Due to the extreme heat predicted for Thursday, July 18, our upcoming Sanimax Concert featuring the Erin Krebs Quintet will be held indoors. Chairs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 a chipmunk, a squirrel or even a toad?
Then, stop for a moment in the Herb Display Gardens (6) and the Fairy Garden. Smell a peppermint plant, listen for buzzing bees near the Pollinator Garden bed and see if you can find a magical fairy or two.
Continue down the hill. You’ll pass by the Daylily Display Garden (8) (usually in bloom in July!), pet some fuzzy lamb’s ear along the way and walk through the Meyer Bridge (9) to get to the Nielsen Children’s Garden (12).
Once you’re all done in the Nielsen Children’s Garden, head to the left to experience our summer exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms (13). Look at the butterflies fluttering all around you, learn how they make your food, and look for butterflies and bees sitting on flowers outside the butterfly house.
Need a drink of water or a bathroom break? The Stumpf Hobbit House (14) is directly across from the butterfly house.
It’s time to head back to the Fischer Visitor Center (1). You have three path options:
Once you re-enter the Fischer Visitor Center, don’t forget to head downstairs to the lower level for a butterfly-themed activity. Interactive butterfly-themed programs, outdoor summer concerts, classes and drop-in activities like family nature hikes, Seeds to Snacks and discovery stations are just a few of the many family-friendly activities to do this summer at the Garden. And don’t forget to look ahead at summer camps!