Spring Flower Tour
Experience the beautiful scented spring lilacs around the historic Arbor Lodge Mansion. Tour the mansion and enjoy a wine tasting luncheon at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard.
Friday, May 17, 2019
9:15 am – 4:15 pm
Tour starts at the Ramada Plaza lobby, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha
$95 per person
Price includes lunch and admissions
Tour registration and full payment deadline April 15, 2019
Smell lilacs and hung a tree at Arbor Day Farm!
Highlights: Guided tour of historic Arbor Lodge Mansion and lilac gardens - Fruit wine tasting luncheon at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard - Kregel Windmill Factory Museum
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to the Arbor Lodge Mansion and surrounding lilac gardens. We begin our tour with a guided tour of the 52 room former residence of the J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. Originally built in 1855, the mansion features Victorian and Empire furnishings, a sun parlor containing a Tiffany skylight and a bowling alley in the basement. The surrounding outside area has over 150 different types of lilacs, with over 300 shrubs planted throughout the property. The main lilac walk at Arbor Lodge State Park contains over 50 of these varieties. This walk is less than 1/2 mile over an even grade surface. The guide will walk our group around the main circle walk giving informal information about lilac history and cultural references, as well as identifying the specific varieties that the group is passing. Next, we leave Arbor Day Farm and travel to Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard for a fruit wine luncheon. We will taste four wines in a take-home souvenir glass including apple, grape, and cherry. After a little shopping, we visit the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum. The museum is described as a time capsule of an early 20th century manufacturing shop. The factory today appears as it did in the 1930’s before it closed in the early 1940’s. Everyday items such as ledger books on shelves, pencils on desks, and even an overcoat on a hook remain. Enjoy a guided tour of how windmills were constructed while revisiting the past. We return to Omaha with memories of lilacs, windmills and fruit wine.