Lauritzen Garden's is a hidden gem in Omaha, a hidden botanical oasis actually. I feel people who have lived here their entire lives don't even know it exists.
I truly feel, sometimes you just have to step out and be a tourist in your own community - take time to explore and truly live - see everything there is to offer!
My dear friend Vera and I try to get to the Gardens on a monthly basis… usually after Saturday morning coffee or a visit to the farmers market. She has a membership which works out perfectly because I have one to Joslyn Art Museum so we share our cultural experiences with each other.
We missed our trip in June which is usually the height of Rose season, but there were still a few late bloomers out when we went a few weeks ago. Even on their last leg they were as beautiful as ever.
In the spring, visiting the gardens always gets me geared up for planing my own flowers and container garden. It's inspiring to see all the foliage, flowers, and sculpture working together on the grounds. Then as we visit through out the summer and into fall, I love seeing the changes - the natural variations and the work that the grounds keepers do to ensure colorful blooms as long as possible.
As we walk the 100+ acre grounds, we chat and reflect, talk about gardening, how things look different compared to our last visit or even a year ago - but regardless we always talk about how much weeding they must do to keep everything looking so lovely and manicured!!
Vera and I are both excited for October 2014 when the new expansive greenhouse will open…actually I'm not sure that's officially what it's called but it resembles the National Botanical Garden's glass sanctuary in DC if you've even been there. It's been under construction for over a year and is highly anticipated…It will make the Garden's more accessible year round.
Here's some of my favorite posts with Vera:
Well, Vera and I are off to the AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City, Nebraska this weekend… We look forward to this every year and I'm ready for some apple baking!! Have you ever attended this festival? It's one of the best!