The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues.
A leader of environmentally sound community development, the Arboretum is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the Kansas City region. It offers homeowners, landscapers and arborists an opportunity to view and evaluate a wide variety of hybrid trees and shrubs, native to this area.
About 85 percent of the property in southern Overland Park is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of eight natural ecosystems. The remaining portion includes traditional botanical gardens, trails, the Visitors Center and maintenance facilities.
The Arboretum Cafe is open seven days a week during Arboretum hours and serves snacks, sandwiches and drinks.
The botanical gardens offer unique and unexpected pleasures, regardless of the time of year.
Nearly five miles of paved and wood chip hiking trails wind their way through the gardens.
The Arboretum hosts seasonal programs and events to get people excited about enhancing and preserving natural resources.
The public is invited to come and explore the gardens anytime the facility is open. Guided tours are available by appointment. School groups should call 913-685-3604 for arrangements.
The gardens are a lovely place for an outdoor wedding or a family picnic/reunion.