We plant Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment.

Maxwell Arboretum 50th Anniversary

"Twenty-five years ago I started on a journey to improve my town of Pender. I imagined more trees and gardens, but I didn't know where to start. Around that time I was introduced to Justin Evertson of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (yes, he has been with NSA 25 years!). My story changed as we embarked together on numerous projects. I learned how to care for trees and gardens and advocate for them in my town. NSA has been there all these years, answering my questions, giving encouragement and providing funding to take the next step. " Wanda Kelly, NSA Board Member

Planting a tree correctly can add decades to its lifetime. Take the time to do it right!

There are signs of spring if you look closely enough. After months of faded winter landscapes, we are eager for green. We wait impatiently for the first crocus to open, the first bit of purple on redbuds, the first tulip. But once spring hits, it can happen so quickly we fail to notice all the amazing new unfoldings that occur almost daily.

Trees are the largest living element in any landscape. They’re also the most costly to purchase, the most long-lived (hopefully) and the most “influential” in terms of aesthetic, habitat, sun exposure and placement of other plant material.