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. All Garden events, classes and programs throughout the rest of March and April have been canceled. See updates below.

Family Fun

Fun and adventure for the whole family.

Bringing the kids for a day outdoors? Only have an hour or so to spare? We’ve got you covered! Use this custom guide along with your Garden map for a quick tour.


Walk down through the Larsen Orchard Remnant (5). How many birds are chirping in the trees? Can you spot any animals that are waking up from the winter season?

Nielsen Children’s Garden

Continue through the Herb Display Gardens (6) and down the hill. You’ll pass by the Daylily Display Garden (8) (usually in bloom in July!), and walk through the Meyer Bridge (9) to get to the Nielsen Children’s Garden (12).

The Pond Loop

Head back the way you came and take a left on the mulch path just before the Meyer Bridge (9). Here you can explore the more untamed parts of the Garden, including the Big Pond. Keep following the path and you’ll stroll through the Schneider Family Grand Garden (34).

More Things to Do

Now’s the time to rediscover nature with the entire family! Explore spring’s splendor at the Garden with free admission on Friday, May 8 for National Public Gardens Week, for moms on Mother’s Day and for veterans and military personnel on Memorial Day. Beginning Saturday, June 1, encounter butterflies from across North America and learn how we can support these friendly pollinators during the return of our summer exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms. And don’t forget to look ahead at summer camps!

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