LAWRENCE – The public is invited to the fall tour of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Garden this Saturday, Oct. 2. This year's tour, which will take place from 1 to 3 p.m, will be an informal, open house-style event.
Join Kansas Biological Survey botanist Jennifer Moody and Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for the tour, just north of Lawrence, 1865 East 1600 Road. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport (directions and map), includes research plantings, a large native plant demonstration garden and the KU Community Garden. Garden pathways are ADA-compliant, and the site is open to the public dawn to dusk. See the Facebook event.
The garden site, established in 2010, serves as a gateway to the KU Field Station, as it is the first of several Field Station sites on East 1600 Road in Douglas County north of Highway 40. Land for the garden was made available by the KU Endowment.
The KU Field Station, established in 1947, is managed by the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, a KU designated research center. The core research and operations area of the Field Station, north of Lawrence, consists of 1,800 acres, with five miles of public trails.
Photo: View of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Garden site and shade structure toward the southeast.