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Conservation Discovery Garden

The conservation program at Lauritzen Gardens is dedicated to the conservation of plants, the advancement of conservation principles and the stewardship of the region's biological diversity.  


The conservation discovery garden visually weaves this mission into the landscape of Lauritzen Gardens. Through the garden's diverse plant communities, water conservation features, native plantings and interpretive signage, we hope to inspire a love of the land and foster a sustainable relationship between people and nature.  


Lauritzen Gardens is committed to caring for our place on the planet.  The conservation discovery garden displays practices we are using to safeguard the natural environment. 


·         We protect the health of local streams through plantings that filter stormwater runoff. 

·         We capture rainfall and use it to help irrigate our plantings. 

·         We use less water by growing trees and other plants that are native to our region. 

·         We use horticulture—the science and art of growing plants—as a tool to conserve endangered plants. 


The following organizations and agencies are suggested for more information, ideas and inspiration. 


Conserving water in the landscape (rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and other ideas) 


Groundwater Foundation  


Omaha Stormwater Program  


Rainscaping Iowa  


University of Nebraska-Lincoln  


Wild Ones (landscaping with native plants)  


Native plants, prairies and woodlands 


Iowa Prairie Network  


The Nature Conservancy  


Nebraska FloraSearch  


The Prairie Ecologist  


Prairie Plains Resource Institute  


Endangered plants and their conservation 


Center for Plant Conservation  


Botanic Gardens Conservation International  


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  


Nebraska Rare Species  


Plant Conservation Alliance  




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