Johnson County

Extension Master Gardener Public Garden Tour

Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17, 2014 rain or shine!

9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

This is the year — Kansas City’s premier garden tour is back!

Hosted by the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs), this beloved biennial event is your chance to peek inside and tour six of the most beautiful private gardens in Kansas City.

Why We're Different

Our tour is unique from other area garden tours! Each garden is owned and maintained by one of our EMGs.

Our gardens offer a wide spectrum of designs. From a smaller villa lot to a typical suburban city lot, we are confident you will discover a gem that surely appeals to your particular taste. And, we encourage pictures. No garden is off limits!

Six Distinct Designs

Each garden reflects the Extension Master Gardener's passion. They range in style from a wildlife habitat, to a lush pool surrounded by extensive plantings, to a garden that captures natural rainfall. All of the gardens are within an easy drive, located in Overland Park and Olathe.

The six gardens were selected for:

  • their individual qualities and range of gardening styles;
  • representing solutions to many gardening challenges commonly found in our region;
  • as a teaching garden to help you learn and incorporate ideas into your own garden.
Lotus flower and gold fish float in a water pond.

Ask the Experts
Touring these gardens provides a rare chance to peek into your neighbor’s backyard and see and learn from local experts. University-trained EMG volunteers will be available throughout the gardens to answer all your questions.

While on the tour you will receive information about the garden and educational fact sheets full of practical tips to take home so that you can incorporate new plants, plant combinations and ideas to create your own personal oasis.

Handcrafted Garden Art and Hostas

Available at the "Class Act” garden

Bowling Ball #2

Once again, we're offering hosta plants and our popular hand crafted garden art. But hurry... these sell out quickly!

  • Concrete Garden Leaves — Each unique leaf is handcrafted and sculpted by one of our many creative EMGs.

  • Mosaic Bowling Balls — We've given forsaken bowling balls new life, transforming them into shimmering, colorful garden art. Each bowling ball has been artfully decorated by an EMG.

  • Hostas — National hosta expert, “Rob the Hosta Guy” from Made in the Shade Gardens will be on hand with a large selection of hosta varieties and to answer your questions.


Friday, May 16 &

Saturday, May 17, 2014
rain or shine!

9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Order Tickets Here

Take a virtual tour of the six gardens:

K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Logo
  • No strollers or pets, please. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.