Birthday Celebration Overview

25th birthday celebration

NOTICE: With the wellbeing of our Garden family in mind, all COVID–19 safety requirements are determined based on guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Brown County Public Health Department. All events are subject to change at any time. Watch for the latest updates via email, Facebook and our website.

Free Admission & Family Fun

Saturday, September 25 | 9 am–4 pm

Celebrate our 25th birthday! Enjoy fall colors, crafts, games, and family-friendly entertainment for free. Visit with nationally known gardening expert, Melinda Myers, and view displays by local garden clubs. You can also see Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea before we wave goodbye to the exhibit on September 27!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Timed reservations required.

Event Details

25th Birthday Celebration: After Hours Party Featuring Ants Marching

Saturday, September 25 | 6–9 pm

Oh, snap! Travel back in time to the 90s with live music, a cocktail scavenger hunt, birthday wish project, 90s-themed dress-up contest, and more. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Must be 21 or older. Advance tickets are required.

Concert Details & Tickets

CONTACT US

For more information, contact our Guest Experience Team at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Sponsorship

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.

Free Admission & Family Fun

25th Birthday Celebration - colored 90s pattern

25th Birthday Celebration: Free Admission & Family Fun

Saturday, September 25 | 9 am-4 pm

Join us as we celebrate 25 years as a botanical garden for our community! Stop by for a free 25th birthday party on Saturday, September 25 from 9 am until 4 pm featuring educational activities for all ages, including crafts and games, family-friendly entertainment, Garden tours, scavenger hunts and more!

Visitors are invited to stroll among the fall colors, ask the Garden experts, visit with Melinda Myers and view displays by local garden clubs. Enjoy food and beverages all in the beautiful backdrop of the Garden. Visitors will need to register for a timed entry into the event.

You can also see Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea before we wave goodbye to the exhibit on September 27!


ADMISSION

Admission is free!

Make Your Reservation

Reserve Your Spot

Advance Reservations Required
To make your experience safer and more enjoyable, timed reservations will be required in advance. When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 9 am, every 15 minutes until 4 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check-in. The Garden will close at 4 pm for concert setup.


Highlights & Activities

Activities are 9 am–4 pm unless otherwise noted and are subject to change.

Melinda Myers in orange shirt pruning flowers

9 am–4 pm | “Ask the Plant Doctor” Q&A with Melinda Meyers

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including MN & WI Month-by-Month GardeningMN & WI Getting Started Garden GuideMidwest Gardener’s Handbook and Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV & radio program and The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper column. Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. Myers has a master’s degree in horticulture and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers was recently inducted into the national Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklist and more.

Activities

Scheduled Activities

  • 10–11 am | Magic & Mischief Magician
  • 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, & 2 pm | Guided Garden Tours
  • 10:30 am–12:30 pm | Ask the Expert – Garden Horticulture Team (subject to change)
  • 11 am–2 pm | Balloon Artists
  • 11:30 am–12:30 pm | Rhythms & Tunes with Ms. Taku
  • 1–2 pm | Brown County Library Interactive Storytime
  • 2:30–3:15 pm | Randy Peterson

Food & Beverages ($)

Guide & Activity Map

Guide & Activity Map (PDF)

VOLUNTEER

We’re looking to fill a variety of volunteer shifts in parking, admissions, concessions, and more! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@gbbg.org or 920.491.3691 ext. 131 to learn more or sign up online.

Sign Up to Volunteer

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Supporting

Glenn and Kathy Spevacek

Basic

Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs

In Kind

Schneider

Presenting Melinda Myers

GrowSmart
American Transmission Company

CONTACT US

For more information, contact our Guest Experience Team at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Sponsorship

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.

After Hours Party Featuring Ants Marching

25th birthday celebration - performers on stage

25th Birthday Celebration: After Hours Party Featuring Ants Marching

Saturday, September 25 | 6–9 pm

Join us for an after-hours 90s themed 25th birthday party event for guests ages 21 and over featuring live music by Ants Marching: Dave Matthews Tribute Band, a cocktail scavenger hunt, birthday wish project and food and drinks for purchase. Guests are encouraged to dress in their 90s themed attire for a chance to win a Grand Prize Package worth $150!

Event Details

Guests will need to purchase a timed-entry ticket to the event.

Timed entry begins at 5:30 pm.

5:30–7 pm | Cocktail Scavenger Hunt & Birthday Wish

5:30–9 pm | Picnic in the Garden

7–9 pm | Ants Marching: Dave Matthews Tribute Band

Feel free to bring in your own picnic. No beverage carry-ins allowed. Families can enjoy activity stations and lawn games in the Schneider Family Grand Garden.

The Garden will feature a small concessions area with snacks and beverages. Bountiful Boards GB will be on site to offer grazing and charcuterie boards, Monzu Bakery will offer a variety of scrumptious desserts and Mackinaws Grill & Spirits will provide a limited menu for those who didn’t pre-order a boxed dinner. The Concessions Building will also offer wine, local brews, canned cocktails and the Garden’s 25th Anniversary signature drink and draft beer.

Mackinaws On-Site Menu

Tickets

Advance Ticket Reservations Required
To make your experience safer and more enjoyable, timed ticket reservations will be required in advance. When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check-in. The Garden will close at 4 pm for setup.

Due to limited capacity at this time, no at-the-door tickets will be for sale the night of the concerts.

Must show your ticket at the door for admission into the concert. Please note that Garden General Admission vouchers and passes are not valid.

Service Fees

Garden MembersOnline or Walk–in (during Garden hours): $0
Call–in (during Garden hours): $5 per order
General PublicOnline: $2 per order
Walk–in or Call–in (during Garden hours): $5 per order

Buy Tickets

Buy Lawn Tickets Buy Cowles Terrace Tickets

Lawn Seating

Adult: $15/Garden Member; $20/General Public

Includes first-come, first-served lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed and highly encouraged. Guests can start setting up chairs after doors open at 5:30 pm. Blankets can be used for seating, but please be courteous of other guests by not saving larger-than-needed amounts of grass.

Cowles Terrace Seating

Adult: $25/Garden Member; $30/General Public

Includes first-come, first-serve standard-sized white resin folding padded chair located on the Cowles Terrace (hard paver surface in front of the Billie Kress Amphitheater). You must present your ticket at admissions to receive a wristband to enter the Cowles Terrace area. Guests can claim a chair after doors open at 5:30 pm.

How do I purchase tickets?
  1. Online
    • Tickets will be emailed to you. Check your junk mail or spam folder, if necessary. You can print the tickets out for admission. Have an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone? Open the email on your phone and click on the link. Tickets will be scanned right off of your phone at admissions.
    • Garden Members Ticket Discount Reminder: Create an account or sign in before adding tickets to your cart to receive your discount. Discounts are reflected after you click “add to cart”. You must use the email address associated with your membership when you create your account to ensure your account is linked. If you’re unsure which email address we have on file, please call Guest Services at 920.490.9457.
  2. By Phone: 920.490.9457; check Garden hours before calling
    • Tickets can be emailed.
    • Ticket Will Call: Tickets can be picked up during general Garden hours. Tickets must be picked up prior to the concert date. The Garden’s will call does not include tickets purchased online. Photo ID required of original purchaser to pick up tickets.
  3. In Person: Green Bay Botanical Garden; check Garden hours before visiting
    • Tickets are picked up immediately or tickets can be emailed to purchaser.
Frequently Asked Questions

What does COVID-19 mean for this event?

  • Limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing in the space.
  • When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check-in.
  • There will be ushers who will help you find your space on the Grand Lawn or Cowles Terrace, ensuring groups maintain the necessary physical distancing.
  • No golf cart shuttles will be made available in the parking lot due to physical distancing. Guests with mobility concerns can be dropped-off at the Garden’s circle driveway.
  • Pre-order your boxed dinner from our food partner.
  • Face coverings are required inside all Garden buildings, outside while interacting in the space and inside the concessions building.
    • Guests can remove their face covering while in their seats and while eating or drinking.
  • Extra sanitizing stations will be located throughout the Garden.
  • Sanitizing high touch points regularly.
  • We ask guests to maintain proper physical distancing of 6 feet.

FOOD & DRINK

May I bring in my own food and/or will food be available for purchase at concerts?

No alcohol or beverage carry-ins allowed. Feel free to bring in your own picnic.

The Garden will offer beverages for purchase in our Concessions Buildings which include beer, wine, pre-mixed cocktails in a can, water, soda, lemonade and iced tea.

New This Year! Pre-order your boxed dinner before the concert and you will be guaranteed a fresh, delightful summer meal to enjoy at the concert. Order (link coming soon!) by 12 pm the Wednesday before the concert and pick up your meal on the Mabel Thome Patio night of the concert.

Bags and purses may be subject to security searches. If prohibited items are found, customers will be asked to store items in their locked vehicle or dispose of item.

There are no ATMs on site.

What kind of beverages can I bring into the Amphitheater?

Beverages will be available for purchase, no carry-ins allowed. In compliance with our liquor license, the Garden has a no beverage carry-in policy – this includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Bags may be searched and you may be asked to return items to your vehicle. Guests may bring in empty water bottles or other empty beverage containers to use for refills. Any exceptions to this policy could result in loss of our license. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.

Beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are available in our Concessions Building. All guests consuming alcohol will have IDs checked at the concession stand for service.

CONCERT GUIDELINES, PARKING, TICKETS & WEATHER

Why do I need to purchase a ticket in advance only?

Your advance ticket helps the Garden manage the number of guests in the space to maintain proper physical distancing. When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check in.

Do I have reserved seats with my reservations?

There is no assigned seating with your reservation unless you have called about ADA Seating.

There will be ushers who will help you find a space once you check-in on the Grand Garden lawn or Cowles Terrace, ensuring groups maintain the necessary physical distancing. Ushers will be in the Fischer Overlook Arbor to direct guests.

What if I need to cancel?

Your advance ticket and fees are nonrefundable. To cancel, email events@gbbg.org or call the Garden at 920.490.9457.

What happens in cases of rain or threat of severe weather?

Concerts are rain or shine!

Bring your ponchos and/or smaller umbrellas if there’s a high probability of rain. Please be courteous to your neighbors by not blocking their views with large or golf umbrellas. Our weather policy states if there is inclement weather in our area, the concert will be delayed until the threat has passed. The decision to continue a concert after adverse weather passes will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on consultation with appropriate weather experts. If a storm or tornado situation arises, guests will be escorted into the Schneider Education Center and Fischer Visitor Center and if the concert needs to end, there will be no refunds.

Is the Billie Kress Amphitheater accessible? Where is the barrier-free ADA section?

It is our intent to make every concert experience accessible to every guest. Green Bay Botanical Garden is an accessible facility and proudly complies with ADA regulations. We encourage all guests with special needs to contact the Garden’s Events Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 118, and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the need. As accommodations are limited, we can better serve those who assist us with advance coordination.

Barrier-free and ADA areas are in the Fischer Overlook Arbor and Mabel Thome Patio. View a map of the barrier-free ADA seating locations. Guests wishing to sit in one of these areas may be accompanied by a companion (or more if room is available). Guests in wheelchairs have priority—a very limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A golf cart will assist guests with mobility needs around the Schneider Family Grand Garden from the lower level patio to the Concessions Building, Cowles Terrace, etc. during the concert and after the concert. The golf cart is an 8-passenger cart to safely distance guests from the volunteer driver. This service is provided to Garden guests with mobility issues. Service starts when doors open and is located by the light pole at the Woodland Garden entrance. The service will last 30 minutes after the concert ends to help with shuttling guests back up to the lower level patio.

In addition, staff will be located in the Fisher Overlook and Mabel Thome Patio to offer beverage service to guests, including taking drink orders, picking up drinks and delivering them to guests.

Parking Staff will direct concertgoers with vehicles displaying an ADA license plate or card to the ADA parking areas (18 available spots). Guests with accessible needs can also be dropped off close to the Garden’s entrance by pulling into the circle driveway.

Due to COVID-19, there will not be two golf carts to assist guests with mobility needs from the Garden’s parking lot to the Garden’s front door. Guest can pull into the Garden’s circle driveway to unload. Once guests check in they can ask for a golf cart ride from the Fischer Visitor Center down to the Schneider Family Grand Garden.

To reserve your ADA seat ahead of time, contact us at 920.491.3691 ext. 118.

What time can I arrive?

When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden during your timed entry to check in for the concert.

Where do I park?

Parking is free, but limited on the Garden’s grounds. Parking volunteers will direct you to available spots. Please drive slowly when approaching the Garden and watch for directional parking signs. Overflow parking is made available near the Garden. Please watch for parking volunteers directing traffic and overflow parking signage.

Is smoking allowed during the Concert?

The Garden is a smoke-free, vape-free environmentally friendly facility. Smoking and vaping is not permitted anywhere on the grounds, including the parking lot.

Can I bring my pet with me?

Service animals are welcome, but please leave pets and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) at home. Please let us know you have a service animal when you arrive so we can make our staff aware. View frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA.

Are weapons allowed?

The Garden does not permit the right to carry concealed weapons on the grounds. If the customer refuses to return weapon to their vehicle, he or she will be refused admittance to the Garden.

Can I record the concert on a video recording device?

Video recording is not permitted at the concert.

CONTACT US

For more information, contact Guest Services at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Garden Member Benefits

  • Adult tickets are $5 less per ticket than the general public.
    • Tickets Eligible to Purchase at Member Rate:
      • Individual-1
      • Plus One & Family-2
      • Garden Angel-4
      • Garden Patron-6
      • Garden Benefactor-8
      • Garden Ambassador-10
      • Garden Visionary-12
Learn About Membership

Strike a Green Chord

Help us continue making earth-friendly choices and create a waste-free concert experience!

Learn More

VOLUNTEER

We’re looking to fill a variety of volunteer shifts in parking, admissions, concessions, and more! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@gbbg.org or 920.491.3691 ext. 131 to learn more or sign up online.

Sign Up to Volunteer

VOLUNTEER

We’re looking to fill a variety of volunteer shifts in parking, admissions, concessions, and more! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@gbbg.org or 920.491.3691 ext. 131 to learn more or sign up online.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Supporting

Glenn and Kathy Spevacek

Basic

Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs

In Kind

Schneider

Special Event Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds on any Garden special event tickets.
  • Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.
  • Advance purchase required (when applicable).
  • Tickets are not refunded for any inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain, thunderstorm, mud, cold or extreme temperatures.
  • Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with any event, as opinions are subjective.
  • Event ticket purchases are non-transferable to another event, Garden membership or Garden education class.

Contact Us

For more information, contact our Guest Experience Team at 920.490.9457 or events@gbbg.org.

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.

Performers/Bookings

The Garden is always looking for new solo and group performers to keep our concert series fresh. If you are interested in performing for one of the concert series, please contact our Director of Events, Eileen Metzler, at 920.491.3691 ext. 103 or events@gbbg.org.

Please provide contact information (official group name, contact name, phone, and email), music genre and links to music samples.

If the Garden would like to inquire further about booking you as a solo artist or the group you represent, we will contact you with available concert dates at the contact information you provide.