It is with deep regret, but confidence that we have made the right decision for the health and safety of our community, that we have canceled this year's Stems party.
Stems is the primary fundraiser for operations of The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park and our ability to provide for the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, and public art in our community. Please consider making a donation to the Foundation operating fund or a donation to the Growing to Inspire capital campaign in lieu of ticket purchase this year, we would be grateful.
We look forward to seeing you on June 26, 2021, for Stems 2021.


Stems is a lovely garden party in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and the premier networking event in Johnson County!

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.

SIP wine.

TASTE delicious food from 24 top restaurants and caterers.

ENJOY art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more.

MEET friends at the networking event 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 25 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 it has always been a lovely party.

Our hand-painted Stems wine glasses, a signature of the event, are back but with exciting new designs.

Patron ticket holders enjoy VIP parking and early entry (6:00 p.m.) at Stems.

The success of Stems is also due to our sponsors, donors and attendees who have helped us raise over $2.7 million so far. We invite you to become a sponsor, a donor, or purchase tickets. And it takes over 120 fantastic volunteers to create Stems. They work hard but have fun. The staff and volunteer team are dedicated to making every detail perfect for our guests. Scroll for information about becoming a volunteer.


Weather Permitting. This is a fundraiser for The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. No Refunds.

General policy is that all events are held rain or shine, with the exception of severe/dangerous conditions.

Guest safety is our primary concern.

When severe weather conditions exist, we may choose to delay or cancel the event. If a weather-related delay is needed during an event, we will communicate decisions to guests via public address system, event staff & volunteers, and social media.

Guests may be asked to evacuate the event. When and if the event reopens will be determined on a case by case scenario depending on time of day, weather forecast, and whether the venue is deemed safe.

Thank you to all who made  the 2019 Stems: A Garden Soirée a success! Read our Event Report highlighting the benefits of being part of Stems and sharing how 2019 participants made a difference in our community through support of Stems.




Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park KS 66013

Many Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors