5 Animals We Actually Might Want to See Around Our Gardens

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern Seeing a skunk in the garden may come as a shock to most, but different animals in our garden are actually a good thing! When you have skunks, foxes, snakes and woodchucks around, it’s typically a sign of a healthy garden and means you’re building a reliable […]


Where Animals Go During Winter: Mammals

By Michael P., Education Intern Anyone has who a garden may have seen bumble bees and honeybees buzzing about at the start of October. While bugs were beginning to slow down, they were still out and about, gearing up for winter. Now their activity has ceased, and we don’t see any bees or butterflies flitting […]


Where Animals Go During Winter: Birds, Bees & Other Bugs

By Michael P., Education Intern Last time, we specifically talked about how mammals like squirrels, chipmunks and bears survive throughout the winter season in Wisconsin. This week, we’ll highlight the strategies that beneficial pollinators and other species of birds, bees and insects use that are different from mammals. Birds Birds have a big advantage over […]


SAFE Monarchs (Save Animals from Extinction): Three Things You Can do to Save Monarchs

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern In North America, the existence of monarchs is threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Monarchs are members of the essential pollinator population, so it’s crucial that they are protected as much as possible. That’s why the SAFE (Save Animals from Extinction) Monarchs conservation program work […]


Where Animals Go During Winter: Reptiles & Amphibians

By Michael P., Education Intern A few weeks ago we dove deeper into how birds, bees and other bugs survive winter’s cold temperatures by migrating, burrowing or colonies dying off except for the queen who would start a new generation in spring. This week, it’s our final installment and we’re going to be covering a […]


5 Ways You Can Help Your Local Wildlife Survive the Wisconsin Winter

By Rachel Mueller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator While we enjoy WPS Garden of Lights and look forward to the holidays to close out 2018, colder temperatures are on their way after the start of the year, even if we don’t want them to arrive. Winters can be stressful on us, but they can be even […]


Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

May 8–August 31 | 9 am–8 pmSeptember 1–26 | 9 am–6:30 pm See and interact with eight vibrant, larger-than-life sea animal sculptures created from ocean debris… powerful art to spark positive change! Early Closures The Garden closes early to the general public for concerts and other special events throughout the summer. Check out our Hours […]


5 Things to Do if You Want to Try Holistic Gardening

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern Holistic garden (n): a place where gardeners, plants, animals and the environment interact to create something greater than the sum of its individual parts. This sense of holism, meaning the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, exactly describes holistic gardening! Rather than designing a […]


5 Tips to Help You Start Your Native Garden

By Kate Miller, Horticulturist There are a plethora of reasons why native plants are important. They provide nectar, pollen and seeds for pollinators and other animals, they help reduce air pollution and they do not require insect pest control to survive. That’s why you should start a native garden of your own! You’ll not only […]


The Life and Times of a Butterfly

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager You and I start off as babies, frogs are first tadpoles, small plants are seedlings. Every living thing has its own lifecycle, the changes it goes through from birth to adulthood. What does that look like for butterflies? Let’s just say it looks a little different than how most animals […]