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Ted Ensley Gardens


  1. Arboretum
  2. Arboretum Trellis
  3. Gazebo
  4. Pagoda
  5. Pergola
  6. Picnic Areas
  7. Restrooms
The Ted Ensley Gardens are located on the West side of scenic Lake Shawnee with a panoramic view of the lake. They provide a beautiful setting with a wealth of design ideas and spectacular plantings. The gardens span an area of nearly 20 acres.


The entrance to Ted Ensley Gardens is our Trailhead shelter and restroom located just north of 37th and West Edge Rd. From there you walk through a beautiful 60 ft. covered bridge over a rocky stream. Then you stroll on the sidewalks through a meditation garden, rock gardens, many annual and perennial beds, rose gardens, and water gardens. There is also a gazebo, pergola, waterfalls, streams, and several ponds.

The Ted Ensley Gardens are a great place to take in the beauty of nature. The Horticulturists, with the assistance of volunteers plant more than 80,000 Tulips and Daffodils that are in full bloom for the annual Tulip Time in Topeka.  In May more than 90,000 annuals are planted in beds throughout the gardens.  

View this link to learn how you can help keep Ted Ensley Gardens looking beautiful. Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens