Bird Lovers Flock to Powell Gardens in February

(Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO)—Bird lovers will flock to Powell Gardens throughout February as the region’s botanical garden turns its attention to the joys of bird watching. Programs and events throughout the month will show Garden guests how to attract, feed and identify backyard birds.

Birders’ Lounge

The space inside Café Thyme (closed for service during the winter) is transformed into a comfortable place for bird watching, complete with binoculars, birding guides and comfortable seating. Light snacks and hot drinks are available for purchase at the front desk. The Birders’ Lounge is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is part of general winter admission of $7/adults, $6/seniors and $3/children 5-12.

Attracting Backyard Birds, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 1

This hands-on class, which requires preregistration, teaches participants how to attract birds with the right selections of food and water. The cost is $19 for members and $26 for non-members. Register at or call 816-697-2600 x209.

Bird Feeder Wreath Make and Take, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 7 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 8

In this session, participants will use seed heads, suet and dried fruit to create a colorful arrangement that is visually pleasing and feeds the birds, too. The cost is $10 per project. RSVP to or call 816-697-2600 x209.

Ladder-Style Bird Feeder, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 15

This make-and-take project is free. Learn how to create your own ladder-style feeder and enjoy watching the birds hop from rung to rung. RSVP to or call 816-697-2600 x209.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 15

Participants will be part of a team that identifies and counts the birds at Powell Gardens as part of the national Great Backyard Bird Count project. Led by Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen, the morning session will focus on the birds around the visitor center. The afternoon session will include a birding hike on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail.

Participation is free for members of Powell Gardens and $8 for non-members. The fee includes one or both sessions. Register by Feb. 11 at

Desert in Bloom + Cactus Show & Sale on Feb. 7

Visitors can easily travel to warmer climes as “Desert in Bloom” continues through Feb. 22. The glass-topped conservatory gracing the Visitor Center showcases diverse shapes and sizes of cacti and succulents, ranging from the towering Century Plant to the scarlet-flowered Crown of Thorns. On Feb. 7, the Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society offers a show and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is included with regular admission.