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Contact Name: Steve Nosal
Contact Phone: 402-441-8267
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Wake up the Beds (held every spring at Sunken Gardens)

Wake Up the Beds has been cancelled due to weather related poor planting conditions. The Lincoln Parks & Rec Public Garden Section will resume planting the Sunken Gardens next week after the soil drys out a bit. Anyone able to help may join us at the Garden at 9:00 am beginning Wednesday, May 20. We'd love to see you! For more information about volunteering call 402 441-8267.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sunken Gardens
27th Street & Capitol Parkway
8:30 am - until finished

This event is full. No additional volunteers are needed at this time.
Please bring a trowel and wear appropriate clothing for gardening. Limited to the first 60 gardeners. RSVP by May 4. Call (402) 441-7847 opt. 0 or email

Wake Up the Beds is an annual event that invites the public to help our gardeners plant annuals in the Sunken Gardens. This event takes place mid May, the frost free date for Lincoln, Nebraska. Good for individuals or groups.


Put the Beds to Bed (held every fall at Sunken Gardens)

RSVP now to hold your spot! Spots are limited!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The Put the Beds to Bed event is an annual event that invites the public to help our gardeners prepare the Sunken Gardens for winter. We pull annual flowers and spade the garden for winter resting of the soil allowing it to mellow with the newly added compost. This event takes place on the first Saturday of November. Regstration preferred: Email or phone 402-441-7847. Good for individuals or groups.


Garden Gab at Sunken Gardens

Garden Gab meets at the Sunken Gardens Pavilion, 27th and Capital Parkway every Tuesday and Thursday, May through October, from 9a-noon. These are weekly "Learn and Do" sessions with the Public Gardens staff which cover different weekly topics on the growing culture of plants used in our gardens. Following the sessions, the newly learned skills are then put to use at Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden and the Rotary Strolling Garden.

Garden GabTopics:
9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting)

  • May: Garden installation techniques, plant establishment, plant identification, garden docent training
  • June: Rose dead-heading, garden pests-identification and their control, maintain water gardens, rose fertilization, shrub trimming.
  • July: Rose dead-heading, watering techniques for different types of gardens.
  • August: Garden photography, garden design, dead-heading annuals and perennials and roses bushes.
  • September: Garden weed control, fall turf management, preparation for garden harvest.
  • October: Soil preparation, garden harvest, fall pond maintenance, putting the beds to bed.

Garden Docents

Volunteers are needed to provide information and lead guided tour groups through Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden and Rotary Strolling Garden. Docent training is available.


Rose Garden Spring Clean-up

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in “Learn and Do” rose garden spring maintenance program on Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm. This program will show volunteers:
  • Proper spring pruning of Hybrid Tea Roses as well as shrub rose and miniature rose spring clean-up.
  • Proper maintenance techniques will be shown for general rose care during the summer growing season.
  • Tools of the trade and their maintenance techniques.
  • Rose Garden Spring Clean-up - Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm.