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Prepare to fall in love with the Kauffman Memorial Garden.
Located in the middle of Kansas City just east of the Country Club Plaza you will find lush and diverse plant beds featuring local and exotic botanicals, including some plant varieties not found elsewhere in the Midwest.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is for Plant Lovers
Pruned foliage and flower plantings are framed by stone walls and artfully shaped around playful fountains and elegant pieces created by bronze sculptor Tom Corbin.
Botany students often visit the nationally-know garden to explore its distinctiveness, but the average visitor is equally entertained.
The garden is an oasis in the heart of Kansas City. It’s a place to come one step closer to nature and relax in the beauty of the city and its surroundings.
The Orangery is the major architectural feature on the garden lawn, offering a sheltered gathering place for visitors and a site for fragrant and seasonal plants.
It’s Free and Fun
Here’s a fun fact: While the Kauffman Garden is privately owned, through a partnership with Powell Gardens, it’s available for everyone to enjoy.
Open year-round, the Kauffman Garden offers free parking and free admission, making the garden one of the most family-friendly and affordable things to do in Kansas City.
If you choose to visit, note that there are rules. They respectfully ask that there is no smoking, no pets (except service animals), and at least for now, you are encouraged to mask up.
Don’t Forget Legacy Park
Legacy Park is home to Kauffman Community Garden but it’s also a municipal park. On any given day of the week, you can enjoy a morning run or bike ride through the park’s paths. The park is home to more than 800 trees and 1500 shrubs. It’s great for people-watching, outdoor exercise, and catching up with old friends.
During the autumn months, I recommend grabbing a coffee at Cafe Nerman or Oddly Correct, taking a seat on a bench, sipping your warm, happy beverage, and enjoying the beautiful foliage.
A visit to the Kauffman Memorial Garden and Legacy Park is a great way to spend an afternoon in Kansas City.
Photo Credit: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
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