We visited here during an event and it was the first time seeing this wonderful garden. It is truly a sight in Kansas City that would be a great suggestion for out of towners to visit. I want to go back so I can expand further on my review but this is definitely a place to bring family and friends. The best thing is, this can be included on a tour of the Nelson-Atkins museum, the plaza, and UMKC campus....can you think of a better day?! ;) Happy outing!
Review by Donadoni8 months ago
Sometimes you need to find an oasis in the middle of the city to really bring you back to the beauty of nature. This ABSOLUTELY FREE botanical garden is by far my favorite local gem I've found in KC.
It's a gorgeous place to take a walk, sit & read or just breathe in the fresh air while you watch the monarch butterflies flutter around.
The garden is well kept with a huge variety of flowers and plants. An absolute must see (especially if you are in the area). Make a day out of it, and become a tourist in your own city (go to the Nelson Atkins right down the street, the country club plaza & of course this garden)
Review by JungLyng1 year ago
Most beautiful place in KC! Fountains, flowers, free admission. Don't miss this lovely spot!
Review by Wack1 year ago
A beautiful place to take a walk, with plenty of benches to sit and reflect. Very peaceful and beautiful, definitely recommend for those who enjoy botany or just need some alone time.
Review by Blunderhubby1 year ago
This is a beautiful tucked away little garden that was made by the Kauffman's. Who wanted a place for people to relax and enjoy nature which they succeeded in making. It is also perfect for pictures though I noticed this last visit they have signs asking people not to do that. Which I understand as some people did without taking care of the nature around them and caused damages but it's still a shame. If your lucky you will see the fat garden cat sunbathing. This hidden gem is always well maintained and kept clean.
Review by Roslyn Derrow1 year ago
This is a nearly-hidden gem right in the heart of Kansas City! When I first happened upon it (with no knowledge of its existence), I could hardly believe my good fortune, and I feel the same every time I visit. It always exceeds expectations, and it's always free, with on-site parking, all thanks to Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, whose legacy continues to enrich our city in so many ways.
With its inviting layout, including benches that encourage you to rest your feet and feast your eyes on the beautifully crafted ever-changing array of plants and flowers, and charming Tom Corbin fountains, it's the perfect place for a refreshing respite from 8 AM till almost sunset, year 'round. In late summer and early Fall, when the Monarch butterflies are migrating, it is a little slice of heaven, thanks to the many butterfly-attracting plants, flowering bushes, and trees. And don't miss the Secret Garden on the north side of the beautiful stone and glass indoor-garden building!
If you have more time, it's just a short drive (or walk if you're prepared) to the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. And if you have even more time, I highly recommend a day-trip to Kauffman Garden's gorgeous "big sister" (970 acres), Powell Gardens, off US Hwy 50, in Kingsville, MO, about a 45-minute drive east (https://powellgardens.org/).
Review by Spurs Karyda1 year ago
Nestled along Brush Creek, just a short drive or walk from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this garden oasis is open year-round and features well-manicured garden beds, trees and well-maintained water features.
Stop by for a stroll to check our local flowers and shrubs. Stay for the serene environment located in the city.
Park benches and covered verandas provide a good space to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you and relax in nature.
This space features a modest main building, which has public bathrooms and a breathtaking glassed in room.
Parking is located nearby and this space is great for wheelchair access and ideal for ages.
Displays may vary from season to season.
Review by Chiong1 year ago
A great place to go for a walk on a nice day out. The garden is really beautiful, and I like how all the plants and flowers are neatly labeled making it easy to tell what you're looking at.
The garden isn't very large, so it's pretty easy to make a whole loop around the garden in less than 15 minutes, all while admiring the different flowers and plants. However, please note that photo sessions, individual photos, and group photos, are not allowed here.
Inside the building onsite, there are a couple more flowers to be found, as well as the garden's resident cat. Please make sure not to feed her though because a sign posted inside the building states that "she is getting lazy because of too much food." I wouldn't doubt that since she didn't budge at all while I was inside the building, and even allowed me to get really close and take pictures of her.
I definitely recommend visiting KC to make a stop here. There isn't an entry fee, and after you're done here, you can make your way over to the Nelson Atkins Museum!
Review by Margria1 year ago
Beautifully maintained and engaging garden. It wasn't v big but it was packed with interesting plants.
The gardenia was v fragrant in huge pots. There were espaliered plants that were graceful. The clematis varied from
vine type to short upright type like a ground cover.
The displays were attractive and well maintained. The staff answered my questions enthusiastically. A bonus is the resident cat- Mr Crazy Cat. He is a friendly grey tabby and that accepts attention.
Highly recommend this enchanting garden if you are a fellow garden/nature lover.
Review by Lulabell Schranz1 year ago
My husband and I have lived in KC our whole lives and never knew about this gorgeous park! It's a smaller park but very well-maintained with beautiful flowers & greenery. There is a nice walking path and a little indoor exhibit as well. The pictures will speak for themselves! If you are looking for a short outing, this is a great place. We took my husband's elderly grandmother while she was visiting from out of town, and it was the perfect park size for someone who has trouble walking long distances. Entry is free and there is plenty of parking (also free)!
Review by Tkwk2 years ago
This is a lovely little oasis in Kansas City. We came to the city for a concert but after realizing we came to early, we wanted to find something to do. We saw this garden near by and came to check it out. Parking and garden entry are both free. Parking was easy and very open. We were 2 of maybe 5 people in the whole garden. Very peaceful. Garden is lovely and very well-maintained. Plants are clearly labeled. Water fixtures are gorgeous too. There is an atrium inside that was nice to relax in. Oh and the bathrooms are immaculately clean!! There is also a grounds cat that my boyfriend fell in love with - very sweet cat! Really great little place and would recommend to people for a visit.
Review by AnnettiConfetti Gavit2 years ago
Small, beautiful space which is a nice, calm spot within the city. I visited during winter, so most of the outdoor plants were dead, but the garden is still designed wonderfully. I took a very short stroll through the serene space, but there were benches for people to sit.
There's also the plants indoors, most notably the orchids. Another surprise was the place has a resident cat there, who immediately welcomed me once I walked it (and very verbally too for a quiet space). I've seen pictures of this cat, so I think he/she is part of the charm of the garden :)
Definitely somewhere to come during spring when things are in bloom, but still a pleasant visit in other times of the year as well.
Review by Èllsi2 years ago
This beautiful little oasis is proof that a garden/park doesn't have to be big in order to be completely wonderful. Kauffman Memorial Garden is one of the most moving and exquisitely lovely places in all of the downtown Kansas area.
We went in spring and were treated to a small hidden garden filled with one colorful flower after another. I'd seen pictures of the graceful statuary of dancing ballerina type girls but was still not prepared for just how serenely beautiful the real sight would be. I honestly didn't want to leave - if I thought I could've gotten by with it, I think I'd have set up a tent and camped on the grounds. I did prolong my visit by walking around the lovely neighborhood, before returning for a second walk through of the garden. How nice is it that there's no admission charge to come into this beautiful spot????
This is the kind of place where you can choose to walk the grounds or just sit and take in everything around you. Before heading out, you might do as I did and stop at the graves of Muriel Kaufman and her husband. Maybe you'll even feel the inclination to silently thank them for caring enough about our city to bequeath such a sweet and visually stunning little oasis of beauty.
Review by Vritti2 years ago
Beautiful and concise. A Monarch butterfly way station. Nestled in the historic district near the Nelson homes, parks and the plaza. Serene as you'd expect, but more importantly not over done.
Review by Jibelu2 years ago
The Kauffman Memorial Garden, quite possibly one of the most beautiful and touching parks that I have ever visited, is a timeless, verdant oasis filled with color and peace in the midst of a busy city. This free park is a welcomed escape for all... KCMO residents and tourists, children and adults. It serves as an enduring reminder of the life of Muriel and Ewing Kauffman, benefactors of Kansas City and many positive social causes. Modeled after the manicured parks of Northern Europe, this green space is both a fitting reminder of their legacy and a beautiful celebration of life in general.
I visited this park in the heat of September and it served as a refreshing respite amidst the hustle-bustle. In a quiet little corner, I paid respect to the final resting place of the Kauffmans, who are buried side-by-side amidst bowing flowers and sentinel shrubs.
When visiting this unique park, please keep a few things in mind: 1) stay off the grass and flower beds, 2) professional photography is not allowed so as to keep people off delicate areas, and 3) gates open at sunrise and close at sunset.
What a treasure! This memorial park is a must for both residents of and tourists to KCMO. My recommendations are to: 1) take a moment to sit on a park bench and reflect, 2) don't forget to offer respects to the Kauffmans' grave site, and 3) please be a considerate visitor and heed the rules.
Review by Vetha Rulli2 years ago
Lovely garden! I cannot believe there was no fee to enter. The flowers were stunning and the area was so well maintained.
I had my camera with me and there was an array of photo opportunities. They did have a sign that said new rules for photography includes no organized photo shoots.
This is a must see for anyone visiting KC. My favorite experience in the city so far.
Review by Bracquel3 years ago
The surrounding area of the Kauffman Memorial Garden includes the Nelson-Atkins, gigantic green spaces, the Kauffman Center, and the UMKC campus... Definitely heaven for all you KC lovers out there.
The gardens here are the place to be once you get to late April and May, aka one of the best times in our fair city. Serene, relaxing and loads of different plants and flowers.
My only knock here kinda goes two ways. One is that photographers are (as of this writing) not allowed to take pictures here which is lame. However, it makes sense because the times I've been there I've seen people trampling flowers and being pretty disrespectful just to get the right shot. So until these dueling sides can work it out, you'll have to shoot your engagement photos elsewhere. (Never fear, again you have the Nelson, Loose Park, the Plaza fountains all within a mile or two).
Nice place for an after dinner stroll on the warm, longer spring days.
Review by Hadzrisham Seenivasan3 years ago
This garden is beautiful anytime of the year whether it is fully blooming or taking a break in the winter. The staff takes excellent care that always showcases it. In the fall there is the "butterfly" tree, spring daffodils and tulips--just there the other day, and summer is all about blooms. The Fountains and bronzes are exceptional. I don't think there is a more glorious fountain in KC than the girls dancing. Take a trip, you can stay a few minutes or hours with a book. I am glad that they changed the photography policy....that is not why it was created. There are many places in KC that aren't as obtrusive to others.
Review by Raglan Brasenell3 years ago
This place is beautiful. Butterflies everywhere. Will definitely be back in other seasons to see the changes they make. A great stop amongst the bustle and hustle of the city. :)
Review by Hikertrash3 years ago
What a hidden jewel in the heart of KC! The Kauffman family has done many great things for the city and this memorial garden is a BEAUTIFUL example with lush plantings, splashing fountains and tranquil places to sit and admire the view. If your soul needs a smile, this place will definitely deliver. What a lovely tribute to a couple who were some of KC's finest philanthropists.
Review by LBfriend3 years ago
This is a really beautiful garden. It's small enough, that even "non-garden" people should be able to handle walking through it. I try to go a couple times a year. My favorite time is when the Fox Gloves are in bloom. It's really pretty.
Review by Lovid Musri4 years ago
Truly one of my favorite places on Earth. We are so lucky to have this beautiful garden in KC. It's just a short distance from midtown, The Plaza, Brookside, etc- and so worth a trip any time of year and anytime I have a few spare minutes. Going to Kauffman Gardens perks me up and relaxes me and makes me smile. It's open every day, from dawn to dusk, and it's completely free of charge. I cannot recommend it more highly!!!
Review by Alillouise4 years ago
So pretty! I can not believe this is free! Small but just right. It would be perfect for picnic or small walk. Love the fountains as well. So nice! Highly recommend.
Review by Elkington4 years ago
I have been here several times before and I am always captivated by the serenity and beauty. It was early November but still had many blooming plants yet an autumnal feel with withering vines, manicured hedges and the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman. A wonderful place to contemplate all that is beautiful of our city and life itself.
Review by Jalam4 years ago
This garden is a must visit for anyone who's visiting the Plaza, UMKC, or Downtown Kansas City. It's free, takes only 10 minutes to enjoy, and offers relaxation.
I find gardens and parks very enjoyable. And this is one of the best in KC. The garden is not overwhelming and can be enjoyed in under 10 minutes. This makes it very appealing to me because I find it rejuvenates me more than bigger gardens.
There is so much too taken in when you visit a huge garden. The Kauffman Memorial Garden is simple and enables you to reflect on whatever is happening in your life.
If you're in a romantic mood, the garden also small corners to sit on a bench while visiting. It's a great location to visit for free before/after a date at any of the Plaza's great restaurants.