The entire Garden (buildings and grounds) is temporarily closed from Wednesday, March 25 through 9 am on Friday, April 24 in accordance with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order. All Garden events, classes and programs throughout the rest of March and April have been canceled. See updates below.

5 Things to Do at the Garden This Winter

By Rachel Mueller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Colder temperatures, blowing snow, white as far as the eye can see. These are all things we’re used to in Wisconsin this time of year, that’s for sure, and we tend to hibernate indoors, wishing for spring to bring warmer weather and colorful flowers. But you don’t have to let the weather keep you inside! There’s plenty to do at the Garden this winter, whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities.

Celebrate the Winter Season

girl throwing bean bags at snowmen
PC: John Oates Photography

Winter Celebration (previously named Winter in the Garden and Winter Family Festival) is our annual free family event. From 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, January 25, you can bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and other family and friends to the Garden for a variety of activities that everyone can enjoy!

There will be plenty of winter games, crafts and hot coca, as well as the opportunity to explore winter scenes in the Garden on a winter hike.

Put on Your Hiking (or Snow) Shoes

PC: John Oates Photography

Explore the Wisconsin winter on your own! Anytime the Garden’s open (Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm), you have the chance to either take a stroll on our paved paths or, if you’re a bit more ambitious, trek on our snow trails with snowshoes (at least 6 inches of snow needed). We also have several guided snowshoe hikes planned throughout February! If you can’t make those, come when it works in your schedule. We offer snowshoes for ages 6 and up and they’re free with admission!

Pop in for Pollinator Ice Sculptures

snow sculpture
PC: John Oates Photography

Don’t wait for summer to see butterflies, bees and flowers! We’re bringing in a handful of talented snow and ice carvers from around Wisconsin to craft pollinator-inspired sculptures during our first Polar Pollinator Pop-Up exhibit. The pieces will be at different spots throughout the Garden.

Weather pending, the exhibit will start on Thursday, February 20 and be open daily from 9 am-5 pm through Saturday, February 29.

Seek Out Stitches & Stems

flower embroidery

If you’re into fiber arts and embroidery work, you’ll want to save the date for Stitches & Stems on Friday, March 27 (9 am-5 pm) and Saturday, March 28 (9 am-4 pm). This exhibit will feature a variety of pieces from local makers and offer demonstrations and workshops in partnership with Women Who Run With Scissors and the Green Bay Area Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

Grow Your Green Thumb

Mediterranean dish

As always, we offer a variety of classes to choose from, whether you’re new to the gardening game, looking for a fun cooking opportunity or want a healthy refresh to your exercise routine. Check out our calendar for upcoming classes and the most up-to-date information. So the next time you’re wondering whether there’s anything to fill your free time this winter, look no further than Green Bay Botanical Garden!