Visiting local gardens is a good way to see what is growing in a similar environment as your own.
The 24th Annual Manhattan Area Garden Tour organized by the Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners is Sunday, June 10. Visit the gardens between 1 and 5 p.m.
Advanced tickets for $7 are available at the Extension office and several of the area garden stores. Tickets for $8 are available at all of the tour sites during the garden tour. Youth aged 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens.
You can start at any of the tour sites. The KSU Gardens at 1500 Denison Ave. is a good place to start if unfamiliar with the other locations. Your purchased ticket will have a map of the tour stops.
The private gardens this year include Diana and Kevin Blake, 808 Brierwood Dr., Steve and Karla Fisher, 825 Dehoff Dr., Frank Schmeidler and Ralph Diaz; at 412 Kearney and their neighbors landscape, and Karen and Ray Thompson, 2020 Skyler Circle.
Along with the KSU Gardens, the plantings at the Riley County Shop are a tour stop. The Shop is at 6215 Tuttle Creek Boulevard. The Master Gardeners have developed perennial flower beds using the researched “Prairie Bloom” cultivars. A designed perennial bed from an Extension publication is planted and the design will be available to be picked up. The public works office will be open for those interested in the energy efficient building.
Gather a few family members and friends and spend the afternoon looking at the right plants for the right place. This once a year event allows you access to a few neighbors backyard that you have only been able to peek at before.
You are likely to see an interesting plant or two and spark an idea for your garden. Research has shown that a stroll through a garden will provide emotional as well as physical wellness.
Please contact the Extension office if you need more information and a ticket.
I hope to see you on Sunday, June 10. Thanks to the hosts for sharing their landscape with everyone.