2014 Wildflower Week--May 30 through June 10 (and longer)
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Nebraska Statewide Arboretum serves as coordinator for statewide Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations and individuals across the state who recognize the value of wildflowers—not only for their beauty but also for what they imply and symbolize.
For more information, contact Karma Larsen at 402-472-7923 or klarsen1@unl.edu.


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Wildflower Week publication (8-page pdf of 17x11" pages)

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Nebraska Wildflower Week Proclamation
"WHEREAS, prairies, woodlands and other natural plant communities are essential to the ecological health of Nebraska , and give the land its great beauty and unique character, and 
WHEREAS, Nebraska is rich in wildflowers, grasses, trees and other native plants with beauty and hardiness that commends their use for landscaping homes, businesses and community green space. 
NOW, THEREFORE, I Dave Heineman, Governor of the State of Nebraska , DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the first week of June, as Nebraska Wildflower Week, and I do hereby urge all citizens to participate in events and activities during Nebraska Wildflower Week that foster understanding, enjoyment and conservation of Nebraska 's wildflowers and other native plants." 

2014 Wildflower Events Statewide

  • May 30 in Lincoln. Sale of primarily native plants hosted by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum from noon till 5 p.m. (display garden and greenhouses south of UNL east campus north entrance at 38th and Leighton). 402-472-2971, rhenrickson1@unl.edu, arboretum.unl.edu/plant-sales

  • May 30-June 8 near Harrison. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument “Wildflower Walks” every morning at 10 as staffing permits, June 1 and 8 “Wildflower Talk” at 2 p.m. in the visitor center followed by a walk (22 miles south of Harrison or 34 miles north of Mitchell, NE on state highway 29, 3 miles east on River Road). 308-668-2211 or 308-436-9760, agfo_ranger_activities@nps.gov,http://www.nps.gov/agfo

  • May 30-June 8 in Beatrice. Beatrice Public Library Arboretum will have a display of books and information on wildflowers plus small packets of assorted wildflower seeds and ornamental grasses as giveaways in conjunction with a free seed collection library started in March. With the help of Master Gardeners and others, more than 2,000 packets of seeds have been given away. 402-239-4781, www.beatrice.ne.gov/library/

  • May 30-June 8 near Burwell. Calamus Outfitters “Sandhills Safari Jeep Tours” daily 8-8. Directions to location at www.calamusoutfitters.com. 308-346-4697, hbswitzer@nctc.net

  • May 31 near Ceresco. “Darby Springs Farm Prairie Walk through the Saline Wetlands of Saunders County” sponsored by Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (414 County Road 15, 3 miles east of Ceresco). 402.525.7794, healthyfarms@gmail.com

  • June 1 in Bellevue. “Family Sundays in the Forest—Wildflower Walk” from 1-3 p.m. at Fontenelle Forest. 402-731-3140, info@fontenelleforest.org, fontenelleforest.org

  • June 1 near Denton. “Spring Creek Prairie Wildflower Walk”—see and learn about native plants with botanist Kay Kottas from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (11700 SW 100th St, three miles south of Denton). 402-797-2301, SCP@audubon.org, http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/public-programs.

  • June 3 in Lincoln. “Jazz in June” tour of perennial gardens at UNL Botanical Gardens & Arboretum city campus at 6 p.m. led by Park Planner and Garden Designer Mark Canney, with a focus on attracting pollinators, incorporating native plants and extending bloom period and seasonal interest. 402-472-1229, susan.budler@unl.edu, www.jazzinjune.com

  • June 4 in Wayne. “Gardening with Prairie Plants” presentation and tour of the Wayne State College campus from 6:30-8 p.m. Meet in Parking Lot 6. 402-375-7384, kischra1@wsc.edu

  • June 5 in Lincoln. “Wildflowers that Knock Our Socks off” brown bag at noon and again at 6 p.m. at UNL east campus Keim Hall room 150; sponsored by NSA with Friends of Maxwell Arboretum and UNL Garden Friends. (First in a series to be held the 1st Thursday of every month.) 402-472-2971, arboretum@unl.edu, http://arboretum.unl.edu/

  • June 5-7 near Red Cloud. “Wildflower Walk” June 7 at 2 p.m. and the 2014 Willa Cather Conference, “Mapping Literary Landscapes: Environments and Ecosystems,” June 5-7. 866-731-7304, ttucker@willacather.org, www.willacather.org.

  • June 7 near Marquette. “Griffith Prairie Fun Run” sponsored by Prairie Plains Resource Institute. Walk or run the 5K or 10K course with native prairie wildflowers in bloom. Check-in at 8:30 for 9 a.m. run (Nebraska Highway 14 to Marquette corner, 4 miles west on 22 Road, 0.5 north on M Road).  402-694-5535, amyppri@hamilton.net, www.prairieplains.org

  • June 7 in Lincoln. “Wildflower Tour and Sale” hosted by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum from 9 till noon (display garden and greenhouses south of UNL east campus north entrance at 38th and Leighton). 402-472-2971, rhenrickson1@unl.edu, arboretum.unl.edu/plant-sales

  • June 7 near Wood River. “Platte River Prairies Volunteer Work Day” sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. Bring gloves to help with seed harvesting, native plant nursery work and invasive species control at Platte Prairies from 9 to noon (from Exit 300 on I-80, take State Hwy. 11 south/southeast about 2 miles; as it curves sharply east, go south on Platte River Dr. to 13650 South Platte River Dr.). 402-694-4191, mjasnowski@tnc.org, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/nebraska/volunteer/index.htm

  • June 7 in Omaha. “Pollination Ramble” at Lauritzen Gardens at 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Celebrate Nebraska Wildflower Week by exploring the amazing world of pollination and hearing stories about pollinators on walking tour through the gardens led by director of conservation Jim Locklear. Free to members or with garden admission ($7 adult; $3 children age 6-12).  Advance registration requested. 402-346-4002 ext. 263, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8QVYRZP

  • June 7 near Ceresco. “Darby Springs Farm Prairie Walk through the Saline Wetlands of Saunders County” sponsored by Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (414 County Road 15, 3 miles east of Ceresco). 402.525.7794, healthyfarms@gmail.com

  • June 8 from 1-3 p.m. near Unadilla. “Visit a Native Prairie” with Wachiska Audubon representatives at Dieken Prairie (1.5 miles south on Rd 20 from northwest corner of intersection of Unadilla and NE 02/Rd 20; then .75 miles west on Rd I; prairie located on northwest corner of northwest quarter section). arnold.mendenhall@gmail.com

  • June 8 near Stanton. "Summer Wildcraft Walk & Harvest" by Rachel Liester, herbalist at Red Road Herbs, from 1-3 p.m. Guided walk to identify wild herbs with discussion on their uses as food and medicine. Wild herb tea and sample foods served. Price and pre-registration at www.redroadherbs.com. 402-640-0744

  • June 10 in Omaha. “Tempo of Twilight” summer series blends music and nature, featuring The Brits June 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Lauritzen Gardens. Free to members or included with paid garden admission. For this Tuesday night concert series, guests are allowed to bring chairs, food and beverages; and the café offers an abbreviated menu. http://www.lauritzengardens.org/Visit/Events_and_Exhibits/Tempo_of_Twilight/

  • June 10 in Lincoln. “Jazz in June” tour of perennial gardens at UNL Botanical Gardens & Arboretum city campus at 6 p.m. 402-472-1229, susan.budler@unl.edu, www.jazzinjune.com

  • June 14 in Brownville. Activities and tours from 10-4 at the Furnas Arboretum just west of downtown around the Schoolhouse Art Gallery, including a “box lunch auction” at 11:30 and tours at 10 a.m. and at 1 and 2 p.m. 402-825-6637

Bob Henrickson's Top Twelve Wildflowers

Beardtongue, Penstemon grandiflorus.
There are over 200 species of Penstemon, with nearly 24 native to the Great Plains. Ours are upright, multi-stemmed perennials, growing from 2-3 feet tall. Flowers are shaped like snapdragons, in shades of pink, red, blue, purple or white, arranged in upright spikes. Prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Look great planted in masses.

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.
Bright golden yellow daisies bloom mid-summer into autumn. Deep brown center disks are striking through winter. Grows in full sun or partial shade in soil that is well-drained but not dry.

Compass plant, Silphium laciniatum.
This classic prairie plant is a relative of the sunflowers, with many large bright yellow flowers in late summer. The large 15" coarse, oak-like leaves align themselves in a north-south direction, then it sends up a 4-7' flowering stalk in summer. Also called "century plant" because of its ability to survive for decades. Best for larger gardens where the prairie sky is your background. Can grow to 3' wide and 7' high.

Desert globemallow, Sphaeralcea coccinea.
Hardy, low-growing native groundcover with coral red flowers throughout the summer. Foliage is silvery gray and deeply cut. Prefers dry site once established.

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens.
A Nebraska native that attracts butterflies. It has showy blue-purple flowers with gold anthers that rise above silvery green foliage. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun, but also tolerates poor, dry soil. Grows 2' high and wide.

Plains coreopsis,Coreopsis tinctoria.
A native annual that flowers from June to September. Showy yellow flowers with red centers and brown center disks are produced on fairly large branched plants. Grows from 1-3' tall and prefers dry prairies or open woodlands.

Prairie larkspur, Delphinium virescens.
Native perennial of moist, tallgrass prairies that grows to 3' tall. Distinctive flowers in May-June have five white petal-like sepals with purplish-brown spot and a long spur.

Purple poppy mallow, Callirhoe involucrata.
This tough native is often grown as a groundcover or allowed to weave among taller perennials. Its stems lie close to the ground, but do not root, growing out to 4’ each year from a bulb-like corm that gets as big as a turnip. Bright purple cup-shaped flowers bloom profusely in early summer among the attractive, cut-leaf foliage.

Prairie coneflower, Echinacea pallida.
Showy flowerheads have pale pink drooping petals around a dark, dome-shaped disk. Grows 1-3' tall in moist to dry upland prairies. Stout, unranched stems are covered with coarse, stiff hairs. Seedheads remain through winter.

Yellow coneflower, Ratibida columnifera.
This bushy 2' tall native prairie plant is extremely drought-tolerant. In late summer the top of the plant is covered with flowers of bright yellow petals drooping around a central cone. Prefers a hot, sunny site and well-drained soils.

Prairie phlox, Phlox pilosa. Native perennial with rounded clusters of deep pink to magenta flowers blooms May-July. Grows from 1-2' tall in dry to moist, well-drained prairies. Narrow leaves can be up to 4" long.

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohioensis.
Clump-forming, multi-stemmed perennials with arching, grass-like leaves. Produce showy clusters of flowers in late spring and early summer. Colors range from various shades of blue to pink, rose, purple and white. Spiderworts native to the Great Plains can tolerate full sun and dry conditions.