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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

Garden Donation Fund Information

The Gardens provide:

  • An invaluable educational tool and learning laboratory for K-State students from several departments across campus and visitors of all ages.
  • An opportunity for research, conservation, and environmental involvement.
  • A place of beauty for all to enjoy connecting the university with surrounding communities and beyond.

Donations are vital to the development, growth, and success of The Gardens.

Gifts are a wonderful way to honor a loved one, family or friend. Or perhaps, a gift could simply express appreciation for a place you enjoy and wish to support.


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This fund provides financial assistance to The Gardens where needed most such as: plant materials to enrich existing areas, maintaining current beds, developing new displays, and bringing future plans into the present. 




  People: Student Workers

place - stu mulch Students who work (and learn) in The Gardens gain experience that will help them in their studies and future careers. They  work as a team in all areas of the gardens including: planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, mowing, assisting the director with irrigation, fountain maintenance, special events, etc.  





  Programs: Friends of the Gardens

garden party 2019The mission of the "Friends of the Gardens" is to promote the gardens and provide "excellence in garden education" by providing resources beyond the scope of Kansas State University that will enhance and enrich The Gardens. The Friends of the Gardens Board works toward this effort by hosting two annual fundraising events; helping with fun activities in the gardens for KSU Open House Day and Family Day or the Gardens' September Stroll; poinsettia sale; assisting with educational programs for kids and adults; and by supporting the Director, etc.. Funds raised by the Board help with current projects such as: a new reflecting pool, replacing the conservatory, and supplementing the budget for student help. 




Other Gifts: Features, Equipment and Supplies 

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 Features add beauty, information, or a place to relax and reflect.  Many features are memorials or in honor of a special person. They are an important part of The Gardens and include: benches, sculptures, urns and planters, fountains, arbors, chairs, paved paths, boulders, etc. Features are frequently given in memory of a special person with informative plaques. 

Equipment and Supplies includes many important items such as: irrigation systems, id tags, tools, mowers, visitor center office equipment, display items, etc.

The Gardens would like to express gratitude and recognize individuals, groups and businesses who have helped us grow.
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