With Kansas being such a big state, the climate and growing conditions for the flowers at this site are quite different from the eastern or southern parts of the state. While the days are very hot and rain is scarce, the higher elevation and drier atmosphere lead to much cooler night temperatures. Under the cooler nights the flowers store more sugars in their petals, resulting in deeper, darker, richer and more vibrant colors.
The highly landscaped grounds and flower trials are a wonderful respite for travelers. Visitors are encouraged to stop and stroll through gardens. The grounds of the research & extension center are open during daylight hours 7 days a week.
The 2014 Field Day is on August 13 with the following schedule:
5:30 Guided tour and Welcome
6:15 Speakers begin the program:
Tree selection and care for northwest Kansas
Turfgrass selection and care for northwest Kansas
Shrub selection and care for northwest Kansas
Prairie Star annual flower trials
Attendees are encouraged to bring in samples from their home gardens for identification and diagnosis.
105 Experiment Farm Rd
Colby, Kansas 67701-0505