Garden Admission Is Free on Leap Day!
(Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO)—Visitors can enjoy the peaceful beauty of the winter landscape with a stroll through Powell Gardens in February. Those looking for ways to add year-round interest to their own gardens will find inspiration by taking a look at the Gardens’ “bones”—the trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and other structural elements that define space and direct movement. They can gather ideas for creating a landscape at home to admire all year long.
Winter Romance Conservatory Exhibit
Visitors looking for a splash of spring color will find it inside the glass-topped conservatory where the ‘Winter Romance with Victorian Flair’ exhibit continues through Feb. 28. This cheerful display features cineraria, kalanchoe, cyclamen, African violets, succulents and more displayed on antique Victorian-era stands.
The exhibit is included with regular winter Garden admission of $7/adults, $6/seniors 60+, $3/children 5-12 and free/members. (Note: Café Thyme is closed for the season until March 12.)
February Is for the Birds!
February is a great time for birding, and the Gardens offers several activities for bird lovers:
Homes Birds Love (Feb. 13 and 14)
It’s a home show for the birds! Visitors can stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend to learn how to attract birds to their yards with the right birdhouse.
Great Backyard Bird Count and Birding Hike (Feb. 14)
Visitors can be part of a team that identifies and counts the birds at Powell Gardens as part of the national Great Backyard Bird Count. The count, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale.
Powell Gardens’ Horticulture Director will lead two sessions. The morning session (9 a.m. to noon) is designed for all ages and focuses on the birds around the Visitor Education Center. For the afternoon session (1 to 4 p.m.), Branhagen leads a hike on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. Fee: $9/adult, $5/members of Powell Gardens and free/members of Burroughs Audubon Society. (The fee covers one or both sessions.) Register at powellgardens.org/adultclasses or by calling 816-697-2600 x209.
Bird Banding Demonstration (Feb. 28)
From 1-3:30 p.m. Missouri River Bird Observatory experts will demonstrate bird banding, which helps them monitor lifespan and return rates of our resident and wintering bird species. Visitors of all ages are welcome to attend this fun and educational demonstration.
More February Fun
Just for Kids: Make a Valentine’s Gift for Mom (Feb. 7)
From 1 to 4 p.m. kids can make a special gift for Mom. Mix chocolate bath salts in a jar and create a handmade card for $10 per project.
Admission is Free on Leap Day! (Feb. 29)
Powell Gardens ends the month with a sweet deal: Admission is free on Leap Day! Visitors can enjoy a winter walk and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. They can also enter a drawing for a chance to win a one-year Family Gold membership to Powell Gardens. (Note: The conservatory and café will not be open on Leap Day.)