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Lawn and Garden

Maintaining attractive communities and home landscapes increases property values and promotes an improved quality of life that makes Douglas County a great place to live.

Whether you have questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, or landscape maintenance, Extension information is available to help you. Our Extension garden experts and trained subject matter specialists are prepared to provide you with non-biased, research-based information.

You can also visit the Douglas County Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence. The Demonstration Gardens display current horticulture practices related to trees, flowers, gardening and composting. Many plants are also labeled. Additional demonstration gardens are the Monarch Waystation #1, University of Kansas Campus, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence; and Tom Swan Park, 8th and High Street, Baldwin City.

Classes/Workshops Offered

Gardening for Birds Workshop

Extension Master Gardener Garden Tour

Popular Topics

        Pruning Ornamental Grasses

        Right Plant Right Place

        DIY Compost Bins

        Vermicomposting-Composting with Worms

Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter

Cuttings to Grow Inside for Winter

Peonies: Dividing Peonies to Share

Geraniums: Overwintering

Lawns, When to Fertilize

Safety Tips and More for Mowing Lawns

Improving Garden Soil

Composting: Making Black Gold

Transforming Leaves from Trash to Treasure

Planting a Fall Garden

Growing Fruit in a Small Urban Landscape

Low Tunnels Extend the Growing Season

Maximizing Your Garden Space

Growing Plants From Seeds

Saving Flower Seeds

Making Your Own Seed Tape

Vegetables; Planning Your Priorities

Soil Testing Information for Lawn and Garden

Kansas Healthy Yards & Communities tips and videos on lawn and landscape care

Extension Master Gardener Information

Plant Recommendations for Waterwise Gardens

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map Updated

Extension Demonstration Garden Plant List

Master Gardener

EMG Brochure

EMG Application

Current Extension Master Gardener Update

Master Gardener Website

EMG Speakers Bureau Topics

Program Resources

Visit our Useful Links page for program related websites.

Visit the K-State Research & Extension Library.
Horticulture Information Center.

Extension Master Gardeners Hotline

call 843-7058 
e-mail mastergardener@douglas-county.com

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
April 1 - October 31.

Horticulture Program Staff

Marlin Bates
County Extension Agent Horticulture
Phone: 785-843-7058
batesm@ksu.edu

Sharon Ashworth
Horticulture Program Assistant
sashworth@ksu.edu