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 championed by head supervisor Karen Kerkhoff.
Open during daylight hours, seven days a week.
April 10-Sept. 30: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-April 9: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Day - Closed
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:
Gardens developed to date are: