ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Garden is open 9 am-8 pm daily (except Thursdays, 9 am-4:30 pm) through August 31. Garden grounds are open, but access to buildings is limited. See details below.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Garden Updates

07.01.2020: Garden Update

We are officially now into Phase 2 of our phased reopening plan. However, with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Brown County, we are also becoming a bit more cautious with guests in any of our facilities.  

We are now requiring all guests entering Garden facilities to wear a face covering (mask, face shield). This is to ensure the safety of all of our staff, volunteers and other guests. We ask that you bring your own face covering, but if you do not have one, we will provide a disposable, one-time use face covering.

We also ask that you keep it on any time you’re in a Garden building (Fischer Visitor Center, Butterflies & Blooms exhibit, Concessions Building). You do not have to wear your face covering outside in the Garden, unless you’re within six feet of someone not a part of your household, as there is enough space to safely physically distance.

We will keep you updated as other changes come about, and if you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Be safe and stay well!

Susan Garot
Executive Director

June Updates

06.24.2020

We know that spending time in the Garden among beautiful blooms listening to live music with family and friends is a highlight of your summer and I’m pleased to announce that we will be able to begin our Sanimax Concert Series, albeit with some limitations.

Starting July 9, we’ll kick off the series with Daddy D Productions and proceed with the rest of our July and August concert dates. Due to recommended limitations of public gatherings established by the Brown County Public Health Department, we will be allowing about 25% of our current capacity in the Schneider Family Grand Garden. So at this time concerts will be for members only.

Then, it is with deep disappointment we announce the cancelation of the July and August dates of our Les Stumpf Ford Grand Concert Series. The safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and touring crews is our top priority. We’re looking forward to bringing these bands back for summer 2021 in the Garden!

Please watch for updates on Brews, Bistros & Bonfires, which is still scheduled for Friday, September 11 at this time. Les Stumpf Ford Grand Concerts are made possible in part by the generous support of Les Stumpf Ford and Dean Distributing.

We will keep you updated as other programming changes come about, and, as always, if you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Be safe and stay well!

Susan Garot
Executive Director

06.03.2020

Dear Garden Family,

Diversity is what makes our Garden and any garden beautiful and healthy. With all that’s going on in the world, we know all people need a respite, a place to refresh and recharge, and we will continue to make our Garden a welcoming space for everyone.

If you haven’t heard the news, we opened to the general public this week! With guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Brown County Public Health Department, we’ve come up with a three-phased reopening plan that’ll allow us to connect people and plants while also ensuring a safe environment for all guests and staff. Learn more about what we’re doing, review recommendations and requirements for your visit, and see our complete reopening plan at GBBG.org/Reopen.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have also made the decision to cancel June concerts at this time (two Sanimax Concerts and one date in our Les Stumpf Ford Grand Concert Series). These concerts will be rescheduled for 2021 and we’ll closely monitor guidelines from the Wisconsin DHS and Brown County Health Department for the months of July, August and September.

While it’s a difficult decision, the safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and performers is our top priority. We believe we might be able to minimally do some smaller musical events, providing folks with the opportunity to keep the physical distance needed to keep people safe. Stay tuned!

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.


Susan Garot
Executive Director

May Updates

05.28.2020

We’re welcoming you back on June 1!

We can’t wait to see you! The reopening of Green Bay Botanical Garden is an important step in continuing to provide our community a peaceful respite in nature during these times. We appreciate the patience from our members, donors and all visitors as we’ve worked to safely and gradually reopen.

With guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Brown County Public Health Department, we’ve come up with a three-phased reopening plan. Our ultimate goal is to connect people and plants while also ensuring a safe environment in the Garden for all of our guests and staff.

Some things you should know ahead of your Phase 1 visit:

Butterflies & Blooms

View our complete reopening plan. We look forward to having you back in the Garden for the summer! For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

05.27.2020

Dear Garden Family,

We’re continuing to follow our original plan to reopen gradually, which means the Garden grounds are open to members only through Sunday, May 31. We plan to reopen to the general public on Monday, June 1. We’re also encouraging the use of face coverings within 6 feet of other guests or staff, providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the Garden and will share other guidelines soon.

When you arrive on or after June 1, remember:

  1. Enter through the Donor Gate located to the left of the Fischer Visitor Center entrance.
  2. There will be limited access to some areas in the Garden, but the Visitor Center will be open.
  3. Practice the 6-foot distancing rule, but when you can’t, we encourage you to wear your face coverings.

We’re excited for the return of Butterflies & Blooms, albeit with some limitations put in place. The exhibit will be open to members only next Monday, June 1 and the following Monday (June 8), it’ll be open to the general public. Stay tuned next week for some guidelines for the exhibit.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

05.20.2020

Dear Garden Family,

We’re continuing to follow our original plan to reopen gradually, which means the Garden grounds are open to members only through Sunday, May 31. Our goal is safety first so we plan to reopen to the general public on Monday, June 1, while using these last two weeks of May as time to prep our staff and our spaces for you when you return. We’re encouraging the use of masks within 6 feet of other guests or staff, providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the Garden and will share other guidelines soon.

We’re so grateful for your support during this time, but we need you now, more than ever. Being closed for the month of May, our only source of revenue was from our TasteBud fundraiser ($13,000) and we anticipate about $65,000 in membership renewals. You have surprised us daily with your generous gifts that you sent “just because.” With no weddings, no classes, no school tours, no admissions, no gift shop sales, no Garden Fair… we are projecting lost revenues this month of more than $150,000.

More importantly, there were no children running and laughing throughout the Garden during our busiest month for school tours (more than 3,000 in a normal May). In the spirit of innovation and desire to teach, Linda and Kelle (our Education Team) put together some wonderful videos echoing the themes our docents would have shared during their tours. We have distributed these videos throughout the state to teachers that can offer virtual Garden tours and learning opportunities to thousands of Wisconsin school children, much broader than the districts that can actually visit us. Consider sharing these videos with the children in your lives!

We are able to do these things, because of you, and because of your continued support. How can you help? Please, consider buying or upgrading a membershipgive a gift if you can, and tell others about the Garden. We’re looking forward to sunnier days ahead!

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

05.15.2020

Dear Garden Family,

We just received the go ahead to open the Garden to members at 9 am on Friday, May 15!

Thank you so much for your patience! I received a call from the Brown County Health Department this afternoon and was told the good news. So, what does this mean for you?

Effective Friday, May 15, we will open the Garden from 9 am–5 pm every day through May 31 to members only. Then, on Monday, June 1, the Garden will be open to members and the general public for our normal summer hours – 9 am–8 pm daily (provided we are in compliance with any Brown County Health Department orders).

Members will also have the opportunity to experience our Butterflies & Blooms exhibit (open starting June 1 from 10 am–5 pm daily by making reservations) for a full week before the exhibit opens to the general public on Monday, June 8.

When you arrive, you’ll see that we’re in the process of finishing a face lift to our parking lot, which will be done early next week. On Monday, May 18, we won’t open until 10 am to accommodate time for paving the lot. Remember to watch your step and the cones, please.

You will enter the Garden through the donor gate, to the left of the Fischer Visitor Center. We have our WPS Garden of Lights ticket booth set up for a Guest Services Associate to scan your current membership cards. There will be no cash or credit card transactions available, so members are only allowed to bring the number of guests that is listed in your membership level for these first few weeks. If you need to renew your membership, please do so online before visiting, or call Guest Services at 920.490.9457 to give them your credit card information over the phone. Now would be a great time for anyone in your life that isn’t a member to join – exclusive access to thousands of spring blooms!

The Visitor Center will not be open until the State and/or Brown County announce(s) the next phase of opening. In fact, none of the restroom facilities will be open, so be sure to use your own facilities before coming to the Garden.

The Brown County Health Department also noted in its communication to us:
“Based upon the documented plan, you are authorized to open, as of 4 pm today (Thursday May 14th) subject to complying with your plan and phasing to also include: limiting total occupancy to no more than 900; ensuring no social gatherings within the facility of ten or more; and face covering use as much as practical (for employees and to encourage visitors as well). “ – Ted Shove, Brown County Health Department.

Some other things to note:

Before Your Visit

During Your Visit

We are so excited you can finally enjoy your spring Garden! Please, be safe, follow the posted guidelines, and come see us… and the flowers!

Susan Garot
Executive Director

05.13.2020

Dear Garden Family,

As you may have heard, Wisconsin is now “Turning the Dial” and starting to issue reopening guidelines for businesses and organizations. We’re also finalizing our reopening policies and procedures for when we reopen (hopefully on May 26 when the current Safer at Home order is lifted).

As we consider the various guidelines for phased reopening, we appreciate your patience, your guidance (through participating in our various surveys) and your cooperation for the foreseeable future. Physical distancing will be necessary for quite a while (through the first two phases as we know them today), and this will definitely impact our summer programming.

We will encourage all visitors to exercise the 6-foot physical distancing rule, but when not possible, to wear face coverings. We are implementing more stringent cleaning protocols and have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the facilities and the grounds. We will also utilize our WPS Garden of Lights ticketing booth and the donor gate, which is south of the Fischer Visitor Center, as the main entry point for all visitors. The Visitor Center will eventually be open to serve our guests with mobility needs.

Our goal is to have our Butterflies & Blooms exhibit ready by June 1, but we believe we will be restricted to no more than 10 persons at a time. To ensure the best experience for all visitors, we will request you make reservations to attend. 

We understand your frustration with not being able to enjoy the Garden this spring, but we remain grateful for your continued support. Together, we’ll get through this. We look forward to that day!

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

05.06.2020

Dear Garden Family,

I hope you’ve been relishing in the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having and getting outside to dig in the dirt!

Our entire team is working hard to ensure the Garden is ready to reopen when we receive the official word from the state. At this time, the Garden’s Leadership Team has made some decisions that will affect events this summer. 

Garden Fair

After much thought, feedback from vendor partners and research, we have decided to cancel Garden Fair this year. Our reopening reality is we will likely be limited in Phase I to gatherings of no more than 10 people. We confirmed with the Brown County Health Department that Garden Fair is considered a non-essential event and would be restricted to the Phase I requirements.

Many of our vendor partners were also making the decision to cancel their booths, so we decided it was best to focus our efforts on Garden Fair for 2021. We hope you’ll consider supporting our vendor partners directly during this time instead. A full list is available on our website.

Summer Concerts

We are not yet selling concert tickets. It’s likely we will not be able to have concerts in the early summer months, but we have not decided to cancel the entire season at this time. This includes both the Sanimax Concert Series and Les Stumpf Ford Grand Concert Series.

Reopening the Garden

Our Reopening Task Force is working on “Back to the Garden” plans for our staff, our volunteers, our members and our visitors. We’re looking at physical distancing logistics, timed entry (in particular with our Butterflies & Blooms exhibit, where we’ll be limited to no more than 10 at a time), sanitizing stations, etc.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

April Updates

04.29.2020

Dear Garden Family,

April showers bring May flowers! At least, that’s what it feels like this week with the rain we’ve had, but it looks like sunshine and warmer temps will return by the weekend. The Garden is starting to show off a little bit more each day as we look forward to peak bloom in mid-May. There will be much more to come your way starting the first full week of May!  

On that note, we’re excited for our upcoming TasteBud Online Raffle. Make sure you take a look at what you can enter to win before the raffle starts at 8 am on Friday, May 1. As we look ahead to May and the start of summer, please remember that events at this time are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves so stay tuned to our website for the latest updates. 

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

04.22.2020

If you didn’t yet hear about the extension of the Safer at Home order, the Garden will now be closed through 9 am on Tuesday, May 26. During this next month, my hope is that you will trust that we are taking care of your Garden, and that we are redefining what is the best way to ensure safe visits for you and your loved ones when we reopen.  

Our Board and Leadership Team have been working together to determine what programming will look like this summer. Last week, the CDC and the White House issued guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” and yesterday the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced its Badger Bounce Back plan. We are studying these guidelines, and we are anxious to see Wisconsin achieve the milestones to enable us to reopen.

In the meantime, if you need a flower fix, check out the front entry to the Garden sometime this week… the early daffodils are in full bloom, and worth a drive by on a sunny day when you need to get out of the house.

We’re looking forward to when we reopen so we can see you! As always, keep watching our weekly e-newsletter, join us on Facebook and visit our website for the latest Garden updates, online learning opportunities and virtual updates from us as spring opens up across the state.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Garden Event Updates
All on-site classes and programs throughout April and May | Canceled
Mother’s Day at the Garden | Canceled
National Public Gardens Week (at the Garden) | Canceled
Memorial Day at the Garden | Canceled
Watch for virtual programming pop up opportunities.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

04.16.2020

The entire Garden (buildings and grounds) is temporarily closed through 9 am on Tuesday, May 26 in accordance with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Garden Event Updates
All on-site classes and programs throughout April and May | Canceled
Watch for virtual programming pop up opportunities.

Private Event Updates
At this time, private events in April and May are canceled. We’ll be reviewing future events on an ongoing basis and will make decisions to cancel/reschedule/hold based on updates from the State of Wisconsin and the Governor’s Office.

Private events in June at this time are up to the discretion of the client. You’re welcome to reschedule pending availability.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep our guests, volunteers and the community safe during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

04.15.2020

Dear Garden Family,

Mother Nature was kind in bypassing any significant snowfall earlier this week and while the colder weather will slow down the blossoming of spring bulbs a bit, once it warms up again we should start seeing daffodils and tulips fully arrive in May. 

In other news, the Garden found out last week we are the recipients of an SBA “Loan” under the Payroll Protection Program (part of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March). These needed funds will be so important in sustaining and helping us in the face of some substantial losses in earned revenues. Many of our May and June rentals (weddings and corporate events) have either cancelled or postponed. 

We’re looking forward to when we reopen so we can see you! Keep watching our weekly e-newsletter, join us on Facebook and visit our website for the latest Garden updates, online learning opportunities and virtual updates on our spring Garden.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Susan Garot
Executive Director

04.08.2020

Dear Garden Family,

We hope you took advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures this past weekend! It’s finally starting to feel a little more like spring. 

Things are still moving along at the Garden during “Safer at Home.” Our Horticulture Team is doing some spring cleanup in different areas of the Garden and tending to our plants in the greenhouses, all while practicing safe social distancing.

Both of our Horticulture and Education Teams are also working to provide you with some fun virtual learning opportunities for everyone during this time, which you’ll find in our weekly email as well as on our websiteFacebook and Instagram. If you’re an avid gardener, Mark (Director of Horticulture) has been posting a weekly gardening roundup on Facebook every Monday detailing what you can work on in your own yards. 

If you’re looking for some more spring inspiration, make sure you check out our Facebook page or search #floweryourfeed for photos of gardens across the country as blooms open up. We’d also love to see the blooms in your homes and neighborhoods! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #mygbgarden so we can share with others.

We’re looking ahead to the next coming weeks and we’re eagerly waiting for the day we reopen so we can see you! Keep watching our weekly e-newsletter, join us on Facebook and visit our website for the latest Garden updates.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.


Susan Garot
Executive Director

04.01.2020

Dear Garden Family,

We miss you! Strange, eerie, lonely… all the things we’re all feeling during this time… and I’m sure you’re all feeling the same. But, we also need to focus on whatever positives we can find and with spring in the air, I want to assure you we’re still planning for springtime in the Garden!

Our focus is on sustainability and growing, and we’re challenged during these times of managing from the “Safer at Home” order issued by Governor Evers last week. 

The Garden Board and Leadership Team has deemed the essential services we need to keep the Garden’s mission moving forward:

While we’re hopeful we will be returning to work by May 1 or sooner, we’re also laying the plans for sustaining and growing the Garden should the shutdown last longer than currently anticipated. Keep watching our weekly e-newsletter, join us on Facebook and visit our website for the latest Garden updates.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.


Susan Garot
Executive Director

March Updates

03.24.2020

The entire Garden (buildings and grounds) is temporarily closed from Wednesday, March 25 through 9 am on Friday, April 24 in accordance with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order.

If you have questions, call us at 920.490.9457, email info@gbbg.org or message us on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring these channels on weekdays.

Garden Event Updates
All classes and programs throughout March and April | Canceled

Private Event Updates
At this time, private events in March and April are canceled. We’ll be reviewing future events on an ongoing basis and will make decisions to cancel/reschedule/hold based on updates from the State of Wisconsin and the Governor’s Office.

Private events in May at this time are up to the discretion of the client. You’re welcome to reschedule pending availability.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep our guests, volunteers and the community safe during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

03.17.2020: Garden Visitor Update

To protect our team, effective Thursday, March 19, Garden buildings (including the WPS Trellis Gift Shop) are closed to the public with the exception of emergencies.

During this time, we are offering FREE ADMISSION for anyone wishing to walk the Garden during normal hours (9 am-5 pm). The gate located to the left of Fischer Visitor Center within the circle drive will be open as an alternative entrance into the Garden – just follow the signs!

We also ask that you help us gauge visitation during this time by emailing us at info@gbbg.org, calling us at 920.490.9457 or messaging us on Facebook to let us know you’ve visited, including how many in your party and your home zip code.

Garden Event Updates
All classes and programs throughout March | Canceled
Stitches & Stems Exhibit: March 27 & March 28 | Canceled
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Tuesday, April 7 | Canceled
Volunteer Season Kick-Off: Wednesday, April 8 | Canceled 

Private Event Updates
At this time, we’re reviewing Garden events 2 weeks out each Monday morning and will make decisions to cancel/reschedule/hold. We will alert clients each Tuesday morning of our decisions. Please remember that this process can change at any time pending CDC and WI Department of Health recommendations.

Private events in April and May at this time are up to the discretion of the client. You’re welcome to reschedule pending availability please call our Sales & Rental Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 118.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep our guests, volunteers and the community safe during this difficult time. 

03.13.2020: A Message to our Garden Family

The health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19), including guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect your health and well-being.

As of now, the Garden is currently open to the public – our mission is to connect people with plants and provide a safe, peaceful place to refresh in nature during these stressful times. We ask, however, that if you are ill or have recently traveled to areas experiencing widespread transmission of COVID-19 that you plan your visit for another time. In keeping with CDC guidelines on social distancing and out of concern for our community, all Garden events, classes and programs throughout the rest of March have been canceled including Stitches & Stems.

If you are signed up for any Garden programs scheduled from March 13-31, program fees will be automatically refunded no later than April 2. Our Education Team will reach out directly about canceled programs to leaders, teachers and registrants on March 16, 2020.

What We’re Doing

How You Can Help

We will update our website and our Facebook page with the latest information as this situation evolves. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@gbbg.org or 920.490.9457.

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience during this time, and thank you for helping keep our community healthy!

Susan Garot
Executive Director
Green Bay Botanical Garden