K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center Field Day

Saturday, July 26, 2014 -- 8am - 3pm  -- Olathe

Tickets $5, purchase at the gate

Trial beds of annual flowers at the K-State Extension Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, Kansas.

Do you wonder how K-State Research and Extension develops its list of recommended grass, flowers or vegetable varieties? University research conducted right here in Olathe helps to determine what grows best in our KC landscapes. 

The K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center’s Field Day is the public’s opportunity to peek behind the scenes.Talk with the experts and learn about the latest varieties and methods for achieving success.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes:

  • bottled water,
  • seminars,
  • Air conditioned classes and
  • demonstrations.

Dr. Cary Rivard, vegetable specialist for K-State Research and Extension delivers a field lecture to visitors to the Horticulture Research Center AnnuThe Center conducts research in vegetable production and flowers. Visitors can speak with university professors heading up the research and Johnson County Extension Master Gardener volunteers.

Highlights – Flower Area
  • Annual flower trials - Companies from around the world submit their newest developments. The research trials show which flowers can withstand the Kansas City climate. The trials illustrate that not all varieties are created equal.
  • Container Garden Trials – New plants for patio planters and front porch use.  Performance in a planter is much different than in the ground. See which flowers are best for pots and which ones are best planted in the ground.
  • Crepe Myrtle Trials – this southern plant is finding its place in the KC landscape.  Compare a number of varieties and find the one for you.
Highlights – Vegetable Area
Heirloom tomatoes at the K-State Extension Horticulture Research Center Annual Field Day in Olathe, Kansas
  • Vegetables in Containers - Don't have space for a garden? Come find out about growing vegetables in pots. International vegetable breeders are now busy breeding a whole new array of vegetable varieties specifically for growing in pots. In the past our only choice was to use a field or garden variety and try to control its growth in a pot. We now have choices in varieties bred to have the specific growth habit characteristics for pots on the patio or balcony of a loft apartment.
  • Grafted Tomatoes – This latest trend is breathing new-life into heirloom tomatoes. Learn more about this process see how they compare.
  • Backyard Garden Demonstration Garden – People are becoming more health conscious. They are moving towards a more vegetarian diet and reducing their consumption of meat. Come talk with Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) and see what you can grow in your garden to provide plant-based protein in your diet.
    • Also, the EMGs, they will have an herb garden with four different themes. There will be: 1) a "formal" salad garden, 2) Italian, 3) Mexican and 4) medicinal/ tea garden. Cottage red marigolds will be planted on the outside border of the herb area. And instead of all herbs, the EMGs have incorporated various veggies and edible flowers.
  • Beans! – They’re high in fiber, antioxidants and protein. Studies show they can help you trim your waistline. No matter what time of year, beans are always an appropriate dish on any table. Extension Master Food Volunteers will offer exciting recipes that you can incorporate into your everyday meal plans.
Dr.Alan Stevens, K-State Research and ExtensionFree soil tests

Johnson County residents can bring their soil and get one free soil test, complements of Johnson County Stormwater Management. A soil test determines the nutrients in the soil. It is important to know the nutrient levels to grow healthy plants. Go to www.johnson.ksu.edu/soiltest to learn how to take a soil sample.  At least 2 cups of dry soil are needed for a proper test.

The Research Center is located at 35230 West 135th Street, Olathe. The entrance is approximately nine miles west of Highway 7 on 135th Street. Admission is $5 at the gate.

Lunch will be available for purchase during the event. For information call (913) 715-7000.

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Saturday, July 26
  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Rain or Shine!

Admission: $5, at the gate -- includes bottled water and hourly lectures delivered by professionally trained experts

Location: Research Center, 35230 West 135th, Olathe, KS. (approximately nine miles west of Highway 7 on 135th Street.)

Dennis Patton, horticulture agent, K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County presents a seminar on hydrangeas.
Class Room Speaker Schedule (Main Building) TBA
  • 9 a.m. –
  • 10:15 a.m. –
  • 11:15 a.m. –
  • 12:15 p.m.–
  • 1:15 p.m –
  • 2: 15 p.m. –

Walk and Talks – Hosted by K-State Research Faculty TBA
  • 9 a.m. –
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  • 11 a.m. –
  • Noon –
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Backyard Garden Series (meet under the blue roof in the research field) TBA
  • 9:00 a.m. –
  • 9:30 a.m. -
  • 11 a.m. –
  • 11:30 a.m. –
  • Noon –
  • 12:30 p.m. –
  • 1:30 p.m. –

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