40 miles outside of downtown Kansas City, Powell Gardens is one of those places to go when you need to get out of the urban cementscape and pretend you're frolicking on a country estate. 970 acres of botanical landscape, including a wildflower meadow, 12 acres of edible garden, a living wall on an island garden, nature trails and architecturally gorgeous chapel, this place is a gem of natural beauty and serenity.
We drove out one Saturday in late April to check out what was blooming and were rewarded with trees full of dogwoods, cherry blossoms, and apple blossoms, some sending their small petals into the wind like flowering snow. Azaleas, wisteria, daffodils, and early peonies had the bumble bees all a stir. Succulents, cacti, and decorative herbs sprouted from the living wall, and lily pads floated in the pond. My husband sketched and I shot photos and we meandered around the grounds.
For the summer, you can go and enjoy the Jurassic Garden exhibit with dinosaur statue installations, which I know will make all my husband's childhood dinosaur dreams come true. Check out two of his sketches from the day below, and you can follow all his sketches on his Instagram @3_x_three.