EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS L EA R N | EX P ER IENCE | GROW
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YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
L I L’ SP ROU T S
Adults and children ages 3 to 5 work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC’s and 123’s. Each participating child will create a craft, devour a snack and experience a short garden excursion. For more information and to register visit lauritzengardens.org or call (402) 346-4002, ext. 253. Classes are held on select Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Garden Exploration – Model Railroad Garden May 1 or 2 | Members $8, Non-members $14 Discover more about the landmark buildings and G-scale model trains that create this wonderful garden. Pre-registration is required by April 24. Butterfly Migration August 7 or 8 | Members $8, Non-members $18 This month’s class focuses on the butterflies that call Lauritzen Gardens their home. We will take magnifying glasses on a scavenger hunt to see how many butterflies we can find. Pre-registration is required by July 31. Bees September 4 or 5 | Members $8, Non-members $18 Learn about bees and what these amazing pollinators do to help us in the garden. Pre-registration is required by August 28.
Spiders and Other Bugs that Spin Webs October 9 or 10 | Members $8, Non-members $18 This month’s class focuses on spiders and other bugs that spin webs. We will head into the garden to locate and draw webs. Pre-registration is required by October 2. Feathered Friends November 6 or 7 | Members $8, Non-members $18 There are a multitude of birds that make their home in the garden. In this class, we will go on a nature walk to locate different birds and their nests. Pre-registration is required by October 30. December 4 or 5 | Five Senses January 8 or 9 | ABC’s February 5 or 6 | Colors of the Rainbow March 4 or 5 | Rascally Rabbits April 8 or 9 | Erosion May 6 or 7 | Frogs and Toads
YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS R EA D A N D G ROW IN T HE G A RD E N
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program. Pre-registration is requested. Programs will be held outdoors and will be moved indoors if necessary. April 19 | Growing a Garden May 17 | Gnomes, Fairies and Other Garden Magic June 14 | The BIRD is the Word July 12 | Terrific Trains August 16 | The Scoop on Soil September 13 | Pollinator Palooza October 11 | In My Pond November 15 | Rock On! December 13 | Young Conservationists Presented by Omaha Public Library
FAM I LY W O RK S HOP S
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens completing a craft project and exploring a related garden with a guide. Please note: only one craft per family. All workshops are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Container Pizza Garden April 13 Take a guided walk through our herb garden and plant a containerized pizza herb garden to take home. Picture is representative, but not identical to the month’s craft. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the class date. Members $35, Non-members $45 Succulent Fairy Garden May 11 Tour the Lithuanian Sculpture Garden, talk about myths and legends, and plant and decorate their own fairy garden to take home. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the class date. Members $40, Non-members $50
PAI NTI N G W O RK S H OP Monty the Dinosaur April 6 | 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy customizing your own prehistoric masterpiece on an 11” x 14” canvas in this session with Pinot’s Palette. Designed for preschoolers to 12 year olds. Pre-registration is required by March 30. Members $25, Non-members $35
YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
D I NO Y OGA
FA M ILY YOGA
April 13 Yoga poses are going prehistoric in this dinosaurthemed yoga sequence designed for the whole family! Bring your mat and dip down like a diplodocus and breathe like a brachiosaurus among incredible dinosaur sculptures in this indoor class with Megan Roth. Classes are designed to encourage playful, mindful movement for all ages and abilities. Members $10, Non-members $15
Experience nature from a new angle in these garden-themed yoga sequences designed for the whole family! Bring your mat and stand tall like a tree, bend your legs like a butterfly, fold like a flower, and fly like a bird in these classes, designed to encourage playful, mindful movement for all ages and abilities. Classes will be held outdoors if weather allows. Members $10, Non-members $15 April 27 | Garden May 11 | Animals May 25 | Trees and Flowers June 8 | Gnomes and Fairies June 22 | Insects and Bugs June 29 | Animals July 13 | Birds July 27 | Trees and Flowers August 10 | Gnomes and Fairies August 24 | Bees and Butterflies
One registration is good for the whole family (can be any combination of four people, with at least one adult participating). Please bring a mat or towel. Classes are held from 8 to 9 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Presented by Immanuel Communities
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMPS
Join us for a summer of outdoor fun! With nature experiments, a tram ride, fun exploration of the garden, lunch from the garden’s café, and so much more, the best place for summer fun is at a Summer Adventure Camp at Lauritzen Gardens!
AR OU N D T H E WORLD
May 27 through 31 | July 1 through 5 | August 5 through 9 Take a trip around the world, exploring gardens from different countries. Campers will learn about gardening in different cultures and will create crafts, participate in games and activities specific to each country. • Single day, full day Members $55, Non-members $59 • Week-long, half-day Members $115, Non-members $129 • Week-long, full day Members $199, Non-members $219
A B RU S H W I T H N AT U RE
June 17 through 21 | July 29 through August 2 Campers will use their senses and imagination to explore and learn about art from the landscape to a microscale level. Using natural materials found throughout the garden, campers will create original pieces of art. • Single day, full day Members $59, Non-members $65 • Week-long, half-day Members $125, Non-members $135 • Week-long, full day Members $215, Non-members $235
M A D SC I E N T I S T
June 3 through 7 | July 15 through 19 Experimenting is exciting in this camp designed to develop the MAD SCIENTIST in each camper! Worms, germination, climates, and wicked plants, are just some of the garden-based experiments we will perform. • Single day, full day Members $59, Non-members $65 • Week-long, half-day Members $125, Non-members $135 • Week-long, full day Members $215, Non-members $235
NAT UR E E N G I N EERS
July 8 through 12 | July 22 through 26 There are beautiful and functional designs and patterns in nature. Learn about camouflage, plant and sculpture design, and how form and function relate in the natural world. Campers will learn about both animal and plant engineers and will spend time engineering their own creations at both Lauritzen Gardens and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. • Week-long, full day Members $215, Nonmembers $235
EC O- RA N GE R S
June 10 through 14 | June 24 through 28 Campers will learn about ecosystems, food chains, and how our environment is interdependent on each piece. Participants will hike, nature journal, watch birds, and explore pond life, learning and interacting with each habitat in Lauritzen Gardens and Fontenelle Forest. Week-long, full day Members $215, Non-members $235
REG I S T E R F O R A SU MMER OF F U N AND EXPL OR ATION Sign up online at lauritzengardens.org or call (402) 346-4002, ext. 253 for assistance.
PH OTO GRA P H Y LEV EL 1
P H OTOGR APHY L EVEL 3
April 6 | May 11 | June 8 | July 20 August 10 | September 28 | October 26 November 16 | December 14 Advance beyond using the automatic settings on your digital SLR camera learning about aperture, shutter speed and lighting. Participants will understand in simple terms, the hows and whys of operating their camera. For beginner photographers. All classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. Instructor: Will Fields Members $19, Non-members $25
April 6 | May 11 | June 8 | July 20 August 10 | September 28 | October 26 November 16 | December 14 Following short instruction on aspects of 2D design, complete four field exercises designed to cause you to think more about your composition before taking your photo. Students must have attended Photo Level 2 or submit 5 images for review by the instructor. All classes are from 3 to 5 p.m. Instructor: Will Fields Members $19, Non-members $25
PH OTO GRA P H Y LEV EL 2
EV ENING PHOTOGR APHY
April 6 | May 11 | June 8 | July 20 August 10 | September 28 | October 26 November 16 | December 14 Participants will gain an understanding of what makes a great photo, learn the techniques required, and pick up some tips and tricks that professional photographers use. The instructor will provide clear instruction, guidance, and feedback throughout four field exercises, as participants begin to develop their own style within photography. For beginner to intermediate photographers. All classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. Instructor: Will Fields Members $19, Non-members $25
Come learn and expand your knowledge during an after-hours exploration of the beauty of Lauritzen Gardens at night. Completion of Photography 2 or a review of existing work with the instructor is required. Class is from 7 to 9 p.m. * Class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Instructor: Will Fields Members $19, Non-members $25 April 3 | Showers and Gray Light May 15 | Spring Colors at Twilight June 19 | Sunset and Twilight July 24 | Summer Sunset August 7 | Sun and Shadows September 25 | Blooms Galore October 30 | Fall Colors Burst* November 13 | Crisp Evenings* December 11 | Colorful Poinsettias*
EXPRESSIONS IN ART BOTAN I C AL I LLU ST RAT ION WORKSHOPS WI TH C A MI LLE WERT H ER Botanical Drawing for Beginners | Leaves Join us as we investigate the incredible world of leaf forms with our pencils! Learn how to create an accurate leaf illustration in graphite using line techniques and measurements. Create a page of different leaf forms to beautifully showcase the variety found in nature. Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A supply list will be provided. Members $35, Non-members $45 Three week series: May 8 | May 15 | May 22 From Seed to Fruit: Keeping an Illustrated Journal of the Garden and the Natural World Learn how to keep a beautifully illustrated garden journal to not only record planting and bloom times, but as a way to relax outdoors and enjoy being in the moment. Particpants will begin an illustrated journal of their own. Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A supply list will be provided. Members $35, Non-members $45 Three week series: June 5 | June 12 | June 19 Botanical Drawing for Beginners | Trees and Leaves Trees contribute so much to our lives. Cool off this July with a drawing class dedicated to shade trees. Learn how trees are classified and how this applies to illustrating them. Explore ways of recording leaf structure through rubbings, tracings, and sketches. Classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. A supply list will be provided. Members $70, Non-members $90 Two week series: July 3 and 24 Botanical Drawing for Beginners | Fruit What exactly is fruit? Is an eggplant or an acorn a fruit? Join us as we investigate the mysterious and fascinating world of fruits while drawing! Learn how to create an accurate illustration of a fruit in graphite using line techniques and measurements. Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A supply list will be provided. Members $35, Non-members $45 Three week series: August 7 | August 14 | August 21 Botanical Drawing for Beginners | Flowers Four week series: September 4, 11, 25, October 2 Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A supply list will be provided. Members $35, Non-members $45 Special Workshop | Prairie Plants in Graphite and Colored Pencil September 29 | 1 to 5 p.m. Members $85 Non-members $120 Botanical Drawing for Beginners | Fall Leaves Three week series: October 9, 16, 23 Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members $35, Non-members $45
EXPRESSIONS IN ART PA I NT I N G W I T H PI NO T ’ S PA LE TT E
Beautiful Brontos April 14 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $35, Non-members $45 Take a step back through time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, in this misty landscape. Paint these beautiful brontosauri, customize your own prehistoric masterpiece, and enjoy liquor-infused desserts by Carried Away Confections. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class— all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through the featured paintings. Admission to the garden is included and participants may explore the larger than life exhibit Dinosaur UpROAR while their paint dries. Pre-registration is required by April 7.
PL EI N AI R WAT E RC OLOR W I TH J OS LY N A RT M US E U M
Four week series: April 29 | May 6 | May 13 | May 20 Members $75, Non-members $85 Painting en plein air forces the artist to assess a situation and subject matter, make decisions quickly, and distill what they are seeing in a particular moment or space. It teaches an artist to swiftly capture the best qualities of what grabbed their attention. Through instruction from Cody Wheelock (who is moving to Kansas City in the near future), participants will learn the basics of watercolor and will combine practice in the studio with plein air experiences within garden settings. This four session series will meet at Lauritzen Gardens and will be the last series that Cody will teach at the garden. A supply list will be provided. Classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Instructor: Cody Wheelock
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or provide as a gift. Each workshop has its own unique theme which allows you to enjoy a new experience each time you participate. Participants will learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements. No floral design knowledge or experience is necessary. All supplies are included. Pre-registration is required one week prior to each class. Instructor: Sara Boling Members $45, Non-members $55
S ATUR D AY MORN IN GS
April 13, 10 a.m. | Easter Blooms April 27, 10 a.m. | May Day Baskets May 11, 10 a.m. | Motherâ€™s Day!! May 25, 10 a.m. | Bridal Bouquet Designs June 8, 10 a.m. | Summer Succulents June 22, 10 a.m. | Tropical and Modern July 13, 10 a.m. | Rustic Wildflowers July 27, 10 a.m. | Contemporary Design August 10, 10 a.m. | Fun with Foliage August 24, 10 a.m. | Stop and Smell the Roses September 14, 10 a.m. | Going with the Flow September 28, 10 a.m. | Autumn Wreath October 12, 10 a.m. | Graceful Grasses October 26, 10 a.m. | Spooktacular Design November 9, 10 a.m. | Roots to Blooms December 7, 10 a.m. | Winter Wonderland
April 22, 6:30 p.m. | Pretty Pastels May 20, 6:30 p.m. | Low, Lush and Lovely June 17, 6:30 p.m. | Citrus Summer Designs July 22, 6:30 p.m. | Under the Sea August 19, 6:30 p.m. | Veggie-Mania September 23, 6:30 p.m. | Lilies and Lace October 21, 6:30 p.m. | Falling for Color
H OLIDAY AR R ANGEMENTS In our festive holiday classes, participants will work alongside the instructor to create a themed flower arrangement perfect to enhance their celebration or give as a unique handmade gift. Have fun and celebrate the special days of each season with beautiful blooms. No floral design knowledge or experience is necessary. All supplies are included. Instructor: Sara Boling Members $55, Non-members $65 November 23, 10 a.m. | Cornucopia November 18, 6:30 p.m. | Tabletop Treasure December 21, 10 a.m. | Holiday Wreath December 21, Noon | Holiday Wreath December 23, 6:30 p.m. | Jingle Bells
GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE
DI G I N
Monthly presentations designed to “dig in” to a variety of garden-related topics and encourage attendees to keep learning and growing. Classes are held on select Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Members $5, Non-members $10. April 17 or 18 | Raptors presented by Kathy Fischer What makes a raptor a raptor? Come find out about these birds and how they might be related to dinosaurs in this one-hour educational session. May 29 or 30 | Lawn and Turf Care presented by John Fech Get solid advice from turf expert John Fech to get the green, lush carpet you’ve been hoping for. June 13 | Container Gardening presented by Kathleen Cue Join Kathleen Cue to learn how you can have a garden even if you only have a patio or balcony. August 14 or 15 | Food Preservation, Canning, and Freezing presented by Nancy Urbanek As you begin to harvest produce from this season’s plantings, join Nancy Urbanek to learn different techniques for preserving so that you may enjoy your harvest for months to come. September 18 or 19 | Pests- Good, Bad, & Ugly presented by Dr. Jonathan Larson Dr. Jonathan Larson, entomologist with the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension will talk about good bugs, bad bugs, and just plain ugly bugs, as well as what to do about them. October 16 or 17 | Indoor Plants November 13 or 14 | Urban Forestry presented by Graham Herbst December 18 or 19 | Integrated Pest Management presented by Scott Evans
GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE
BEE C LA S S E S
From the basics of bee spotting and identification to the history of beekeeping, Tony Sandoval, the “Bee Rescuer,” will teach you all about bees in this series of informative classes. Pre-registration is required and closes the day before the class. Instructor: Tony Sandoval Basics of Bee Spotting, Identification, Attracting, and Documenting June 2 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Members $10, Non-members $20
BONSAI W OR KSHOPS
October 5 or 6 | 10 a.m. to noon 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. Instructor: Max Miller Members $75, Non-members, $85
Bee Keeping History and Mythology of BeesFrom Bee Hunting to Beekeeping July 7 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Members $10, Non-members $20 So You Want to Own a Hive? August 4 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Members $10, Non-members $20
BEE S P OT T I N G WA LKS
In these walks, designed for the whole family, explore Lauritzen Gardens with Tony Sandoval, the “Bee Rescuer,” to discover different bee species and the plants they prefer. All walks are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. Members $5, Non-members $15 June 23 | June 30 | July 21 | July 28 August 11 | August 18 | August 25
LOCO FOR COCOA
May 18 or August 3 | Noon to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of chocolate, experience chocolates from different growing regions, and taste the impact the percentage of cacao has on flavor. The lesson in chocolate is made complete by seeing the garden’s cocoa tree and Tina’s cocoa pods. Instructor: Tina Tweedy of Chocolat Abeille Members $10, Non-members, $15
GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE
LEA RN + P LA N + P LA N T
Learn how to put together specific gardens from horticulture professionals and experienced gardeners. Participants will take home a kit of plants to establish their own gardens. All classes are from 2 to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required one week prior to each class. Held in conjunction with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Members $120, Non-members, $150 May 18 | Herb Garden Kit June 15 | Native Grasses and Pollinators in the Landscape October 12 | Bulbs for Spring November 10 | Indoor Tropical Plants
T ER R AR IUMS & CACTI
If you enjoy the plant collection in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, youâ€™ll enjoy learning the basics of houseplant, cacti, and succulent care with Ticia Loza, conservatory gardener and lover of houseplants. Sheâ€™ll share tips on building indoor and outdoor gardens and her secrets for keeping them beautiful year-round. Instructor: Ticia Loza Terrariums with Ticia June 2 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Members $59, Non-members, $49 Create your own indoor garden in a 2-gallon apothecary jar. Cultivate a Cacti Garden July 7 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Members $59, Non-members, $49 Learn the basics of cacti care and maintenance and create your own cacti garden to take home.
SUMMER SOLSTICE LECTURE
June 13 | 7 to 9 p.m. Join Alan Branhagen, director of operations at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and author of Native Plants of the Midwest, for a review of native plants for every niche of the garden. Learn which natives to grow to best suit your conditions, and get ideas on how to use natives to create a functional and beautiful landscape. Pre-registration is required. A booksigning and dessert reception will follow the lecture. Members $10, Non-members, $15
BOTANICAL-INSPIRED CRAFTS BA S K E T W E AV I NG Learn the ancient art of basketweaving using botanical materials to create functional, lasting pieces for every season and every reason. Classes are held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required a week prior to the workshop. Instructor: Jeannie Sisson- The Weaving Freak Members $40, Non-members $50 May 4 | Patriotic Door/Wall Basket June 29 | Come to My Garden August 10 | Book Tote September 28 | Halloween Door Basket November 23 | Poinsettia Basket
W OO D C ARV I N G Learn the basics of knife skills and woodcarving in the inspiring surroundings of the Lithuanian sculpture garden (weather permitting). Pre-registration is required a week prior to the course. Instructor: Ty Thornock, green woodworker Members $45, Non-members $55 Scandinavian Spoon Carving May 18 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course will teach the basics of knife skills and woodcarving using locally-sourced wood. Participants will create a beautiful and functional Scandinavian spoon. Kolrosing - Woodcarving & Coloring July 20 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course will teach the basics of knife skills and woodcarving using locally-sourced wood and will focus on kolrosing, an old method of giving fine line surface decoration to wood.
W OO D E N D OOR H A N GERS Make your own lovely door hanger to spruce up your porch or to give as a gift. No artistic or painting experience is required. All classes are held from noon to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Amanda Floro Members $39, Non-members $49 April 27 | Motherâ€™s Day Door Hanger June 22 | Independence Day Door Hanger September 14 | Autumn Door Hanger October 26 | Halloween Door Hanger November 16 | Cornucopia Door Hanger December 7 | Holiday Ornament or Wreath Door Hanger
N AT UR AL FA BRIC D YEIN G AND Q U I LT I N G Come learn about the fascinating world of natural fabric dyes and quilted fabric techniques. Classes may be taken individually or as a series. Fabrics dyed during the summer sessions can be combined and used for a quilting project in the fall. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Ashton Page Madder Matters June 2 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Learn about the history and chemistry of Rubia tinctorum, one of the most variable natural dyes. Participants will build a dye bath and soak some fabrics to produce oranges, reds, and rusts. Marigold Mornings June 30 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Learn about a magical yellow dye that probably already grows in your garden at home, the marigold, or other plants from the genus Tagetes! Participants will learn the basics of using yellow dyes, build a dye bath together, and soak fabrics to produce a range of golds, yellows, and oranges. Indigo Dreams July 21 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Indigofera tinctorum is an illustrious blue dye that is used all over the world. In this class,
participants will learn about the history and chemistry of indigo, build a dye vat, and learn how to produce blue on fabric. Participants will also learn about overdyeing on fabrics made in the previous two classes, producing a whole rainbow of colors. Printing with Plants September 8 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Participants will take a leisurely hike around the garden and collect fallen plant material to bundle up and steam into a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. Cutting and Piecing a Quilt October 27 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Ever wanted to learn how to quilt? Already have experience but want to get back into the practice? In this class, participants will cut down and sew back together a collection of fabric to create a miniature quilt. Building A Quilt November 10 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 In this class you will transform a flat piece of fabric into a lovely, billowy quilt! Learn how to construct the three critical layers of a quilt, how to design a quilt, and how to finish a quilt. Participants can use the pieced tops constructed in the previous class or they can choose to create a whole cloth quilt with the fabric provided.
N AT UR AL FAB R IC DYEING A N D QUILTING, CONT. Embroidering and Embellishing Your Naturally Dyed Quilt November 24 | 2 to 4 p.m. Members $39, Non-members $49 Embellish your quilt with thread that has been dyed with plants. Participants will discover and learn a Japanese technique called sashiko, as well as some European styles of embellishment. Participants who did not take the previous quilting classes can practice the techniques on a piece of naturally-dyed cloth.
WOR KING W ITH W OOL F ROM FL EECE TO YAR N Wool working is a relaxing art form that can be both a practical and functional hobby. Join wool worker Sheila Meyer for a series of classes on wool. Classes may be taken as a series or as individual classes. Pre-registration is required a week in advance of the course date. Instructor: Sheila Meyer Scouring (Preparing) a Fleece June 22 | 3 to 5 p.m. Members $25, Non-members $35 Learn how to take a raw fleece and prepare it for spinning. Wool Dyeing July 27 | 3 to 5 p.m. Members $25, Non-members $35 Learn techniques to dye wool to get the colors and feel that you want in your yarn. Spinning with a Hand Spindle August 24 | 3 to 5 p.m. Members $45, Non-members $55 Learn the basics of spinning using an oldfashioned hand spindle. Hand spindles for participants are included in the course fee. Spinning Wheel Workshop September 14 | 3 to 5 p.m. Members $25, Non-members $35 Learn how to use and practice on the instructorâ€™s spinning wheel (or bring your own), and get tips for selecting and purchasing your own spinning wheel.
NATURE EXPERIENCES A DU LT F I E LD T RIP : F L O RA A N D FAU N A IN T HE S TAT E C A P ITA L April 24 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a BIG day, packed with fossils, fauna, and fun. Explore Morrill Hall’s world famous collection of ancient elephants and see spectacular fossil rhinos, camels, and horses that once lived in Nebraska. Travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds in the planetarium show Dinosaurs at Dusk. Then enjoy the beauty of Lincoln’s Sunken Gardens in its spring glory. Trip includes bus transportation, boxed lunch, entrance to Morrill Hall, planetarium show, and a guided tour of Sunken Gardens. Pre-registration is required by April 17. Members $45, Non-members $55
BI R D WAT C H I NG A N D ID H I K E April 13 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. Avid birder Rick Schmid will present a bird watching and identification program, followed by an hour-long hike in the garden. Pre-registration is requested by April 12. Members $20, Non-members $30
SPR I N G E PH E M ERA L T WI L I GH T T OU R April 19 | 5:30 p.m. Let a trained docent guide you as you uncover the elusive and often overlooked blooms known as ephemerals, that briefly emerge in early spring before disappearing when the tree canopy leafs out. Cost includes tram ride. Members $5, Non-members $15
SPR I N G F LOW E RIN G WA LK T WI L I GH T T OU R May 10 | 5:30 p.m. Experience one of the most beautiful garden areas of the spring months as a trained docent leads you on a stroll of the spring flowering walk among the magnificent flowering crab apples, peonies and spring flowering bulbs. Cost includes tram ride. Members $5, Non-members $15
NATURE EXPERIENCES BEE SPOTTING WAL K
June 23 | noon to 1:30 p.m. In these walks, designed for the whole family, explore Lauritzen Gardens with Tony Sandoval, the “Bee Rescuer,” to discover different bee species and the plants they prefer. All walks are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. See additional dates below. Members $5, Non-members $15
BU T TER FLY WAL K
WA RBLE R WALK May 11 | 11 a.m. Located in the riverfront hills near downtown Omaha, Lauritzen Gardens hosts a surprising diversity of bird life. The list of 143 species sighted at the garden includes 23 different warblers, beautiful little birds that migrate up the Missouri River in spring. 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. Members $5, Non-members $15
BI RD BA N D I N G P ROGRA M May 18 | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Expert bird bander Rick Schmid will highlight the steps and process of bird banding and conduct a bird banding session in the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary. This critical task helps to track migration patterns and is of great scientific importance. Members $15, Non-members $20
ROS E GA RD E N T OU R June 9 | 11 a.m. Join senior gardener Buffie Elder on a tour of the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden and learn about different types of roses (including hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and shrub roses), what care they need and what works well here in Omaha. Ask questions and enjoy the more than 2,000 plants that make their homes in the garden. Following the tour, stop by the Omaha Rose Society’s annual Rose Day and Show, on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pro tip: Pick your favorite blooms at the show and then see them growing in the garden! Members $5, Non-members $15
June 29 | 10 a.m. to noon With a wealth of garden plantings, landscape features, and natural areas, Lauritzen Gardens provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including over 50 species of butterflies. Join Dr. Ted Burk to learn which butterflies visit throughout the season, how to attract them to your garden areas and how to keep them coming back year after year as you sight butterflies and find butterfly “hot spots” in the garden on a guided butterfly walk. See additional dates below. Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K June 30 | noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
BU T TER FLY WAL K July 21 | 10 a.m. to noon Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K July 21| noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K July 28 | noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
BU T TER FLY WAL K August 3 | 10 a.m. to noon Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K August 11 | noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K August 18 | noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
BEE SPOTTING WAL K August 25 | noon to 1:30 Members $5, Non-members $15
NATURE EXPERIENCES I N S PIR AT I O N I N IOWA B US T OU R August 23 | 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for a day trip to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Reiman Gardens and the Better Homes & Gardens Test GardenÂŽ for some wonderful garden inspiration. Visit these gorgeous gardens bursting with annuals, perennials, and other vibrant plants that you have to see to believe. Cost includes transportation, meals, beverages, and admission to each venue. Members $100, Non-members $120
SI NG I N G I N S E CT S T WI L I GH T T OU R August 23 | 7:30 p.m. Join Dr. Ted Burk on a guided tour of the twilight gardens, when the insect chorale performance is at its peak. Learn to identify different insects by their song. Cost includes tram ride. Members $5, Non-members $15
W I NE A N D ROSES T WI L I GH T T OU R September 6 | 7:30 p.m. Join a trained docent on a tour of the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden and learn about different types of roses, what care they need, and what works well here in Omaha. Ask questions and enjoy the more than 2,000 plants that make their home in the garden. This tour could be your prelude to a wonderfully romantic date or an evening out with friends. A tram ride to the rose garden and one glass of wine are included. Must be 21 to attend. Members $15, Non-members $25
MO NA R C H WALK September 14 | 10 a.m. to noon Since butterfly counters in Mexico are seeing 150% more Monarch butterflies this year than last year, we should be seeing higher numbers of Monarchs in the garden this fall. Bring your family for a short classroom presentation, followed by a leisurely guided walk through the garden to spot and count Monarch butterflies. Instructor: Dr. Ted Burk and Joanne Langabee Members $5, Non-members $15
C ON S E RVAT I O N GA RD EN TWI L I G H T T OU R September 27 | 6:30 p.m. Join the garden’s director of conservation Jim Locklear to discover the native species grown in the conservation discovery garden and learn about the efforts of the conservation programs at Lauritzen Gardens. A tram ride to the garden is included. Members $5, Non-members $15
A RBOR E T U M FALL C OLOR TWI L I G H T T OU R October 25 | 5:30 p.m. Come into our “garden of trees” and celebrate autumn with us and these magnificent specimens. Also explore the Oberman Bird Sanctuary, which attracts different bird species that fly along the great Missouri River. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all that nature provides. This tour is timed for the lovely hours before sunset. A tram ride to the garden is included. Members $5, Non-members $15
N IGHT SKIES AT LA U R ITZEN GAR DENS
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. First Quarter Moon and Kick-off of Night Skies April 12 | 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Members $5, Non-members $15 Participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to join the Omaha Astronomical Society in viewing the skies at night. Participants should bring a flashlight. Summer Night Between New and First Quarter Moon July 6 | 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Members $5, Non-members $15 Participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to join the Omaha Astronomical Society in viewing the skies at night. Participants should bring a flashlight. Cool Fall Night Between First Quarter and Full Moon September 7 | 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Members $5, Non-members $15 Participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to join the Omaha Astronomical Society in viewing the skies at night. Participants should bring a flashlight.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Workshops will be held outdoors from April through October (weather permitting). Please bring a mat or towel. Classes are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All levels are welcome. Members $10, Non-members $15 per session Buy a yoga package and your name goes on the roster each Wednesday night from the date of purchase through the term of purchase. 30 days: Members $30, Non-members $45 3 months: Members $100, Non-members $150 6 months: Members $210, Non-members $315 12 months: Members $480, Non-members $720
F L O W /V I N YAS A
May 1 | June 5 | July 10 | August 7 September 4 | October 2 | November 6 | December 4 Surrounded by the beauty of nature, youâ€™ll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels. Instructor: Suzanne Wright
YI N YOGA
April 17 | May 15 | June 19 | July 24 August 21 | September 18 | October 16 November 20 | December 18 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. Instructor: Suzanne Wright
YOG A F OR BE G IN N ERS
May 8 | May 22 | May 29 | June 12 | June 26 July 3 | July 17 | July 31 | August 14 August 28 | September 11 | September 25 October 9 | October 23 | October 30
November 13 | November 27 | December 11 This gentle, relaxing introduction to yoga is perfect for beginners or yoga practitioners of all levels. Instructor: Megan Roth
SH INR IN-YOKU/ J A PANESE F OREST B ATHING April 13 | May 25 | June 15 A certified guide will help deepen your relationship with the natural world while boosting immune strength, reducing stress, and improving cognitive functioning. Sessions are held from 1 to 4 p.m. Instructor: Julie McKeone Members $15, Non-members $20
WAL K ING CL UB Tuesday mornings | 8:30 a.m. April through October Walk your way to good health on Tuesday mornings by exploring more than 1.5 miles of trails. Walking club will help you fight stress, strengthen your mind and body and feel rejuvenated. Members free, Non-members $10+ tax
ST ROL L ER STR IDES WAL K ING CL UB Thursday mornings | 8:30 a.m. April through October Fight stress, strengthen your mind and body, while exploring the garden with your little one on Thursday mornings. Parents with young children in strollers or carriers are welcome to walk the more than 1.5 miles of trails throughout the garden. Members free, Non-members $10 + tax
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
H ERBAL T I N C T U RES Learn about the historic use of plants to support health and wellness and explore basic methods of creating herbal tinctures for personal home use. Participants will also take home guides and resources for creating herbal elixirs and tinctures at home. All classes are held from 2 to 3 p.m. Instructor: Lauren Domenge, certified herbalist Members $25, Non-members $35 June 9 | Rose and Marshmallow Root (summer plants) June 23 | Peppermint and Slippery Elm Bark (summer plants) July 7 | Calendula and Burdock Root (fall plants) July 28 | Astragalus and Holy Basil (fall plants) August 11 | Sumac Berry and Cinnamon Bark (winter plants) August 25 | Elderflower and Elderberry (winter plants) September 29 | Ground Ivy and Echinacea Root (spring plants) October 13 | Violet and Nettles (spring plants)
R EG I S T RAT I O N
All classes, workshops and other educational offerings listed in this brochure require advance registration with payment due upon registration. Please note that member discounts for events and programs apply only to those covered under membership terms.
R EFUN D S A N D C AN CE L LAT I O N S
If a registration for a program must be canceled, registration fees will be refunded if notice is received at least one week before the program date. Refunds will not be provided for cancellations within one week of the start of the program or for participants that are late or do not show for a program. Please note that programs with insufficient registrations may be canceled. If Lauritzen Gardens cancels a program, phone or email notification will be made as early as possible and full refunds will be given. In case of severe
weather, please call (402) 346-4002, ext. 201 or, on the weekends, (402) 346-4002, ext 250 to check the status of the program. For more information visit laur itzen ga rde n s.org and click on â€œlearnâ€? or call ( 402) 34 6 - 4 0 0 2 , e xt. 2 6 3 unless otherwise noted.
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SPECIAL EVENTS D I N OSA U R U P ROA R On display through May 12 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t miss this life-sized adventure through the fauna and fearsome flora of Lauritzen Gardens that’s fun for the whole family.
GUI L D S P RI N G LU N C H EON April 4 |11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former White House Chief Floral Designer Laura Dowling will share her concept of “Floral Diplomacy,” using flowers as strategic, symbolic messages, and will conduct a live floral demonstration, to create arrangements that exemplify the essence of American style. Reservations range from $85 to $125.
E A S T E R E X T R AVA GA N ZA April 13 | noon to 3 p.m. Don’t miss this morning of fun with crafts, egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny!
E A S T E R BRU N C H April 21 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, call (402) 346-4002, ext. 201.
T R EEME N D O U S A RBOR D AY C E L E B R ATION April 28 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t miss a TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration- a fun day dedicated to trees. Enjoy a variety of tree-themed educational activities designed for families to learn about a variety of tree topics. The first 100 households will receive a FREE tree seedling!
B ON S AI A N D I KEBA N A EXHIBITIONS May 3 through 5 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the Nebraska Bonsai Society and Ikebana International #60 will be on hand to share their passion for bonsai and ikebana, and answer questions.
LEA S H E S AT L A U RIT ZEN First and second Mondays, May through October | 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds and enjoy the great outdoors together.
D AY L I LY S A LE May 11 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nebraska Daylily Society will be onsite to sell bare root stock daylilies.
SPECIAL EVENTS GREAT GNOME ESCAPE June 1 through September 2 With their tiny stature, pointy hats, and long beards, garden gnomes have become staples in gardens worldwide. At Lauritzen Gardens, the little fellas have broken loose and taken up residency throughout the arboretum- and it is up to garden guests to find them! Can you explore the trail and discover them all?
ROSE DAY AND SHOW June 9 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the Omaha Rose Society for their annual Rose Day and Show, to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose.
T EMPO OF TW IL IGHT C ONCERT SER IES* June 4 | Members’ Only - The Grease Band June 11 | Taxi Driver (Variety, 50’s to today) June 18 | Joystick (Pop/Rock) June 25 | Oye Como Va (Santana Tribute) July 2 | New Humans (Bossa Nova) July 9 | Come Together (Beatles Tribute) July 16 | Rhythm Collective (Reggae) July 23 | Rat Pack Jazz (Golden Era Jazz) Enjoy live musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting. All concerts are 6 to 8 p.m. *schedule is subject to change
SU MMER SOL STICE LEC TUR E June 13 | 7 to 9 p.m. Join Alan Branhagen, director of operations at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and author of Native Plants of the Midwest, for a review of native plants for every niche of the garden. Learn which natives to grow to best suit your conditions, and get ideas on how to use natives to create a functional and beautiful landscape. Pre-registration is required. A booksigning and dessert reception will follow the lecture. Members $10, Non-members, $15
PAT R IOTIC PER CHES June 18 through July 14 51 handcrafted birdhouses that combine art, geography, horticulture and birding to educate visitors about state birds and flowers.
RA IL R OAD DAYS July 13 and 14 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All aboard for a fun-filled weekend to celebrate our region’s rich railroad heritage at five local attractions. $15 per family. Members may enjoy activities at the garden free of charge.
F R OM T H E G A LLERY Flora & Feathers by Pam Harp and Judy Thompson on display through May 6 The delicate beauty of birds and blooms are portrayed in the expressive watercolors of artists Pam Harp and Judy Thompson. Each artist, in their own unique style, captures the vivid colors and gentle gestures of their garden subjects. Come experience the delightful, colorful creations of these two accomplished artists. Natureâ€™s Colorful Threads by Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild May 9 through June 17 Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild members have created pieces, individually or collaboratively, that showcase the various ways that fibers and dyes found in nature can become works of art. Portraits by Reagan D. Pufall June 20 through July 29 www.reagandpufall.com In these portraits the viewer is invited by the mantisâ€™ illusory gaze to anthropomorphize them. This gaze, along with their distinct head and shoulders, are akin enough to our own that an uncomfortable tension is created between the mantis and viewer. Superficially the tension is with their inhumanness but more subtly the tension is from their incidental nascent mimicry of our form. Impressions of Home by Katrina Methot-Swanson August 1 through September 12 www.katrinamethotswanson.com Avian Inspired by Fiberworks September 29 through October 30 www.facebook.com/fiberworksnebraska Funtastic Fibers at the Garden by Funtastic Fibers Group November 14 through January 6
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE
Educational Programs and Events | April through July 2019