Gardening and Lawn Care
We offer a variety of resources, classes, and opportunities for aspiring and experienced gardeners, DIY home lawn care, and commercial horticulture operations.
Have a gardening or lawn care question?
9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
March through October
You also can bring plant samples to the Extension Center for diagnosis or identification and soil samples for nutrient analysis. If you bring a plant sample, please bring several leaves on a branch or stem, including flowers, fruit, or other distinguishing characteristics. For lawn samples, bring in a 3" diameter core, including roots. For a soil fertility test, please view our Soil Testing Procedures.
Programs We Offer
We have a range of gardening and lawn care classes, workshops, and events throughout the year. The majority of our programs are held between January and June, usually on Saturdays or weekday evenings at the Extension Education Center. Current classes and events can be found on the right sidebar. For more information on our free public events, visit our Public Events and Tours page. Staff or Extension Master Gardeners are also available to speak to your group or for your event.
Want to know more about the Extension Master Gardener Program?
The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program through K-State Research and Extension. The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners operate the Garden Hotline, maintain demonstration gardens, teach youth, and hold events and tours for the public.
On Our Grounds
Our mission is to ensure that the grounds surrounding our facility serve as a learning environment for the public. We feature a Demonstration Garden that is open year-round and offers educational exhibits with raised growing beds, seasonal vegetable plantings, a compost demonstration, and an outdoor classroom area. The Extension Arboretum was created in 1994 and serves as a resource for Sedgwick County citizens. The Arboretum showcases specific trees, shrubs and other plants that are ideal for growing in our County. For more information on the gardens, visit the Demonstration Gardens page.
Current Gardening Topics
My pin oak tree has the strange growths on the leaves. What is it and what can I do? Is this what causes the Oak Itch Mites?
There's a good chance that what you are seeing is Oak Vein Pocket Gall. Many local pin oak trees have been severely affected for the last few years. This gall is not associated with the itch mites. That is caused by the Oak Leaf Marginal Gall. The best option is to do nothing, because there are not any effective insecticides.
What variety of ______ should I plant in my yard?
- Preferred Trees for South Central Kansas
- WaterWise Plants
- Prairie Star Annual Flowers
- Prairie Bloom Perennial Flowers
- Ornamental Grasses
- Deciduous Shrubs
- Evergreen Shrubs