Friends of the Arboretum Blog

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

Affordable arts experiences in KC

From the Kansas City Star published March 15, 2017 – a visit to the Overland Park Arboretum is highly recommended! Affordable arts experiences in KC BY KAT HNATYSHYN CommunityAmerica Credit Union When it comes to the arts, Kansas City does it right. How lucky are we to live in one of the nation’s best hubs … Read More

Wildflowers at the Overland Park Arboretum

I hear rumors that the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens property is a popular place for wildflower enthusiasts. What I do know is that there are at least 30 different herbaceous wildflowers identified and labeled along the trails. This doesn’t include the wild trees, shrubs and woody vines, though some of these are labeled … Read More

A message from Linda Patterson, FOTA Advisory Board Chair

As we start a new year, it is a good time to look back and see what we accomplished the previous year.  In addition to the normal events, we added the Enchanted Forest which drew lots of new visitors to the Arboretum.  Botanical Brewfest and Luminary Walk were bigger and better than ever.  We expect … Read More

Happy New Year from The Arts & Rec Foundation

2017 is going to be a busy year doing what we have been doing for over 20 years – enhancing great places to visit (the Arboretum and Deanna Rose, of course!) and creating memorable experiences for the whole family. Volunteers and staff are already at work on the 2017 versions of our signature annual events … Read More