The Neihardt Prayer Garden, All-American Garden and Fort Omaha Campus
Historic Walk are three of the six venues comprising Metro's Arboretum, a
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum site.
Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden
The John G. Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden is located on the Northwest
corner of the Fort Omaha Campus, just north of the Douglas County Historical Society.
This garden is a replica of the
Prayer Garden located in Bancroft, Nebraska. Neihardt called Bancroft home from 1900
to 1920 and authored 25 volumes of poetry, fiction and philosophy.
Neihardt Center was established there, which includes the poet’s original study, an
interpretive center and library. Neihardt, Nebraska’s Poet Laureate and author of Black
Elk Speaks, based the garden's design on an object, "The Sacred Hoop of the World,"
given to him by Black Elk, an Ogala Sioux holy man. It symbolizes Neihardt's interest in
American Indian customs and traditions.
This garden was established by the
Alpha Eta Sigma Chapter of the
Phi Theta Kappa Society at
Metropolitan Community College. No plant list is available.
1997 All-American Garden
The All-American Garden is maintained by the Omaha Men's Garden Club. This garden
features new varieties and hybrids of flowers and vegetables that are being tested before
commercial distribution. Because the types of plant material are constantly changing,
no plant list is available.
Fort Omaha Campus Historic Walk
Step back into time and envision Fort Omaha from its beginning in the mid-1800s. Through
a brochure and the historical markers identifying each building, the year it was constructed
and its original purpose, you can get a taste of the rich history of Fort Omaha
while admiring the landscaping along the way. Brochures are available at the Fort Omaha Campus
Library. No plant list is available.