Sunday was the 28th Annual Garden Tour in Manhattan. Six gardens were featured in the tour. The garden tour is part of Kansas State University Research and Extension Master Gardener Program. The Master Gardener Program helps gardeners learn more about growing and caring for plants. In exchange for intensive training, volunteers help the Extension Service provide information to the public. Master Gardeners work on community demonstration projects and youth programs, plan and execute the annual Manhattan Garden Tour, assist with Extension garden clinics, exhibitions, and other educational events, and participate in a growing group that holds bimonthly education meetings in a social settings. For more information visit www.riley.k-state.edu/master-gardener/
This years featured gardens:
- Linda Letterman: “A Romantic Garden” designed to mirror the colors of Monet’s gardens and paintings. It has the feel of a cottage garden full of pink, lavender, blue, and white flowers.
- Karen and LeAnn Brosius: Officially named “Glory Garden,” with the unofficial moniker of “God’s Hosta Garden,” the two have created a garden for hostas to rule the earth beneath the deep shade of a beautiful oak grove.
- Lou Irwin: A garden with all the elements of the Orient and a focus on peace, tranquility, and quiet meditation. Surrounded by a tall and sheltering privacy fence, there are fountains, bridges, and soothing water features throughout the garden.
- Cindi and Jeff Morris: A vast terraced garden with perennials and flowering shrubs. There are over 200 labeled plants representing many uncommon plant cultivars and lots of variety in color and textures.
- The Gardens at Kansas State University: The Gardens is a privately funded horticulture display garden that has been established as an educational resource and learning laboratory for K-State students and the visiting public.
- Manhattan Country Club: Managed by Dave Kelley, the landscape features 42 flower beds and 30 containers.