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What to Know Before You Go
NOTICE: Early Closure of Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
The Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 for collection maintenance. Sculptures in BRICKLIVE Brickosaurs that are staged in the conservatory will not be on view. Thank you for your understanding.
Plan your garden visit!
Familiarize yourself with the guidelines we have in place so that you can have a meaningful experience in nature, while staying healthy and safe! The garden currently opens daily at 9 a.m. (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Closing hours vary due to holiday events.
Frequently Asked Questions
A friendly guide to answer common questions regarding our current operating procedures.
Advance Admission Tickets
In order to expedite garden entry, all guests are encouraged to secure an advance ticket online, but they are not required for daytime visits. Advance tickets are good for an entire day and guests may arrive at their convenience. Timed tickets are required for some special events, including our holiday light show, Bright Nights.
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Events and Exhibits
What's In Bloom?
Current highlights include: snowdrops, witch hazel, crocus, ornamental grasses, evergreens, barks, berries, and seed pods
BRICKLIVE Brickosaurs
On display for the first time in the United States, experience BRICKLIVE Brickosaurs, an adventure of Jurassic scale at Omahaís Lauritzen Gardens. Starting January 13, 2024, marvel at 30 iconic dinosaur sculptures made from more than 1.5 million bricks and witness firsthand what it would have been like to come face-to-face with a herd of incredible reptiles, while discovering prehistoric plants in the gardenís collection. This dino-mite brick sculpture exhibit is included with garden admission and is FREE for garden members.
In the Gallery: Flora and Funga by Nicole Ousley Dittus
The details found in nature have always fascinated Nicole Ousley Dittus. She loves how the gills on the underside of a mushroom or the veins in a leaf are like a roadmap of how that foliage evolved. Trees and flowers provide a history of their development in stages; notches on a tree or a bud protruding from a stem, can be represented by a mere line or shape. In this exhibit, artistic license allows exaggeration so that the viewer can appreciate the fine details. Detailed repetition allows the viewer to take a trip through flora and fungi in a meditative way.
In the Gallery: Mother Nature Manipulated by Julie Koch
Julie Koch has used different digital techniques to create unique images of flora and fauna. These images are all from original photos that have been manipulated in Photoshop. Some of the originals are nothing much to look at, but once doctored, give a stunning view of nature with different colors and contrast.
Sandhill Crane Migration Bus Tour
Journey along the Platte River Valley and experience hundreds of thousands of beautiful Sandhill cranes in their majestic migration. This is a must-see tour where you will enjoy one of natureís treasures, and is also a great chance for unique birding and photography opportunities.
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Educational Programs
Program and Events Guide
Get the latest dirt on upcoming, fun, nature-based programs, classes, and events for adults and children.
Programs for Adults
Courses at the garden cover a wide variety of topics. From floral design, to painting, to practicing wellness or learning about edible plants- Thereís something for everyone! REGISTER TODAY!
Programs for Groups
Find out about the opportunities available for your group, class, or scouting troop to explore our 100-acre outdoor learning laboratory.
Programs for Children and Families
Register today for hands-on, educational programming that is sure to bring a smile to you and your child. Engaging classes and camps are available at the garden year-round.
Summer Camps
Find out what we're doing to provide a safe, healthy and fun summer learning experience for your child! Summer Adventure Camps at Lauritzen Gardens provide an exciting and educational environment for children to explore science, nature and art. All-inclusive camps are offered in week-long, full-day formats. SPACE IS LIMITED AND FILLING QUICKLY!
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