KAY McFarland Japanese GARDEN

opening August 2020

Celebrating the Chief Justice's accomplishments and empowering youth to achieve their ambitions.

Vision: Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland’s dream was to leave a legacy gift of a world class Japanese garden in the capitol city of the state she served.  Kay’s garden will be a destination filled with serenity and breath-taking views.  It will offer inspiration, accommodate contemplation and serve as a venue for life changing experiences.

Legacy: Chief Justice McFarland established a living trust to help fund her dream of a world class Japanese garden.  Kay’s Garden will cost $6,640,000.  The Kay E. McFarland Living Trust established funds that will pay for more than 62% of the project costs and established a permanent endowment fund of to maintain the garden into perpetuity. In addition to Kay’s generous bequest, Friends of Topeka Zoo is committed to raising $2.25 million in funding to cover the remaining expenses. Total projected cost = $6.6 million. We need your help to make this project a reality.

Kay's life and accomplishments created a legacy.  Her story will be told at Kay’s Garden to inspire future generations of women to aspire the same way she did.

Progress photos; June 2020

For information on how to support Kay’s Garden, contact Zoo Director Brendan Wiley: (785)506-3797.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that are completing the dream:

Hinoki  会   (Cypress Group )


Randy Austin

Tony and Jana Barry

Ronald Bahre

Bettis Family

The Honorable Brandon and Judge Lori Bichsel

Jack Brier

Norma, Brad, Jeanette Broome

Chastain and Wiley Family

Jim Concannon and Melissa Masoner

Hurst Coffman-SAKE member

Jim and Ethel Edwards

Diane Elliot

Linda "Cricket" Elrod

Scott and Holly Fisher

For Ainsley McElroy Granddaughter of John E. McElroy and Martha Hodgesmith

Michele and Bret Falley

Dan and Monica Foltz

Nancy and Bill Griffin

Shelli Crow Johnson and Lyndon Johnson

Tyler Johnson and Michelle Butler

John F. Kerl

J. Christian And Christine Kramer

Margaret and Tighe LaRue

Larry and Ann Mah

Stan Martindell

John and Shelia McGivern

Steven Morse

Fawn Moser

Chris and Lynette Palmer

David Parker

Song-Ping & Li-Ying Lee

Kay Reece

Ford and Catherine Ross

Jeanie Schuler

Marlene Showwalter

The Honorable Fred Six

Gerald A. Stoltenberg

Kent and Ellen Townsend

Brent and Kelly Trout

Marydorsey Wanless

Robert Wheeler

Ron and Alice Wurtz

Mark and Terry Young

Angel and Larry Zimmerman

Kasuga 会 (Lantern Group)

Bartlett and West

Coffman, DeFries & Nothern, P.A.

Conroy Contractors, Inc

Garick, LLC.


Hollins 29th Street Property L.C.


Patton Law Office, LLC


Schendel Pest Control

Sowards Glass, INC

Topeka Area Water Garden Society

Torgeson Electric

Zimmerman & Zimmerman, P.A.

= KAI, meaning "Group or Party"