From maintaining beautiful blooms to ensuring a welcoming space for visitors and residents, our team plays a vital role ensuring that our city’s vibrant urban center remains inviting and beautiful.
ODID employs a full-time gardener on the team to help maintain some flower beds in The Old Market and 16th Street Corridor. In 2018, perennials were planted of native grasses and flowers including Switchgrass, Little Bluestem, Fireworks Goldenrod, Coneflower, New England Aster, and Black-eyed Susan. Annuals of brightly colored flowers are scattered throughout the district as well to help brighten up Downtown. In 2022, ODIDA received grant money to help replant perennials in Downtown beds include: Little Bluestem, Chokeberry, Prairie Dropseed, Redtwig Dogwood, Veronica, and Catmint.
ODID has a partnership with arborist Jack Phillips & The Naturalist School to overhaul the Downtown trees program. Inventory on ODIDA trees are done to see if any are dead or diseased that need to be removed by the City. Once cut down, the ODID removed the stumps and prepared the bed for plantings either with a new tree or flowers. New tree species are black oak, red oak, white oak, and bur oak. All trees planted by the ODIDA were grown from wild, local, native acorns collected by members of The Naturalist School. Since the inception of ODID, we have planted over 100 new trees in Downtown Omaha.