Friday, April 18, 2014

Tulip Time 2014

With more then 100,000 tulips and daffodils in three (3) of the counties beautiful parks, one of the best events each year, especially among those that enjoy gardening (or at least looking at beautiful gardens) is the annual Tulip Time Festival. Half of the tulips are in the Ted Ensley Gardens ay Lake Shawnee, said to be the most beautiful outdoor recreational areas in all of Northeast Kansas. The next location is perhaps the most historic of the three. That being the Old Prairie Town, where you can enjoy beautiful tulips, lush gardens, and even an old-fashioned cream soda. Finally, the Doran Rock Garden at Gage Park you can literally stroll in the largest park in Topeka and literally smell the flowers. Where you see thousands of tulips during Tulip Time, not to mention the Renisch Rose Gardens, which is also in Gage Park.
Daffodils at Lake Shawnee
Photo by Kevin Surbaugh

2014 Event Dates:
April 4-April 20, 2014
Times may vary depending on location, but all will be during normal park hours at the respective parks.
Photo by Kevin Surbaugh


Tulips at Lake Shawnee
Photo by Kevin Surbaugh

  • Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee
    SE 37th and West Edge Road
    Admission Free for self guided tours. $5/person for group tours (available weekdays only). For more information contact or call 291-2617;

  • Botanical Garden at Old Prairie Town
    124 NW Fillmore
    At Old Prairie Town visitors can enjoy a self-guided tulip tour for a suggested donation of $5 per person. Historic building tours are available daily beginning at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm for $4 per person. For more information contact or call 368-2439. Park hours during Tulip Time at Old Prairie Town are 9:00am-6:00pm (gates close at 5:30pm).

  • Doran Rock Garden at Gage Park
    601 SW Gage Blvd
    Free Self Guided tours
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