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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Sept. 16-Oct 2

Purple glowing path to Asian Garden

TOPEKA, KAN. – Ward-Meade Garden Glow, is set for Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. Now in its third year, Garden Glow features 80 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 the popular Tulips at Twilight, it will also feature some never before seen displays as well. 

The event runs 7-10 p.m. nightly. Admission is $5. Children age five and under are free. Garden Glow is held at Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden, 124 NW Fillmore in Topeka.

Garden Glow originally took the place of Apple Festival in 2019 as a way to offer the community a fun but safe event after so many other events had been canceled due to COVID-19. 

“Garden Glow has proven popular with the public and the volunteers and staff who put on the event seem to out-do themselves with their creativity each year,” said John Bell, recreation supervisor for Old Prairie Town. 

Revenue from the event helps maintain and improve Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Historic Site.


Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes 60 miles of trails, 2,696 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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