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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

Specialty Gardens

Discover the spectacular views and abundant plant life in the Adaptive/Native Plant, Butterfly and Cottage Gardens. Be a part of the future by helping with additional projects.

With the large variety of our gardens, everyone can find a comfortable spot! Whether you are a student doing your homework, or a visitor wandering about, there is lots to see and enjoy in our many gardens.

Adaptive/Native Garden

Adaptive/Native Garden

This garden emphasizes plant material that can be found growing in natural areas throughout Kansas and the Great Plains Region and should be used in a commercial or residential landscape design.


Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden is home to hundreds of native butterflies which gather during the hot, calm days of summer.


Cottage Garden

Cottage Garden

The Cottage Garden recalls the use of space and plants surrounding country homes which provided herbs, vegetables, fruit and flowers for daily use.