K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center Field Day

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time: 8am - 3pm

Tickets: $5, purchase at the gate

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

Come see the hottest, newest plants while enjoying cool classes in air conditioned comfort and icy cold water while wandering the university's field trials. Learn about the latest and greatest before it ever hits the garden centers. It's your chance to peek behind the scenes, talk with the experts and learn about the latest varieties and methods for achieving growing success.

K-State Research and Extension horticulture research develops its list of recommended grasses, flowers or vegetable varieties through university research conducted in Olathe to determine what grows best in our Kansas City landscapes.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes:

  • bottled water,
  • seminars,
  • air conditioned classes, and
  • demonstrations.
Free 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 25
  • 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 (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. – TBA
  • 10:15 a.m. – TBA
  • 11:15 a.m. – TBA
  • 12:15 p.m.– TBA
  • 1:15 p.m – TBA
  • 2: 15 p.m. – TBA

Walk and Talks – Hosted by K-State Research Faculty TBA
  • 9 a.m. – TBA
  • 10 a.m. – TBA
  • 11 a.m. – TBA
  • Noon – TBA
  • 1 p.m. - TBA
  • 1 p.m. - TBA
Backyard Garden Series (meet under the blue roof in the research field)
  • Stop by and check out the activities. Volunteers will be available throughout the day to answer questions and give tours. 
  • At 10:15 tour the newly planted native pollinator garden located at the main entrance behind the registration tent.
  • Protein crops will be highlighted at noon. Meet for this talk at the garden located in the field.

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