Bonus Blog: Container Gardening Exhibit

This week the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens held its container garden exhibit. If you live in the greater Kansas City metro area, you may have taken a stroll through the Arboretum. If you’ve never visited and want to learn more, you can check out the Arboretum online.

I went with a couple of Master Gardener friends – a treat for me because I got to hear a lot about the do’s and don’ts of container gardening. One question that came up over and again as we walked: What is and what isn’t a container garden? Another much discussed topic: Is May too early in the season (in Kansas) to see container gardens at their finest?

I didn’t photograph all 17 entries, but here are a few, along with their names.

I’ll show you our hands-down favorite, although due to some directional challenges in following the map provided, we missed seeing a couple of the containers. If you have a different favorite, please take a moment to comment!

And remember! My photos do not show these mini gardens at their very best! If you live in the area, it’s worth the trip to Metcalf and 179 Street to walk the Arboretum!

Beautiful by Day or Night
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Gardener’s Sink
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Life is Succulent
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Butterflies in Flight
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Radiant Repurpose
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Picasso’s Waterfall
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Tea Time in the Garden
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Fireside Chat
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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
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Paint by Flowers
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And the unanimous winner according to my friends and me:

Flower Drum Song
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And still for next week, the many answers to the burning question: how much is an inch of water?

The fun never ends when you’re playing in the dirt!!

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