Oct 21

Ted Ensley Gardens: Take in the Beauty of Nature

Flower GardenTed Ensley Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre free garden located in Topeka, Kansas.  It is close to where my parents live and we have visited it several times over the last few years when we take walks on the Lake Shawnee Trail.  We have seen it in fall, spring, and summer and for being a free garden they put on a good show.FountainThe garden has several different themed areas, a typical rose garden with a variety of roses, a gazebo area with several perennial as well as annual flower beds to make it a scenic area, a meditation as well as a rock garden, and a nice man-made waterfall and small pond area.  The Ted Ensley Gardens is all the more scenic as it overlooks the lake itself.  All in all it makes for a very pleasant stroll.Lake ShawneeKaren and I took our little girl there for the first time and she loved walking around pointing out the flowers and laughing and giggling as she chased the butterflies.  Karen and I are always looking for a place to take her that is easy on the old wallet and now when we see the grandparents in Topeka we have found that place.M looking at the FountainsIf at all possible try to see the Ted Ensley gardens during May when over 80,000 Tulips and Daffodils reach full bloom during the Ted Ensley Gardens annual Tulip Time in Topeka.  Being free the garden is a great place to go for a stroll anytime of the year.  Lake Shawnee is also going to be adding the Dick and Dotty Hanger Family Preserve which will showcase native plants and wildflowers.

To check out our reviews of other gardens we have visited click here

Monarch ButterflyTed Ensley Gardens
Located at 3650 SE West Edge Rd. on the west side of Lake Shawnee, Topeka, Kansas
Hours of Operation: Park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at http://parks.snco.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/1 or http://scprfoundation.org/foteg/Waterfall and Pond

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