Category Archives: Education

When You Invest in Plants & People – You Change Lives

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager YOU helped a child struggling to understand… Wade is a local 3rd grader. This fall, his class studied pollination. The new vocabulary terms, plant parts and the overall process were confusing him. Wade does really well with hands-on learning, but with limited access to resources, real-life science experiences are hard for his teacher to create […]

Blazin’ Lime iresine

By Lindsay Hendricks, Assistant Director of Horticulture Many of us have probably heard the term ‘chimera’ before. You know, the mythological Greek creature with a lion’s head, goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail? Basically, a made-up creature composed of incongruous parts. As mythological as this concept is in the animal kingdom, it is actually a […]

Grow a Sustainable Garden: Part 3

By Adam Dziewa, Education Intern Beyond sustainability in our landscape, the Garden has infused sustainable practices throughout our operations. From timed lights to dual flush toilets, environmentally conscious cleaning products to compost programs in our garden and our lunch room, our newer facilities have been designed and are maintain with the environment in mind. Schneider Education […]

Grow A Sustainable Garden: Part 1

by Adam Dziewa, Education Intern Sustainability is the key to our survival on this planet and will also determine success on all levels. ~Shari Arison I hope everyone was able to enjoy Earth Day a few weeks ago! From the Garden’s mindset, we celebrate Earth Day year round by educating the communities of Northeast Wisconsin. […]

Your Garden Is For Families

Linda Gustke, Education Manager When you think of the Garden, we hope it brings about many wonderful thoughts. Not only is it a place for peace and tranquility, beautiful flowers and pristine landscaping, but it is also a place where kids can run and play, and discover the wonders all around them. The latter might […]

Garden Planning Tips from Ellen Ecker Ogden

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager As we plan our gardens for the upcoming season, purchasing seeds from a quality source is at the top of the To-Do list. For Ellen Ecker Ogden, the Garden’s Spring Thaw Symposium & Lecture presenter, finding the perfect bench solves the first step to perfect garden design. Her latest blog post, […]

Botanical Spotlight: Dragon

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager As our New Year approaches, I look to one mythical element of WPS Garden of Lights that is a symbol of the Chinese New Year, the Dragon. When I think of dragons, I think of huge, scary, fire-breathing beings that are evil and destructive. But to the Chinese, the dragon […]

Botanical Spotlight: Snow & Ice

by Linda Gustke, Education Manager There are many winter themed structures at WPS Garden of Lights, including our striking icicle forest and snowflakes. With the fresh blanket of snow and icicles to come, check out these remarkable snow and ice facts: As most of us know, all snowflakes have 6 sides. But why? When water […]