The Loose Park Garden Center was built in 1957 for meetings and horticultural exhibitions of various kinds. The garden center, located in Loose Park, has two large meeting rooms with small kitchens attached to the meeting rooms. The garden center has a horticultural library open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meeting room rental fees
Horticulture groups (2 hours): $25
Non-horticulture groups (2 hours): $50
Hours of operation
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
An additional $30 per 2-hour overtime fee will be charged for time after 5 p.m.
Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seven hours, including set up and breakdown time. Additional time over the first seven hours will be billed as overtime.
The garden center must have a minimum of 48-hours notification of a cancellation or a $25 fine will be assessed. After failure to notify the center of a cancellation twice, all further reservations may be cancelled.
The garden center now issues all permits for Loose Park rentals, including rose garden rental, the pavilion (shelter) permits, lake area rentals and photo shoots. Please call the garden center at (816) 784-5300, if you are interested in planning an event within Loose Park.
Runs and Walks
Runs and walks are not allowed in Loose Park, due to scheduling conflicts. Please call 816-797-6596, if you have questions
Gardeners Connect (formerly Garden Center Association)
Founded in 1958, Gardeners Connect's mission has been to promote and encourage among citizens of the greater Kansas City area an interest in horticulture and related gardening activities through education and information. More about Gardeners Connect.
Take a Tree Walk in Loose Park
Be a Tree Explorer in Kansas City with Gardeners Connect's series of Tree Walks to explore the diverse collection of trees in the Stanley R. McLane Arboretum located within Loose Park. Each walk will introduce you to a select group of trees or an area of the park. All walks are self guided and you can follow the trees through the seasons of the year and see how they progress through the bud break in the spring to summers leafy abundance of cool shade on into fall color and winter structure of the trees habit of growth.
Download any of the walks and head over to Loose Park to follow along:
Oaks and Beyond 1MB pdf
South Side of the Lake 1MB pdf
Champion Tree Compass Course 1MB pdf
Lake Tree Find 1MB pdfYou can also download the Tree Exploration Course booklet or pick one up at the Garden Center Building in Loose Park. If you want to borrow a compass for the compass walk, be sure to call the Garden Center Building at 816-784-5300 to see if they are open.