BELL CHILDREN’S GARDEN EXPANSION UPDATES

6.23.22: Gateway Sculpture Painted & Installed

With last week’s severe weather, the Garden experienced some minor storm damage, including the loss of three trees on the construction site of the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden. Fortunately, there was no major damage, and our Horticulture Team quickly cleared downed tree limbs and other debris throughout the Garden.

Gateway Sculpture painting in progress

Boldt Construction has continued work on the Wetland Deck & Stream Terrace Garden sponsored by Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin. They’ve put the foundation walls in place, and have also started looking at color samples for play surfaces. 

The now painted Gateway Sculpture, sponsored by the late Edward L. Meyer, Jr. and Mary Ellen Troup, was installed between Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23, pending weather. It will be visible from Larsen Road and will tower above the construction site when finished.

Stay tuned for more updates at the end of June!


6.8.22: Lodge Foundation, Wetland Deck, & Gateway Sculpture

Boldt Construction completed the footings and foundation for the Lodge, started excavation of the Wetland Deck & Stream Terrace Garden sponsored by Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, and poured the footing for the Gateway Sculpture.

fountain pouring for lodge structure
wetland deck excavation
man underneath sculpture

The Gateway Sculpture, sponsored by the late Edward L. Meyer, Jr. and Mary Ellen Troup, will welcome everyone as they enter the Bell Children’s Garden. As long as Mother Nature cooperates, we anticipate the sculpture being installed the week of June 20.

Here’s a sneak peek of the stunning Gateway Sculpture as it’s being fabricated before it’s been painted. It will certainly be an iconic piece in the Bell Children’s Garden!


5.24.22: Tree Nursery & Relocation

Our Horticulture Team has started a nursery for trees, shrubs, and plants that’ll be planted in the Bell Children’s Garden later this year and next year. They’ll tend to these plants throughout the seasons as needed.

Speaking of trees, we also worked with Parthie Landscape & Stone to dig out one final crabapple tree by the Stumpf Hobbit House that was impeding easier access to where the Lodge structure will eventually stand. We show what this tree spading process looks like in our short video update

Boldt Construction has also started laying the foundation for the Lodge, which is in the area where the Butterfly House structure stood a few years ago. 

We’re expecting things to pick up even more as we head into June.


5.11.2022: Bell Children’s Garden Officially Breaks Ground

It’s an exciting next chapter in the history of the Garden! We officially “broke ground” for the new Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden on May 11, 2022.

If you’ve been to the Garden this spring, you’ve likely seen that the current Nielsen Children’s Garden is being transformed with the help of Boldt Construction. Boldt along with the Bell family and a small number of donors, community leaders, and students from Beaumont Elementary joined us to celebrate.

In this Bell Children’s Garden, our community will discover new ways to learn and play in the outdoors. Together, we’re creating an experience that cultivates wonder, nurtures the roots of all people, and creates memories that will last a lifetime.


2.2.2022: Fundraising & Construction Bidding Announcement

Green Bay Botanical Garden is overjoyed to share that the community has not only met, but exceeded, our $11.5 million fundraising goal for the Nature Nurtures campaign – reaching $13.3 million! These funds will be used to build the new 2.5-acre Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden at the Garden.

We had more than 375 donors to this campaign, a 25% increase since our last campaign for the Schneider Family Grand Garden in 2016, which had about 300 donors. The Nature Nurtures campaign also exceeded the Grand Garden campaign in funds raised by over 100%!

Given the current environment of higher supply and labor costs and supply chain delays, the $1.8 million raised above the Garden’s goal will be very much needed. During the construction bid process, the Garden found the costs of the project came in significantly higher than originally estimated for a number of reasons, such as the cost of materials like steel, and limited availability of materials.

Boldt Construction, headquartered in Appleton, was selected via the bidding process to be the general contractor for the Children’s Garden expansion. Boldt is a reputable company with deep roots in this region, and they have experience on a number of projects constructed in natural settings. We are excited to partner with them on this very unique project.

The Garden will begin additional planning immediately and anticipates construction will begin when winter conditions subside in early spring 2022.

As the Garden just celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021, we are excited for the next 25 years and more to come, and are so grateful for the continued support from our greater Green Bay and northeast Wisconsin community, including our generous sponsors which you can learn about below.