Welcome to Prairie Star Flowers

A collection of flowers tested by K-State for the prairie climate



People & Places


Finney Co. Demonstration Garden

The primary site for the annual and perennial flower trials is the K-State Horticulture Research & Extension Center in Olathe, KS. There are also auxiliary trial sites at the Western Agriculture Research Center in Hays, and the Northwest Research Extension Center in Colby, KS. Additionally, many county Extension sites have demonstration gardens maintained by Extension Master Gardeners that display Prairie Star flowers. Check with your local county agent for more information. Some demonstration garden locations across the state include:

Butler County El Dorado, KS
Central Kansas District Kenwood Park, Salina, KS
Douglas County 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Ellis County 601 Main, Hays, KS
Finney County 501 S 9th St, Garden City, KS
Grant County Ulysses, KS
Harvey County 6th and Pine, Newton, KS
Johnson County 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS 
Golden Prairie District County Courthouse, Oakley, KS
Lyon County 2632 W US Highway 50, Emporia, KS 
McPherson County 600 West Woodside Street,  McPherson, KS
Reno County Hutchinson Community College Campus, Hutchinson, KS
Riley County 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66502
Some flowers are also in Pride Community containers.
River Valley District Clay Center, KS
Sedgwick County 7001 W. 21st N, Wichita KS
Shawnee County 1740 SW Western Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Smith County Smith County Courthouse, 218 S. Grant, Smith Center, KS
Sunflower District 8th Street X Caldwell St. (NE corner of Gulick Park) Goodland, KS
Wyandotte County Agricultural Hall of Fame, 630 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs, KS



Dr. Alan Stevens is Director of the K-State Research & Extension Center in Olathe, and State Extension Specialist for commercial floriculture. He conducts annual and perennial cultivar trials to promote outstanding performers via Prairie Star and Prairie Bloom programs. Robin R. Dremsa is a Research Associate that manages the flower trials. Verbena plots


Please contact us for questions regarding the Prairie Star program, requests for using K-State photographs, or if you encounter any problems with the website.

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