The Gardens provide hands-on learning to students in the horticulture program, as well as students in several other disciplines across campus.
The Friends of The Gardens sponsor several community educational programs, including:
- Digging into Gardening
- Garden Tours
- Volunteer Training (Docent) Program - Includes 3 sessions covering an introduction to The Gardens, tour leading, and garden needs. See Events calendar for details.
- Kids K-State Garden Club - Kids (1st-3rd grade) - Five 50 minute sessions on Saturdays starting in March thru May in 2023 are planned to spark interest, present gardening basics, and have fun with hands-on activities. See Events for details.
Additional educational programs include:
As The Gardens grow, there will be more opportunities to provide educational programs designed for children and adults in Manhattan and beyond.
Resources for The Gardens Collection plants -
The four K-State Gardens Collections consist of irises, daylilies, roses, and peonies. The following are a few internet sites for information on these plants.
- The Flint Hills Iris Society - This site has information on growing irises, types of bearded irises and contact information if you have questions.
- American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) - This site answers frequently asked questions about daylilies. Also, the home page of the AHS has additional information about the organization.
- American Rose Society - This site is "Dedicated to America's favorite flower: the rose".
- The Old Farmer's Almanac - Search words - "growing roses"(https://www.almanac.com/plant/roses) - Good basic information on growing roses.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac - Search words - "growing peonies" (https://www.almanac.com/plant/peonies) Good basic information on peonies.
- Heartland Peony Society - Site is dedicated to fostering and promoting an interest in peonies
Check out the gardening calendar from the Riley County Research and Extension office