This is one of the best times of the gardening year here in Riley County. The Manhattan Area Garden Tour will be on Saturday, June 25.

There are five private gardens, a neighborhood garden, and the Gardens at Kansas State University to be showcased. Take in any or all of them from 8 am to noon that morning.

Each garden will have its own character. Flowers, water features, and accent pieces like sculpture are found in these gardens.

Check out the website for garden addresses, location map and the garden descriptions.

A big thank you to these gardeners for allowing the public to share in their gardening enthusiasm.

The garden tour can’t happen without community members willing to share. We are always looking for future gardens and their owner(s) willingness to be on the tour. Let us know of a potential garden.

For the past 33 years, over 150 gardens have been visited. Several of the gardens have been on the tour more than once.

This will be the third time for the Wilsons and Amys garden. I enjoy returning to a garden to see how it has changed.

Conducting a garden tour was the first project that the first class of Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners held.

The purpose was to inspire fellow gardeners and raise money for the Kansas State University Gardens. A little over $51,139 has been raised for the gardens over the 33 years.

Consider joining the Master Gardener program this fall when the next class will form. The dates of the training and application is on the Riley County Master Gardener website.

Be sure to talk with any of the many volunteers at the different gardening sites about becoming a Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener.

Hope you can make it to the garden tour.

You can find out more information on this and other horticulture topics by going to the Riley County, K-State Research and Extension website at

Gregg may be contacted by calling 785-537-6350 or stopping by 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan or e-mail:

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