Planning Your Visit

You’ll find lots to see and do at Powell Gardens any time of year—so relax, recharge and get inspired! 

What to See

From North America's longest “living” wall on the Island Garden to the nation's largest edible landscape in the Heartland Harvest Garden, you’ll find beauty in every season. Take a preview tour of each of our major gardens or explore special exhibitions to see what captures your interest.

What to Do

A year-round schedule of programs, classes and special exhibits means there’s something to do every time you visit! Some of our visitors’ favorite events include Booms & Blooms, the Festival of Butterflies and our major summer exhibits. Gardeners flock to the Spring Plant Sale, lifelong learners enjoy our adult education offerings and friends of all ages enjoy simply immersing themselves in the Gardens’ peacefulness any time of year.

See our Calendar of Events to find out what’s happening on any given day or choose a sample itinerary based on your interests.

What to Eat

Café Thyme in the Visitor Education Center is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in April and daily from May through October. reFresh, the outdoor eatery space in the Heartland Harvest Garden's Missouri Barn, is open weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and daily from May through September. Learn more. Small snack items and hot drinks also are available through the gift shop.  

Picnics

Although picnics are not allowed inside the Gardens (except for special performances), a picnic area is provided near the gatehouse. This area is open every day during regular Garden hours.

 

 

Where to Shop

Visit Perennial Gifts in the Visitor Education Center for gardening supplies and garden decor, seasonal gifts, books and more. When you choose a gift from Perennial Gifts, it is also a gift to Powell Gardens. And don't forget: members receive a discount on all gift shop items! We've also included a few of our best-sellers online. Shop now!

What to Know Before You Go

General Admission

    • April 1-Oct. 31: $10/adults, $9/seniors, $4/children ages 5-12
    • Nov. 1-March 31: $7/adults, $6/seniors, $3/children ages 5-12

Festival Admission

$12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/children ages 5-12. Learn more. 

 

Parking

Parking is FREE and Powell Gardens can accommodate RV parking (no overnight parking allowed).

Trolley

A trolley service takes visitors from the Visitor Education Center to the Perennial Garden, Rock & Waterfall Garden and the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel during peak season. The trolley fee is $1 per rider for a full-day pass, which you may purchase at the gatehouse with your admission or at any trolley stop. 


Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Inquire at the front desk of the Visitor Education Center.

 

Did you know? Powell Gardens was once a Boy Scout camp. Today, many scouts earn badges during programs available through the Gardens' youth education programs and many scouts who once camped here visit every year. Learn More »

 

Exotic orchids of every hue combine with gems of the woodland in the Conservatory.

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Powell Gardens is a perfect place to explore the wonders of nature with your family.

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Explore the miraculous life of the butterfly this August during the 17th annual Festival of Butterflies.

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