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 Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden includes the research area, made up of 50 feet long rows that hold about 15-20 species, and the interpretive garden consisting of medicinal plants, many with informational signage, and other native plants.  The Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners and KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden are expanding our selection of native species and the educational value of the garden.  The Extension Master Gardeners also educate and work with interns, student workers and volunteers to plant and maintain the rows and interpretive garden. The KU Student Farm, run by student coordinators and made up of plots where KU students, faculty and staff grow their own vegetables, is also located at the site.  In addition, the adjacent lands at the site are used by graduate students, faculty and other researchers to conduct field ecology research. 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.

Nearby prairie areaRockefeller Prairie, an exceptionally diverse native prairie with unusual and rare prairie species, is located only three miles north of the garden at the KU Field Station.  See the map to Field Station sites and the public trail system map of the KU Field Station to plan your trip.