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Nebraska Wildflower Week in June

The Arboretum promotes statewide Wildflower Week events & resources to celebrate their toughness and beauty. They grow without human care, feeding birds, butterflies and other wildlife; improving and loosening soil with their roots; and inviting us into wild places we might otherwise ignore.

“It is through close and intimate contact with a particular patch of ground that we learn to respond to the earth, to see that it really matters. We need to recognize the humble places where this alchemy occurs, and treat them as well as we treat our parks and preserves—or better, with less interference. Everybody has a ditch, or ought to. For only the ditches—and the fields, the woods, the ravines—can teach us to care enough for all the land.” Robert Michael Pyle

While 2022 gatherings are limited, wildflowers might best be celebrated by planting native plants in our own yards and by visiting wild places nearby in the form of parks, trails, forests, even roadsides and ravines for a closer look and appreciation for the beauty of the wildness nearby.

Wildflower Week Events 2022 (check for updates)

May 31-June 5 online. Order regionally native plants from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum online (arboretumplants.org) for pick-up in Gering at the Gering Civic Plaza between 4:00-7:00pm on June 10th during our Plants in the Plaza event. Sales will begin at 3:00pm MDT on the 31st and continue until sold out or until midnight on June 5th. We will not publish a plant availability list prior to opening the sale. 

June 1 in Omaha. Twilight tour of Lauritzen Garden’s conservation discovery garden at 7pm. Take a tram ride to the garden to see native species you may want to grow in your own garden and learn how to identify native grasses, trees, flowers and the pollinators that enjoy this area. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Register at http://shop.lauritzengardens.org/product-p/ed-nature-twitour1.htm

June 3 in Omaha. Gifford Park Neighborhood Market from 5-8pm at 33rd and Cass, with Farmer’s Market and a presentation by Omaha Mobile Stage (OMS) and Partners for Livable Omaha. Other events and activities for all ages, soccer, tennis, gardens on Facebook @gifford park neighborhood association or giffordparkomaha@gmail.com

June 4 near Marquette. Prairie Plains Resource Institute Fun Run/Walk, with wildflowers marked along a 5K mowed prairie trail. Starts 9am at Gjerloff Prairie, 2206 N M Rd, Marquette. hello@prairieplains.org, 402-694-5535, www.prairieplains.org/events.

June 4 in Lincoln. Wildflower Walk at Prairie Pines Nature Preserve, 3100 N. 112th St., Lincoln. See what’s blooming in woods and prairie from 10-noon with NSA’s Bob Henrickson. No registration required; signage will show where to gather for the walk. Prairie Pines trails and Nature Ninja Course are open to the public every Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Children must be accompanied by adults. No pets please. http://prairiepines.org/events.html, 402-525-7653, info@prairiepines.org

June 9 in Chadron. Join the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum at the Chadron Public Library for coffee and donuts to discuss wildflowers, pollinators, and gardening with nature in mind. A selection of books will curated by the librarians and available for check out. At the Chadron Public Library 9:00-10:00am

June 10 in Omaha. Gifford Park Neighborhood Market from 5-8pm at 33rd and Cass, with Farmer’s Market and a presentation by Omaha Mobile Stage (OMS) and Partners for Livable Omaha. Other events and activities for all ages, soccer, tennis, gardens on Facebook @gifford park neighborhood association or giffordparkomaha@gmail.com

June 10 in Gering. “Plants in the Plaza” 5-8pm at the Gering Civic Plaza, RSVP to purchase food from Union Bar between 5:30-6:30pm. Join NSA, Nebraska Public Media, and friends for educational booths all about native pollinators and plants. You will also have the chance to preorder plants for pick-up at this event. Purchase plants starting at 3:00pm MDT on May 31st at arboretumplants.org. For More information contact arboretum@unl.edu, 402-472-2971, RSVP: https://plantnebraska.org/connect/events/events.html/event/2022/06/10/plants-in-the-plaza/383875 

June 10 near Gering. "Wildflower Outing in the Wildcats" 7pm MT at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, 210615 Hwy 71, Gering NE 69341. For more information contact ngpc.wildcat.hills@nebraska.gov or 308-436-3777, http://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/ 

June 10 and 12 in Omaha. Wildflower Walk at Lauritzen Gardens with Jim Locklear, Director of Conservation, on June 10 from 5:30-7pm and on June 12 from 2-3:30pm. Register at https://www.lauritzengardens.org

June 11 in Omaha. Twilight tour of Lauritzen Garden’s conservation discovery garden at 7pm. Take a tram ride to the garden to see native species you may want to grow in your own garden and learn how to identify native grasses, trees, flowers and the pollinators that enjoy this area. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Register at http://shop.lauritzengardens.org/product-p/ed-nature-twitour1.htm

June 11 near Talmage. Wachiska Audubon Society is hosting a Prairie Tour/Seed Harvest outing at Berg Prairie. Learn more at https://www.wachiskaaudubon.org/ 

June 21 in Omaha. “All the Little Things: Summer Solstice Lecture” at Lauritzen Gardens at 7pm. Chris Helzer, photographer, writer and director of science with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, will showcase the intricacies and beauty of the natural world and suggest ways we can conserve these species and their important roles. A complimentary dessert reception will follow. Lecture made possible by the Mae & Lawrence Youngman and Judy & Jim Wigton families. $14, $10 for garden members. Register at http://shop.lauritzengardens.org/category-s/192.htm