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,
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.