Wet Mesic Garden Nearly Complete

The newest plant addition to Gilman Park Arboretum is the Wet Mesic Garden, located in the southeast corner of the area.  It was originally planned to be a wetland garden, but the designation seemed to be a misnomer during the recent drought.  The area can be very wet, sometimes with standing water, but during recent years it hasn’t looked at all like a “wetland.”  Hence, the name “Wet Mesic” which is defined as “excessively wet in winter, spring, and after heavy rain, but often dries in summer.” This garden will be a demonstration plot for plants that will withstand very wet soils, and still flourish.  There are presently four species of trees, five shrubs and 16 different perennials planted in the garden. More perennials will be planted in 2008 to finish the project.

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New Daylily Collection

Trail Guide Available

Memorial Update

Pathway Paving Completed

The Pierce Arboretum is an affiliate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

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Our arboretum was established in 1993 and encompasses 14 acres around Bill Cox Memorial Lake in Pierce, NE.

Rules & Regulations

Visitors to Gilman Park Arboretum are asked to observe the following guidelines:

  • All pets must be kept on a leash and owners are expected to clean up after their pet.
  • Collection of plant material (leaves, twigs, seeds, flowers, etc.) is not allowed without special permission.
  • No swimming is allowed in the lake.
  • Drinking alchoholic beverages is prohibited in the entire park.
  • Horses are not allowed in the arboretum.

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Phone: 402-329-4873

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