The Backyard Garden was established in 2005 at the Kansas State Research and Extension Center located in rural Olathe, Kansas. The objective of this garden is to provide an educational and interesting display garden featuring vegetables, herbs and fruits created with the backyard gardener in mind, thus the name “Backyard Garden.” This garden provides visitors with many diverse crops that are grown utilizing research-based techniques that can be applied to any home garden.
The garden features a wide variety of vegetables appropriate to this climate in addition to small fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. The Backyard Garden also features the only Kansas location for the All-America Selections trials for vegetables and flowers. Periodically, the garden also participates in variety trials which help to update and maintain the official list of K-State recommended vegetable varieties.