Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Portrait of Omaha: Lauritzen Gardens


Hey everyone! I hope you're having a good week. I went back to work yesterday, but I didn't mind as I felt pretty relaxed after a nice stretch off. As I mentioned previously, I got out and about last week. One of the things I did was take the kids to Lauritzen Gardens on Tuesday, right after Christmas. Lauritzen Gardens is a botanical center right here in the heart of the Midwest. With over 100 acres of of flowers and plants, it's a nice way to spend a day. 

Last week they offered free admission, so I decided it would be nice to go there as it had been a few years since our last visit. They have many acres of gardens, but in the winter, nothing is growing outside. They have a small indoor center, but not really worth paying the admission price for what little you can see in the winter as opposed to the warmer months. Anyway, with free admission, I figured we'd make a stop here before taking a winter's hike at Neale Woods.

Unknown to myself, the Gardens had expanded their indoor area by adding on a huge conservatory back in 2014. We were truly delighted, then, to be able to wander in this beautiful glass-walled area of the Gardens and admire the plethora of beautiful plants. There were so many that I had to pare down the amount of pictures I added to this post. It was so hard to choose! I am no plant person, by any means, so I cannot label all these for you, but they are beautiful to see nonetheless.

I am including it as part of my Portrait of Omaha series, as it fits the profile perfectly of a unique and interesting place in Omaha. If you are ever in the area, make a stop here. Kenefick Park is located on the grounds as well, so if you like trains this is a fun bonus. For more information, click on these links: Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park.




































































































And there you have it! A good-sized glimpse into a beautiful winter oasis here in Omaha. I hope you get a chance to stop by here sometime! It's definitely worth it. 

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