Research garden

The Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden is at 1865 E. 1600 Road in Douglas County, less than 10 minutes from downtown Lawrence and adjacent to the Prairie Moon Waldorf School grounds. It is part of the KU Field Station, which includes about 1,600 acres of research land with public trails three miles north of the garden.

The garden site includes the research area, made up of rows that are 50 feet long and hold a total of about 25 species each year; the interpretive garden just inside the front gate, with seven themed beds holding about 70 species of medicinal plants, each with an informational sign; and the KU Student Farm, made up of two sections of individual plots where KU students, faculty and staff grow their own vegetables. The garden is open to the public dawn to dusk. We ask that you leave pets at home, as this is a research garden and our intent is to keep it as clean as possible.

From time to time, we will hold tours and educational events there. Please check our Events tab for upcoming events.

Directions (see Map): From downtown Lawrence, travel north across the bridge and follow Highway 59 to Highway 40. Turn east and travel 1.5 miles to East 1600 Road, then half a mile north to the garden. Please be careful at the intersection of Highway 40 and East 1600 Road.

Alternate bike route (see Map): From downtown Lawrence, head north across the bridge. At the north end of the bridge, take an immediate right (heading east) onto the Kansas River levee trail. Follow the trail approximately one mile to the North 8th Street and Oak Street access point and head north half a block to Oak. Turn right (east) for one long block to North 9th Street/East 1550 Road, the city limit, then four blocks north to Maple Street/North 1650. Turn east onto the gravel road and travel half a mile (the factory will be on your left) to East 1600. Turn left (north) and travel a total of two miles, passing under I-70 and across Highway 40; the garden is half a mile north of Highway 40. Be very careful crossing Highway 40.

Directions to nearby Rockefeller Prairie: The prairie is three miles north of the medicinal plant garden; follow East 1600 Road north half a mile and take a sharp right across the bridge over Mud Creek, followed by a sharp left. You will again be on East 1600; continue as the road winds northward, crossing North 2000 Road, Douglas County, and later passing McColl Nature Reserve on the left and Fitch Natural History Reservation on the right. At the top of the hill, you’ll reach First Street, Jefferson County. Park in the turnout to your left and walk through the trees across the dry creek bed and out onto the prairie area. You will see a concrete wheelchair-accessible path. Please do not bring pets or disturb marked research plots, as this is a research area.