Children’s Garden Expansion Project

Stepping into a World of Fantasy

Over the past year, we’ve been in the initial planning stages of our Children’s Garden Expansion Project. At this time, the Nielsen Children’s Garden, including the area by the Stumpf Hobbit House, is only a little larger than half an acre. With this planned expansion, the entirety of the Children’s Garden would increase to almost 2.5 acres – nearly four times its current size! 

SmithGroup, our landscape design firm working on this project, is nearing completion of the design development phase. We’re very excited about the progress! We held a workshop on February 4 that was lead by Shane Bernau, our lead design architect with SmithGroup. Shane walked us through the 2.5 acre garden, highlighting the features of each area. You can watch the video or view slides from the presentation

Click the photos below for an in-depth look at the inspiration behind the expansion.

We are so excited as we begin thinking about the opportunities this garden will bring to the children of Northeastern WI, and the people that love them. With a theme of Woodland Fantasy, the garden will inspire in our future generations a love for nature, alongside learning opportunities that will ensure we are developing and nurturing stewards who will care for our planet for years to come.

To learn more about the Children’s Garden Expansion Project or ways to leave a lasting legacy by supporting this project, contact Susan Garot, Executive Director, at 920.491.3691 ext. 102 or