Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 
  8909 West 179th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66013
(913) 685-3604

Open 7 days a week
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Erickson Water Garden at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Erickson Water Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum
Waterfall in the Overland Park Arboretum
Legacy Garden in early April

The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in metropolitan Kansas City. It is located in Johnson County at the far south edge of the metro area, on 179th Street, 1/2 mile west of US-69. Still under development, large portions of the 300 acre park are being dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.

The traditional gardens began in 1996 with The Erickson Water Garden. Additional major gardens have been opened nearly every year. There are now 10 gardens and 8 arboretum ecosystems with 5 miles of trails. Some are paved and wheel chair friendly.

One of the newest gardens at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is the lovely Monet garden inspired by the gardens in Giverny. 14 sculptures are set throughout the gardens which blend willow trees, perennials and annuals around ponds.

Water moves through many of the gardens and helps to create an environment apart from the hustle of everyday life in the city.

Tulips at the Erickson Water Garden

Admission to the park is free. The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is open 8AM-7:30PM From mid April through September, 8AM-5PM during the rest of the year.

Overland Park Environmental Education and Visitors Center
 Environmental Education and Visitors Center beside Margaret's Pond.

Native American Medicine Wheel at Overland Park Arboretum
Native American Medicine Wheel designed by Chief Yellow Eyes of the Traditional Southern Cheyenne Indian Nation. The
wheel represents the cycle of life from birth to growth through decline and finally death; closely mirroring the seasonal
changes. the large stones like the one in the foreground mark the four directions - North, East, South and West.

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