the Arboretum

Nancy regularly spends time with her great-grandchildren, reveling in the simple pleasures of being outside and exploring the 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It’s become their special place to connect with one another and create lifelong memories. “My great-grandkids love the Arboretum because they can run freely, meander through tree-covered trails and visit … Read More

Our community is abuzz about the Growing to Inspire campaign!

Following announcement in June by the Arts & Recreation Foundation that the Growing to Inspire campaign for improvements at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has pledges and commitments totaling over $8,000,000, Kansas City media picked up on the story! See what they had to say! KCTV-5 Kansas City Sprout & About

Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ improvements set to bloom

BY ROXIE HAMMILL Special to The Star With the help of private donations and sales tax funding a new courthouse, Overland Park launched plans for a major building project at its Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park kicked off a $12.4 million fundraising campaign Thursday to raise money for … Read More

Plant Labeling at the Arboretum

New and Improved Plant Labeling The Arboretum is changing every day. Terrific support from the Friends of the Arboretum, volunteers and a staff that have a “can do” attitude, keeps us moving and changing. One change that is very overdue is the addition of labels for our plants. I have worked on this on and off since … Read More

At the Arboretum in May

Come on out to the Arboretum in May. Read about what’s going on during the rest of the month including the Container Gardening Exhibit, Wine Tasting on the Terrace, the opening of the Enchanted Forest, and a “Grand Walk in the Arboretum” (especially for grandparents and grandkids). Read about all activities in our recent e-blast. … Read More

Anne’s Picks

Anne Wildeboor, Arboretum Horticulturist, shares some of her favorite new – and old – plantings you’ll be enjoying at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens this spring! How will they look in your garden? The excitement of new & different plants is one of my favorite things about my job. Who doesn’t like new things!?! The … Read More

Come See the Iris!

The Cohen Iris Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a must-see in the spring. It all began around 2000 or 2001, with a 70th birthday present for Barton P. Cohen. Mary Davidson worked with Ruth Doherty, then Arboretum Supervisor, to establish a garden for her husband Bart. Iris were chosen and … Read More

Arboretum Spring Plant Sale May 5 – 6, 2017

Overland Park Arboretum Spring Plant Sale They say you can’t buy happiness. But gardeners know they can—in the form of plants. Happiness will be for sale at the Overland Park Arboretum plant sale the first weekend in May. The sale is open to the public, rain or shine, under a big-top tent, on Friday, May … Read More