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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

The Gardens need your help!

Please join the "Friends of the Garden" by making a difference with a donation.  Our "Friends" help with garden development, partially funding student interns and ongoing maintenance of this historic university project.

How to Donate:

Select one of the following three funds which help The Gardens in different and essential ways - OR - Other gifts are also greatly appreciated.

Fund choices:

   1. People -  A fund to support the students in the K-State Gardens Internship Program  (Internship Program - D29740)

   2. Places -  A specific fund that provides financial assistance to The Gardens where needed most; such as, maintaining existing or developing new displays. (G.D.E.F. - D61020)

  3. Programs -  This fund supports and promotes The Gardens mission of providing "excellence in garden education" by providing resources beyond the scope of Kansas State University that will enhance and enrich The Gardens.  (Friends of Gardens - D25860)


Other Gifts: If you would like to discuss memorials/honorary opportunities, gifts in kind, garden related materials (equipment or tools), or make a major gift to The Gardens; please contact The Gardens' Director at 785-532-1397.


To donate by mail:   Download the Mailing K-State Gardens Donation Instructions, complete with fund number, and send to The Gardens.

To donate electronicallydonate online through the KSU Foundation  (Please Note: Currently, all on-line contributions go to the Programs fund.)

    Thank you for supporting the K-State Gardens

2019-2020 Friends of The Gardens Board Members

The board functions in an advisory fashion to the Director. It organizes fundraisers, education activities, grant writing, publicity, planning, etc.

Nancy Farrar, President
Jenne Andrews
Greta Baack
Deloris Berland
Mike Butler
Nancy Cole
Libby Cyr
Marcia Cooper
Janice Flanary
Don Glaser
Kathy Hasler
Sally Lindquist
Jo Lyle
Deanna Moeder
Cindi Morris
Barbara Pearson
Sharon Snyder
Beth Unger 
Sue White 
Cheryl Yunk 

Jordan Robinson, Student Member
Ruth Ann Wefald, Honorary Member

Ex Officio Members 

Scott McElwain, Director of The Gardens
Kim Schirer, KSU Foundation development officer
Steve Keeley, Interim Department Head, horticulture and natural resources

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