“Nature in Overland Park, KS”
The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in metropolitan Kansas City. It is located in Johnson County at the far south edge of the metro area, on 179th Street, 1/2 mile west of US-69. Still under development, large portions of the 300 acre park are being dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. The traditional gardens began in 1996 with The Erickson Water Garden. Additional major gardens have been opened nearly every year. There are now 10 gardens and 8 arboretum ecosystems with 5 miles of trails. Some are paved and wheel chair friendly. One of the newest gardens at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is the lovely Monet garden inspired by the gardens in Giverny. 14 sculptures are set throughout the gardens which blend willow trees, perennials and annuals around ponds.
I was pleasantly surprised by the scale of this garden! It sprawls across rolling terrain and nothing is crowded or too far apart. The integration of sculpture is done very well, the map is informative, and the placement of rest facilities and benches was perfect. The model train area is amazing; I hope they can keep their docents to maintain that ambitious project! Very well suited for children and those of us without them. The water elements were wonderful to gaze upon, the use of lettuces, cabbage, and rhubarb for border plants inventive, and the admission ($3) hard to beat! Worth the short trip from KC to wander for an hour or two!
Me and my girls love this place. Pretty place and great for taking pictures. :)
Bring bug spray!!!!!! The mosquitos are insane. Other than that, I absolutely loved this place.
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Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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