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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Oct. 2-11

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Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Oct. 2-11 at Old Prairie Town

TOPEKA, KAN. – A new event, the Ward-Meade Garden Glow, is set for Oct. 2-11 at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. Patterned after the popular Tulips at Twilight, Garden Glow features lighted displays, larger than life illuminated flowers and seasonal plants illuminated by luminarias. While Garden Glow will feature some of the same displays seen at Tulips at Twilight, it will also feature some never before seen displays as well.

The event runs 7-10 p.m. nightly. Admission is a $5 donation. Children age five and under are free. Social distancing will be practiced and only a limited number of guests will be allowed in the garden at one time.

“We really wanted to offer the public a fun and exciting event after so many events have been canceled due to COVID-19,” said John Bell, recreation supervisor for Old Prairie Town. “With Garden Glow, we are still able to offer a great event to the community with appropriate safety guidelines in place.”

Garden Glow also takes the place of Apple Festival which could not be held this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns and restrictions.


Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the-art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.

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