Early Friday morning, my wonderful husband and I hit the road for an extended weekend. We put on some miles for family gatherings, time with friends and stops at interesting locations. On my list of places to visit for several years: Kansas State University Gardens. It has a history back to 1877. The current location, with grand plans for the future, was established in 1989. The backdrop for the gardens is an old barn which houses the visitor center and an insect zoo. We passed on the insect zoo because of time as we had more places and people to see on our trip. Aren't the little ant sculptures on the wall awesome?
There are a lot of sculptures in the gardens.
A wildcat with kittens playing on the rocks below.
A man on a bench with a butterfly on his finger.
A girl with a book.
There is an outdoor room with benches enclosed by vines. It was a nice shady spot to rest as Friday was sunny, windy and hot! Not the best weather to visit a garden but it was when we could get there.
There were many plants as one would expect. Here are some of our favorites...
Golden St. John's Wort
Echinacea with butterfly.
I missed the tag for this plant but it had velvety leaves with purple spikes of flowers.
My WH got a photo of me checking out the leaves. My nice white shoulders were quite pink by the end of the day as I was a little slow putting on the sunscreen. Too excited to finally get to these gardens I guess.
An Asian lily.
I so want some of this in my garden.
There are numerous daylilies.
The rose garden is being renovated.
There is a Victorian style conservatory which was built in 1907 in a different location on the KSU campus. It was moved to its current location and is in need of some renovation, but the curved glass and Victoria style are still beautiful. There are rows of irises on this side of the conservatory.