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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Luminaria path

TOPEKA, KAN. – Ward-Meade Garden Glow, is set for Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. This is the second year for the event. Patterned after the popular Tulips at Twilight, Garden Glow features 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 Tulips at Twilight, it will also feature some never before seen displays as well. 

The event runs 7-10 p.m. nightly. Admission is a $5 donation. Children age five and under are free. 

Garden Glow took the place of Apple Festival last year as a way to offer the community a fun event after so many other events had been canceled due to COVID-19. This year, foot traffic will again flow in a single direction to eliminate patrons passing each other closely while traveling in opposite directions. 

“With Garden Glow, we are still able to offer a fun and exciting event to the community with appropriate safety guidelines in place,” said John Bell, recreation supervisor for Old Prairie Town. 


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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