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Launch the spring season with great information and inspiration with Finke Gardens. Educational classes
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community. Most classes are held at Finke Gardens at no charge and do not require pre-registration unless
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Apr 25thSpring Affair Preview Party Lancaster Event Center
Spring Affair 2014 kicks-off with the Preview Party on Friday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. Be the first to shop our great selection of plants at the Spring Affair Preview Party!

Savvy Nebraska gardeners know that Spring Affair is a BIG event--and sometimes involves big crowds. But you can beat the crowds and enjoy a leisurely shopping experience complete with hors d'oeuvres, music and time to find & purchase unusual as well as native plants. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions or assist you in making a selection.

Advance tickets are $25 for Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) members and $35 for non-members.

Reservations can be made:

Online at
or by calling the NSA Office at 402/472-2971.

On Saturday, we open the plant sale to the public, so hurry out on Friday for the best selection of plants. Spring Affair is a great way to start the gardening season! Visit the Spring Affair website at for plant lists, educational offerings and volunteer information.
11:00 am Apr 25th"Birds and the Bees and Flowers in the Tree" Trail Walk Kimmel Education & Research Center, near Nebraska City
Join Vaughn Hammond, Extension Educator at the UNL Kimmel Education & Research Center on a walking tour of Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard. Enjoy the fruit trees in bloom, the birds that inhabit the orchard and all the buzzing creatures that are attracted to this unique habitat. Come to enjoy the orchard, hike the trails and learn about nature. 11:00- 11:30 Kick-off, 11:30-12:30 Orchard hike. Bring a sack lunch.
6:00 pm Apr 25thNortheast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair NECC Ag. Complex
Great Speakers ~ Free Admission ~ Demonstrations ~ Great Vendors ~ Children Activities ~ Door Prizes ~ Lunch Stand!

List of speakers and events at the below website:
9:00 am Apr 26thSpring Affair Lancaster Event Center
Spring Affair, the midwest’s largest gardening event, will be Saturday, April 26 at the Lancaster Event Center from 9-4 p.m. More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the day-long plant sale, with educational talks, “Talk-abouts” and garden vendors all under the same roof.

Plants available at the sale are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness, demand and are provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc., of Clarkson, Neb. Gardeners will find perennials, herbs, native plants, temperennials, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs—something for everyone. For best plant choices, the Spring Affair Preview Party is Friday night, April 26. This is a ticketed event that gives plant lovers an opportunity to mingle, enjoy good food and drink, and purchase plants with a wine glass in one hand and a basket in the other.

The 2014 theme, “Plants are the Bee’s Knees,” refers to the importance of gardens as far more than just places of beauty, said UNL Extension Horticulture Specialist Kim Todd. “Gardens have always been valued for their beauty and shelter but they’re becoming increasingly essential for diversity, pollination, wildlife habitat and other broad environmental issues.”

Entomologists from UNL are giving one of the day’s talks, “The Buzz on Bees,” on the importance of pollinators. Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum GreatPlants® Coordinator, will talk on “Great Plants for Great Gardens.” In the afternoon, NSA Executive Director Jackie Urkoski and Green Infrastructure Coordinator Justin Evertson will talk about “The Difference a Garden Makes.”

Throughout Saturday, more informal presentations on trees, shrubs, vines, shade and dry sites will be given around the plant tables.

Throughout the day, speakers will wend their way through the plant sale discussing color combinations, plant texture, plants for drought, children’s gardens and plants for specific locations and uses. Plant experts will be available to answer questions and guide attendees to their selections.

Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale, plant talks and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center. Plenty of parking is available just north of the building.

Be GREEN this year... bring boxes or flats to take your plants home!

Visit the website below to access this year's plant lists, education offerings, and volunteer information.

Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, UNL Extension and Extension Master Gardeners. This annual event serves as both an educational tool and a fundraising event for the ongoing growth of the Arboretum and the Department.

The 2014 Spring Affair Newsletter will be mailed in early April. For more information or to get a copy of the newsletter, call 402-472-2971 or visit
9:00 am Apr 26thNortheast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair NECC Ag. Complex
Great Speakers ~ Free Admission ~ Demonstrations ~ Great Vendors ~ Children Activities ~ Door Prizes ~ Lunch Stand!

List of speakers and events at the below website:
11:00 am Apr 26thYouth Horticulture ID Contest - Norfolk NECC Ag. Complex
The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their annual Plant Fair. All youth ages 8-18 (as of January 1, 2014) are encouraged to participate. Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 18 by contacting the UNL Extension office in Madison County. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. The list of possible plants and study guides are available at below website. Competition begins at 11:00 AM with awards presented at 12:30 PM.
12:05 pm May 6thGardening At Lunch Online
Do you want to encourage pollinators to visit your garden? Wait, what is a pollinator? And why should you want them? Learn all about pollinators and their benefits from Natalia Bjorklund, Extension Educator, at the final session of Gardening at Lunch for spring of 2014.
Participate in this online class by registering at
9:00 am May 10thNebraska Statewide Arboretum Plant Sale East Campus
Sale of perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs--many of them natives at UNL EC greenhouse.
11:00 am May 10thCommunity Crops Spring Plant Sale Lancaster Extension Education Center
Sale of plants for gardens & landscapes.

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