May 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Volunteer Spotlight This month’s featured volunteers are a group of individuals who are envied by many. It is a highly requested task at the Arboretum – working in the greenhouse. Groups of three to four volunteers work daily, doing tasks necessary to cultivate and care for plants that will later be distributed in the gardens. … Read More

April 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

New Plants at the Arboretum By Anne Wildeboor There are so many things to look forward to in spring: longer days, warmer weather, blooming trees and flowers. At the Arboretum we are looking to forward to those things, but also the new layout of the Train Garden opening, the Whirlwind kinetic art exhibit, the new … Read More

March 2018 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Updates on the Leaky Roof Line: Train Garden I hope you’ve all been out to see the progress with our final phase of the Train Garden.  This new area is complete with six tracks that wind over the sidewalk, around mountains, over waterfalls and up to a special destination.  For those of you new to … Read More

February 2018: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

Kentucky Coffeetree By: Jim Earnest More than fifty-percent of the 300 acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is covered by naturally planted woodlands. Along with the elm, hackberry, walnut, ash, Osage Orange and many others is my favorite tree (one of them anyway), the Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica). While it is not common here … Read More

January 2018: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter

The Marder Woodland Garden Karen Kerkhoff The Marder Woodland Garden has been mentioned several times in this newsletter and Henry and Betty Jo are the support behind the garden.  In the late 1990’s, Henry and Betty Jo approached Jim Cox, expressing an interest in supporting the natural area where the Arboretum sits.  This area is … 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

At the Arboretum in May

Come on out to the Arboretum in May. Read about what’s going on during the rest of the month including the Container Gardening Exhibit, Wine Tasting on the Terrace, the opening of the Enchanted Forest, and a “Grand Walk in the Arboretum” (especially for grandparents and grandkids). Read about all activities in our recent e-blast. … Read More

At the Arboretum in April

Come on out to the Arboretum in April to enjoy the spring weather. Fly a kite with the kids. Pick up a sapling to plant in your own garden. Sign up for a wildflower walk or a tree tour. There’s a lot going on now that warming temperatures are beckoning us all outdoors! Read about all … Read More

Visit the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in February

It may still be winter at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, but there’s lot’s to see and do in February. Check out the Felted Forms: Wool in the Woods exhibit – back at the Arboretum for the 3rd year. It’s sure to brighten the gray landscape!