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 is free!

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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,, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklist and more.


Scheduled Activities

Food & Beverages ($)

Guide & Activity Map

Guide & Activity Map (PDF)


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

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Presenting Melinda Myers

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