Lauritzen Gardens/Kenefick Park

The gardens began in 1982, following 2 years of initial preparation. Construction began in 1995 on the rose garden. Other early gardens consisted of a shade hosta garden, herb garden, children’s garden, and spring flowering walk.

The 4-acre (1.6 ha) arboretum represents seven regional plant communities: prairie, savannah, oak-hickory forest, maple linden forest, farm windbreak, marsh, and flood plain river margin.

Since opening, brand-new garden areas have been included each year. The garden likewise includes a parking garden and arrival garden with annual and seasonal flowers. The festival garden, with colorful yearly plantings and open yard stretches, is the site of numerous annual events; the Victorian garden integrates qualities of both English and Victorian gardens; the Song of the Lark Meadow is similar to Nebraska’s meadows and is filled with wildflowers and the 4-acre (1.6 ha) arboretum and bird sanctuary consists of 7 regional plant neighborhoods and shows how to draw in and recognize Midwestern birds. In 2003, the forest path, which winds through a native hardwood community and features hilltop ignores, and the Garden in the Glen, a space with a stream, pools and small waterfalls, were committed. An increased garden staircase and woodland waterfall were 2004 additions.

The Sunpu Castle Gate and Mt. Fuji replica were constructed on the site of the future Japanese garden in 2005, and the tree peony garden and English seasonal border were installed in 2006. In 2007, the model railroad garden opened in July with an expansion opening in June 2008. The Garden of Memories opened in the Spring 2009.

Open since October 2001, the 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) visitor and education center includes a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) flower screen hall, an education wing including 2 class, and among the area’s only horticultural libraries.

Additionally, the visitor center houses the excellent hall, community room, café, and gift shop. The floral screen halls holds 3 significant flower shows each year; the fall chrysanthemum festival, holiday poinsettia show, and spring bulb program. The vaulted glass roofing system of the center, standing 65 feet (20 m) tall, makes it the primary noticeable feature from the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 as tourists cross the Missouri River into Nebraska.

The Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, a $20 million greenhouse addition, opened in 2014.
Today, the site flourishes near downtown Omaha. The garden hosted 220,000 visitors in 2015 and presently has more than 12,000 member families and 250 regular volunteers. Lauritzen Gardens ( are botanical gardens and arboretum situated at 100 Bancroft Street in the South Omaha neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska. The gardens are open daily throughout business hours; an admission fee is charged.

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