Asian-Centric Expansion on the Garden’s Horizon

By Rachel Mueller, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

In a few short years, visitors to Green Bay Botanical Garden could experience a brand new space emphasizing gardens from a variety of Asian cultures.

With the construction of the Donald J. Schneider Family Grand Garden last year, areas within the venue were prepped for future specialty spaces. At the moment, a new Asian-inspired garden is tentatively slated to be developed in an existing space next to the Mary Frederickson Johnson Wisconsin Woodland Garden and Laura & Lester G. Wood Memorial Grove.

New Asian Garden wideshot

Asian Garden Schematic Design – Lower Interior

Modeled to recognize several different Asian nationalities, the Asian Woodland Garden will integrate key elements of classical Asian gardens and will be organized by common characteristics shared across these cultures. The garden will be smaller in scale and more intimate, providing visitors with an in-depth look into natural Asian sceneries.

Roughly organized into three different areas, the garden’s main entrance will be located near the Concessions Building to the left of the Billie Kress Amphitheater with two other entrances on its opposite sides. Visitors can enter through a Chinese-inspired gate and walk a winding path of stone steps placed along peaceful backdrops. Once at the top, they’ll see an upper plaza overlooking the Schneider Family Grand Garden, which will be a rentable space (think skybox!) during concerts and other events.

Asian Garden Schematic Design map

Asian Garden Schematic Design Map

The garden will also feature a top-level pavilion, a cascading waterfall and stream, two ponds, a wooded hillside, a moss garden, boulder sculptures and other art pieces, and harmonious Asian landscapes.

But this is just a glimpse into one of several plans the Garden has in store.

The Garden Development Task Force is currently working through the Garden’s master plan to determine logistics, goals and a definitive timeline for these developments, among other future expansions and growing needs of the Garden.

Asian Garden Entrance Near Concessions Building

Asian Garden Schematic Design – Entrance Near Concessions Building

“Our [Task Force] has been charged by the Board of Directors to review the existing master plan, with an eye to expanding [it] to include all of the remaining acreage [in the Garden] for conceptual design,” says Susan Garot, the Garden’s Executive Director.  “At this time, we have preliminary design plans for about 5 acres – Children’s Garden expansion, Asian Woodland Garden and the Stream Garden with the Belvedere Hillside.”

And while definitive plans haven’t been released to the public just yet, the task force is confident information will be shared in its entirety as early as next spring.

Anyone interested in learning more about these expansions or discovering ways to leave a lasting legacy by supporting these projects should contact Susan Garot, Executive Director, at 920.491.3691 ext. 102 or sgarot@gbbg.org.