Butterfly Festival Scheduled


**Tickets are Non-Refundable and Non-Exchangeable**



Step 1. Note the DATE above. If you would like to purchase tickets for that selected date, proceed to Step 3. If you would like to attend a different date, click on "Other dates...above and proceed to Step 2.

Step 2. Select an available date from the dropdown calendar between July 22 - August 8, 2021. If the date is grayed out, that date is sold out.

Step 3. Enter the quantity of each ticket below, including one Parking ticket per vehicle.

Step 4. Click "Add to Cart" and follow the instructions on the following pages to complete your order.

Step 5. Save the email you receive containing your eTickets and show your printed tickets or your device at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center to be checked in.


FESTIVAL+ PACK:  Upgrade your experience with the Festival+ Pack. For $10 each, get a bundle of festival favorites.  (Festival+ Packs DO NOT include festival admission.)  

  • One Butterfly Net
  • One McLain’s Cookie
  • One Non-Alcoholic Beverage


ATTENTION MEMBERS:  Members do not need to purchase festival admission or parking. However, if your group of visitors exceeds the amount of people covered in the membership, purchase tickets at this link.  To add a Festival+ Pack to a member visit, select only the number of Festival+ Packs desired & proceed to checkout.


PLEASE NOTE: Your eTickets will display the time the Gardens open. You are not required to arrive at that specific time. You may enjoy the Festival of Butterflies any time from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 


By purchasing tickets, you understand and agree that:

  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. This is an outdoor, rain or shine event. 
  • Tickets may be used only on the specific date purchased.
  • One parking ticket is required per vehicle.
  • By registering for this event, you agree to receive email communications from Powell Gardens. You may unsubscribe at anytime.


Botanical Aspects of Distilling Gin Workshop

Do you know how juniper, spruce, and other botanicals are used to flavor gin? Have you ever wondered how gin is distilled and how long it takes from the fermentation process to the final distilled product? Join us for a behind the scenes tour of Tom's Town Distilling with Brian Harper, some hands on interaction with different botanical scents and infused flavors gleaned from Powell Gardens, and hear about the process from start to finish making a hand crafted batch of gin. Small tastes are included in this experience. Must be 21 years or older to register. Must register in advance.

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This event is located at Tom's Town Distilling, 1701 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64108. 

Gardening 101: Aquatic Garden Management

Join Matt Hockaday, Aquatics Collections Horticulturalist, for a tour of the Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden to learn about designing aquatic plant displays, caring for the diverse species, and how to fertilize and divide water lilies. Matt will share how to keep aquatic plants alive through the winter and answer questions you may have about your aquatic garden.

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Pond Management Workshop

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation, this workshop will help you better manage your pond and its watershed. Learn about fish management, aquatic plant identification (good ones and bad ones,) plant management and control, and how to avoid and control aquatic invasive species. Please bring nuisance aquatic plants from your pond for MDC staff to identify and recommend control options. 

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Work & Learn: Fall Containers

Turn your tired summer containers into beautiful fall displays in this festive workshop. Join Donna Covell, Growing Operations Lead Horticulturalist, to gather ideas to spruce up containers and add autumn interest to seasonal displays using pansies, grasses, mums, other natural materials, and more. Each attendee will design and plant a fiber pot container that can be displayed indoors or out. Attendees will also enjoy a complimentary adult beverage while they work. All materials are included with program admission.

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Work & Learn: Native Prairie Restoration

Join Senior Gardner: Prairies & Native Plants, Julie Copley, for a workshop highlighting prized prairie species in Powell Gardens' meadow landscape. Learn the history of Powell Gardens' prairies and assist in the restoration of native plants in the meadow. Participants will learn prairie-plant identification, collect seeds for Powell Gardens' restoration projects, and learn how to add native plants into their home gardens. Depending on the harvest, participants may take home harvested seeds. Participants should bring plenty of water, a snack, and dress for the weather (wear sun-protection clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and closed toed shoes, please.) Tools and gloves will be provided.

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Composting Workshop

Join Stan Slaughter, one of the top compost educators in the nation, for a workshop exploring best practices for composting at home, the science behind decomposition, and what matter provides the best organic results for your garden. A portion of the workshop delves into vermi-composting in spaces in and outside your home. This workshop includes an Earth Machine composter ($150 retail value!) and instruction for installation. Advance education credit is available for Master Gardeners (certificate provided upon completion.) Stan was invited by HRH Prince Charles to lecture on composting in England in 2016.

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Garden to Glass: Margarita Edition

Have you ever wondered what plant is the main ingredient in tequila? Do you like margaritas? Then this is the program for you! Participants will learn how tequila is made from the blue agave plant and how to infuse their own tequila using natural ingredients. Our "hands on" activity will be shaking up our own margarita using Powell Gardens infused tequila. Participants will also receive a Powell Gardens branded shot glass to take home, as well as a mini produce box so you can infuse your own tequila to enjoy! For a snack, we will prepare homemade salsa with tortilla chips for you to enjoy. 

You must purchase a Festival of Butterflies admission ticket to attend the class. Must be 21 years or older to attend this program. 

By registering for this program, you agree to receive communications from Powell Gardens.