Beanstalk Children's Garden

A unique and fun field trip destination for children of all ages!

Our Mission

The mission of the Leanna Flandermeyer Beanstalk Children’s Garden is to inspire young people to make healthy food choices as they see, smell, touch, and taste growing plants.


The Leanna Flandermeyer Beanstalk Children’s Garden officially opened on June 21, 2005. It was named to honor Leanna Kay Flandermeyer, the primary advocate and driving force behind the creation of the garden. Leanna served on the KCCG Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of Directors, and the Beanstalk committee for over ten years. Her many hours of research, promotion, recruitment of volunteers, and fundraising coupled with her countless hours of physical work in the garden made the Beanstalk what it is today. Leanna also started the Fall Family Festival, a free garden extravaganza that serves the Kansas City community each year.

Hours of Operation

  • Open from mid-June to mid-October.
  • Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM to 12 PM
    (self-guided tours only)
  • Closed Sunday

Additional Tour Info

  • Garden paths are paved and fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Guidebook is available for self-guided tours.
  • All plants are labeled with names and information.
  • Picnic tables are available with reservation.
  • The Beanstalk is an approved field trip site for Girl Scouts to complete badge requirements.
  • Homeschool groups may call or email for special tours and educational opportunities.
  • Donations are accepted.

The Beanstalk Garden Staff


Lois Hutchins

Beanstalk Garden Coordinator

Favorite vegetable? Sungold cherry tomato

Favorite garden? Grain Garden

Favorite plant to show kids in the garden? Sensitive Plant, because it’s like magic.


Stacy Lasley

Greenhouse and Garden Assistant

Favorite vegetable? Lunchbox peppers

Favorite garden? Water Garden

Favorite plant to show kids in the garden? Mulberry tree, because it’s ripe early, it tastes good, and produces an abundance of fruit.


Nikki Schaper

Beanstalk Garden Assistant, AmeriCorps

Favorite vegetable? Swiss Chard

Favorite garden? Vegetable Garden

Favorite plant to show kids in the garden? Toothache plant, because I love seeing the surprise on kids’ faces when their mouths go numb.


Christina Hofer

Community Gardens Assistant, MVS

Favorite vegetable? Brussels Sprouts

Favorite garden? Fruit Garden

Favorite plant to show kids in the garden? Figs -- because it's a hide-and-seek game to find a ripe one, and they are a delightful surprise to all.

What's in the Beanstalk Garden?

Sections of the Beanstalk:
  • The Vegetable Garden is filled with colorful plants that inspire children to make healthy food choices.
  • The Fruit Garden is bursting with both common and uncommon berry bushes and fruit trees.
  • The Herb Garden features different types of herbs used in cooking, fragrances, and medicines.
  • The Seed and Grain Garden contains seed and grain plants such as corn, oats, soybeans, peanuts and popcorn.
  • The Curiosity Garden is an exciting place for children to experience unusual plants like the sensitive plant.
  • The Water Garden is home to fish, frogs, and water plants such as papyrus, water lilies and cattails.

Online Seed Store

KCCG sells seeds for many of the vegetables, flowers, and herbs in the Beanstalk Children's Garden!

If you want to start your own children's garden, check out these easy-to-grow and fun seed varieties at


Fall Family Festival

The Beanstalk Children's Garden hosts a Fall Family Festival every September that features fun and games for family gardeners!

Check back for details for the 2017 Fall Family Festival.