The Prairie Pavilion and adjacent Visitor Center overlooking the lake is the perfect natural setting for your wedding ceremony and reception, wedding rehearsal dinner, or post-event family gathering. Constructed of limestone and cedar, the two facilities were designed to convey an image of the ridge and valley topography reminiscent of the Flint Hills of Kansas - and provide the comforts of climate control! The gardens ever-present beauty means spending little of your resources and time on decorative enhancements. Learn how affordable our rates are by calling (620) 327-8127.
Amenities: 250 padded folding chairs are available for indoor use. Drop down screens in each building allow you to add multi-media presentations to your event. Caterers are welcome to use the full kitchen in the Visitor Center and a list of potential caterers is available upon request. Electrical outlets are spaced along the half-mile walking path so that you can add ambient touches for an evening event. Tents can be erected on the grounds if you need additional space. AmericInn, a new hotel in town with pool facilities, is a lovely place for your guests to relax and to enjoy breakfast the morning before!
Outdoor Ceremonies: Several outdoor areas in the gardens offer the exquisite beauty of nature for an outdoor ceremony from April through October. These include a wildflower meadow; a woodland amphitheater; and the arboretum’s signature willow tree beside the lake. In the winter season, the snow-capped wildflowers and lacy branches of the trees provide photo opportunities even though the indoor venues described above may be cozier for your celebration!
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is a hidden gem in Hesston, Kansas, 45 minutes north of Wichita, KS. Founded in 1981, the gardens afford visitors the rare opportunity to experience the wildflowers of the Great Plains in cultivation. At the edge of the buffalo grass meadow encircling the lake, beds of tallgrass, shortgrass and mixed grass prairie plants are alive with seasonal rhythms of architecture, color, texture and pollinators. The half mile walking path with benches provides new discoveries in all four seasons. You see wildlife in its natural habitat. The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the arboretum as an Official Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Our mission is to educate people about the benefits of appreciating, preserving and utilizing native and adaptable plants. Trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses indigenous to Kansas and the Great Plains are emphasized along with plants from other parts of the world that are adapted to the local climate. Open areas symbolic of the plains are maintained. For the gardener attempting to forge a new landscape aesthetic, the hundreds of labeled varieties of native and adaptable wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees are a lexicon of the promise and possibilities of native plant gardening. Wildflower tours of the gardens can be booked for a small additional fee. To learn more, go to www.dyckarboretum.org.