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Botanica, The Wichita Gardens was opened in 1987 as a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. Originally it had four gardens and now encompasses 17.6 acres (7.12 hectares) of botanical gardens located at 701 North Amidon, Wichita, Kansas, USA. They are city-owned as part of the Wichita Park System and are operated by Botanica, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)3.Arrange your visit to Botanica: The Wichita Gardens and discover more family-friendly attractions in Wichita using our Wichita tour itinerary planner.
The gardens include: an aquatic collection; butterfly garden and 2,880 square foot (270 m2) butterfly house featuring pansy exhibits during the winter; greenhouse for tropical plants; juniper collection with more than 30 types of junipers; peony collection of 104 cultivars; pinetum; rock garden with sedum and sempervivum; rose garden with more than 350 rose plants; sensory garden; Shakespearean garden; woodlands with azaleas, dogwoods, elm, hackberry, honey locust, mulberry, osage orange, and redbuds; and Xeriscape demonstration garden.
Botanica opened the Downing Children's Garden in July 2011 and features several themed areas including the monster woods, salamander stream, granddaddy's musical maze, a rainbow and sunflower fountain and plaza.
A new events center opened in 2014 which will hold 299 people in chairs or 240 at tables. The inspiration for it came from the wood-and-glass Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. “It’s not a church but it can give that feeling, particularly when you have something spiritual like a wedding. It has that ambience.” Botanica hosts more than 200 weddings a year, bringing in about 27 percent of its revenue, but it wasn't built with such rentals in mind.
In May 2014, it was announced the 1949 Allan Herschell Company carousel from the former Joyland Amusement Park was donated to the Botanica and would be placed in the Downing Children's Garden.
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Botanica: The Wichita Gardens reviews
I spent almost 3 hours perusing the gardens here and not a second of that time was wasted or felt boring. I took so many pictures. The grounds are absolutely immaculate and so stunningly pretty, you..... more
I spent almost 3 hours perusing the gardens here and not a second of that time was wasted or felt boring. I took so many pictures. The grounds are absolutely immaculate and so stunningly pretty, you..... more »
Wonderful way to spend the day with the family. Before Covid we did the Christmas light event too and it is a must.
Wonderful way to spend the day with the family. Before Covid we did the Christmas light event too and it is a must. more »
Attended an event here with friends and it was very well done. The gardens are nicely laid out, flowers in bloom everywhere, walking paths with seating here and there if needed. Cute little butterfly.... more
Attended an event here with friends and it was very well done. The gardens are nicely laid out, flowers in bloom everywhere, walking paths with seating here and there if needed. Cute little butterfly.... more »
Fun place with allot to explore. Good sized children's garden playground and maze. Great for learning. Awesome bird watching areas and plenty of beaches. We came in the winter but I can imagine it is beautiful when everything is greener and full of color. Would love to come back in the summer.
The Botanica was a great place to visit. Not only were the gardens beautiful with all the flowers but as of the time of this post they had some pretty cool sculptures around the gardens that were crafted from trash that was collected by volunteers and then turned into these unique art pieces. This place is worth a visit if you are visiting the area.
Always love visiting this place! Amazing environment for many different dynamics of people. From a family activity to going solo and enjoying the environment... This place is a must-see for anybody visiting Wichita and of course the locals as well. I am always amazed with how well every plant is maintained. There are always new things to see here. Featuring a gorgeous butterfly garden, a Chinese garden, amazing waterfalls and fountains, an ampitheater, a carousel, and cafe, this place never fails to amaze!!
The way this oasis makes you feel will last through your day. The coy pond. The ocean debris made into art. The Butterflies and the Blooms! The plants that are transformed into mystical animals. The kids area bells section. Isn't just for kids (wink). The artistic view of nature makes you a renewed fan. Go Now Go Often Oh, and ride the carousel 🎠
I've been here a few times over the past few years. It's always a delight. Amazing flowers, animals and sights to behold. Fun for kids and adults alike. I'm honestly thinking about going back again soon.
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