Events

Event Calendar

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Spring Affair Preview Party

Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00 pm9:00 pm
Lancaster Event Center
Spring Affair Preview Party

Plants, friends, music, hors d’oeuvres, and bar.
We will gather for a night of fun on Friday April 26th at the Lancaster Event Center for the Spring Affair Preview Party. Join Arboretum staff as all of us shop for our favorite plants--without the crowds! Volunteers will be onhand to help. Bring photos of your yard, if you want, to help choose just the right plant. We’ll shop for plants while enjoying live music from Osage, an acoustic band. Hors d'oeuvre stations will be open from 6-8pm (included in ticket price), along with a cash bar. In addition to the main sale, everything from specialty plants to garden products will be offered by vendors. Plant sitters will watch your plants when your arms are full, or bring a wagon if you like. Proceeds from the plant sale help fund Nebraska Statewide Arboretum programs.

Become an arboretum member and get your ticket at the member price plus 10% off Spring Affair plants!

Ticket prices include sales tax. An "Arboretum Basic Membership" is considered a donation and no tax is included.

Spring Affair, Midwest's largest plant sale & garden event

Free sale Saturday
Lancaster Event Center

Sale of 700+ perennials, herbs, grasses, trees and shrubs selected for region, uniqueness, demand and provided by Bluebird Nursery. Sponsored by NSA as an educational tool, fundraising event and to promote regional plants. Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale, presentations, educational booths and vendors are all in Pavilion I with plenty of free parking. For best plant choices, the ticketed Preview Party is Friday night, April 26 from 6-9pm, including a meal, live music and first selection of plants before Saturday sale.

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, May 2, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

"Botanical Illustration," Lana Johnson. Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Omaha Plant Sale

Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
Omaha Douglas-Sarpy Extension, 8015 W Center Rd.

Member Plant Sale & Ice Cream Social

May 10 4-7pm; BECOME a member that day if you want!
NSA Greenhouse

Member plant sale with FREE ice cream; become a member that day if you want! At the NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance (Huntington/Leighton) to UNL east campus.

Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
NSA greenhouse, N 38th & Leighton, UNL east campus

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Friday Afternoon Plant Sale

Friday, May 17, 2019
12:00 pm4:30 pm
NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance to UNL east campus

Friday Afternoon Plant Sale

Friday, May 24, 2019
12:00 pm4:30 pm
NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance to UNL east campus

Friday Afternoon Plant Sale

Friday, May 31, 2019
12:00 pm4:30 pm
NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance to UNL east campus

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, June 6, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

SUBJECT TO RAIN CANCELLATION. Tour of Union Plaza with Park Planner Mark Canney. Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL IANR, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association.

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Omaha Plant Sale at Fontenelle Forest

Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 am12:00 pm
Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N in Bellevue

Friday Afternoon Plant Sale

Friday, June 21, 2019
12:00 pm4:30 pm
NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance to UNL east campus

Friday Afternoon Plant Sale

Friday, June 28, 2019
12:00 pm4:30 pm
NSA greenhouse, north 38th entrance to UNL east campus

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, July 4, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

NONE - 4th of July holiday

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, August 1, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, September 5, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Free First Thursday Brownbag Series

Thursday, December 5, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm
228 N. 21 in Lincoln, Jayne Snyder Trail Center

Free First Thursday all-things-green series sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln Downtown Association

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:30 am12:00 pm

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, January 11, 2020
9:30 am12:00 pm

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:30 am12:00 pm

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:30 am12:00 pm

Prairie Pines 2nd Saturdays

Saturday, April 11, 2020
9:30 am12:00 pm