Five On Friday: Overland Park Botanical Gardens

Monday, I went with a friend to visit the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  I had a great time.

Unfortunately, my “real” camera tends to get a bit fussy when it doesn’t have an SD card.

Thankfully, my phone pictures turned out okay and I’ve decided to share a few of them with you for this week’s Five on Friday post. Be sure to check out all the other blogs linked up over at the F.A.S.T. blog, our hosts for this link up.

One: Monet At Work

Bonjour, Claude!

Two:  Another Statue

We took a wrong turn (our first of a few) and wound up on the Sculpture Garden Trail.

A few years ago one of the statues was at the center of a bit of controversy as the subject is a bare-chested female.  If interested, you can read a bit about it and see a picture of the sculpture in question in this article.

I didn’t take a picture of that statue as it didn’t really intrigue me.  It might be something that would give an immature teenager a few giggles but not much else.

This sculpture seemed far more interesting to me.  

Three: Enchanted Forest Exhibit

Our main goal in visiting was to view this exhibit.  Everything was done in a woodland style.  I felt for children viewing this exhibit subjected to the “please, do not touch” signs as even as an adult it took a bit of self-control (see my Tuesday post for another photo) The end or beginning of the exhibit, it was a bit hard to find.  While the exhibit was interesting and left me wanting to run home to get my dolls so I could play, it wasn’t as big as I anticipated.  It also wasn’t exactly what I expected.

I had hoped to see more colorful fairy gardens stretched throughout the gardens.  Next time, maybe they’ll ask for my advice, ha!

One final picture of this area, I must include this tree.  Is this not the perfect place to build a tree house?

Four: Train Garden

Aside from the rather long journey to get there and the blazing sun, I found the train garden to be a bit more enchanting than the Enchanted Forest.  Loved watching the train go through the town and over the bridge.  Finally, I managed a photo of the actual train in action!

Five: Random Nature Stuff

We took a few wrong turns in our quest to find the Enchanted Forest as well as return from it.  They could stand to mark their trails just a bit better out there.

Many, many thanks to my ever prepared friend for sharing her bug repellent with me!  However, not all bugs were a nuisance.

A pretty little butterfly or moth, probably a moth but still pretty!

We saw many different types of dragonflies while wandering. In addition to being grateful for my friend sharing her bug repellent (we also saw and heard many mosquitoes), I was also grateful for an air-conditioned visitor center!

This pretty bouquet of fresh-cut flowers graced one of the tables. 

We only saw a small portion of the large area.  Perhaps we’ll get back there on a cooler day and I’ll remember to pop the SD card into my camera when we do.  Many thanks again to my dear friend for joining me on such a fun adventure!

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16 thoughts on “Five On Friday: Overland Park Botanical Gardens

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I loved the Monet statue as well and really did kind of want to sit down beside him.

  1. Mascha

    Truly a Monet-Garden in #1-3 and the sculpture in #4 looks ecxiting and gives food for the mind cinema…
    So cute cool train garden, thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend

    1. Jean Post author

      It was a very neat place and even though we didn’t mean to visit the sculpture garden, I did enjoy it! Hope you have a great weekend as well.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I really was a bit sad not to be able to use my “real” camera although it’s not too much of a step above my phone but I was still happy with the pictures.

  2. Karen crimson kettle

    What a lovely park, I’m sure I’d really enjoy a wander around there. Thanks for sharing. Have fun.

    1. Jean Post author

      It really was a nice place to visit! My friend and I agreed that if we lived closer (The KC area is a bit spread out), we’d probably visit quite often.

    1. Jean Post author

      It was very beautiful out there! Lots of trails to explore. Hope you are having a great weekend as well!

  3. Linda P

    I looked at the link and noticed that the park and gardens cover a vast area. What you did see was interesting even though the fairyland in the woods exhibition wasn’t as you expected. I read on the website there are snakes and hope that all you saw were the butterflies, dragonflies and other bugs! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jean Post author

      No snakes this time although my friend spotted some deer (I only barely saw them as they were running off). The area is huge and I do hope to go back and see more of it. Perhaps, in a bit of cooler weather though.

  4. Mary Jane

    I enjoyed looking at your pictures of the botanical gardens, I think the quality of the pictures was very clear. Could you provide a link or a picture of the phone you were using? I am looking for a new phone. thank you for your time.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. My phone is an older model (had to ask my husband as I just *barely* know how to operate the thing) Samsung Galaxy 64. We don’t switch out phones too often around here and I think it was an older model when I did get it (about 3 years ago). This site has the specifics of my older model phone. My husband and my oldest son have this model as well and we’ve all been pretty happy with it.
      On a side note, I highly recommend the Otter box protective casing for whatever phone you decide to get. It’s saved my phone from my clumsiness quite often. Good luck in your search for a new phone!

    1. Jean Post author

      Oops, I’m way behind as well. Hoping you had a great weekend last week and are on course for one this weekend!


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