Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
|Botanica, The Wichita Gardens|
Azaleas at Botanica in 2007
|Location||701 North Amidon St,
Wichita, KS 67203 USA
|Area||17.6 acres (71,000 m2)|
Botanica, The Wichita Gardens was opened in 1987 as a collobration 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.
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. In May 2014, it was announced the 1949 Carousel from the former Joyland Amusement Park was donated to the Botanica and would be placed in the Downing Children's Garden.
Nearby museums west of Arkansas River in Wichita:
Nearby museums east of Arkansas River in downtown and oldtown areas of Wichita:
- Great Plains Transportation Museum
- Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
- Museum of World Treasures
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- Calovich, Annie. "Joyland’s carousel to take a new turn at Botanica". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- Botanica, official website
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