$20 million conservatory planned at Lauritzen Gardens

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am

By late next year, drivers crossing the Missouri River from Iowa to Omaha on I-80 will see a new shape on the hillside: a gleaming glass building inspired by a tropical flower in bloom.

Lauritzen Gardens will soon break ground on a $20 million, 20,000-square-foot conservatory that will house tropical and temperate gardens and feature a gallery for floral displays and special events. The popular South Omaha tourist destination, which opened its visitors center 12 years ago, is collecting another $10 million for a conservatory endowment and plans to spend $1.5 million on signs directing drivers to the gardens.

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