Established in 1981 on 29 acres in Hesston, this open air domain affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience the wildflowers of the Great Plains in cultivation. The hundreds of varieties of native and adaptable wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees are a lexicon of the possibilities of native plant gardening. A staff which includes some of the area’s foremost authorities on native plants is available for scheduled tours, programs, landscaping ideas, and prairie restoration assistance. The Visitor Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays in summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a gift shop featuring nature-related items. The facilities can be rented for weddings, family gatherings, church and business retreats; and tours are available by reservation.
Seminars, classes and speakers explore topics on natural history, environmental landscaping, prairie conservation and ecology, and the arts. For the current schedule of classes and indoor concerts overlooking the gardens and the lake, go to www.dyckarboretum.org.
- Description The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains offers the beautiful limestone and cedar Visitor and Education Center and the Prairie Pavilion overlooking the lake for full-day or half-day rentals. The Visitor and Education Center is a popular facility frequently rented by civic and business groups for meetings and retreats. The large projection screen, sound system and kitchen facilities are included in the rental. The Prairie Pavilion provides a wonderful indoor, climate-controlled pavilion or tent feel for weddings, receptions, formal dinners or business workshops and trainings. An entry hallway, restrooms, a storage area that doubles as a catering prep area and small bridal room are also included.
- Total Sq. Ft. 3336
- Space Notes The Visitor and Education Center can accommodate approximately 90 people at tables and chairs and 140 with stadium seating. The Prairie Pavilion can accommodate approximately 175 people at tables and chairs and 270 with stadium seating.
- Number of Rooms 2