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Nebraska Discoveries 3: Lauritzen Gardens...Omaha's Botanical Center

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nebraska Discoveries 3: Lauritzen Gardens...Omaha's Botanical Center

Since I won't be in the Omaha area forever, I realized recently that my time is running out for visiting the many attractions in the area.  Thanks to my boys' field trips, Cub Scouting and birthday party invitations, they've already been to several area attractions.  But I've set a new goal for myself and the family: to visit every attraction on the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Pin Map".

You probably can't see it that well, but just click on the "Pin Map" link above and you can see the original PDF.   It's called the "Pin Map" because in front of each of these attractions is an enormous mock up of a blue-tipped pin.  I'll get a picture of one as soon as I can...

So...my goal is to visit each of the 15 attractions on the "Pin Map" before I leave the area.  So far, I've covered 7 of the 15 attractions (numbers 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13)...and we have this summer to make our way through the rest.  Maybe I'll blog about these "pins" as we visit them...I hope to, but I won't make any guarantees.

Today I'll share with you my first visit to #8 on the list: Lauritzen Gardens.

Timmy's preschool class took a trip here on Monday.  I can't believe I've lived here nearly 2 years and hadn't been here till this week!  I guess it goes with living in a house full of boys, right?

This is a beautiful place, full of pretty flowers (of course) but I also really enjoyed the gardens "repurposing" sconces, corbels and other ornamentals from throughout Omaha...the pieces were rescued and help decorate the gardens.  The kids really enjoyed the flowers but the weather wasn't very good and the walking was pretty tough on that group of 4 and 5 year olds.  

So here are some pictures of the lovely visit.  I won't include everything, just some of the more summary-type pics.  I STILL can't believe I left our camera sitting on the counter as we headed out the door...so these pictures are with my iPhone camera.

This piece was repurposed from a downtown Omaha building:
This bunny sculpture is called "Baby Jack"...
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
If you look closely, there's a sculpture of a boy on the left of the stream:
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Probably my favorite picture -- the white redbuds in focus, with the kids behind...
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Another repurposed decoration rescued from an old Omaha building:
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
For some reason, looking at this flower reminds me of Salt Water Taffy.  Great.  Now I want some: Taffy Town ~ Assorted Salt Water Taffy ~ 1lb.
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
One of my favorite flowers: Bleeding Hearts....
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Pink AND White bleeding hearts everywhere!
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Pretty redbud tree...
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip

While we were on the walks, we came across a wonderful surprise!  A Garden Railroad!  Trains weren't running when we were there, but this weekend they'll be starting to run them!  How exciting!  Timmy thought this was GREAT and can't wait to return to see the trains running!
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Those trestles are made of lashed-together twigs.  Everything on this layout, except for the track, is natural:
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Wood carvings of downtown Omaha: The Mutual of Omaha HQ, Union Pacific HQ, and Woodmen's Insurance HQ:
From 2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip
Feel free to view the rest of the pictures, complete with captions, here.
2010 04 26 Lauritzen Gardens Timmy Preschool Field Trip

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2 Comments:

At Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6:52:00 PM CDT , Blogger Ko212ryS_Dahle0 said...

hello~~........................................

 
At Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 6:13:00 PM CDT , Blogger Bengela said...

what a great idea...we need to do the same thing in montgomery, except for the kiddie stuff, of course!

 

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