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Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, Wichita

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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.

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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  • We visit Botanica every time we get a chance. It's a wonderful garden, beautifully arranged. The children's garden is especially delightful, with stuff to pound on, places to hide away and a sliding.....  more
    We visit Botanica every time we get a chance. It's a wonderful garden, beautifully arranged. The children's garden is especially delightful, with stuff to pound on, places to hide away and a sliding.....  more »
  • With approx. 20 acres of property, Botanica Wichita is one of the smaller botanical gardens my wife & I have visited. But the gardens are so jam packed with beauty along curving paths & tucked away.....  more
    With approx. 20 acres of property, Botanica Wichita is one of the smaller botanical gardens my wife & I have visited. But the gardens are so jam packed with beauty along curving paths & tucked away.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • what a lovely place to walk around. The flowers looked great, the rose garden was full if blooms(I do miss my roses back home). I didn't go into the children's area. Their displays with the ocean junk while very creative, it's sad to know all that stuff ends up in the ocean instead if being recycled... They staff was super friendly and getting the gardens ready for Christmas. I will totally plan to go back with all the lights. Highly recommend visiting.

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