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Powell Gardens 2019

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:52 pm
by Roanoker
I assume Powell Gardens is close enough to Kansas City for these pictures to be appropriate here. My son and I visited this place on 5/31/19. It claims to be Kansas City's botanical garden. It is a 970-acre botanical garden in Kingsville, Missouri, 30 miles east of Kansas City. It features 6,000 varieties of plants, with 225,000 plants in seasonal displays, and is open to the public, for a fee, during daylight hours.

We didn’t have enough time to visit the entire facility, spending most of our visit in the most sparse part. Also, I was using my new-to-me Nikon 3400. My other Nikon was better in its day, but it threw a few unpleasant fits. So here goes…

Pleasant enough start.
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Trees are good.
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Now, if you were a botanical garden, how would you greet visitors?
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I added a few yellow pansies to sparse areas. Two were from the part I cropped off. Another is a copy of one in this picture, slightly rotated.
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Edible? Dunno.
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Don’t you love big trees that are allowed to grow and spread without obstruction?
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Now what caused these holes?
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Mystery solved. Notice the mention of LEGO art. That’s one reason we visited this place.
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This is the nice building where you go to pay your entrance fee.
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This is the first LEGO critter I observed. There will be many more.
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This hanging basket held some rather elegant and ornate flowers.
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Interesting concept. You could look at flowers through microscopes.
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Re: Powell Gardens 2019

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:06 pm
by Roanoker
We are in a botanical garden. There will be flowers.
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They are so pretty.
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And they are so perfect.
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It’s like an army of charmers.
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Oops! This one’s from the other side of the tracks. Or world.
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Fiesta time!
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Looking for a man’s lapel.
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Reaching out.
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Flowers can be found in surprising places.
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A simple columbine looks more like a king’s crown.
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Not all orange suits are found in prisons.
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Not quite redundant.
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Re: Powell Gardens 2019

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:43 pm
by Roanoker
Lake peeking through.
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The blue spruce tree was nice enough, but a close-up serves the purpose better.
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To get the best view of this maroon tree, you do need to step back a bit.
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Like Christmas tree ornaments.
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Those rose/purple leaves could pass for flowers.
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This is a small part of the original image. The blue flowers deserved a closeup.
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Not sure if the less fluffy ones are budding or seeding.
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Looks like a pink sandwich sack.
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Sometimes thin is better.
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Like vanilla ice cream.
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The blue pot gets much of the glory here.
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Yellow wins.
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Re: Powell Gardens 2019

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:06 pm
by normalthings
I never realized how big the place was. Do you know where they get their funding from? I assume they don’t run on admissions alone.

Re: Powell Gardens 2019

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:24 am
by Roanoker
Yes, it does seem to be a big place. We didn't see more than half of it. I didn't really know much about the funding, either. I looked online briefly and found this statement at <http://gkccf.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1322>:

"The Gardens, like many non-profits, always needs funding. We have a three-tiered approach to funding the Gardens’ operating needs: Endowment, Earned Income, and Contributions. The Gardens has grown considerably, so focusing on strategies that will grow the revenue streams is at the forefront of my mind, as well as the board of directors and senior leadership. Under objective #4, our focus is to shore up the Gardens’ key revenue streams to sustain it for future generations."

I also found this statement at <https://powellgardens.org/homepage/memb ... -campaign/>:

"Today, Powell Gardens operates on an annual budget of $3 million, with revenues generated in equal amounts from earned income, including admissions, rentals and memberships; philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations; and endowment income, combined with the support of the Powell Family Foundation."