Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (120 hectares / 300 acres) is a relatively new arboretum and botanical garden located a mile west of U.S. Highway 69 on 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. It is operated by the City of Overland Park, and open during daylight hours.

The arboretum includes mature trees and limestone bluffs, with almost 5 miles (8.0 km) of trails and two bridges across Wolf Creek, a major tributary of the Blue River. The first garden was dedicated in 1996. As currently planned, the arboretum will be developed over 20 years, with nearly 85 percent of the site set aside for natural ecosystems. The remaining property is earmarked for gardens, buildings, etc. At present, 8 ecosystems have been identified within the arboretum:

  • Dry Oak-Savanna - widely spaced oaks in a prairie invaded by woody species.
  • Dry Wooded Swales - Similar to the Wooded Draws but with dryer, shallower soil.
  • Old Field - a severely disturbed zone due to over-grazing and cropping.

Gardens developed to date are:

  • Erickson Water Garden (1996) - unusual aquatic and bog plants, a Buddleia collection, wildflowers and ornamental grasses.
  • Legacy Garden (2000) - plants native or naturalized to Kansas.
  • Children's Discovery Garden (2000) - a story tree, frog pond, mulberry wood, and other amusements for children.


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Coordinates: 38°48′00″N 94°41′31″W / 38.800°N 94.692°W / 38.800; -94.692


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