Since 1930, the Sunken Gardens has been a part of Lincoln’s history.

Rebecca at the Well

This statue was an important part of the Garden for 75 years. Unfortunately the original statue by Ellis Burman deteriorated too much to remain in its original public setting. Today a similar statue can be seen in the upper part of the garden. David Young is the one who recreated the bronze statue which was installed in 2005. You can learn more about it here.

Along the walkway, visitors may notice what looks like a small sculpted table. In all actuality, that carved stone piece was actually once a part of the second Nebraska state capitol building.

According to the Lincoln Game and Parks Website, one space does stay fairly similar.

The Healing Garden (or White Garden) is located in the upper level on the west side.  The design was inspired by the famous White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England created in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson.  The gathering of white blossoms inspires calm, serenity and meditation.  Visitors are encouraged to experience the ethereal quality of the garden on moonlit summer evenings.

To see some of the historic garden pictures, please visit this gallery.

More to come!

Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.