What is a Botanical Garden?
A botanical garden is a multi-generational destination to celebrate community, culture, and art in the setting of curated botanical collections. A botanical garden is a multi-generational destination to celebrate community, culture, and art in the setting of curated botanical collections. It is a place where people can gather, learn, and experience the brilliance of flowers and other plants no matter what time of year.
In 2015, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) approved Van Dorn Park as the future location for the Lincoln Botanical Garden. In order to implement the facility, the Lincoln Botanical Garden committee is required to show they can build and operate the facility. A master plan is the next step.
Vision for Lincoln
Vision for Lincoln Provide a venue to celebrate and cultivate appreciation for horticultural arts. The Lincoln Botanical Garden will expand the public vision and mission of Van Dorn Park while enhancing the current tree, trail, and recreational resources.
Create a world-class addition to the existing public gardens in Lincoln that will enhance the use, community engagement, and preserve the natural features of the historical park.
Provide safe and accessible park connectivity and access to the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.
Proposed Lincoln Facilities Implementation
VISITOR’S CENTER AND CONSERVATORY
- Year-long indoor gardens, plant collections, and programming
- Community gathering space
- Garden demonstration and classroom space
- Cafe in a future phase
EXTERIOR GARDEN AMENITIES
- Children’s gardens and interpretive play features
- Native, pollinator, and curated gardens
- Art Installations
- Tree-top canopy boardwalk
WHY VAN DORN PARK?
- Location: Van Dorn Park is well positioned to neighborhoods, arterial corridors, downtown, and within proximity of bus routes, trails, and Highway 77.
- Trail Access: Located at the trail head of Bison Trail and in close proximity to the Jamaica North, Salt Creek Levee, and Helen Boosalis trails. Entry to Haines Branch Prairie Corridor: Van Dorn Park will serve as the entry to the Haines Prairie Corridor on the Bison Trail. Both projects have shared missions of environmental stewardship, landscape preservation, and restoration. Co-location is an opportunity to highlight their missions and environmental stewardship.
- Tree Canopy: The park’s mature tree canopy provides mature specimens to be celebrated and preserved. The trees create opportunities to curate gardens within and around the existing tree resources.
- Topography: Like Sunken Gardens, the topography of the site provides an incredible canvas. Western facing slopes provide optimal growing conditions.
- Adjacencies: The rail line and industrial uses are compatible with back-of-house features required for a garden facility.
- Opportunities: The garden’s generation of users coupled with the new bypass provides opportunities to implement safe crossings, signals, or other improvements to make the park more accessible to the adjacent neighborhoods and beyond.
For more information about the Lincoln Botanical Garden plan, visit lincolnbotanicalgarden.org.