The Prairie Acre Demonstration Garden is a product of the Prairie Acre Restoration Project which began in 2014. The garden was constructed in September of 2017 and was planted by volunteers from the KU and Lawrence communities. Containing a wide range of native plant species, this demonstration garden provides visitors with the chance to get a closer look at many of the native plants that can be found in prairie acre and other remnant tallgrass prairies. The garden’s most active bloom period is during the summer months, but contains some species that bloom during the spring and fall. The KU Center for Sustainability, Kansas Biological Survey, and Environmental Studies Program invite you to take a moment to walk through the garden, using the informational signs to become familiar with the vegetation that once completely covered Mount Oread.
The construction of the demonstration garden was supported by donations from Douglas May and Catherine Schwoerer.