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Wednesday, February 19 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility over time. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Workshops will be held outdoors from April through October (weather permitting) and will be held indoors from November through March. Please bring a mat or towel. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

Wednesday, February 19 at 6 p.m.
  
Evening Photography
Come learn and expand your knowledge of evening/nighttime photography in the beautiful urban oasis that is Lauritzen Gardens. This after hours exploration will be led and coached by instructor Will Fields. Join Will for evening sessions that will help you further your camera at different times of the year and in differing light and color. Completion of Photography Level 2 or review of existing work is required. Participants must bring their own camera. Pre-registration is required by February 17.

Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Floral Crowns
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Each workshop has its own unique theme which allows the participant to enjoy a new experience each time they participate. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements. No experience is needed, all supplies are provided. Instructed by Cassandra Morton of Stella Was Floral Designs. Pre-registration required by February 15.

Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbal Aromatherapy
In this class, students will learn about the different actions, qualities, and properties of herbs, which are used to create essential oils, and will leave with a basic knowledge and understanding of how to use essential oils safely and effectively. Participants will sample a variety of oils and create a custom blend to take home. Instructed by Lauren A. Domenge, certified clinical herbalist and certified Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. Pre-registration is required by February 16.

Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Please join us for a calming, free-spirited practice where we slow down, reconnect with our bodies, and take in the beauty that nature has to offer. Perfect for beginners or practitioners of all levels. Workshops will be held outdoors from April through October (weather permitting) and will be held indoors from November through March. Please bring a mat or towel. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

February 29 at 10 a.m.
  
Coffee: From Seed to Cup
Join the roasters from A Hill of Beans to learn about the process of coffee from seed to cup. Hear about roasting, different methods of brewing, and how to properly taste coffee.

March 4 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

March 7 at 9 a.m.
  
Photography Level 1
So you have this beautiful new camera and you know how to turn it on. Now what? Advance beyond using the automatic settings on your digital SLR camera to learn why and when to use the variations of aperture, shutter speed, and lighting.

March 7 at 1 p.m.
  
Photography Level 2
gain an understanding of what makes a great photo and pick up some tips, tricks, and techniques that professional photographers use.

March 7 at 1 p.m.
  
Seasonal Living
explore a creative mind practice for the season, recipes and samples for seasonal eating for a healthy body, and energy bites that go along with the season, then close the workshop with meditative practices.

March 7 at 3 p.m.
  
Photography Level 3
In this advanced two-hour class, we will concentrate entirely on photo composition. Following a 30 minute talk about aspects of 2D design, instructor Will Fields will instruct and guide participants through four field exercises designed to cause students to think more about composition before taking photos. Field exercises are followed up with constructive feedback.

March 8 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Digestion
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, digestion governs our overall health and state of wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Come explore some of the plants commonly used in herbalism to assist in maintaining balance in digestion. Participants will explore a variety of culinary spices that may enhance and strengthen digestive power according to Vedic tradition.

March 11 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

March 11 at 6 p.m.
  
Evening Photography
Come learn and expand your knowledge of evening/nighttime photography in the beautiful urban oasis that is Lauritzen Gardens. This after-hours exploration will be led and coached by instructor Will Fields.

Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
  
Gardenlust: Loveland Garden Club Lecture with Chris Woods
With wit and humor, Chris Woods describes the most arresting features in public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, and the most enviable details of lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout his lecture, he reveals the fascinating people, plants, and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.

March 14 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Rainbow-Themed
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

March 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Luck of the Irish
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements. No experience is needed, all supplies are provided.

March 18 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that combines deep stretching and relaxation. This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility over time. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

March 21 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Corsages and Boutonnieres
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
  
Kokedama with Ticia
Create your own Kokedama, a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of the nearai bonsai and kusamono planting styles. Today, Kokedama is very popular in Japanese gardens. $59, $49 for garden members. All supplies are provided. Pre-registration required by March 14.

March 22 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Stress
In this class, participants will look at two specific classes of herbs called "nervines" and "adaptogens" and how they have been shown to help adapt to stress by promoting general relaxation and peace of mind.

March 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Nature Connects Twilight Tour
Join a trained docent to explore the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, as well as the colorful exhibit Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks, that highlights threatened and endangered species through incredible works of art.

March 25 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 1 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

April 1 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Daisy-like Flowers
THREE SESSIONS: April 1, 8 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Springtime and daisy-like flowers belong together! Learn about the structure of these surprisingly complex flowers and strategies for drawing them using line techniques in graphite. No prior drawing experience is necessary. $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by March 25.

April 4 at 8:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Spring Viewing
Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to enjoy the bright moon in the southeast, Venus in the western sky, and beautiful spring constellations.

April 5 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Mood
In this class, participants will explore different classes of herbs and review research/studies that show the mood-enhancing effects of a variety of plants. This session will explain how plants may be used to promote general relaxation, with emphasis on an uplifting sense of well-being.

April 7 at 8 a.m.
  
Walking Club Kick-Off
Join us for healthy snacks, refreshments, and speakers providing great information on health-related topics. Please RSVP by filling out the registration form. Admission for non-members will be collected at the front desk on the day of the event. Sponsored by Immanuel Communities.

April 8 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 11 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Spring Centerpiece
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

April 11 at 9 a.m.
  
Bird Hike with the Audubon Society
Join the Audubon Society of Omaha on a bird hike through the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary to explore the diversity of birdlife in the garden.

April 11 at 1 p.m.
  
Intro to Herbal Teas
Learn all about different types of teas during these 1.5 hour sessions with The Tea Smith. Many herbs have long been enjoyed for their taste, as well as their wellness properties. In this class, we will investigate and enjoy some of the most well-known herbal drinks.

April 15 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that combines deep stretching and relaxation. This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility over time. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

April 17 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Spring Ephemerals Twilight Tour
Join a trained docent as early spring emerges in the form of ephemerals, bulbs, hellebores, and peonies. Includes a tram ride. Pre-registration is required to ensure the proper docent to participant ratio.

April 18 at 9 a.m.
  
Bird Hike with the Audubon Society
Join the Audubon Society of Omaha on a bird hike through the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary to explore the diversity of birdlife in the garden.

April 19 at 2 p.m.
  
Gel Press
Join Oracle Art Supply for an art class utilizing a new printmaking method- gel press. Use fallen leaves, petals, and buds from the garden to create one-of-a-kind prints.

April 22 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 25 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Create Your Own Wedding Bouquet
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

April 25 at 10 a.m.
  
Coffee: From Seed to Cup
Join the roasters from A Hill of Beans to learn about the process of coffee from seed to cup. Hear about roasting, different methods of brewing, and how to properly taste coffee.

April 26 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Cosmetics
In this class, participants will explore a variety of uses and recipes for creating cosmetics. Recipes may include perfume/body fragrance, toothpaste, deodorant, salves, oils, body butters, skin serum, and hair rinses.

April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: May Day Baskets
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

April 29 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

May 2 at 9 a.m.
  
Warbler Walk
In celebration of Nebraska Migratory Bird Month in May, director of conservation Jim Locklear will lead a walking tour of Lauritzen Gardens that will highlight the natural history of these captivating travelers.

May 2 at noon
  
Basket Weaving with The Weaving Freak: Patriot Swing Market Basket
Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Jeannie Sisson of Woven Keepsakes will conduct this workshop, where "fun and friendships intertwine" and participants will create their own Patriot Swing Market Basket. All supplies are provided.

May 2 at 8:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Gibbous Moon
Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to enjoy a look at the moon in its gibbous phase. Participants should bring a flashlight.

May 6 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

May 13 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

May 13 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: A World of Seeds
THREE SESSIONS: May 13, 20, and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Seeds are as interesting and as varied as the plants they will become. Have fun learning to use artist watercolor pencils to illustrate a variety of seeds in this class. We'll draw them in graphite, and then add a burst of color with the watercolor pencils. No prior drawing experience is necessary. $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by May 6.

May 16 at noon
  
Intro to Bonsai Workshop
If you are new to bonsai or want to get started, this workshop is for you. Each participant will receive a plant specimen, a suitable pot with soil, and a two-hour workshop, led by recognized bonsai artist Max Miller, designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai. The picture is representative of, but not identical to the specimen that participants will receive.

May 20 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that combines deep stretching and relaxation. This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility over time.

May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Spring Flowering Walk Twilight Tour
Join a trained docent to view the spring flowering walk, which includes our magnificent flowering crabapples, peonies, lilacs, and other spring bloomers. Includes a tram ride.

May 27 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

May 30 at 1 p.m.
  
Iced Teas
Learn all about different types of teas during these 1.5 hour sessions with The Tea Smith. Americans drink about 80% of their tea iced. In this class, we will look at the history of iced teas and try some great new ways to make them. We will also enjoy some new seasonal selections.

June 18 at 7 p.m.
  
The Living Landscape - Summer Solstice Lecture
Presented by Rick Darke, this richly illustrated talk will provide ideas for the plant selection, design, and care of home and community landscapes that are practical and durable, but also beautiful and joyfully livable.

August 29 at 9:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Showpiece Planets
Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to view the moon, as well as Jupiter and Saturn's return to the night sky. Participants should bring a flashlight.
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