Garden the Good Way Through Plants and Music

Avatar photo Posted on Feb 22, 2024 by Visit Emporia

February brings a touch of cabin fever–many of us are itching to get out of the house. A welcome antidote to the cold weather and gray skies of winter is engaging with living, growing things. Channel your inner green thumb and take a trip with us to Good Way Gardens, right here in Emporia!

Good Way Gardens is a sustainable arts organization producing concerts and festival-style events in outdoor spaces with educational and entertainment opportunities for all ages.

Good Way Gardens hosts “Good Way Sunday” events at the Richard Howe House, 315 E. Logan Ave. in south Emporia. The events are almost always on the first Sunday of each month, March through October. Their next event is Sunday, March 3, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Good Way has partnered with the Lyon County History Center (LCHC) to bring gardens and outdoor community arts activities to the Howe House. They look forward to having full access to the 15-acre prairie on the Howe House property and helping LCHS maintain the walking trails, as they facilitate community connection to the landscape in more and more meaningful ways. Good Way Gardens is real people working together to bring land-based cultural enrichment to Emporia. The 2024 season will feature special events from regional musicians, local artists, and arts organizations, and will continue cultivating the garden space with native plants, focusing on beneficial varieties to benefit native pollinators.

Good Way Gardens’ mission is to produce concerts and cultivate a productive garden venue, with a greater goal of creating a culture of sustainability in Emporia. We increase access to art and sustainability through community programming, promoting good relationships between the land that Emporia sits on, and the people who inhabit it.

They believe truly sustainable economies include a wide view of art and plants as more than a product; acknowledging the value of origin, inspiration, and creation. Art thrives in reciprocal relationships with the natural world. By combining plants and music, Good Way Gardens offers the community a venue for connection to land through arts.

While you’re visiting us in Emporia, we hope you’ll also take time to learn more about our Visit Emporia Pledge, which encourages everyone to be good stewards of our community and environment during your time here with us. 

  1. Stay golden
  2. Leave no trace
  3. Respect the land and its people

Find out how YOU can take the Visit Emporia Pledge here.

Visit Emporia is the official Visitor Information Center for Emporia offering brochures and maps of Emporia, surrounding areas, and the state of Kansas. Drop in to visit us at 719 Commercial St. in downtown Emporia. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See the Visit Emporia website for more information or check us out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more activities and events.

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Visit Emporia welcomes travelers and meeting planners, and serves as the visitor information center for Emporia, Kansas and surrounding area.

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