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Contact Name: Zac Halley
Contact Phone: 402-441-8267, (402) 326-9045
Contact email: zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov
More Information on Public Gardens

Hamann Rose Garden Spring Clean-Up

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Location: Hamann Rose Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov, (402) 326-9045

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 16, 2020
Location: Sunken Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 8:30 am - until finished
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov , (402) 326-9045

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 Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov Or call at 402-326-9045, by May 4th.

Garden Gab at Sunken Gardens

Date: May 19, 2020 - October 2020
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, (402) 326-9045

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. 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.

Garden Docents

Date: June 2 - October 2020
Days: Flexible schedules
Location: Sunken Gardens, Hamann Rose Garden, Rotary Strolling Garden.
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov
, (402) 326-9045

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, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov for additional information.

Garden Docents Training Meeting

Date: June 2 at 8:00 a.m.
Location: Sunken Gardens Pavilion
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov
, (402) 326-9045

Please RSVP if interested at zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov. 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, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov for additional information.

Put the Beds to Bed

Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Location: Sunken Gardens, 27th Street & Capitol Parkway
Time: 8:30 am - until finished
Contact: Zac Halley, zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov, (402) 326-9045

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 Zac Halley at zhalley@lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-326-9045.

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