Story published: Saturday, Jul. 21, 2012

The Olathe News

Horticulture event is July 28

The K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center in Olathe will host a field day July 28 to educate the public about local conditions and which plants grow best in this area.

University professors and master gardener volunteers have conducted research in the Olathe area to determine which varieties of plants, flowers and vegetables are best suited for survival in Johnson County’s summers. For a $5 admission fee, attendees can attend seminars, classes and demonstrations to learn more.

A flower area will feature research trials from around the world, display beds with landscape designs for inspiration and offer the opportunity to find out which flowers grow best in pots and which grow best in the ground.

A vegetable area will offer ideas for how to incorporate vegetables into your home, a tomato tasting and a plant clinic where attendees can ask questions about ailing plants at home.

Johnson County residents can bring soil samples from home for free testing.

The event will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 35230 W. 135th Street in Olathe. For more information, call 913-715-7000 or visit

| Mackenzie Clark,