#35 – Kauffman Memorial Garden
4800 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
Amenities: Gardens, fountains, indoor orchid garden.
Atmosphere: Serene, relaxing, fragrant.
Tip: Visit all year long – the gardens are beautiful throughout the seasons.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is a 2-acre botanical garden that commemorates the Kauffmans and their contributions to Kansas City. The garden is located in Kansas City, Missouri near the Country Club Plaza and the Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art. With a variety of flowers, trees, fountains and hedges, the small garden is the perfect place to enjoy nature and relax.
About the Kauffmans
The Kauffmans are a Kansas City legacy. Through Ewing Kauffman’s success as an entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical industry, he and his wife became key philanthropists in Kansas City.
Ewing Kauffman founded the Kauffman Foundation to help change people’s lives, especially children, through education and entrepreneurship. Today, the foundation focuses on STEM programs, ensuring the long-term success of Kansas City’s cultural assets and aiding the effectiveness of local nonprofits.
Ewing Kauffman also founded the Kansas City Royals.
About the Kauffman Memorial Garden
The gorgeous 2-acre garden was inspired by the Kauffmans’ world travels to parks throughout Europe. The brick pathways lead visitors through the well-maintained seasonal flowers, fountains and trees.
My friend, Shelby, and I explored the Kauffman Memorial Garden on a brisk fall day. The garden is still gorgeous in late fall, with plenty of mums, daisies and butterflies. We had the place to ourselves with the exception of the gardener and the fat garden cat.
The Kauffman Memorial Garden is also the final resting place of Ewing and Muriel Kauffman. I think the peaceful, lovely garden is a wonderful way for Kansas Citians to commemorate all the Kauffmans did for the city.
The garden can comes up fast on your drive in, but there’s a big parking lot with plenty of spots.
Like Loose Park, the Kauffman Memorial Garden is the perfect place to stop to get a dose of nature within the city. Stop by year-round to see different flowers and plants in bloom. xx, Libbie.