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Published January 5th 2013
Kansas nature at its best
A short drive into the suburbs of Kansas City brings you to open farm fields and acres of protected natural space - a welcome breath of fresh air for the city dweller and only a few minutes down the highway. Living in an active urban place like Kansas City can make you forget that Kansas contains some of the largest reserves of open space in all of the US. Though not a giant national park, one such open space is located in Overland Park right next door to the city.
The arboretum contains about 500 acres of nature including Japanese gardens, rose gardens, and a large pond filled with multicolored koi. As you cross the pond bridge, the koi swim to greet you in hope of some bread crumbs.
The gardens are full of natural and man-made waterfalls and deeper into the reserve is a sacred rock wheel created by local Native American tribes.