Prairie Plant Giveaway and Hike at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden, on June 4

Celebrate National Prairie Day at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, on Saturday, June 4, 2016!

To inspire a national dialogue about prairie conservation, restoration and enjoyment, the Missouri Prairie Foundation established National Prairie Day, which takes place the first Saturday of June. In recognition of this special day, Powell Gardens will have a prairie plant giveaway and prairie hike.

Prairie Plant Giveaway 
9 a.m. until supplies run out

Prairie plants are critical for pollinators and the environment in general. Stop by the Gardens today to learn more about them and for a chance to take one home. The first 250 guests to arrive at the gatehouse will receive a coupon to redeem in the Gardens' visitor center for one plant. Arrive early for the best selection. Plants include: 

  • Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) 
  • False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) 
  • Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium) 
  • Gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) 
  • Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium/Eupatorium purpureum) 
  • Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) 

Prairie Hike with Alan Branhagen (registration required) 
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Horticulture Director Alan Branhagen leads this fun and informative tour of the prairie plantings at Powell Gardens, including the meadow along the back side of the Island Garden and the prairie border in the Perennial Garden. Learn about the native prairie remnants along the Byron Shutz Nature Trail, which guests can explore on their own (the trail isn't included on this hike). Hike participants will learn about the importance of prairie, get tips on prairie plants they can grow and take home two prairie plants. Included with Garden admission; registration is required as space is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting Linda at 

About Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden
Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden that sits on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows. Known for its contemporary architecture, Powell Gardens encompasses stunning display gardens with exhibits, classes, performances and festivals for all ages offered year-round. Its Heartland Harvest Garden is the nation's largest edible landscape, demonstrating 2,000-plus food plants.