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Kitchen Gardening

Grow something tasty!

This year, try a patio vegetable and herb garden. There's nothing we like more than homegrown veggies within arm's reach of the kitchen. It's easy with our favorites, like EarthBox and Smart Pot.

Gardening Tips

Get earth on your hands.

Lawn Care

Warm-season lawns (bermuda, buffalo and zoysia) can be dethatched and/or mowed short now. This is also the start of seeding time for bermuda and buffalo. Established warm-season grasses take less water than cool-season grasses, like fescue and bluegrass, however newly seeded buffalo and bermuda will need to stay moist when starting out.

Planting & Fertilizing

We can now safely plant all those annuals (vinca, impatiens), shrubs (butterfly bush, crapemyrtle) and vegetables (cucumbers, eggplant, sweet potatoes) that like it hot. You can continue planting most other shrubs, trees and perennials, too.


Container Gardens

Growing almost anything—flowers, vegetables, herbs —in pots is becoming more and more popular. You can plant earlier than in the ground as well as control the soil environment. Also, container gardens are mobile—you can move them to the perfect spot for your enjoyment and for the plant’s health.


No garden is complete without at least one tomato plant, and there are always new var ieties and old standbys to choose from. For best results, rotate where you plant tomatoes each year. This helps prevent disease problems that build up in the soil. If you have to plant in the same area, choose a resistant var iety.

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Marty's Weekly Enews

Local gardening advice & more!

Johnson's Premium Annual Sale begins today!

Johnson's Premium Annual Sale begins today!

There is something special about our summer blooming annuals. These plants, for the most part are already blooming when you pick them up at the garden center until early November, when we typically get our first killing freeze of the season. From our grandmother's rose moss that reseeds itself every year in the wash tub, to the newest offerings from plant scientists, our options are endless in flowering to foliage plants that are happy in sun or shady locations. Let’s loo
Johnson's Annual Fill-A-Flat Sale begins today!

Johnson's Annual Fill-A-Flat Sale begins today!

We all said we didn’t want a repeat of 2020, and I guess we aren't quite having that as every year is certainly different. But I looked back at last year’s weather and in mid-April we had lows in the upper 20’s. How quickly we forget.

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.

Last weekend, on a bike ride from Americus, Kansas (just NW of Emporia) through the Flint Hills, the recently burned prairie was evident....

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Johnson's Garden Time

Join Marty and Jeremy every Saturday & Sunday morning at 7:55 for Johnson's Garden Time. We'll also post episodes here and on our YouTube Channel.

A Green Thumb 90 years in the making...

It's still all good in the hood.

Wichita's 4th generation garden center started as a small fruit & vegetable stand in the 1920s on the outskirts of town at the corner of Douglas and West Street in Wichita, KS.  As the business grew, Harold Johnson, with his father Orie, bought 5 acres of land on West 13th Street, and opened Johnson's Garden Center. This location is still operating today!

Fast forward a half century. Wichita's "favorite hometown garden center" is still serving gardeners all over Kansas for over 90 years. We are a 4th generation family owned business, and are committed to providing quality products and excellent service to our customers.

We can't wait to see what the next 90 years have in store for us!