Regardless of the time of year, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens offers unique and unexpected pleasures. The botanical gardens offer year-round color, from the wildflowers draping hillsides to the fiery hues of sumac and persimmon throughout the grounds.
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Nestled within the Legacy Garden, Ailie's Glade offers a quiet spot to enjoy the garden next to a babbling brook.
Children's Discovery Garden
Young visitors can climb to the top of a spiraling walkway, visit the frog pond, explore a shrinking tunnel and study fossil and animal footprints. Or, enjoy the story tree and puppet theater in the shade.
Cohen Iris Garden
The Cohen Iris Garden is home to over 300 varieties of iris, including the well-known Tall Bearded Iris, plus a selection of Louisiana, Siberian, Pseudata, Reticulatas, and more.
Erickson Water Garden
The Erickson Water Garden is home to bird and butterfly plants, wildflowers and ornamental grasses. Spring brings more than 40 varieties of daffodils and other spring bulbs. Relax on benches and enjoy the sound of water tumbling over the falls.
Josh's Story Garden
Josh's Story Garden is a serene, secret spact within the Legacy Garden.
The Lakeside Ampitheater offers views of several gardens, plus its own flower beds and colorful planters. The amphitheater is beautiful location to take in Margaret's Pond or host an event.
The Legacy Garden showcases plants that may have been seen on Kansas homesteads. Four time capsules that are opened every 25 years reside in this garden.
Marder Woodland Garden
Beautiful all year round, Marder Garden offers a shaded walk along a babbling brook and among paw-paw ferns, dogwood, hickory, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple and many other woodland plants. Under the falls, enjoy the koi pond surrounded by ferns.
The Monet Garden captures the subtle blending of soft colors and shapes typical in the original Monet gardens. Willow trees, perennials and annuals surround ponds, creating a colorful palate that will make you feel as though you are in one of Claude Monet's paintings.
The train garden delights children and adults alike: shrubs and flowers complement a real railroad caboose, full-size railroad crossing gate and model trains that wind through bluffs, streams and through a model of old Overland Park.
Welcoming visitors at the Arboretum entrance on 179th Street, this gardens includes a colorful array of shrubs, ornamental grasses and flowers gracing beautiful hackett and limestone walls.
The Xeriscape Garden demonstrates best water practices by grouping plants according to their water needs. Plants are rated as high, medium or low water users.