All We Do is Thanks to You!

We want to say thanks for all you’ve helped us do this year. Because of you, we can give joy, peace, health, love and the beauty of nature to visitors in every season of the year and every season of their lives! Watch this short message from Susan Garot, Executive Director, to see how you helped us […]

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 […]

The Witches Garden

Jackie Johnson ND, Planhigion Herbal Learning Center From Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling – we seem to have an undying curiosity of what plants the witches used… and for what. With Halloween right around the corner, we thought we would share some with you. Shakespeare gave us the most recognizable and infamous of all incantations with […]

Building a Tradition: A Look at the Past and Future of the Nielsen Children’s Garden

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern and Rachel Mueller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator The 90s was a decade of continued environmental advocacy. With the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, amendments to the Clean Air Act and the introduction of the Environmental Justice Act, nature and its wellbeing became more important—more necessary—to people around […]

Planning Ahead for Spring, One Bulb at a Time

By Lindsay Hendricks, Assistant Director of Horticulture Bright and colorful blooms are one of the first signs that spring has finally arrived. Spring flowers like tulips and daffodils remind us that winter is in the past (for now!) and that even after months of brutal temperatures and mounting heaps of snow, life can still flourish […]

Composting for Beginners: 5 Easy Steps to Get Started

By Michael P., Education Intern Many people feel like gardening is a significant challenge. While some aspects of gardening are more complex, there is one that certainly isn’t: composting! Compost is a nutrient rich soil addition that can enrich your garden bed and help your plants grow better and bigger. Compost provides much more nutrients […]