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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

UNL, Plantnebraska Awards Matching Grant to Community Greenery


August 24, 2022 | View PDF

On the south side of Legion Park is a place of memories, of days gone by when swimming and teens strutting the status was the game of the day. It is also a place of gently placed floral arrangements that inspire emotions of relaxation and calm.

The paths between the flowers have a basic design of the continental United States, including boundaries between states with specific recognition of Nebraska.

The Living Memorial Gardens board was recently presented with a matching grant to expand the plant experience further within the city of Sidney.

The Plantnebraska program is offering a $500 matching grant to add color to other projects within Sidney. Living Memorial Gardens board president Coleen Langdon contacted Sarah Buckley, program director for Nebraska State Arboretum (NSA), August 18 via phone conference. Buckley defined what the NSA can provide for floral projects. She said the program does not deal with annual plants. NSA focuses on perennials and native plants. She said the plant scape doesn't have to be “prairie scape.” It can be as exquisite or natural as a person envisions it.

A public event is planned for September 8-9 at the Memorial Gardens. Buckley will be transporting about 500 plants to be planted in Sidney locations. The plants will be funded by the grant.

“As long as the city is involved, we can do it,” Buckley said regarding the matching grant.

The program will include Nebraska Forest Service Community Forester Chrissy Land.

The public is invited to the event.

“If they want to watch, if they want to bring a trowel, they can,” Langdon said.˜


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