1. K-State home
  2. »Research and Extension
  3. »Douglas
  4. »Lawn and Garden

Douglas County

K-State Research and Extension Douglas County 
2110 Harper Street
Lawrence KS 66046

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm
Monday - Friday



Bus Routes to Our Office

Bus Route Option 1

Bus Route Option 2

We stand for the fair and equitable treatment of all people. Read more...

Public Statement of Equity and Justice (pdf)

Natural Landscaping for Sustainable & Pollinator Friendly Yards

Sunday, Sept. 18th, 4 pm, at the west pavilion of Dad Perry Park, 1200 Monterey Way

presented by Sharon Ashworth, Douglas County Horticulture and Natural Resources Agent

EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER Training - Registration now full!

Please put your name on the waiting list should there be any cancellations: WAITING LIST

Please register for training classes HERE

Requirements: No prior experience with plants or gardening is necessary – just a willingness to learn and share with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects. You need to be available for about 55 to 60 hours of training classes your first year (~42 of which are online). You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent. The fee is approximately $100.00 (TBD), but if this is a hardship we have a few scholarship spaces. We only have space for 30 trainees. A few of these spots are reserved for those whom the full fee is a financial hardship.

When: Thursdays, September 1, 2022 through December 15, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM CST (online)

Six additional sessions will meet in-person at the Douglas County Extension office.

K-State Research and Extension is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Sharon Ashworth at least two weeks prior to the start of the event at 785-843-7058 or sashworth@ksu.edu. Requests received after this date will be honored as soon as it is feasible to do so.

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. Scroll down for a list of our monthly education programs.

K-State Garden Hour - topics from lawns to tomatoes, pollinators to compost

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map Updated

Kansas Healthy Yards & Communities  Tips and videos on plant care, vegetable gardening, lawn care, fruit production and more!

Horticulture Information Center Here you will find a weekly horticulture newsletter loaded with timely information, a link to some of the most common plant and pest problems, lists of recommended plants, and a link to a searchable database of K-State publications on all manner of topics. 

Soil Testing

Test your soil's pH and nutrient levels to determine what kind and the right amount of fertilizer to apply. You might be spending money on nutrients that you don't need. Download the document on How to Take a Soil Sample for more details.

Extension Master Gardener Hotline

Got garden questions?
Call or email the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners
Email: dgcogardenhotline@gmail.com or phone: 785-843-7058 to leave a message.


Finding good advice for your landscape and garden - presentation by Sharon Ashworth on Nov. 13th, 2021. This document contains links to a world of horticultural information available from K-State Research and Extension.

The Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) host educational presentations each month from January through November. Watch for announcements on this page and on the EMG Facebook Page.

You can watch all our recorded presentations, and much more, on our EMG YouTube channel.

2022 Extension Master Gardener Monthly Education Programs

Wed, Feb 16thAdvanced Tree ID (1.5 hrs), Kim Bomberger. See YouTube channel for recording

Sat, Mar 19thCreating Livable Environments for Birds, Chuck Otte, KSU

Wed, Apr 20thDaylilies in the Garden, Laura Ross, DGCO EMG

Sat, May 21stDesigning Outdoor Spaces, Leslie Wren

Wed, June 15thDesigning with Native Plants, Patti Ragsdale, owner of Happy Apples Native Plant Farm

Sat, July 16thMaking Sense of Latin Plant Names, Caleb Morse, Collection Manager, R. L. McGregor Herbarium

Wed, Aug 17th Maintaining Fruit Trees, Matt Bunch, Giving Grove as part of KC Community Gardens

Sat, Sept 17thHarvesting and Preserving Seeds, Matthew and Nancy Kost, Buffalo Seed Co

Wed, Oct 19thChanging Weather Patterns in Kansas, Christopher (Chip) Redmond, KSU Meteorologist

More Master Gardener Information

Horticulture Program Staff

Sharon Ashworth
Horticulture & Natural Resources Agent