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This Old Castle: Historical Landscapes with Environmental Appeal

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
6:00 pm9:00 pm

Old home ownership is not for the faint of heart (trust us, we know!), but we're here to help!

We've teamed up with our friends at History Nebraska to bring you a series designed to demystify maintaining and preserving your old home or building. We're calling it This Old Castle, and you're invited to learn alongside us from the best experts in town.

In addition to interactive presentations from the experts, attendees will be the first to learn about (and see) the major restoration projects happening inside the Joslyn Castle.

Tonight's presentation is sponsored by Midwest Laboratories.

For the June installment of This Old Castle, we're excited to get outside and into the beautiful gardens! Unlike historic structures, the garden is alive. This tour of the historic Joslyn Castle gardens, a Nebraska Statewide Arboretum landmark affiliate, will discuss the importance of landscape in historic environments, including the unique challenges of designing, preserving and restoring them. The tour will include a hands-on demonstration in one of Joslyn Castle’s planting beds.

Join us as we learn how to identify flora that pre-dates the architecture of the Joslyn Castle, as well as employ landscaping practices that are compatible with historic structures. Using the Prairie Style ethic of Jens Jensen’s Joslyn Castle gardens as an example, participants will explore contemporary design in historic landscaping styles.

Wear good shoes and meet us in the gardens!

About our speaker:

Kim Kneifl has over 10 years of experience in the landscape industry. She has a Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University where she was recognized with the King Medal for excellence in architectural and environmental research. Currently, she seasonally divides her time between designing environmental gardens for the homeowner, curating unique flower bulb arrangements and teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Horticulture, Land Systems and Management department at Metropolitan Community College. Beyond the garden, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and running.

Tonight's Program:

5:30pm - Meet outside in the Joslyn Castle lower parking lot (east side of the property).
6:00pm - 6:15pm - Welcome and Castle Restoration Update
6:15 - 7:15pm - Kim Kneifl presents "Historical Landscapes with Environmental Appeal."


Architects: Tonight's presentation is eligible for 1 AIA HSW CEU credit.
Real Estate Agents: Tonight's presentation is eligible for Nebraska Real Estate Commission CE credits.
(Relevant documentation will be available at check-in).