Private gardens opened for public viewing during popular Kansas City garden tour
Six private gardens will be opened to the public during the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 16 and 17. Kansas City’s premier garden tour is a biennial event, and the only opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful private gardens in Kansas City. It is a perfect weekend excursion for anyone looking for new design ideas or tips for their own garden and landscape.
This tour is unique from other area garden tours! Each garden is owned and maintained by an Extension Master Gardener (EMG). The gardens offer a wide spectrum of designs. From a smaller villa lot to a typical suburban city lot, we are confident you will discover a gem that surely appeals to your particular taste. And, we encourage pictures. No garden is off limits!
What You'll See
All of the gardens are within an easy drive, located in Overland Park and Olathe. The homes are selected for their individual qualities, and represent solutions to many gardening challenges commonly found in our region. This year’s gardens feature something for everyone, including:
- eco-friendly water retention systems,
- a secret hide-a-way,
- deer proof plants,
- shimmering poolside retreats,
- wildlife habitats,
- plants that thrive in dense shade,
- edible landscapes, and
- drainage solutions.
This tour is popular because the owners are passionate about gardening and have transformed standard suburban lots into their own personal oasis. The garden owners and university-trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. You'll receive educational fact sheets from each garden, full of practical tips to take home so that you can incorporate new plants, plant combinations and ideas to create your own personal oasis.
Garden Art and Unique Hosta
Once again, we're offering our popular hand crafted garden art and Hosta plants from national Hosta expert, Rob Mortko. Rob will be at the Class Act garden with a large selection of Hosta varieties and will be available to answer all your Hosta questions. But hurry ... both the garden art and Hostas sell out quickly!
Where to Buy Tickets
This popular event is only held every other year, so don't miss out. Tour tickets for this springtime, rain-or-shine event are $12 prior to May 1, and $15 after. Tickets are now available through: Johnson County K-State Extension; Johnson County Hen House Market after May 1; or any of the six gardens during the days of the tour. Maps and directions are provided with each ticket. To learn more, take a virtual tour, at www.johnson.ksu.edu/gardentour or call (913) 715-7000.