Horticulture

Local Landscape Diagnostic Services

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County offers free help with your lawn and landscape problems, including plant pest identification and management recommendations. Residents may call Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to Noon during the growing season, and speak to a Master Gardener. Samples can also be either mailed or brought to Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68528 during office hours M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Digital images may be submitted to http://digitaldiagnostics.unl.edu for help from Nebraska Extension horticulture experts.

Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener interns learn about a wide range of horticulture topics including soils, fertilizers, botany, plant selection, plant diseases, insects and weed control. Forty hours of classroom instruction gives them a good foundation in general horticulture, plus basic insect and disease control. After training, Master Gardener interns give back 40 hours of volunteer service in their community through a variety of activities. Learn more.

Be a Master Gardener

Lancaster County regional Master Gardener program, encompassing gardeners most often from Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Seward and York. The application period for 2022 Lancaster County Master Gardener Program applications has closed. We will begin taking applications for the 2023 program later this summer. 

2022 Composting Demonstrations in Lincoln, Neb.

Free Composting Demonstrations will be held at Pioneers Park, across from the Nature Center (look for Extension’s banner), Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Saturday, May 21, 10–11 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 25, 10–11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Sep. 24, 10–11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 10–11 a.m.

Extension Master Gardeners will teach how to achieve a proper carbon:nitrogen ratio, or “green” materials vs. “brown” materials, and show you several types of structures that can be built or purchased for composting. You’ll learn how to construct a compost pile, and discuss basic troubleshooting if your compost pile is not breaking down as it should. At each composting program, two random participants will win either a composting thermometer or a composting bin. Printable flyer (pdf)

Composting How-To Videos

Try composting in your landscape with help from Backyard Farmer.

Area Events/Workshops/Conferences:
Nebraska Extension Horticulture & Environmental Education Speaker's List

We Teach...
...Composting | Tree & Flower Selection | Turfgrass Management | Growing Wildflowers...

All speaker requests are subject to availability. Please note that due to the volume of requests received, groups are limited to one horticulture program request per year. A minimum of 30 days notice are required for all speaker visits. Staff will contact you with a confirmation call or e-mail. A $45.00 donation to the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program is requested for all presentations and there may be an additional fee involved for supplies with certain programs.

The information on this Web site may or may not apply in your area. If you live outside of southeastern Nebraska, contact your local university extension office.

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