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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

Gift Recognition and Gift Location 

Please note, there are many financial donations that are not recognized here and, of course, they are essential to The Gardens and greatly appreciated.

The listing below includes gifts for specific features or other items that can be found in The Gardens. Many are in honor or memory of a loved one. This list is designed to recognize the gift and note it's location which is next to the name of honoree or donor

1. Garden Area - An absolute essential garden ingredient - plant materials

Gifts in honor/memory of and gift location
Leon & Mary Delmez - Daylily Collection 
Thornton Edwards - North Adaptive Native Garden
John L. Johnson - Butterfly Garden
Carolyn A. Johnston - North Cottage Garden 
Claudene Pillsbury - Pi Kappa Phi Rose Garden
John Sjo - North Adaptive Native Garden
Pramila Tummala - North Peony Collection 
Gifts from Individuals & Organizations and gift location
Delmez Family - Daylily Collection
Flint Hills Hermerocallis Society - Daylily Collection
Lindquist Family - Cottage Garden
Albert A and Clare (Russell) Ottaway - Rose Collection
John E Tillotson Sr. - Visitor Center Garden
Town & Country Garden Club - Daylily Collection 
Gifts from Businesses and gift location
Blueville Nursery - Manhattan, Kansas - www.bluevillenursery.com
Hillside Nursery - Wichita, Kansas - www.hillsidenurseryinc.com
Lee Creek Garden - Manhattan, Kansas - retired
Spring Valley Nursery - Paola, Kansas
The City/University Projects Fund - Manhattan, Kansas  

2. Features - Add beauty, information or a place to relax and reflect and include fountains, structures, sculptures, benches, pathways, etc.

Fountains, structures, sculptures, pathways, etc.

Given in honor/memory of and gift location
Orville W Bidwell - Conservatory Garden
Artie Dayton - Butterfly Garden
Arthur Dayton - North Adaptive Native Garden
Dayton Family - Marsh Garden
May L. Fowler - Rose Collection
Miles W. and Lois (Windiate) George - Cottage Garden Pergola
Dr. Paul Jennings - Rose Collection
Sam and Una Sidebotham - Visitor Center Garden
Mark and Samuel Unger - Peony, Daylily & Iris Collection
Loren and Martha Wade - Outside Rose Garden
Gifts from Individuals or Organizations and gift location
Dan and Beth Bird - South Adaptive Native Garden
Dorothy and Darrell Westervelt Family - Visitor Center Garden Gateway
Keith and Sheri Westervelt - Visitor Center Gateway Entrance Urns
Riley Co Research and Extension/Master Gardeners - Rose Collection Plaza
Dan and Cheryl Yunk - Rose Collection
Gifts from Businesses and gift location

Bayer Stone - Entrance Gate
Pavestone Pavers - Daylily Collection


Given In honor/memory of and gift location
Duane and Norma Benton - Peony Collection
Gwen and Fletcher Booth - Conservatory Gateway Gardens & Daylily Collection
Arthur and Lavonia Dayton - South Visitor Center Gateway Gardens
Fred and Gwen Eshbaugh - Visitor Center
Ernest and Eva Eyestone - Pergola Visitor Center Garden
John Fulkerson - Daylily Collection
Fred and M Lyle Glanville - Bidwell Fountain
Bill Hurst - Bidwell Fountain
George and Mildred Hurty - Pergola Visitor Center Garden
Anita Leitz Kesler - Peony Collection
Ken and Joanne McGinness - Bidwell Fountain & Adaptive Native Garden
Delores "De" McGlashon - Iris Collection
Donna F (McVay) Medlin - Adaptive Native Garden
Edward F. and Constance A. Mulholland - South Visitor Ctr Gateway Garden
Redgy W. Nail - Visitor Ctr/Upstairs
Julie A. Schraeder - Conservatory South Gateway Gardens
John Bernard Sjo - North Adaptive Native Garden
Appolonia Strathman - Rose Collection
Jack Layne Thorne - Adaptive Native Garden
Vogel and Schaake Families - Iris Collection
Charles "Chuck" Vopata - Daylily Collection
Gifts from Individuals or Organizations and gift location
Jim and Dorothy Congrove - Bidwell Fountain
Emporia Gardeners of America - Visitor Ctr/Upstairs
Andrew Crawford - North Cottage Garden
Art and Georganne Hiser - North Cottage Garden
Johnson Co. K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners - South Cottage Garden
Kansas State University Housemothers Club - North Cottage Garden
John and Joan Strickler - North Visitor Center Gateway Gardens
Town and Country Garden Club - North Cottage Gardens

3. Equipment & Supplies - various necessary items that are less glamorous, yet extremely important including: tools, utility vehicles, mowers, office equipment, etc.

Hustler (Turf Equipment) - www.hustlerturf.com
LESCO (Turf Equipment and Fertilizer) - www.lescofertilizer.com
Industrial Sales (Irrigation and Storm Drain Supplies) - www.industrialsales.us
The Toro Company (Irrigation, Turf, and Landscape Equipment) - www.toro.com

Additional donated items


J&C Imaging
404 Poyntz Avenue 
Manhattan, KS 66502

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