Jerold and Joan Binkley
For 22 years, the Binkley’s shared their personal gardens with Topeka visitors. Over time, it was Jerold’s greatest desire to create an ongoing county-wide event that featured the flower he loved so well. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s annual Tulip Time Festival has since become a tourist attraction that draws visitors from around the nation. It was also named a Top 100 Event for Groups for 2016 by the American Bus Association.
The Ted Ensley Gardens Endowment Fund honors Jerold Binkley and his contributions to the beautiful gardens at Lake Shawnee. Coverage of Jerold Binkley and his contributions to the Topeka and Shawnee County communities can be found here.