Memorial Garden Gallery
Updated November 2, 2020: The Memorial Garden will now be open during regular hours from 8am-dusk. The Orangery and Restrooms will remain closed. We ask that guests continue to social distance when in the Gardens and recommend wearing a face mask. This is subject to change as the situation evolves. You can find additional information on the Memorial Garden’s Facebook page.
The garden is open to all ages daily, except in inclement weather
- Hours are 8 a.m. to dusk
- There is no admission fee
- The garden is accessible to people with disabilities
- The garden is a smoke-free environment
- No pets are allowed except assistance dogs
- The garden is a privately-owned and privately-funded area
- To keep the garden open to the public, the area is not available for private functions, including wedding ceremonies, receptions or parties
- Portrait photography is prohibited in the garden. This applies to individuals, groups and professional photographers visiting the garden for the sole purpose of organized photo sessions. Snapshots of the stunning beauty of the garden are allowed.
- Guided tours for groups of 10 or more are available upon request. Please call 816.932.1200
Additional guidelines for visiting the Garden during COVID-19:
- The Orangery and public restroom will reopen on June 1, 2021
- We will follow KCMO and CDC guidance regarding wearing masks, social distancing, and occupancy limits
Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden:
A Kansas City Legacy:
For Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, the true joy of life grew from their opportunities to share with others. Throughout their lives, they found many ways to enrich the community around them. The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, an enduring gift for Kansas City, extends the legacy of a gracious couple. The Kauffmans’ world travels inspired the creation of this open space for enjoyment and enrichment, comparable to parks throughout Europe.
Step into the Garden:
Lush and diverse plant beds feature local and exotic botanicals, including some plant varieties not found elsewhere in the Midwest. Pruned foliage and flower plantings are framed by stone walls and artfully shaped around playful fountains and elegant pieces 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 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.
Seasons of Change:
Because the garden is constantly cycling, delightful transitions of foliage and blooms await visitors weekly. In addition to the perennial beds and many unique trees, shrubs and annual displays are changed at least four times a year.
During summer months, visitors can expect to see geraniums, celosia, coleus, marigolds, petunias, vinca and periwinkles. In fall, chrysanthemums, asters, cabbages and kales. In winter, snapdragons, pansies and dianthus, and in spring, tulips, daffodils and hyancith. Mrs. Kauffman’s favorite flowers, gardenias, are featured in the garden at all times and in bloom in late April.
Collaboration with Powell Gardens:
|Powell Gardens, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundations, manages and maintains the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden. Powell Gardens is a 915-acre not-for-profit botanical garden located 35 miles East of Kansas City.