Friends of the Arboretum Blog

Friends of the Arboretum April 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,  “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit in.” While we don’t know the author, nor perhaps the true intent of these thoughtful words, I am reminded of the countless volunteers who give of their time and talents to support our mission. While their efforts … Read More

Friends of the Arboretum March 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,  In recent days, my inbox, social media feeds, and local gardening publications have all started to come alive with the latest news about the awakening of spring. There is no shortage of inspiring quotes, garden prep ideas, products that the gardener cannot live without, and stunning photos of the earliest spring flowers making … Read More

Friends of the Arboretum February 2022 Newsletter

  Chair’s Corner Dear Friends, It’s a cold and snowy day as I pen my February Chair’s Corner message—makes for a nice break from shoveling the driveway. Last fall, with the goal of enjoying some early spring color, I started the process of forcing bulbs to bloom in the house. To start, I placed a couple of pots … Read More

Luminary Walk Interview – Irene Parsons

The annual Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a holiday tradition for many families as well as being the largest fundraiser for the Friends of the Arboretum. We couldn’t do it without the dedicated group of volunteers headed up by Irene Parsons. Here are Irene’s thoughts about this great event: … Read More

Reasons to Approve the Arboretum Visitor Center Preliminary Development Plan

Building out the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has been the dream of thousands for over 30 years. In the late 80’s, the Legacy of Greenery Committee and the City’s Governing Body made a commitment to develop a truly signature destination for the people of Overland Park by purchasing 300 acres on 179th Street. (The … Read More

Friends of the Arboretum August 2019 Newsletter

Chair’s Corner Summer’s End at the ArboretumAlas, summer is winding down and the kids are already back at school. But as the temperatures moderate to something more pleasant, now is a perfect time to come out to the Arb! Walk the trails, delight in the gardens still in full bloom, and enjoy these upcoming events … Read More

Summer 2019 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Chair’s Corner Meet the Arboretum’s Hard Working Volunteer Coordinators! Q: How many hours have volunteers worked at the Arboretum in the first 6 months of 2019?A: Approximately 13,125 hours. Q: How many Arboretum volunteers are registered and active?A: About 400, of whom 100 are Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners who work on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Q: Who are the talented people … Read More

2019 Spring Plant Sale

We’re gearing up for the 2019 Spring Plant Sale (May 2-5) and wanted to share the list of plants that will be for sale – it’s an incredible selection! Angelonia ‘Angelface Super White’ Acalypha reptans ‘Pendula’ Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’ Angelonia ‘Angelmist Spreading Bluebird’ Achillea ‘New Vintage Violet’ Buddleja ‘Pink Cascade’  Angelonia ‘Archangel Dark Rose’ Achillea … Read More

Friends of the Arboretum April 2019 Newsletter

Chair’s Corner We Need Your Help to Get to the Finish Line!Excitement is building at the Arboretum as the pieces are falling into place for our new Visitor Center! We’re hopeful that groundbreaking can take place before the end of 2019 with the goal of a fully-functioning building in 2021. As of this writing, we’re … Read More

Why You Should Join Friends of the Arboretum

Who We Are Friends of the Arboretum (FOTA) is one of three “Friends” groups under the umbrella of the nonprofit organization Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park (ARFOP). FOTA is governed by an Advisory Board made up of 19 volunteers as well as representatives from the Arboretum staff and ARFOP. They meet each month … Read More