Dinosaurs roam at Powell Gardens
has reverted back to prehistoric times this summer. The botanical garden,
30 miles east of Kansas City near Lone Jack, is hosting creatures from
the age of dinosaurs which can be found roaming the parks forest
all life-size, are the ultra-realistic creations of Guy Darrough (featured
in the November 2000 Rural Missouri) of Arnold who has spent nearly
his entire life studying Missouris prehistory.
Darrough, and his assistant Alan Smith, created a pair of 30-foot giants,
a Kritosaurus (photo left) and a female Maiasaur (cover) guarding the
eggs in her nest. Visitors will also find a number of diminutive dinosaurs
no larger than a house pet. Darrough says many species of dinosaurs,
including the Compsognathus, the smallest at 2 feet tall, were tiny
compared their huge cousins.
Powell Gardens is also featuring modern age plants that are descendants
of prehistoric fauna like southern magnolia and baldcypress trees. Jurassic
Gardens will be on display through August.
Powell Gardens is located on Highway 50, 20 miles west of Warrensburg.
The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call
(816) 697-2600 or visit the park online at www.powellgardens.org.