US (NE): New plant production center gives Lauritzen Gardens a place to grow

Lauritzen Gardens broke ground on the Claire M. Hubbard Plant Production Center. The $8 million privately funded project will add a 24,000-square-foot plant production facility that will include four greenhouses, office space, and workspace. It is the most significant addition at the 100-acre botanical garden in Omaha since the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory opened in 2014.

Executive Director John Newman: “This project will greatly increase our growing capacity with energy-efficient greenhouses and laboratory space for our expanding conservation program.”

Annuals and perennials for the gardens will be grown in the plant production center, giving Lauritzen more plants to showcase to the community. It will house Lauritzen’s potted monstera, philodendron, and orchid collections over the winter months. The center will give staff an expanded area to grow the 10,000 poinsettia plugs of 30 varieties that will be used in a show that starts Saturday.

“We will be increasing our growing space by about 50%,” Newman said. The 20 horticultural staff will now have 9,000 square feet of workspace instead of sharing a garage area with 10 facilities and maintenance staff.

Construction of the first greenhouse is scheduled for completion in July 2022, with the remaining structures to be completed later that year.

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