The Spring Into Spring lecture at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., will feature Bob Grese talking about prairie-style design.
Grese is an authority on the work of landscape architect Jens Jensen, an early advocate for the use of native plants and prairie-style design. His presentation will explore the historical roots and current trends in prairie-inspired gardens and landscapes.
Cost is $5 for members; $8 for non-members. A light dessert will be available.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The annual Spring into Spring Plant Sale at Lauritzen Gardens will feature plants from area garden clubs and a variety of plants grown by the botanical center.
Garden members may attend a preview plant sale from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will include annuals, vegetables, ground covers, herbs, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses, perennials and tropicals.
Plant experts will be on-site to answer questions and provide suggestions; and visitors can talk with representatives of area garden clubs and horticultural organizations.
Exhibitors include: Benson Plant Rescue, Big Garden, City Sprouts, Greater Omaha Iris Society, Greater Omaha Orchid Society, Great Plains Pond Society, Ikebana International No. 60 Omaha Chapter, Joslyn Castle Trust, Lauritzen Gardens Guild, Midwest Geranium Club, Nebraska Bonsai Society, Nebraska Daylily Society, Nebraska Florists Society, Nebraska Sierra Club, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Omaha Council of Garden Clubs, Prairie Plains Resource Institute, ReTree Nebraska, River City Cactus & Succulent Society, Shady Choice Hosta Society, South Omaha Horticulture Society and UNL Extension Master Gardeners.
The event, at 100 Bancroft St., is free for garden members; non-members pay regular admission. Proceeds benefit Lauritzen Gardens.
Hard-to-find plants will be available when the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum joins Fontenelle Nature Association to offer wildflowers and regionally recommended plants from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Serviceberry, a tree with edible fruits, spring flowers and excellent fall color, will be available along with northern pecan.
The Arboretum and Fontenelle Nature Association have similar missions, promoting careful stewardship of the natural world and offering education, gardens and plants that inspire, restore and beautify.
For more information, call 402-472-2971 or visit http://arboretum.unl.edu for plant lists or www.fontenelleforest.org.
Tuesday, June 26, July 24, Aug. 28
The Iowa Master Gardener program will again offer a series of summer webinars. “Garden Goodness,” information about vegetable gardening from a variety of perspectives, will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension in Mills County on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Dates, presenters and topics are:
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Growing Vegetables by Ajay Nair, extension horticulture specialist.
June 26: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Food Gardening and Health by Angie Tagtow, environmental nutrition consultant; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Glenwood’s Giving Garden by Denise Fikes, Mills County extension horticulture assistant.
July 24: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Peoples Garden Project and Working with Youth by Linda Naeve, an ISU Extension value-added agriculture specialist; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Edible Ornamentals by Cindy Haynes, an associate professor in horticulture at Iowa State University in Ames and ISU extension consumer-urban horticulture specialist.
Aug. 28: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Top 10 Sustainable Gardening Tips from Turtle Farm by Angela Tedesco, owner of Turtle Farm and organic vegetable, fruit and herb CSA near Granger, Iowa.
The sessions are open to all interested gardeners. Participants are not required to have completed master gardener training to attend. All sessions will be held at the Mills County Extension office, 415 Main St., Malvern, Iowa. Cost for each session is $2. No pre-registration is required and participants may choose to attend any or all sessions.
For more information, contact Mills County Extension, 712-624-8616 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/mills.
The 7 p.m. Summer Solstice Lecture at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., will be by a pioneer in the native plant industry.
Neil Diboli’s topic will be American Prairie Plants for American Gardens.
Cost is $10 for members and $14 for non-members and includes a light dessert.
To register or for information, call 402- 346-4002, extension 201.
Sponsors are the families of Mae and Lawrence Youngman and Judy and Jim Wigton.