Powell Gardens' Fundraising Event, Under a Blue Moon: Garden Party & Rare Plant Auction, Takes Place June 12, 2016

Powell Gardens' signature fundraising event, Under a Blue Moon: Garden Party & Rare Plant Auction, will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Powell Gardens. The extraordinary event features both a hard-to-find plant silent auction as well as a cocktail and dinner with a themed menu, "Celebrating the Desert Rose." 

Beginning with a signature cocktail and hors d'oeuvres at the Visitor Education Center, a delectable dinner and brief live auction follow on the peninsula with stunning views of the sunset over the lake and gardens. Guests will enjoy a desert rose themed menu by Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions. The menu includes beef tenderloin and salsa verde, charmoula grilled chicken, grilled cactus with sweet peppers and grilled asparagus. Completing the menu is a chile-chocolate cake with prickly pear sauce and caramel corn ice cream. Wine is included. A vegetarian option is available upon request. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit children's educational programs at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden. Through these programs, schoolchildren learn more about healthy eating by planting, growing, harvesting and preparing fresh food in the youth education garden. 

Tickets Now Available 
A limited number of seats for Under a Blue Moon are available and can be purchased online at or by calling Andrea Mason at 816-697-2600 x207. Tickets start at $200. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you have questions or would like to sponsor a table, please contact Andrea at 816-697-2600 x207 or by email at 

Special Thanks to Our Chairs and Sponsors 
Our Honorary Chairmen are Carl and Jean Chinnery. The event Chairmen are the members of the Friends of Powell Gardens Board: Sheldon Andrew, Ashley Brookerd, Lenda Chastain, Anne Collins, Terry Davis, Mark Dawson, George Eib, Jonathan Freiden, Callie England, Devan Hartnett, Trevor Hoiland, Bill Malouche, Hillary McCoy, Anne Riker Powell, Rodney Riffle, Arlyn Silvey, Dianne Swann and Augusta Wilbon. 

The event is underwritten by American Century Investments, with our thanks to sponsors Tuck and Susan Spaulding, George and Wendy Powell, and Nick and Mary Ann Powell.