June 10 – Garden Club of Lincoln Tour & Breakfast


Breakfast 7:30 Jane Snyder Trail Center, 19th & N
Gardens Open 9:00 to 1:00
Open to the Public; $5 Suggested Donation
Backyard Farmer and Ruth Evasco Gardens, Rain Chain and Keim Hall Courtyard, on UNL’s East Campus
LaSalle Gardens, 4120 LaSalle Street
Garden of Karen Gilbert, 7125 Shirl Drive
Garden of Leroy and Julie Monroe, 1690 Pawnee
Garden of Matt Cohen and Nicky Gray, 4610 A Street

Garden Club of Lincoln Sets Sites for Annual Tour and Breakfast

Lincoln—The annual Garden Club of Lincoln Garden Tour features some spectacular Lincoln garden spots. The day kicks off on June 10th with a breakfast at 7:30 at the Jane Snyder Trail Center at Union Square Park, 19th & N St.
 
Breakfast and tour are free, donations encouraged. The gardens will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gardens include:
 
1. Keim Courtyard: University east campus gardens and rain chain garden.

The Keim Courtyard garden was designed in conjunction with the remodeling of the building in 2008. The enclosed space formed by Plant Science Hall and Keim Hall was transformed into a gathering place and outdoor classroom. A Rain Exchange system was installed as part of the Keim Hall Courtyard renovation, capturing water from the roof drains for use in a teaching pond and as a source of irrigation. Just to the east of Keim Hall are the Backyard Farmer and Evasco Gardens. The BYF garden is an annual display of AAS selection of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Evasco is a perennial teaching garden. A series of rain gardens were installed 3 years ago and and puts on quite a show during the summer. Located north of Maxwell Arboretum and east of Keim Hall on the UNL East Campus.

2. LaSalle Gardens: 4120 LaSalle St. Backyard refuge with many interesting features.
Coming from a nursery/landscaping business back ground and just enjoying the outdoors, came La Salle Gardens. A very private backyard and refuge…and then there’s the passion for building projects out of wood. Water features, aquatic plants, tropicals and succulents are mixed throughout the backyard. One of this years projects is to work on curb appeal.
 
3. Garden of Karen Gilbert: 7215 Shirl Drive. Townhome gardening in small spaces.
A garden in a smaller space at a townhouse, featuring annuals, perennials and trees. Guests may draw inspiration as to what may be done in a relatively small space. Near 70th and Pioneer, south of HyVee grocery store.
 
4. Garden of Leroy and Julie Monroe: 1690 Pawnee St. Tropical gardening in the city.
A tropical garden featuring a number of plants unusual for our area. The couple started gardening 5 years ago and developed a love for tropical plants. They try to incorporate as many as they can and add something new every year.
 
5. Garden of Matt Cohen and Nikki Gray: 4610 A. St. Large garden with eight separate areas including a “Moon Garden.”
Gray Glen was created 40 years ago by Pat Ramsay, a passionate gardener and plant collector. Two years ago Matt Cohen and Nikki Gray bought the property. This two-level garden sits on a 100 x 200 foot lot that was originally owned by William Jennings Bryan. The landscape is made up of eight smaller gardens, including a “Moon Garden” with white flowering plants. Many heirloom plants and collections fill the gardens including hosta, daylily and iris. The garden, currently maintained by the couple’s gardener Deb Hegemann, was designed to have something in bloom at all times. Basic foundation plantings include redbuds, magnolias, forsythia and a honeysuckle hedge. The back lot was planted with a viburnum hedge mixed with beauty bushes. Parking for this garden is along 46th St., just east of the home.

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