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.
water in the landscape (rain
gardens, rainwater harvesting and other ideas)
Groundwater Foundation http://www.groundwater.org/
Omaha Stormwater Program
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wild Ones (landscaping with native plants) http://www.wildones.org/
Native plants, prairies and woodlands
Iowa Prairie Network http://www.iowaprairienetwork.org/
The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/
The Prairie Ecologist http://prairieecologist.com/
Prairie Plains Resource Institute http://prairieplains.org/
plants and their conservation
Center for Plant Conservation
Botanic Gardens Conservation International https://www.bgci.org/
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center https://www.wildflower.org/
Nebraska Natural Legacy Project https://outdoornebraska.gov