Like Prozac for the eyes, flowers deliver a pain-free shot of joy and loveliness with a single whiff, glance, or petal tickle across the cheek. Unlike Prozac, however, flowers are not vastly overprescribed to children—at least, not until today's Groupon: for $30, you'll get a one-year Friend Plus membership, which is good for two adults and their children or grandchildren (a $60 value), at Powell Gardens, Pitch's pick for Best Day Trip. The not-for-profit botanical garden, located about 30 miles east of Kansas City, offers more than 915 acres of breezy meadows, blooming happiness, and somewhat incongruous extraterrestrial cityscapes.
Purchased by George E. Powell Sr. in 1948, this historic piece of earth houses secret gardens, vibrant hues, and lush, postcard-perfect greenery. Sniff heaping breaths of flower-scented air and pleasantly meander along brick pathways as you scope out some 6,000 types of plants, and be scoped back by the 486 types of plants that have eyes. Pretend you're in a Jane Austen movie and pensively pine under a parasol among the season's orchids, tulips, pansies, and violas. During summer visits, you can dip your toes in the intricately carved interactive fountain of Powell Gardens' newest 1.5-acre garden. There is also a 3.25-mile nature trail along the less-manicured "wild side" of the gardens, tailor-made for leisurely strolls, butterfly- and bird-watching, or rounds of high-stakes botanical bingo with feisty-looking insect swarms. Check out the site's guide to new blooms to find out when you can catch the most pleasurable petals in season.
Open year-round, Powell Gardens' tranquil, well-scented surroundings shed insight into the natural beauty of nature, amusing and inspiring attendees of all ages. Round up the kiddos for a day of flowery fun at Powell Gardens with today's Groupon.
- Deep inside Kansas City's biggest parks, there's still the whisper of traffic or the buzz of a motorboat hanging in the air. Remote trails are refuges for runners and cyclists grunting and grinding out their urban frustrations. Powell Gardens is the opposite. This expanse inspires strolling, not sweating. The loudest intrusion is the clomping of a toddler chasing a butterfly. The quirky names on the garden plaques -- sneezeweed and plantain-leaved pussytoe -- cause even the horticulturally disinclined to stop and ponder the bizarre and beautiful vegetation. – Pitch
- I really enjoyed the trip to Powell Gardens last Tuesday. The weather was great and there was plenty to see. The orchid display in th [sic] conservatory was fantastic, and the flower and other sights around the ground were very welcome after the long winter. – Edward L., Facebook
- went for a drive with my daughter last week on a rainy,dreary day and ended up at Powell to see the conservatory display. what started out as a dreary day turned into a inspiring one after viewing the beautiful orchids and other plants on display! – Jan N.C., Facebook
Visiting Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is a serene experience made even moreso by the butterflies and birds that call the area home.
- Size: 970 acres of rolling hills, meadows, and display gardens
- Eye Catcher: the giant apple core sculpture at the center of the Harvest Garden, which grows more than 2,000 types of edible plants
- Permanent Mainstays: Approximately 7,000 plants are always on display
- Don't Miss: the observation deck at the top of the Missouri barn's 45-foot silo
- Hands-On Activities: classes in gardening, crafts, and even astronomy
- The Buildings: a barn, a chapel, and several other structures designed by the renowned American architect E. Fay Jones
- Pro Tip: come back often; the flowers in bloom change with the seasons
- Crown Jewel: the glass-domed conservatory, which displays six rotating exhibits each year
- Special Programs: plant sales, puppet performances, cooking demos, seasonal festivals, and wine tastings