Powell Gardens Receives $100,000 Grant from Louetta M. Cowden Foundation

Powell Gardens was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation for construction of a new Entrance Garden and turnout lane along U.S. Highway 50. In addition to construction of a gateway and garden, the entrance will be moved toward the top of a hill for greater visibility and safety.

Powell Gardens seeks to create a first impression of the gardens that more accurately depicts the stunning gardens within the gates. As a result, the Entrance Garden will improve the experience of its current audience and attract new visitors due to greater highway visibility.

Powell Gardens’ entrance on U.S. Highway 50 is currently marked by a small, discreet sign. Many guests have expressed difficulty locating the turn for the Gardens’ from the highway. The access point is also located in a downhill portion of the highway, which creates limited visibility for visitors as they enter and exit the Gardens. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the annual average daily traffic for the stretch of highway near Powell Gardens was 18,110 in 2016. To maximize impact on these commuters, it is necessary for Powell Gardens to have an entrance that will grab their attention and garner interest.

Powell Gardens (the Gardens) is a Kansas City treasure with 970 acres of natural wonder less than an hour from downtown. The region’s only botanical garden provides opportunities for learning and reflection through year-round educational programs, research, and special events. Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular garden displays incorporating native plantings and its contemporary architecture.  Powell Gardens serves approximately 100,000 visitors annually. Annual events that draw large numbers include the annual Butterfly Festival and Festival of Lights. The Gardens offer numerous youth and adult classes and are particularly focused on K-12 educational opportunities. The Gardens is strategically focusing on increasing membership through more value-added programs and services.