This 2-acre garden is part of the Kauffman Legacy Park in the heart of Kansas City. Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, manages and maintains the garden.
The Kauffman Memorial Garden is a serene and tranquil garden enclosed by beautiful limestone walls. Its brick paths lead to many places to sit and relax. The garden showcases five designs beginning with a beautiful entrance allee of Peking Tree Lilacs shading billowing blue Endless Summer Hydrangeas and other seasonal flowers.
The Green Garden’s centerpiece is where water jumps in a playful octagonal pool. It is bordered on the south by a beautiful pergola of overhead planter boxes filled with cascading seasonal flowers that create a space where Mrs. Kauffman’s favorite flower, the gardenia, can be found during the growing season. Four beds surround each corner of the garden containing spring-blooming magnolias.
The conservatory “orangery” flanks the north side of the green garden and offers a sheltered gathering place for visitors and a site for fragrant seasonal plants encircled by six large pindo palm trees. The Christmas display is a seasonal highlight, and a must-see during a Plaza area visit.
The Parterre “Canal” Garden is home to a majestic long pool where bronze figures by local artist Tom Corbin dance in the water. The long canal pool is lined with a colorful display of annuals and tropicals that change with each season. Paths behind rows of flowering crabapples feature long borders of beautiful perennials.
The secluded Secret Garden behind the conservatory features its own distinctive watery accents in the form of jumping fountains that delight visitors young and old.
The Kauffmans’ world travels inspired the creation of the garden for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. The space artfully includes plants from both Muriel and Ewing’s heritage by using species popular to Canada and Missouri.
All together, the garden features 7,000 plants, varieties that include vintage and modern perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs and trees.
Did you know? All together, the Kauffman Memorial Garden features 7,000 plants, with varieties that include vintage and modern perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs and trees. Learn more »
Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO
Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk
Garden Information Line: 816-932-1200
Group Tours: To arrange a visit for a group of 10 or more, please call 816-932-1200.
Be respectful of other guests in the garden.
No smoking or alcoholic beverages.
No pets are allowed except for assistance dogs.
Do not move or rearrange plant material or pots.
Stay on the brick paths.
Stay out of the beds, trees, fountains and off of the garden walls.
Photography is allowed in the garden. The photographer is responsible for replacing moved chairs, picking up trash and the conduct of their group.
Photography parties should drop off guests and then park in the parking lot.
The restrooms are not for changing. Please come to the garden in desired outfit.
The garden is NOT available for functions, including wedding ceremonies, receptions or parties.
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