On The Garden Path: Gage Park

Gage Park in Kansas has been helping families make memories for more than 100 years

| November 2007

  • GP-Rose.jpg
    BEAUTY: Signature, a hybrid tea rose, was introduced in 1996 and dedicated in honor of Wilbur and Grace Sprecker, the first couple wed at Reinisch Rose Gardens June 1, 1937.
    Neoma Foreman
  • GP-Rock.jpg
    DELIGHTFUL SIGHTS: With thousands of beautiful blooms throughout the seasons, Gage Park is a delightful sight, and offers a variety of things to see and do.
    Neoma Foreman

  • GP-Rose.jpg
  • GP-Rock.jpg

When Guilford Gage died in 1899, his heirs donated what had been the family farm - 80 acres of land on Gage Boulevard between Sixth and 10th Streets - to the City of Topeka (Kan.). That gift was the beginning of Gage Park.

The deed stated that the park was for 'the benefit of the health, comfort and recreation of the citizens of Topeka and their friends.' More than 100 years later, it continues to be a place of enjoyment for the public, and has since grown to 160 acres.

Featured attractions

Victorian gardens surround a pond in the Hazel M. Von Rohr Victorian Gardens. In the center of the pond, a galaxy fountain makes a great focal point. It's very relaxing to stroll around the garden paths, looking at the beautiful scenery.

Dedicated to the memory of E.F.A. Reinisch - Topeka's first park superintendent - the Reinisch Rose Garden contains approximately 400 varieties of roses, totaling more than 6,000 plants. The rose garden is a popular location for weddings between May and October, when the roses are in full bloom.



T.F. Doran - a Topeka attorney - headed the fundraising drive for the realization of the Doran Rock Garden through private donations. It was dedicated in 1930, and it, too, is available from May through October for wedding ceremonies.

Some of the best musicians in northeast Kansas take part in the Band Concerts in the Park events on scheduled summer evenings. People bring lawn chairs and sit under the big shade trees to enjoy the rich sounds of the featured band.






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February 16-17, 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE







Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds