Thank you to all who enjoyed the party of the summer - a starry night filled with laughter, food, & drink. We celebrated 10 years of sight, scents and sounds at Stems: A Garden Soirée.

Proceeds from Stems: A Garden Soirée ensure that The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park can continue to support and develop Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and city art installations.Your investment of time and money allows us to sustain The Foundation and our initiatives. These grants fund necessary programs and capital improvements in our cultural and recreational community gems. Learn more about the multiple and far reaching ways Stems highlights and showcases sponsors, donors, volunteers, and staff to our community in our Event Impact Report.

We look forward to hosting the 11th Annual Stems: A Garden Soirée on Saturday, June 23, 2018! Watch for information after the first of the year.


SIP wine.
TASTE delicious food from 24 top restaurants and caterers.
ENJOY art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more.
MEET friends at the party of the summer – the place to see and be seen.
SUPPORT a vision of recreational and cultural enrichment and inspiration for present and future generations.

Since 2008, The Arts & Recreation Foundation has been putting on the party of the summer at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at the peak of its summer beauty. Thousands have attended and delighted in the ambience and surroundings. Whether you come as a guest of a corporate sponsor or come for a not-to-be-forgotten date night, you're sure to have a wonderful time.

Stems is for a great cause: enhancing the quality of life in our community. From the moment you arrive, you know this party is something special. Tastings of all kinds – from sliders to crab cakes, antipasto to crepes – are available at 24 destinations along the paths and among the gardens. Fine wines, craft beers, and specialty mixed drinks complement the food. Around every turn, there’s more fun to be had - don't miss the balloon and caricature artists and stay for the fireworks. We’ve had sunny skies, starry nights, rain and rainbows. And always the party goes on.

Our hand-painted Stems wine glass has become a signature of the event. Guests look forward to adding to their collection each year.

The success of Stems is also due to our sponsors, donors and attendees who have helped us raise $2.3 million so far. We invite you to become a sponsor or purchase tickets. And it takes over 120 fantastic volunteers to create Stems. They work hard but have fun. The volunteer team is dedicated to making every detail perfect for our guests. Scroll for information about becoming a volunteer.


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park KS 66013

Saturday, June 24, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Our Sincere Thanks to Presenting Sponsors Bank of Blue Valley, Regnier Family Foundations, LMC Truck, and All Our Generous Sponsors Who Are Investing in Our Community as Stems Supporters