Garden News
April 24, 2014 Omaha Public Power District’s Tree Promotion Program was designed to “actively promote the planting of trees, and to provide education concerning the value, selection, placement and welfare of trees.” Joslyn Art Museum is one of this year’s grant recipients, and as a result of this grant, will be adding nine new trees to the Discovery Garden.

There are three types of trees that the Museum is hoping to plant (depending on availability), all of which are very uncommon in the Omaha landscape. This includes the Korean Fir, the Seven Son Flower, and the Shellbark Hickory (pictured below).

The Korean Fir is a very unique and interesting small to medium-size evergreen, the Seven Son Flower will replace the existing Sumac in the Discovery Garden, and the Shellbark Hickory is a very slow growing tree, which is an investment for people to enjoy many years from now.

January 15, 2014 —
Joslyn Art Museum’s sculpture garden is now part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.’s (NSA) Landscape Steward Affiliation Program. The Museum’s seven plus acre open-air campus features over 20 sculptures, positioned in its parking garden, along the entrance drives, and in two primary gardens: the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden and the Dorothy and Stanley Truhlsen Discovery Garden. The focal point of a 2009 campus redevelopment and beautification plan, the landscaped gardens have dramatically enhanced the face of Joslyn’s grounds with their vast array of trees and other landscape plants and strong examples of formal and informal landscape design. To qualify as a NSA Landscape Steward, a site must be a managed landscape (public or private) exhibiting excellence in design, plant diversity, and maintenance. The Joslyn sculpture garden is one of 17 Omaha area sites to earn the distinction.

A wide variety of shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses can be found throughout Joslyn’s campus. The most noteworthy element of diversity is evident in the tree collection. There are currently 36 different species of trees represented at the Museum. Highlights include the American Yellowwood, Tuliptree, Ginkgo, White Fringetree, Katsura, Whitebud, Ironwood, Bristlecone Pine, Japanese Zelkova, London Planetree, Kentucky Coffeetree, Russian Bald Cypress, Paperbark Maple, and Horsechestnut.

Maintenance of the Museum sculpture garden has unique challenges due to the large presence of sculptures, walkways, lighting, and thousands of linear feet of bed lines, and approaches are adopted to maximize simplicity, efficiency, and sustainability. Over the past season, the Museum made a major shift from a traditional, synthetic-based lawn and landscape care program to one that is predominantly organic. The new program includes the use of compost and compost tea produced on-site, as well as a dramatic reduction in the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Almost all ornamental grasses and shrubs are left over the winter to provide winter texture and color. As old plants are replaced, new selections are made based on the right plant/right place philosophy. New plants installed at the Museum tend to be chosen based on the qualifications of being low-maintenance, hardy, rabbit resistant, and native when applicable.

Joslyn Art Museum sculpture gardens are open daily, 7 am to 11 pm, year round. Admission is free.

Click here for a press release with details about Joslyn's NSA affiliation.

Click the NSA logo to learn more about the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.

Joslyn’s organic lawn care program supported in part by Omaha Organics Lawn Care.