Environmentally friendly Gardens in Douglas and Sarpy Counties
Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office (8015 West Center Road) Great ideas for gardening in those tough areas such as the area between the sidewalk and street, are highlighted in this garden. Douglas-Sarpy Cty Extension Web site
EarthKind Roses Research Project (Haworth Park, Bellevue) This garden serves as a national test site for tough, disease-resistant and beautiful roses. More on EarthKind Roses from Texas A&M
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center (on Hwy 31 south of Gretna, near the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium)- This garden is a Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Demonstration Site, featuring many trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. Eastern Nebraska 4-H camp info
Heartland of America Park (8th and Farnam) Against the backdrop of the third largest fountain in the nation, the garden demonstrates sound landscape management principles.
Henry Doorly Zoo Two gardens at this popular location right off I-80! One illustrates how to utilize plant materials under established shade trees and the other features grasses and other perennials for the sun. HD Zoo visitor information
Jefferson Square Community Garden (17th and Izard Sts.) This area serves as a respite for much needed green space in the downtown Omaha area. It features a children's alphabet and butterfly garden.
Lauritzen Gardens (North of I-80 at 6th & Bancroft Sts.) The "Founders Garden" was the first garden established at Omaha's Botanical Center and focuses on techniques for gardening in the shade. Lauritzen Gardens-Omaha Botanical Gardens Web site
Sump Memorial Library (3rd and Washington, Papillion) This site features gorgeous garden sculptures and drought hardy perennials. An amphitheater effect has been created, with multi level turf areas.
Swanson Library (90th and Dodge Sts.) A former eyesore, this garden has become a point of pride in midtown, demonstrating landscape sustainability principles.
Village Pointe Sustainable Garden (170th and Davenport, Village Pointe Shopping Center) Sponsored by the Metropolitan Utilities District, this garden's focus is on plant selection, displaying well-adapted perennials, shrubs and grasses. Directions & visitor information
Walnut Creek Recreation Area (96th and Hwy 370, Papillion) This site features plants that attract butterflies and require minimal water.