Friends of the Arboretum Blog

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

Exercise Learn and Play

The Arboretum: Where We Excercise, Learn and Play! Meet Nancy and her great-grandchildren as they explore the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in this video.

Grandmother and Granddaughters Explore

Grandmother and granddaughters explore the Arboretum’s wide-open spaces. Meet them as they enjoy the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in this video.  

Conversations Come Naturally for Grandmother, Grandkids at the Arboretum

Maggie and her three grandkids have a special bond, centered on their love for each other and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. “I see three of my grandchildren daily and we have a strong relationship,” Maggie says. “But finding different things to do with them can be challenging. I bought them a family … Read More

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

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