Founding Members

Alice Abel
Catherine Angle
David E. Asche
Wilbur Dasenbrock
Kit Dimon
Susan Evnen
Michele Angle Farrar
Luann and Richard Finke
T.O. Haas
Ken Hake
James W. Hewitt
Linda Hillegass
Karl and Margaret Indriksons
Dianne W. Kennedy
Robert E. Knoll
Dottie Kuester
Suzie Lewis
Linda Mach
Monica Norby
Marilyn Paulson
Allison Petersen
Glenda Peterson
Hope Robb
Linda Rohman
William C. Smith
Kim Todd
Bryan Van Deun
D.B. Varner
JoAnn I. Weaver
Diane Wilson
Donna Woods
Joseph O. Young

Jan Riggenbach

A Gathering of Friends Event has been reschduled to March 17, 2013

It's cold. It's dark. It's the time of year when getting a garden catalog brings us hope of spring; when your fingers itch for the feel of dirt and your senses long for the smell of loam. Join your gardener friends to commiserate and celebrate the coming spring. UNL Garden Friends has the cure for the winter blues: A Gathering of Friends—UNL Garden Friends Annual Lecture and Luncheon.

UNL Garden Friends is hosting a luncheon and lecture at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. This new annual event is our major fundraiser to support the UNL Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. The cost is $30 per person. 

A Gathering of Friends will take place at the Landscape Services Shop just east of 33rd Street on the East Campus Loop Road and will feature a soup and salad luncheon, a silent auction and a fabulous lecture by Jan Riggenbach, whose newspaper and magazine columns have been inspiring Midwest gardeners for more than 30 years. “Midwest Gardening,” Jan’s syndicated garden column, appears weekly in newspapers throughout the region, including the Omaha World-Herald.

Riggenbach’s lecture topic, Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens is inspired by her need to downscale her gardening after a recent move to Omaha. She and her husband lived on a 30-acre parcel in southwest Iowa.

Riggenbach is the author of “Midwest Gardener’s Handbook” and co-author (with Ann Lovejoy) of “Ortho’s All About Perennials.” Other book projects include the plant chapter of “Sunset Midwestern Landscaping,” plant writer for “HGTV Landscape Makeovers,” and the tree chapter of “Better Homes and Gardens New Garden Book.” Jan’s new book published in January 2013 will be available for sale following her lecture.

Garden Friends has gathered artwork, photographs, plants and services for the auction. Join attendees in bidding on photographs by Joel Sartore and John Keller, artwork by Kay Logan-Peters, and services such as yard clean up and photography lessons and more.

Reservations are required and must be received by March 11. Checks should be made out (for $30 per person) to UNL Garden Friends and sent to:

Kit Keller
1934 Twin Ridge Rd
Lincoln, NE 68506

Contact Kit at 402-450-4639 or at

UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum is an affiliate site of the
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum