Kansas State University Gardens, Manhattan

#3 of 8 in Parks in Manhattan
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Loved spending an hour or two here in the late summer. There are tons of flowers and plants to see and a relaxing vibe surrounding the fountains.  more »
  • We enjoyed walking through these gardens even though it was Sunday so the greenhouses were closed. I photographed some flowers, statues, and the very clever entrance to the Insect Zoo  more »
  • Beautiful place. I took some wedding photos there and I've used this ace for many types of photos in the past. Nice serene area. Also includes the insect zoo, 2 huge fountains and many types or green and flower areas.
  • Nice gardens! There are quite a few plants and trees to look at. Lots of butterflies and other insects to view. Technically open 24hrs. Make sure to visit the insect zoo if you get the chance.

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