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Flowers tested by K-State for the prairie climate
Flower trials at the Agricultural Research Center-Hays
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By Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research ...
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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research Associate who manages the flower trials. She's been at the K-State Hort. Research & Extension Center since 2007.
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In Hays, Kansas, the KSU Agricultural Research Center is home to one of the larger testing sites for Prairie Star Flowers. If you live in the area or are passing by on I-70, it is an educational stop to see which flowers do well there. The grounds manager, Joe Becker, does a great job of making sure the plants are properly planted, labeled, and maintained. Every year offers a different display of color!

Hays KS Flower Trials
A previous year's flower trials at Hays, KS with the 'Las Vegas' series of Gomphrena in the foreground.
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Overview of the 2014 trial grounds at the Hays Agriculture Research Center
All of the flowers are nicely labeled, and some container trials are also included. This enables us to test some cultivars like Calibrachoa, that only perform well in pots, in the western Kansas climate.

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Calibrachoa 'Can Can Deep Purple' in container trials at Hays.
A late-summer tradition in western Kansas are the K-State Horticulture Nights. The public is invited to come hear K-State Research & Extension experts talk on lawn and garden issues pertinent to the region. The KSU Agricultural Research Center - Hays hosts one night (see the previous blog post featuring the Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby for the other).



The 2014 Program is being held on Thursday August 14. Registration starts at 5:30, with the program at 6:00. The speakers this year from K-State Research & Extension will address the following areas:

Flowers: Prairie Star Flower Trial

Lawn: Management Issues

Landscape: Shrub Varieties

Vegetables: Tomato & Pepper

Insects: Friends of the Garden




It is always an informative and fun evening! A light hotdog supper is provided.



Otherwise the grounds are open for visitors during daylight hours on regular business days. 



KSU Agricultural Research Center - Hays

1232 240th Avenue

Hays, Kansas 67601

Phone:785-625-3425

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