Friends of the Arboretum Blog

February 2018: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Kentucky Coffeetree By: Jim Earnest More than fifty-percent of the 300 acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is covered by naturally planted woodlands. Along with the elm, hackberry, walnut, ash, Osage Orange and many others is my favorite tree (one of them anyway), the Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica). While it is not common here … Read More

January 2018: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

The Marder Woodland Garden Karen Kerkhoff The Marder Woodland Garden has been mentioned several times in this newsletter and Henry and Betty Jo are the support behind the garden.  In the late 1990’s, Henry and Betty Jo approached Jim Cox, expressing an interest in supporting the natural area where the Arboretum sits.  This area is … Read More

Arboretum Spurs Teen’s Interest in Gardening

Bruce wasn’t sure his sports-oriented grandson, Parker, would like visiting the Overland Park Arboretum. But Bruce took a chance, and that experience opened up a whole new world of interest for his grandchild. Parker was intrigued by the science he discovered in nature. He was curious about the Arboretum’s flowers . . . how and … Read More

First-Time Visitors Find Arboretum Fun for Grandkids

Grandparents Connie and Al are always looking for opportunities to introduce their grandchildren to interesting places throughout the metro area. They discovered the Arboretum through a friend and took their two grandchildren, ages 11 and 13, there for the first time this summer. “Even though we live in Missouri, it doesn’t take us any longer … Read More

Grandkids’ visits to the Arboretum make a lasting impact

“We’ve gone to the Arboretum for years, but until recently, I didn’t realize the positive influence it was having on my grandkids,” says Linda. Linda’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Lily, is interested in art and nature and finds inspiration at the Monet and Train Gardens at the Arboretum. She regularly paints flowers, and her visits to the … Read More

Arboretum Encourages Tech-Free Fun

  Paul likes to take his grandkids to the Overland Park Arboretum because it’s a place they can unplug from technology and connect with him. He takes care of his grandkids after school several times a week and, during that time, they go device-free. “I want my grandkids to ‘get out of the noise’ that … Read More

Grandchildren’s Imaginations Come Alive at the Arboretum

When Bruce’s grandchildren were little, they were mesmerized by the mystique of the Overland Park Arboretum. Through their young eyes, their imaginations came alive as they saw and experienced nature. One day while exploring the Arboretum’s 300 acres, they came across small bluffs and rocks overhanging parts of a hiking trail. They immediately named it … Read More

Bluebird Project at the Arboretum

from the August 2017 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter By Milt Noelken In 2007, Hugh McCreery, Bob Buehler, John Martin and Sue Davidson, members of the Friends of the Arboretum Bird Committee at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, initiated the Bluebird Project. The project, designed to enlarge the local eastern bluebird population, consists … Read More