Since opening in 1987 with four gardens and a horticultural library, Botanica has added more than 30 additional themed gardens and exhibits to delight new visitors and those who return for repeat visits. This botanical paradise on the plains comprises over 18 acres of stunning gardenscaping that features over 4,000 species of plants both native and new to the region. In 2011, Botanica opened the Downing Children’s Garden, an educational, imaginative, interactive and engaging environment where families can enjoy, discover and appreciate our natural world. In June 2015, another major addition to the garden took shape with the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a Scholar-style-inspired garden design to celebrate Wichita’s relationship with its Chinese sister city Kaifeng – through traditional Chinese architecture, art and culture to inspire the community. The garden is now beginning the process of fundraising to begin its next expansion, The Botanica Carousel Project. In fall 2014, they were the recipients of a merry-go-round that once stood as the heart of the now-shuttered Joyland amusement park in Wichita. Now they plan to build a new home for the fully restored horses that will showcase the nostalgic reminder of Wichita’s history, but also give new generations of children and families an unforgettable opportunity to create lasting memories with the Botanica Carousel.