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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


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

Butterfly Garden


The Butterfly Garden is located on the south east side of the Historic Conservatory. It is home to hundreds of native butterflies which gather during the hot, calm days of summer. Many assorted plants in the garden provide the needed food for larval and adult butterflies.


Local Master Gardeners are currently re-designing and planting the Butterfly Garden area to create a better habitat and accommodate the full life-cycle of native butterfly species. After completion, The Gardens will be considered a butterfly Waystation. Learn more about developing a Monarch Waystation.

Guide to Butterfly Gardening Resources