Due to the chance of storms, Butterflies & Blooms will be closed today (Saturday, July 20) and will reopen tomorrow (Sunday, July 21) at 10 am.

5 of the Biggest Threats to Pollinators

By Ta’Leah Van Sistine, Marketing & Communications Intern There is a certain awe and wonder surrounding the natural bloom of a flower. Their vibrant colors and unique appearances occupy what were previously empty spaces and transform what was once dull into pure beauty. To appreciate the existence of flowers and plant growth, however, requires us […]

Why We Need to Support Pollinators

By Kelle Hartman, Children & Family Educator I’ll admit it – I’m guilty. There are more dandelions and clovers in my yard than grass. And during sunny summer mornings, the hum from the yard has been audible as I step outside. My yard has been alive with movement as bees buzz from one flower to […]

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 […]

Pollinator Family Feature: Painted Ladies

By Rylee Osterberg, Spring Education Intern Picture yourself walking through the Garden in early summer, basking in the beauty and colors of early summer flowers. Out of the corner of your eye, you spot an orange butterfly with black and white spots casually resting on a thistle. Although it looks like a monarch, it’s not […]

Butterflies & Blooms Flies into the Garden on June 1

By Ryan Hammes, Horticulturist Surround yourself with friendly pollinators and the plants they love this summer! Our first-ever interactive butterfly exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms, starts this June and features a variety of butterfly species native to Wisconsin such as the Red-Spotted Purple, Mourning Cloak, Black Swallowtail, Eastern Comma, Painted Lady, as well as other familiar […]