Overland Park Arboretum upcoming events

Celebrate National Kite Month KiteFest! Every Sunday in April

We’ll be celebrating National Kite Month every Sunday during April, from noon to 5 pm. Fly your own kite, buy and make a kite, learn about kites, and watch expert kite demonstrations.

Wine Tasting on the Terrace
Spend a lovely spring evening with friends, tasting local wines and light appetizers on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Visitors Center terrace. Register online at www.opabg.org
Spring Plant Sale May 2-4
Preview Sale for FOTA members only will be held on Thursday evening, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. Members receive a 10 percent discount, and attendees can join FOTA at any time during the sale.
The public is invited to shop on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale features native plants, certified organic herbs, more vegetable starts than ever before, a vast selection of hostas, and of course annuals, perennials, planters and hanging baskets for Mother’s Day.
Garden Containers Exhibit May 3-19

Stroll the Arboretum and enjoy the efforts of local garden clubs and other organizations. Vote for your favorite container among the many inspiring creations concocted by local garden enthusiasts.

Kickin’ Back in an Adirondack June 8-30

Check out the 25 beautiful Adirondack chairs painted by local artists and on display throughout the gardens. These are one-of-a-kind works of art, and if one of them strikes your fancy, you will have the opportunity to bid on your choice through an online auction. Be the envy of your friends! Or just enjoy the display.
If you know an artist who may be interested in painting a chair, contact Tammy Laudan: tlaudan@kc.rr.com.

Branch Out: Take Bird Class!

Birding for a Life Long Adventure has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 7, 1:30 to 3 pm. Dr. David Seibel will focus on birding by sight, sound, habitat and distinguishing between similar species. He will also emphasize more advanced birding techniques that will be helpful to birders of all levels as well as discussing photography fundamentals and equipment including digiscoping. Dr. Seibel holds a PhD in ornithology from the University of Kansas, is a biology professor, author, poet, popular lecturer and avid nature photographer as well as an award-winning faculty member at Johnson County Community College. He coauthored the 528 page Birds of Kansas, published in 2011, and is a founding partner of BirdsInFocus.com, whose photos illustrate the entire Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Backyard Birds (2012). Register for this class at www.opabg.org. The class is $10.00 per person plus admission fee to Gardens. Admission fee waived for FOTA members.

 

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