Exploring Nebraska

Garden of Memories

During his 46-year career, Gary Zimmer planted 800-plus trees and shrubs in the 14-acre arboretum known as Gilman Park. The story takes a poignant turn when the former park superintendent crosses the historic Willow Creek Bridge where he and his good friend Jim Kluck, a local nurseryman, spent hours planting together. Kluck, a longtime member and past president of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, was killed in a car accident in 2007. The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum created an award in Kluck's honor that his friend, Zimmer, recently received.

Nikki Bates


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