About Gardner, KS.

Why I think you will love Gardner, Kansas . . .

Gardner, Kansas Facts

Whether you visit Gardner, KS. by car, plane and maybe train in the future, you’ll notice really quick why over 20,000 people have learned to call Gardner, KS. home. Gardner is a great place to live with a rich tradition, low crime, great schools, wonderful parks, affordable living, small town atmosphere and future growth.

Rich Tradition

Gardner has a rich traditions from the Lanesfield One Room School Historic Site to the Gardner Museum to the Gardner Junction Park.  Gardner is also where the California and Santa Fe Trails divided.  Gardner was founded as a Free-Stater settlement in 1857. Settled primarily by emigrants from Massachusetts, it may have been named for Henry Gardner, then governor of Massachusetts. Four years after its establishment, it became the first community in Johnson County — and perhaps the first in the state — to experience an attack by Confederate forces.

Lanesfield One Room School

Low Crime

Gardner’s crime index is 22% lower than the state of Kansas and Kansas is 14% lower than the National average.  Gardner’s violent crime rate is 41% lower than the state of Kansas and Kansas is 14% lower than the National average.  Gardner’s property crime rate is 20% lower than Kansas and Kansas is 13% lower than the National average.  

Great Schools

Gardner is a growing community with excellent schools.  Gardner currently has four Elementary schools with an additional one opening in the Fall of 2013.  Gardner also has two Middle Schools with an additional one opening in the Fall of 2013.  Gardner has one High School, GEHS.

In 2012, USD 231 patrons approved a $72 million bond issue which provided a new elementary school, a new middle school, upgrades to technology, upgrades to the DAC and synthetic turf, a new Multipurpose Activity Center at the High School and much needed facility improvements.
Student/Staff Awards 2012-2013

*Wheatridge Middle School earned Character Challenge Award
*GEHS Engineering Design Students earned second place in the National Ability One Engineering Competition
*Wheatridge Principal Heath Sigg was named Kansas Association of Secondary School Prinicipals, Principal of the Year
*Kayla Rausin First Year Teacher Horizon Award Winner
*Four Governor’s Achievement Awards - 27 total awards since 2006
*Two Excellence in Communication Awards (Newsletter/PR Strategy-Bond Issue) - Kansas School Boards Association/KanSPRA, 2013
*Cheryl Lundberg was named Kansas Music Association Orchestra Teacher of the Year
*Cassie Wait was named All American First Team Volleyball
*Wheatridge Middle School has been awarded a School of Service Award by the Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City, based on volunteer service hours performed by a percentage of its student body

Gardner Edgerton High School

Wonderful Parks

Gardner has over 15 parks, including Celebration Park and Veterans Park.  At Celebration Park, you can play baseball, softball, soccer and/or football.  You can play indoor basketball and soccer at the New Century Fieldhouse.  Gardner has 3 walking/jogging trails to keep you fit.  You can fish at either Celebration Park or Gardner Lake.  You can enjoy a relaxing round of golf at Gardner Golf Course.  You can enjoy a fun day in the sun at Gardner Aquatic Center with zero entry pool, diving boards, lazy river, and slides.  

Gardner Aquatic Center

Affordable Living

You can enjoy a fun day in the sun at Gardner Aquatic Center with zero entry pool, diving boards, lazy river, and slides. Although Gardner is a place to live its housing affordability is what home buyers first notice. Gardner is one of the few areas in Johnson County, Kansas that a home buyer can buy a newer home under $200,000. In addition, many home buyers are taking advantage of the zero down USDA Rural Development loan that is currently offered in Gardner.

With the housing expansion in the past 10 years, home buyers have over 40 subdivisions to choose to find a home including St. Johns Trace in the 140-150's, Willow Springs in the 160-180's, Genesis Creek in the 170-190's, Genesis Creek Estates in the 180-210's. Plum Creek in the 190-230's, Fountain Gate in the 200-240's and Plum Creek Estates in the 220-350's. 

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New Home Being Constructed in Gardner

Small Town Atmosphere

Gardner still has a small town feel with shops downtown but has some amenities that a larger town has such as a Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Dollar General, Casey's, Price Chopper and the future Quick Trip.

Start your morning with one of our two local coffee bistros, Ground House and A Cup Above.  

Enjoy lunch at any one of the several restaurants such as Austin’s Bar & Grill, Blazers Restaurant, La Caretta, China Taste, Tumbleweed, and Roosters.  

Gardner also has some local shops like Ear Candy Music, Bruce Furniture, Ken's Swap and Shop, Dusty Shelf Antiques and Golden Goose Floral.

If you want to take a step back in time checkout the soda and ice cream fountain at the Gardner Pharmacy.

In the past many of the residents of Gardner needed to head to nearby Olathe for their medical needs. With the recent growth in population the residents have the option of staying in town for dental, eye and routine doctor appointments.

Blazers Restaurant

Future Growth

Gardner is going to be growing.  With the new BNSF Intermodal, Coleman Warehouse, Garmin Headquarters, Cramer Products, TradeNet Publishing, and over 30 businesses in the New Century AirCenter such as CenturyLink Corporate Headquarters, Honeywell, King Avionics, Stenner Pumps, Stouse, and Steel & Pipe Company.

Interesting Facts about Gardner, Kansas

As of 2012, Gardner's population is 19,123 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 102.40 percent.

The median home cost in Gardner is $135,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.91 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Gardner's cost of living is 0.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
Gardner public schools spend $4,703 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,691. There are about 13.5 students per teacher in Gardner.
The unemployment rate in Gardner is 5.40&% (U.S. avg. is 8.60%). Recent job growth is Positive. Gardner jobs have Increased by 0.63 percent.

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My family and I have lived in Gardner for over 15 years and we have found that it is a great place to raise a family. Our two oldest currently attend Gardner - Edgerton High School.

If you’re thinking of moving to Gardner, lets talk . . .

Dowell Family Team
Chris Dowell