Kansas State University Gardens, Manhattan

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The Kansas State University Gardens (19 acres) is a new horticulture display garden being developed and maintained by the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, Kansas State University. It is located on campus at the intersection of Denison Avenue and Claflin Road, Manhattan, Kansas. The gardens are open to the public during daylight hours, March through November. No fee is charged.

Other attractions to the University Gardens include the insect zoo, the university conservatory which houses several cacti and tropical species. The University gardens is expected to grow over the next several years. Phase one is complete of the University gardens Phase two and three are expected to grow over the next several years with contributions and donations from university friends.

Current plant collections included daylilies, irises and roses, as well as three specialty gardens: the Cottage, Insect Zoo and Native/Adaptive Plant Gardens. Peony and hosta collections are planned.
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  • This was an excellent and well maintained garden. Well worth a visit. All the plants are labeled and best of the this is a free attraction. I took some wonderful photos. 
    This was an excellent and well maintained garden. Well worth a visit. All the plants are labeled and best of the this is a free attraction. I took some wonderful photos.  more »
  • Lots of flowers and plants in well done, beautiful gardens. Always changing and evolving. They are just starting a section that will be the rose garden. Most of the garden has signs so you know....  more
    Lots of flowers and plants in well done, beautiful gardens. Always changing and evolving. They are just starting a section that will be the rose garden. Most of the garden has signs so you know....  more »
  • The flowers are so pretty! They are varied and beautiful. Many of them are labeled also, helping identification. 
    The flowers are so pretty! They are varied and beautiful. Many of them are labeled also, helping identification.  more »
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  • Spent some time a the Garden after having lunch with my Aunt. We found a nice cool place in the shade to relax and chat. It was fun to see the photographers working with the wedding parties and such. Although I live out of town, I could see coming here at various time of the summer when the various blooms are at peak.
  • A beautiful place to look at flowers and to see some insects at the insect zoo.
  • This place is really cool. No charge, a lot of cool stuff to look at.
  • They have a GIANT water dish that moves! All u can eat salad! Just don't go with my mom, she wouldn't let me eat anything 😣 (it all looked delicious tho and smelled grate!) Lots to sniff 🐶 five stars!
  • A great place to sit and relax. A faint scent of lilies in the air.

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