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Why on earth, you might ask, does the world need another plant website? There are surely enough by now. While it is true that there are plenty of excellent sites where you can access information about plants, we hope ours will present some major differences. First, we are concerned primarily with the specific plants found on East Campus; our information will act as a guide to those visiting campus and a resource for those who cannot. Secondly, we believe in the principal put forth by Elizabeth Lawrence: "Gardening, reading about gardening, and writing about gardening are all one; no one can garden alone" (The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens, 1957).
You'll find lots of horticultural "read more about it" here, with a special emphasis on historical resources. We aim as well, to link the horticultural world to the greater world of ideas, to literature, philosophy, history, politics, and poetry. If gardening were just about the plants it would be a great thing; the fact that it connects us to an experience of the wider world is what imbues it with meaning and makes it a sustaining force in our lives. In addition to material on the gardens of East Campus, we will present information on the horticultural history of the campus, published resources on horticulture of the Great Plains from the past 140 years, and links to other great websites to enrich your gardening experience and love of plants.
My style on this site will be informal, a discussion between friends. So let me know what else you'd like to see, what information you can add. See you in the gardens, Emily Levine University of Nebraska–Lincoln
UNL Gardens' mission is to promote and interpret the horticultural resources of the University of Nebraska's East Campus. Housed in the Community Landscapes and Forest Health Bureau of the Nebraska Forest Service, it is supported by the Vice Chancellor's Office of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Friends of Maxwell Arboretum, and the Nebraska Forest Service. We want to give you the information you need to have a rich visit to the gardens on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and criticisms. Let us know what you want to see, what information would be useful for you. We want your feedback.
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