Friends of the Arboretum Blog

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

March 2019 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Chair’s Corner The Overland Park Arboretum: Nature That Nurtures Two members of the Arts & Recreation Foundation Board – Phil Bressler and Wendy Blackburn – recently walked the Arboretum’s marketing committee through a two-months’ long exercise to determine the Arboretum’s “brand essence”. The exercise covered a variety of aspects of the Arboretum to determine why … Read More

February 2019 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Chair’s Corner Forward OP! If you’re an Overland Park resident, you may have heard about the Forward OP initiative, which was recently endorsed by many community organizations including the Friends of the Arboretum. The vision of Forward OP is that “Overland Park will lead as a forward-thinking, innovative and welcoming community.” While initiated by the … Read More

A Prescription for Wellness

A Prescription for Wellness: Take a Walk at the Arboretum! Many people in our area love visiting the Overland Park Arboretum. Maybe you’re a gardener or you just love flowers. Maybe you’re a hiker and you enjoy the trails. Or maybe you just love being out in nature. It’s not just a feeling – there’s … Read More

January 2019 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Chair’s Corner Welcome to 2019! Just as you’ve probably set new year goals for your personal and professional life, your FOTA Advisory Board has done the same. We’re excited about the opportunities ahead in the new year, but we can’t do it without your help as FOTA members. Here are our 2019 goals and some … Read More

December 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Chair’s Corner Luminary Walk is over, and it was a success despite the rather “iffy” weather. So many people who came on the foggy night commented on how quiet and beautiful it was. For the three weekends we had approximately 22,705 visitors and the event will produce about $160,000 in profits, which will be returned … Read More

November 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Thanksgiving Wishes From everyone at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful for each and every Friends of the Arboretum member, and for your support this amazing place in our community. Chair’s Corner … Read More

October 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Reminder – FOTA Membership Information On October 10, the Arboretum transitioned to new software to manage Friends of the Arboretum memberships.  As always, the Arboretum staff and Friends of the Arboretum Advisory Board appreciate your support of the Arboretum – and now your patience during transition to the new system. If you have not yet … Read More