Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, brims with inspiration for gardeners throughout the month of May—from the Spring Plant Sale to a bonsai exhibition. Admission, unless otherwise noted, is $10/adults, $9/seniors, and $4/children 5-12.
Members-Only Plant Sale Preview & Reception
4-7 p.m. May 1 (Reception at 4 p.m.; plant sale open 5-7 p.m.)
Members of Powell Gardens’ acclaimed horticulture staff will demonstrate how to put together creative containers during the plant sale preview reception from 4 to 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. sharp, the members-only sale begins with an assortment of perennials for sun and shade, annuals, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs and more. See the full list at powellgardens.org/plantsale.
Powell Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale
9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-3
Don’t miss Powell Gardens’ only plant sale of the year, where shoppers will find a wide range of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs and some of Powell Gardens’ own best performers. Powell Gardens’ knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand throughout the sale to help with selections. Garden admission applies: $10/adults, $9/seniors and $4/children 5-12. See powellgardens.org/plantsale for details.
Nature Connects 2 Opening Weekend
9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 2-3
Be among the first to see Nature Connects 2 at Powell Gardens. This new exhibition includes 25 new LEGO® brick sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney, whose first Nature Connects exhibit appeared at Powell Gardens in 2013. The exhibit also includes the iconic hummingbird and flower shown in the inaugural exhibit. In all, the exhibit includes 27 larger-than-life sculptures using more than 300,000 LEGO® bricks!
For more than a decade, Kenney has been using LEGO® toys as a medium for contemporary sculpture. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC news and Good Morning America, and he has created pieces for television shows, celebrities, tourist attractions and Fortune 500 companies around the world. See powellgardens.org/NatureConnects2 for details about the exhibit..
National Public Gardens Day Celebration
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 8
Celebrate the importance of America’s public gardens with a visit to Kansas City’s botanical garden. Take a free guided tour of the Gardens at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., see the Nature Connects 2 LEGO® brick sculpture exhibit and more. Check powellgardens.org/NPGD for details.
Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City’s Spring Exhibit at Powell Gardens
10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 9-10
Learn about the living art of bonsai during the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City’s spring exhibit at Powell Gardens. Society members will showcase a variety of stunning trees and be available to answer questions throughout the exhibit. At 1:30 p.m. each afternoon, visitors can enjoy a presentation about designing and caring for bonsai trees.
Iris Weekend at Powell Gardens
9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-10 and16-17*
Stroll through the Gardens to “Iris Hill,” where hundreds of multi-colored award-winning irises await. *Mid-May is usually peak bloom time for irises, but it does vary—check powellgardens.org for updates or call 816-697-2600 before you head out.
Mother’s Day Performance & Brunch at Powell Gardens
11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10
Powell Gardens celebrates Mother’s Day with a reservation-only brunch in Café Thyme and a live outdoor concert by Brookside Brass on the lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. To make brunch reservations for 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., call 816-697-2600 x209 or visit powellgardens.org/MothersDay. Brunch prices include admission to the Gardens:
• Non-members: $30/adults and $14/children 5-12 (free for kids 4 and under)
• Members: $25/adults and $12/children 5-12 (free for kids 4 and under)
Visitors also may bring picnics to be enjoyed in the performance area only.
Garden Chef Series in the Heartland Harvest Garden
Demo by Cody Hogan, Chef de Cuisine at Lidia’s
2 p.m. May 24
Avid gardener and Lidia’s Chef de Cuisine Cody Hogan kicks off the 2015 Garden Chef Series in the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation’s largest edible landscape. Hogan will prepare a dish featuring fresh ingredients from the Heartland Harvest Garden with a limited number of samples available. Garden admission applies: $10/adults, $9/seniors and $4/children 5-12.
Demo by Craig Jones, Food Network’s Grill Mayor/owner, Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts
2 p.m. May 31
Join grilling expert Craig Jones at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, to learn how to incorporate garden-fresh ingredients in your grilling repertoire. A limited number of samples will be available. Garden admission applies: $10/adults, $9/seniors and $4/children 5-12. See the lineup for the rest of the Garden Chef Series at www.powellgardens.org/chefs.