A model train rounds the poinsettia tree at Lauritzen Gardens. The tree has become the botanical garden’s biggest attraction each year. The plants are watered by an internal irrigation system.

The Omaha Public Library and Lauritzen Gardens have announced that they will partner to offer free garden admission to library patrons.

All Omaha library branches will begin checking out memberships to library cardholders on Jan. 5.

“As Omaha’s public garden, we exist for the enjoyment and education of the entire community,” said John Newman, Lauritzen Gardens’ executive director. “We hope that this partnership will allow more families access to the garden, giving them the opportunity to experience the joys of nature year-round.”

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Each of the library’s 12 locations will have day passes available — one per location — for checkout year-round to adults who are Douglas County residents or have a nonresident paid membership to the library.

Passes are good for one-time admission. Each pass will admit two adults and children from their household. Only one pass may be issued per library card and customer.

Passes must be returned to any Omaha library location within five days of checkout. Unreturned or late passes will be subject to a $5 replacement fee.

To see which library locations have passes available, people will be able to visit omahalibrary.org and search for “Lauritzen Gardens” in the online catalog. People also may call any Omaha library branch to check availability.

Lauritzen Gardens joins Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Fontenelle Forest and the Omaha Children’s Museum as the fourth community organization to offer free admission through the Omaha Public Library. For more information, call or visit your neighborhood library branch or visit omahalibrary.org.

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