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 Lake Park, El Dorado, KS
Central Kansas District Kenwood Park, Salina, KS
Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS
Ellis County Extension Office, 601 Main, Hays, KS
Finney County Extension Office, 501 S 9th St, Garden City, KS
Harvey County 6th and Pine, Newton, KS
Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS 
Golden Prairie District County Courthouse, Oakley, KS
Lyon County 2632 W US Highway 50, Emporia, KS 
McPherson County Extension Office, 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 Extension Office, 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. Cheryl Boyer is the Kansas State Extension Specialist for nursery crops and garden centers. Robin Ruether is a Research Associate who manages the flower trials. Verbena plots

Please contact us with 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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