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The Gardens

The Gardens

Gardens hours

Dawn to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday through Saturday
March through November

Quinlan Visitor Center

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
March through November


The Conservatory is currently closed for renovations.


Free admission
Free parking

Kansas State University Gardens

Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources
2021 Throckmorton Ctr
1712 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6949 fax

1500 Denison Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66506


September Stroll
Sept. 17, 2021 --- It was a lovely September evening to stroll the gardens. Kids enjoyed scavenger hunts and corn hole. Adults wandered through the garden beds and attended the brief ceremony  recognizing Quinlan Society members. An amazing number of gnomes, hummels, and succulents were purchased resulting in approximately $1,000 to benefit The Gardens. Thanks to all who visited and come back any time.

Fountain Update

September 21, 2021 --- The Sidebotham Fountain is repaired and flowing. The Bidwell Fountain is sandblasted and painted. As soon as the necessary replacement parts arrive, they will be install and the fountain will flow soon.

Poinsettia sale

September 21, 2021 --- The annual poinsettia sale will be on-line and in-person in 2021. Check the event pages for more information.

 Live. Learn. Bloom. 

The Gardens at Kansas State University are a horticulture display garden that was established as an educational resource and learning laboratory for K-State students and the visiting public. The Gardens are a privately funded project, located on the K-State campus. When completed, The Gardens will be a 19-acre garden, designed to show hardscape and tested ornamental plant material in different aesthetic settings. The site is being developed and maintained by the K-State Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

The Gardens project will allow students to be actively involved in the ongoing development, maintenance and operation of this world-class garden. In addition to the hands-on learning experiences for students in the horticulture program, students from other programs such as engineering; landscape architecture; apparel, textiles, and interior design; and art will all play a part in The Gardens' development. 

Weddings, receptions and special events

The Gardens have become a popular choice for wedding day events.

Tour the Gardens
Tour The Gardens

You will find three specialty gardens and four plant collections that are woven together to create The Gardens at Kansas State University. Make arrangements for a tour.

View the collections

Plan to stay a while and wander amongst a rainbow of colors in our Daylily, Iris, Peony, and Rose Collections.

What's in Bloom

Click the image to view the photo gallery of The Gardens this time of year. View all galleries.

 2020 fall newsletter 

Fall 2011 Newsletter