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Lauritzen Gardens Guild

Founded in 1998 with the support of the Loveland Garden Club, the Lauritzen Gardens Guild membership is comprised of enthusiastic civic leaders from Omaha and its surrounding suburbs. The Lauritzen Gardens Guild is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support and growth of Lauritzen Gardens.

The guild is committed to assisting Lauritzen Gardens by broadening its awareness in the community, raising funds for its support and providing services that advance the garden's mission. Money raised through guild events supports educating children to celebrate the bond between people and plants- by engaging them through programs and displays that help to instill a deeper understanding of the need to conserve the earth's biological heritage and by promoting an ethic of environmental stewardship.

You are invited to join the Guild today.   


Guild Events:  

Daffodils & Donuts | March 19, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come celebrate spring at Lauritzen Gardens with a day full of beautiful daffodils and delicious donuts. Online presales have now closed. Please visit the garden between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 19 to purchase daffodils and donuts (while supplies last). Bouquets ($50), Bundles ($20), Donuts ($1) and itty bitty bunches ($5) will be available for cash and carry. Proceeds benefit the guild and support educational programming at the garden. Project generously supported by Pinnacle Bank.

Take Me To The Garden: Summer Soiree | June 9, 2022 | 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Join the Lauritzen Gardens Guild for a casual summer gathering to benefit the garden and its educational programs. 

Soirée: an intimate gathering of friends, ambient music, posh cocktails, refreshing craft beer, and elegant hors d'oeuvres. When the party happens in the garden, it becomes the Lauritzen Gardens Guild's second annual Take Me to the Garden: Summer Soirée. 
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be immersed in the splendor of the summer garden- with colorful blooms, beautiful foliage, and always delightful fireflies. Enjoy tram rides through the garden, opportunities to mix and mingle, and the chance to dance the night away under the stars.

Reminiscent of the elegance of garden parties of the past, feel free to wear your favorite linen attire, a dapper fedora or an exquisite hat to set the mood for an evening of summer cheer and merriment.

$150 per person. Patron packages available. Supported by Tito's Handmade Vodka. 

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Deck the Holidays: Lauritzen Gardens Guild Holiday Luncheon with Patrick Clayton- Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at the guild's annual holiday luncheon. Reservations open October 10. 

Guild Member Events 

Previous Guild Projects:   

  • KidStructure (2008)
  • Quilts in the Garden (2010-2012)
  • Guild Educational Video- "Discover the Garden"
  • Discovery Bags
  • Garden Festivals and Event Hospitality 
  • Easter Extravaganza support
  • Ghoulish Garden Adventure support
  • Merry & Bright/Bright Nights support
  • Special exhibit support
  • Daffodil Deliveries
  • Seasons of Giving Tree

2022 Guild Board:  
Jen Mitten


Elizabeth Bowman

Carmen DeMare

Vice President of Community & Education             
Troia Schonlau

Vice President of Membership 
Amy Woodke

2022 Antiques Show Liaison
Carla Patton-Ochsner

2022 Take Me Out to the Garden Event Chairs
Carla Patton-Ochsner and Tod Ochsner and Mikaela and John Sibley

2021 Deck the Holidays Luncheon Chairs
Melissa Darling, Maddie Keeling, Maren Lakers, and Chrissy Sakkas

Sarah Harr

Board Members-at-Large:  

Tara ArnoldMaren Lakers
Mikaela Borecky Regan Mackintosh
Alexis BoulosGina McDevitt
Elizabeth BowmanMegan Monk-McNeal
Karen Burkley
Regan Muhs
Nicole Clifton-MillsChristie Oberto
Melissa Darling
Carla Patton-Ochsner
Lia DiamantisKris Patton
Shelley Elson-RozaRachel Richards
Diana FaillaChrissy Sakkas
Sheila Fitzgerald
Sandy Seim
Janette Garvin
Leigh Shea
Jackie Hoyt
Mikaela Sibley
Kelly Jeffreys
Melissa Steffes
Maddie Keeling
Kelley Stuckey
Taylor Kerschke
Carol Teggart
Chloe Kuehner
Amy Troshynski

For questions about the Lauritzen Gardens Guild and its events that support the garden, please contact development associate Sandy Seim at (402) 346-4002, ext. 219 or 






















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