The botanical gardens, which encompass about 12 acres of land, display various plants, trees, water fountains, herbs and flowers. The concept of the project began over 25 years ago. K-State had a garden area where Bluemont and Justin halls stand and when those buildings were constructed, plans began to take shape for a new garden area. The cottage serves as the fulcrum of the KSU Gardens, functioning as the visitor's center. It includes a gift shop, educational displays and public restrooms. The area in front of the cottage and conservatory are alive with various plants, trees and perennial flowers. Plans for futre additions include Phase II and Phase III of the KSU Gardens.