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Contact Name: Zac Halley
Contact Phone: 402-441-8267
Contact email: zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov
More Information on Public Gardens

Hamann Rose Garden Spring Clean-Up

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: Hamann Rose Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in “Learn and Do” rose garden spring maintenance program. Rose Garden Demonstrations will include:

  • Proper spring pruning of Hybrid Tea Rose and Miniature Rose bushes.
  • Rose Garden maintenance techniques are discussed and shown for season long care.
  • Tools of the trade and their maintenance techniques.

Wake up the Beds

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Location: Sunken Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 8:30 am - until finished
Contact: Janet Ball, jball@lincoln.ne.gov , 402-441-7847 opt. 0

Wake Up the Beds is an annual event that invites the public to help install annual plants in the Sunken Gardens. This event takes place in Mid - May after the last frost free date. This is appropriate for both individuals and groups. Volunteers are asked to bring a trowel, gloves and clothing appropriate for gardening. This event is limited to the first 60 volunteers who call.
Please register with Janet Ball at jball@lincoln.ne.gov by May 5th. Or call at 402-441-7847 wait for the message then hit O for operator and ask for Janet Ball.

Garden Gab at Sunken Gardens

Date: May-October
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting)
Location: Sunken Gardens main entrance Pavilion, South 26th and D Streets
Time: 9am - 12pm
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov

Garden Gab is a “ Learn and Do” volunteer event. Different aspects of gardening will be shown and discussed by the Public Garden Section horticulturists and then these new skill be applied in the Garden. Volunteers will be sent a bi-weekly email discussing the project goals for each week and their location.
Those attending are encouraged to wear proper garden clothing which should include gloves, knee pads and other personal safety equipment. All garden tools are provided.

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Garden Gab
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. Visit the Public Gardens Volunteer page for a list of monthly topics.

Garden Docents

Date: May- October
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting)
Location: Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden, Rotary Strolling Garden.
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov

Docent Training will be available.
Volunteers are needed meet and greet Garden visitors providing information about the Garden history and learn about the plants in the Gardens plus provide guidance to Garden Patrons.

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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. Please contact the Public Garden Section Volunteer Coordinator Zac Halley, email- zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov for additional information.

Put the Beds to Bed

Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
Location: Sunken Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 8:30 am - until finished
Contact: Janet Ball at jball@lincoln.ne.gov , 402-441-7847 opt. 0

Put the Beds to Bed is an annual event that invites the public to participate in preparing the Sunken Garden annual flower beds for six [6] long winter months. After last seasons annual plants have been removed, volunteers will hand spade the soil and apply a fresh layer of compost. Please register with Janet Ball, jball@lincoln.ne.gov , or call at 402-441-7847 wait for the message then hit O for operator and ask for Janet Ball.

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Put the Beds to Bed
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8:30am-12pm
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. Registration preferred: Email jball@lincoln.ne.gov or phone 402-441-7847, press 0. Good for individuals or groups.

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