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Heartland Native Plant Summit


Cultivating Resilient Landscapes
October 5 and 6, 2016 

Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska


About the Heartland Native Plant Summit 

Periodic drought is a part of life in America's Heartland, putting a strain on the plantings that enhance our residential, commercial and community landscapes. The Heartland Native Plant Summit will explore innovative ways native plants can be used to craft landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable, and naturally resilient to drought. 


Summit Highlights 

·         Presentations by experts in climatology, native plant ecology, and sustainable landscape practices 

·         Sessions on native plant horticulture (plant selection, propagation, maintenance practices, etc.) 

·         Sessions on utilizing native plants in the landscape (planning, design, innovative applications, etc.) 

·         Keynote address by Michael Forsberg, renowned Great Plains conservation photographer 

·         Opportunities to network with an exciting cross-section of parties committed to water conservation 

·         Time to explore Lauritzen Gardens on your own or on a guided tour 

·         Tours of local native plant nurseries, natural areas, and real-world landscaping projects 


Click here for the Schedule-at-a-Glance 


Who Should Attend? 

·         Nursery, landscape management, and other green industry professionals 

·         Public garden professionals 

·         Landscape architects 

·         Real estate developers and property managers 

·         Urban and land planning professionals 

·         Conservation agencies and organizations 

·         Students 

·         Native plant enthusiasts 


Convening Partners 









The registration fee for the two-day conference is $150/person (student rate $75/person). Registration fee covers the entire program plus the cost of lunch, networking reception, and dinner on October 5, box lunch on October 6, and refreshments at breaks.  Registration deadline is September 23, 2016.  



Downloadable registration form 


Click here to register online 


Lodging options 

There are a number of lodging options in the vicinity of Lauritzen Gardens, particularly in Omaha's Old Market and across the river in the Council Bluffs Casino District. The following is a partial list: 


Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market  

1.6 miles from Lauritzen Gardens  

540 South 12th Street Omaha, Nebraska, 68102 

(402) 513-5500     


Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Old Market Omaha 

1.6 miles from Lauritzen Gardens 

555 South 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102 

(402) 346-9000    


Hampton Inn Council Bluffs   

0.6 miles from Lauritzen Gardens 

2204 River Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51501 

(712) 328-2500     


Holiday Inn Council Bluffs I-29     

0.6 miles from Lauritzen Gardens 

2202 River Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501  



For More Information 

For more information please contact Jim Locklear at or (402) 346-4002, ext. 207. 



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