A Family Tradition Almost 20 Years in the Making

By Rachel Mueller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator For many families, the holidays mean get-togethers, quality time and a coming together after months or years apart. For the Swelstad clan, the season also includes an annual trip to opening night of WPS Garden of Lights on Black Friday. For close to 20 years, this has been […]

Pollinator Migration: Where are They Now?

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern The absence of wildlife during the winter season begs the question, where do they all go? We know that some animals, including certain pollinators, hibernate when the cold months of the year arrive, but where are the rest of the pollinators that do migrate? Below, we’ll explore […]

Untidy Your Yard: Help Non-Migrating Pollinators, Insects and Birds Survive Winter

By Kelle Hartman, Children & Family Educator Underneath the June, July and August sun, bright blooming flowers are always visited by busy pollinators. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds constantly remind us during the summer months that they’re making themselves at home, for now. Once the calendar flips from August to September, summer’s warm temperatures start to […]

Cutting Back Your Garden

By Lindsay Hendricks, Assistant Director of Horticulture When the first killing frost arrives, summer swiftly bids us goodbye and autumn gets comfortable and settles in. The memories of your colorful and vibrant flowers are still so fresh in your mind, which makes the sight of your dying blooms that much harder to witness. However, hope […]

A Butterfly Birthday Surprise

By Brittany Fetterly, Marketing & Communications Intern It’s been a little over a month since our very first Butterflies & Blooms exhibit closed for the season, but we love that we’re still hearing about all the lovely ways it impacted you this summer. One of our favorites so far involves 12-year-old Allison. When her parents, […]

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 […]

Pollinator Migration: Who Stays?

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern Some of our most memorable winter moments are made at the foot of a fireplace, underneath heaps of blankets or with sips from a warm cup of hot chocolate. This is how we avoid freezing cold temperatures winter brings. Interestingly enough, pollinators react similarly to this weather! […]