If you’re into gardening, you might have heard the familiar saying, “If it’ll grow in Nebraska, it’ll grow anywhere.” That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but gardening in our state does come with its own unique set of challenges. That makes these beautiful public gardens even more impressive. It takes a lot of work and dedication to keep these spots looking lovely year after year.
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum, Nebraska City
Arbor Lodge's beautiful 65-acre grounds are home to a wide variety of trees, shrubs, native plants, and plants that are rarely found in Nebraska.
Boys Town Garden of the Bible, Boys Town
Located between Dowd Chapel and Chambers Chapel, the Boys Town garden contains only plants mentioned in the Bible.
Gerald Ford Birthsite Gardens, Omaha
Although the home in which the former president was born no longer stands, exceptional rose gardens are located at his birthsite. In 1978, the gardens were installed and dedicated to former first lady Betty Ford.
Gilman Park Arboretum, Pierce
Located around the Bill Cox Memorial Lake in Pierce, the 14-acre arboretum is full of more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs along with plenty of lovely perennial plants.
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha
With both indoor and outdoor displays, there is always something to see at Omaha's botanical garden. The grounds hold several different garden zones, each of which features a unique collection of plants.
Living Memorial Gardens/Legion Park War Memorial and Gardens, Sidney
The tiered Living Memorial Gardens are located in the former Sidney public pool. On site is also the state's first Angel of Hope memorial, located in the former baby pool. The site is a place for visitors to remember their loved ones who have passed on.
Memorial Park Gardens, Omaha
The gardens at Omaha's Memorial Park include annual and perennial flower beds, but the shining star is the All-American Rose Society Garden.
D.A. Murphy Panhandle Arboretum, Scottsbluff
This 40-acre site is located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center and is affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The arboretum is divided into distinct zones where visitors can enjoy a diverse collection of high plains plants.
Sunken Gardens, Lincoln
The Sunken Gardens have been beautifying Lincoln since 1930. Since then, the gardens have been improved constantly, including a major renovation completed in 2005.
UNL Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Lincoln
Pictured is the Love Garden, which is one of 10 located on UNL's City Campus and East Campus grounds.
There are plenty of other beautiful display and research gardens all over Nebraska. What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments.