Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hanscom Park Flower Garden
Land for Hanscom Park was donated in 1872 by Andrew J. Hanscom and James Megeath. Improvements including flower beds, lakes, cascades and fountains greatly changed the site’s rugged character. In time, the park was referred to as “one of the four most beautiful parks in the United States.”
The flower garden and original greenhouse date back to the early 1890’s. The 1892 Park Commissioner’s Report related that “a belt of pine trees was planted on the northwest side of the park which when grown will have a charming effect. This northwest portion of the park since being decorated with flowers is becoming more attractive.”
The Joslyn Conservancy was moved to the park from the Joslyn estate in 1913. The Victorian-style “hot-house” was a focal point until 1968, when the present greenhouses were constructed. The greenhouse complex produces flowers for all of Omaha’s city parks.
Looking south toward the Joslyn Conservancy, September 19, 1917.
Looking north through the center of the garden, September 21, 1914.
Motoring through the garden, September 25, 1913.
Erected by City of Omaha.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1860.
Location. 41° 14.628′ N, 95° 57.604′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on 32nd Avenue near Hickory Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in Hamscom Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1613 32nd Avenue, Omaha NE 68105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The City of Omaha, Nebraska (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); President Gerald R. Ford (about 600 feet away); First Lady Betty Ford (about 600 feet away); Territory and State of Nebraska (about 700 feet away); Birthsite of Gerald R. Ford (about 700 feet away); Hanscom Park Lagoon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congregation of Israel - 1884 (approx. 1.1 miles away); On The Wings of Angels 9/11 Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . . Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association. (Submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 7, 8. submitted on November 14, 2015.