Location: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO. The garden is at the back of Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
When we think of gardens, we think of vegetables and visual delights. We think of plants we can eat and flowers we can admire. We don’t always realize that there are wonders in a garden that don’t require eyesight to be appreciated.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is an excellent example of a garden that delights the senses. There is the sound of several fountains; the texture of the brick pathways, the cool water if one reaches into the pool, the textures of the plants themselves; the rich scent of the blooming flowers. The smell of the flowers, assuming they survived our recent snow (!), is reason alone to visit: I have never encountered an open space as rich with the scent of flowers as the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden was this past Saturday.
The garden includes an orangery, or greenhouse. It’s air conditioned, which was lovely as a break from the heat on Saturday, and I assume it’s heated as well, making it a worthwhile visit even if the weather turns nasty. The flowers here were stunning in their brightness: I was amazed with the bright blue of the hydrangeas and the yellow of the daffodils.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is a small but beautiful formal garden. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth checking out, regardless of how well you see.