Desert in Bloom exhibit at Powell Gardens


Now Showing in the Conservatory

The 2,500-square-foot Conservatory in the Visitor Education Center is home to six stunning exhibits annually. Visit often to see them all! 

January 10-February 22: Desert in Bloom 

Explore the diverse shapes and sizes of cacti and succulents from around the world with pops of color from kalanchoe and other winter-blooming favorites.

Designed by nature to survive in hostile environments, cacti and succulents lend themselves to container culture. Come learn how to grow your own beautiful dish garden with varied textures and colors.

Dish Garden Make-and-Take: January 10-11

Stop by 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday to make a small succulent dish garden to take home. Choose from a variety of plants and enjoy this low-maintenance beauty all winter long. The cost is $15/project.

Supertufa Cactus Planter Make-and-Take: January 24-25

Use Supertufa to mold a 6-inch planter perfect for a single cactus during this session, offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The planter will be ready for gentle handling within an hour. The cost is $15/project and includes potting mix and a small cactus.

Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society Show: February 7

See some beautiful plants and learn from members of the Kansas City Cactus & Succulent Society during their winter show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.

Coming Soon!

March 7-31: Out  of the Blue-Morpho Butterflies in March

The conservatory will be transformed into a tropical rainforest to showcase the majestic Blue Morpho butterfly this March. Learn more.

May 2-September 7: Nature Connects 2
(All New Sculptures Built with LEGO Bricks)

Amazing LEGO brick artist Sean Kenney brings a completely new set of sculptures to Powell Gardens. Just like the exhibit presented in 2013, these colorful and intricate sculptures depict the complex and amazing networks of nature.

We're planning another summer of discovery stations, building competitions, special programs and more!  Learn more.

Did you know? The exhibits in our "crown jewel," also known as the glass-domed Conservatory, change six times a year. Each August this space turns into a magical butterfly house.  Learn more »


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