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Garden of Memories
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Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
Model Railroad Garden
Peony Garden
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Song of the Lark Meadow
Spring Flowering Walk
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Woodland Waterfall
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More than twenty themed gardens invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Nebraska landscape. At Lauritzen Gardens, a diverse palette of plant life combines with fine art, architectural components, and water features to create an incredibly sensory experience. The grounds change with the seasons and are open year-round for your exploration and enjoyment. Come relax, unwind, and take in the ever-changing beauty of the natural world. 




Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary
This four-acre site represents several regional plant communities and acts as a home to a diverse number of bird species.
Arrival Garden
This garden sets the stage for what lies ahead with trees, shrubs, perennials, and colorful annuals that change with the season.
Color Burst
This ribbon of color is a pollinator magnet in the summer! This long, winding bed hugs the main road and provides a burst of bright color for the enjoyment of garden guests, as well as food for butterflies and other pollinators.
Conservation Discovery Garden
Through this 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.
Daffodil Walk
As Ruth Stout said “I love spring, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden.” This 800 foot long stretch of prairie is planted with more than 700,000 daffodils that bloom each spring, for a vibrant shot of spring color before the warm season companion grasses emerge! The perfect way to greet spring is with a swathe of cheery yellow and white daffodils!
David and Pamela Gross Family Spring Flowering Walk
This winding pathway is lined with gorgeous spring flowering trees and bulbs, including crabapples, lilacs, and daffodils.
Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Memorial Parking Garden
This unique parking facility greets visitors with trees, grasses, and ponds. Its environmentally-friendly design dedicates as much area to planting as it does to paving.
English Perennial Border
Nearly 300 different species and cultivars are displayed here to create masses of colorful plants in an informal design, with the intention of having interest in all seasons.
Festival Garden
This garden is nestled at the base of naturalistic limestone walls and features brightly colored perennials, annuals, and woody plants. The patio on the south end is a bustling gathering space with fire pits and seating.
Founders' Garden
One of the first gardens planted at Lauritzen Gardens, this space is comprised of a collection of shade-loving perennials, a J.Doe sculpture, and a gazebo.
Garden in the Glen
This calming space has deep shade and a quiet stream with pools and small waterfalls. Along with astilbe, bleeding heart, ferns, and Japanese maple, a historic collection of locally-bred hostas is displayed.
Garden of Memories
This space serves as a respite to celebrate all of life’s milestones. Visitors to this peaceful place experience a sanctuary for reflective thought and a sense of renewal and joy through remembering.
Herb Garden
This garden consists of several themed planting beds which showcase the color, texture, fragrance, and versatility of a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs.
Hitchcock-Kountze Victorian Garden
A dramatic combination of English and Victorian garden styles is enhanced by historic architectural remnants from the area.
Japanese Park
The Sunpu Castle Gate serves as a symbolic entrance and the Mt. Fuji replica is an important cultural representation often found in Japanese gardens. Other elements, such as the Japanese stone lanterns and the Sunpu Chaya are gifts to the people of Omaha from our sister city, Shizuoka, Japan.
Lithuanian Sculpture Garden - Saulės Takas
This grove of Lithuanian folk wood sculptures features a variety of pieces crafted by a diverse group of folk artists and woodcarvers from Lithuania. Called Saulės Takas, or Path of the Sun, it is the first of its kind in North America and is a reflection of the unique culture and history of Omaha’s sister city of Šiauliai, Lithuania.
Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
The Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory will be closed from May 13 through November 22, 2024 for an exciting new two phase project to enhance the indoor garden spaces and update the internal systems to the latest in technology. During the renovation, the woodland trail and J's Coffee will also be closed to the public. The second phase of the project will begin in January 2025.
Model Railroad Garden
This enchanted garden features model garden trains running throughout a miniature world of plants and structural elements created from natural materials. Trains run on Saturdays and Sundays in April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trains run daily from May through October, Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (only open until 4 p.m. on May 6 and 7).
Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden
This formal display features nearly 2,000 rose plants and is highlighted by architectural elements, including a working sundial. Hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, and shrub roses are all showcased in this garden’s collection.
Sofia's Play Garden
UNDER CONSTRUCTION. We are building a new children's garden closer to the visitor and education center for the enjoyment of our younger guests and those that are young at heart!
Song of the Lark Meadow
Inspired by well-known Nebraska author Willa Cather, this prairie is filled with beautiful wildflowers and other native Nebraska flowers and grasses.
Tree Peony Garden
This extensive collection of American, Chinese, and Japanese tree peonies and herbaceous peonies is accented by three impressive ceramic dango sculptures by Jun Kaneko.
Woodland Trail
Trail access is CLOSED to the public during the renovation of the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. This undisturbed hardwood forest offers three hilltop lookouts of the Loess Hills, Missouri River Valley, and Lauritzen Gardens. A dramatic contrast to the cultivated gardens below, enjoy a walk through a century-old grove of bur oak trees, accented with shagbark hickory, Kentucky coffee tree, and American hophornbeam.
Woodland Waterfall
This small waterfall of limestone is settled in a natural opening in the valley and is surrounded by hardwood trees, a mulch path and benches.
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