Powell Gardens' 20th Annual Festival of Butterflies Opens August 5!

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Powell Gardens' 20th Annual Festival of Butterflies returns for two weekends only: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 5-7 and 12-14, 2016. The festival gives guests of all ages the opportunity to have a close encounter with tropical butterflies from around the world in the Gardens' conservatory and to see native butterflies in both controlled and garden settings. 

This year's tropical butterfly exhibit includes at least four species from Southeast Asia that have not been displayed at the festival before. These include the emerald swallowtail, scarlet Mormon swallowtail, great Mormon swallowtail and birdwings. Festival favorites such as the blue morpho butterfly, African moon moth and many others will be displayed, as well. 

In the monarch tent, guests will learn about monarch butterfly conservation from Monarch Watch, a national group dedicated to studying and preserving the monarch. Festival-goers can learn how to catch, tag and release these creatures for science, as well as learn how to plant monarch "way stations" in their yards.

Other festival activities include a photography exhibit, daily costume parade, caterpillar hunt, children's activities, butterfly plant sale and evening events each Saturday. Festival admission is $12/adults; $10/seniors ages 60+; and $5/children ages 5-12. Admission is free for children under 5. 

About Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is set on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills 30 miles east of Kansas City on Highway 50. Powell Gardens encompasses exquisite display gardens, trails, lakes, windswept meadows and more, and offers classes, performances and festivals year-round.