Expert help is available for all gardening questions!
Every state in the United States has a land-grant university. These universities were established for agriculture and horticulture research which was to be provided free to the citizens through extension offices in every county.
In Kansas, that university is Kansas State University. The Johnson County extension office is located at: 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe.
The phone number is: (913) 751-7000.
The web address is: www. johnson.ksu.edu
On the website you will find information about lawn and garden (links on the left side of the page) and free speaker's bureau classes on a variety of topics. You will also find (listed in the center of the page) news about current events, such as classes and workshops, the availability of low-cost tree seedlings and the Master Gardener Public Garden Tour, which is held every other year. This year's tour of local gardens is May 21 and 22.
The extension office publishes a number of brochures which are available online or printed (pick them up at the extension office). The topics include planting guides for fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers, traditional gardening, box gardening and square foot gardening.
The Johnson County extension office also has a Master Gardener program. Certified, volunteer Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions free of charge! They can be reached Monday through Friday at:
or by email at:
You can even bring in a soil sample to receive advice on preparing soil for a better harvest. You can bring in a plant sample for advice growing tips, insect or disease damage or poor productivity. These Master Gardeners are experts in growing food in our climate, soil type and location. They are very helpful and are a wonderful resource!