Arboretum Major Giving Opportunities

A 25-year history of major gifts has played a tremendous part in the Arboretum’s growth. The public-private partnership between the City of Overland Park and Friends of the Arboretum and its parent organization, The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, enables generous benefactors to support their community and this cultural asset with tax-deductible gifts and naming opportunities.

In addition to naming opportunities within the Growing to Inspire Campaign, the following amenities are available for the recognition of major gifts at the levels noted.

Environmental Education and Visitors Center


The portal for all visitors, the EEVC is filled with engaging displays, touchable artifacts and a gorgeous stone fireplace. It’s the site of many exhibits, events, trainings and educational sessions.

Train Garden


With the Leaky Roof Line in operation, the Strang Line trolley moving through Old Town and work beginning on the third and largest display, the Train Garden gets hundreds of visitors daily.

Lakeside Amphitheater


The Lakeside Amphitheater is a beautiful space where loved ones share their special days, groups practice T’ai Chi and families share picnics. Margaret’s Pond provides a beautiful backdrop.

EEVC Patio


Adjacent to the Xeriscape and Monet Gardens, the shaded patio is a popular space to enjoy a snack from the café or relax after a walk through the gardens and trails.

Freight House in the Train Garden


The Freight House provides a repair and maintenance workshop to keep the trains running. The deck on the south end makes a wonderful stage for entertainment, storytelling and other activities.

Peony Garden


Home to more than 40 varieties of landscape-quality peonies, the Peony Garden is hugely popular with painters and photographers alike.


Monet Bridge


Crossing from the Allee to the Sunset Garden, the wisteria- covered bridge is inspired by Monet’s actual bridge at Giverny, France.



Spanning the north side of Margaret’s Pond, the Boardwalk is a special place where visitors stop to enjoy the fish and turtles as they listen to the sound of falling water.

Legacy Bridge


Visitors take in views of the Bald Cypress Grove as they cross this bridge during their relaxed descent through the Legacy Garden.


$15,000 each