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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



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

Rose Collection

AnnouncementThe rose garden was devastated by rose rosette disease in 2019. Fortunately, rejuvenation of the rose garden was made possible by winning an Evergy contest in spring 2022. This resulted in 181 new rose plants and Evergy volunteers working with the staff and Purple Thumbs (garden volunteers) to prep the soil, plant, and refresh the area. New pictures and bed locations showing the changes will be available in 2023. 

History:  In 1989, the Westervelt family donated the services of their company (Blueville Nursery) to install walkways for a garden area tucked back in a secluded location east of the Conservatory. The construction of this garden was the first in the new Gardens. With the sponsorship of Albert H. and Clare (Russell) Ottaway '28 in 1991, this secluded garden was developed into the new Rose Garden. As part of its educational purpose, examples of different types of roses can be observed in a beautiful collection.

Rose Garden


Rose galleries

Click the images below to view the roses in each bed prior to rose rosette. This will be updated in 2023.

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Growing Roses