Friends of the Arboretum Blog

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

Anne’s Picks

Anne Wildeboor, Arboretum Horticulturist, shares some of her favorite new – and old – plantings you’ll be enjoying at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens this spring! How will they look in your garden? The excitement of new & different plants is one of my favorite things about my job. Who doesn’t like new things!?! The … Read More

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