Ted Ensley Gardens
The 37.5-acre garden area on the west side of scenic Lake Shawnee features a panoramic view of the lake and spectacular plantings in a beautiful and tranquil setting with meandering paths and seating areas. The garden has been dubbed "world class" by visitors. Features include:
- 1,200 varieties of perennials, 300 varieties of annuals, roses, trees and shrubs
- Gazebo, Pergola and Pagoda with Meditation Garden
- Water and Rock Gardens
- Paved walking trails and ADA accessible deck
- Arboretum and Trellis
- Dick & Dotty Hanger Nature Preserve
Each April, the gardens are one of three settings for Tulip Time when Shawnee County Parks + Recreation horticulturists and volunteers plan more than 100,000 tulips at Ted Ensley Gardens, Gage Park and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden.
The arboretum features 450 trees including 87 varieties some rare to Kansas. They include a zelkova tree that will grow 100 feet tall and buckeyes, among others.
The entrance to Ted Ensley Gardens is our trail head shelter and restroom located just north of 37th street and West Edge road. From there you walk through a beautiful 60 ft. covered bridge over a rocky stream. Then you stroll on the sidewalk though a meditation garden, rock gardens, many annual and perennial beds, rose gardens and water gardens.
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