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Unique Lectures and Exhibits Bring Excitement to Lauritzen Gardens.

Gorgeous art, flower and cultural exhibits, interesting and educational lectures as well as family events are among the many offerings for visitors to Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's Botanical Center, this April.  
Following is a look ahead at upcoming events and exhibits at the garden.



April 1 through 15: "Her Loving Eyes" Art Exhibit by Rebecca Abbott
A memorial show of works by late Omaha artist Rebecca Abbott features botanical pigment ink prints, mixed media and a number of works Abbott finished in 2009 but was never able to print. Most of Abbott's work will be for sale, and proceeds will benefit the Memorial Park meditation/healing garden space dedicated to Rebecca Abbott and Lauritzen Gardens. 

April 8: Loveland Garden Club Lecture - "The Authentic Garden: Five Principles of Cultivating a Sense of Place" by Claire Sawyers
Sawyers presents a captivating lecture that will teach guests how to create gardens that are both deeply rooted in their surroundings and deeply satisfying to their creators and owners. After the lecture guests are invited to enjoy a light dessert reception and meet Sawyers.

April 13 through October 26: Walking Club
Lauritzen Gardens and the Nebraska Medical Center Health and Wellness Club team up to offer the Garden Walkers walking club to individuals age 50 and older. The Garden Walkers meet every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Lauritzen Gardens visitor and education center. The season kickoff event will take place Tuesday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. 

April 15, 7 p.m.: "The Secret Garden" Screening at Film Streams
The 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland is a remarkable adaptation of the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010. Sent to live with her uncle on his sprawling country estate, an orphaned British girl discovers a neglected garden with magical powers. There will be a post-show panel discussion on the physical and psychological benefits of nature, particularly for children. 

Continuing through Mother's Day, May 9:
"The Secret Garden" Indoor Spring Flower Show
 In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, "The Secret Garden" Lauritzen Gardens has created an enchanting secret garden of its own for this year's indoor spring flower show.  

April 17 through Mother's Day, May 9: Japanese Doll Exhibit
An exquisite exhibit presented in cooperation with The Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. These dolls reflect the customs of Japan and the aspirations of its people, possess distinctive regional attributes, and over the centuries, have developed in many diverse forms. The dolls also provide a showcase for traditional Japanese craft products, such as textiles.

April 17 through May 30: "Kissing the Sky" Art Exhibit by Christina Narwicz
Although Narwicz's work is often abstracted, the painter's organic themes clearly reference botany, the constantly changing environment and her own garden. 

April 21: Guild Spring Luncheon and Lecture - "Celebrity Style"by Mark Held
Guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon while being entertained by the "florist to the stars," designer Mark Held, as he creates exquisite designs and floral arrangements. The luncheon will include an auction and be followed by a booksigning with Held.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

April 30: Arbor Day Tree Planting                                                                                                                                                                                      Each year, an honoree is presented with the Arborvitae Award, and a tree is planted in honor of his or her contributions to the development of the garden. 

Lauritzen Gardens is an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility. This 100-acre botanical garden, comprised of several outdoor garden areas, creates a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. The visitor and education center includes the 5,000-square-foot floral display hall, a caf�, gift shop, horticulture library, classrooms, banquet areas and a community room.
Lauritzen Gardens is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cafe serves lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to Lauritzen Gardens is $7 for adults ($6 for adults November through March), $3 for children ages six to 12 and free for members and children younger than six years old.                                                                           
Lauritzen Gardens is conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills at First and Bancroft Streets and is close to the Henry Doorly Zoo, Rosenblatt Stadium and the Old Market. For more information, visit or call (402) 346-4002.

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