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The Meadow

Volunteers Needed to Seed the Meadow

Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccafolium) is one of numerous plant species native to the Kansas Flint Hills. This will be among 50 plant species to be seeded or planted in The Meadow of Kansas State University. Image by Richard Dean Prudenti.

Please help make our garden grow — The Meadow, that is, just north of the Beach Museum of Art at K-State.

If you’re a person who enjoys sowing some tender loving care, we can put your volunteer hands to work Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, from 8 a.m.-noon. Together we will plant more than 20 species of native Kansas grasses and wildflowers. More species will be added in the second and third years, for a total of approximately 50 native species of grasses and wildflowers.

We need your help with the following tasks:

  • Mix seed and filling buckets
  • Rake soil to prepare for the seed
  • Broadcast seed
  • Rake to lightly cover seed

Weather permitting we will meet at 8 a.m. under the archway of the Beach Museum of Art. There you’ll receive instructions from Katie Kingery-Page of the Department of Landscape Architecture / Regional & Community Planning, and Kathrine Schlageck of the Beach Museum of Art. If it’s hot, no worries; Kathrine is organizing water refreshments in the shade that morning.

Don’t forget:

  • Sunscreen, hat or other clothes that protect from sun
  • Protective eyewear
  • Garden gloves
  • Hard rake (if you have one)
  • Sturdy shoes that completely cover your feet

Please email beachart@k-state.edu with the days and time you would like to volunteer. We encourage you to stay an hour, two hours or the full time. We plan to complete all activities each day by noon, possibly sooner. Planting is dependent on weather and soil conditions.

We hope you will join us in this unique opportunity to convert a conventional lawn into a meadow that features various plant species native to this part of Kansas.

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