Must See

Whatever you do, don’t miss these.

Is this your first time at the Garden? 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.

Vanderperren English Cottage Garden

Stop at the Vanderperren English Cottage Garden & Rose Cottage (23) first for a vibrant and breathtaking mix of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Then, walk through the Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden (24) (and smell the roses) on your way to the Stumpf Belvedere (20) for a scenic view of other areas of the Garden.

Cottage Concert

Nielsen Children’s Garden or King Shade Garden

Continue down the blacktop 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). Take a restful moment at the Dragonfly Bridge to count the koi fish swimming in the pond below.

Now you can either explore the wonder of the Nielsen Children’s Garden or head across the way to see the picturesque Spring House Ruin in the King Shade Garden (17). It’s one of our most peaceful, secluded and shaded areas.

Butterflies & Blooms

After you’ve discovered the magnificence of the Nielsen Children’s Garden or King Shade Garden, head over to experience our summer exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms (13). See butterflies fluttering all around you, learn why pollinators are so important and get inspired to plant a pollinator garden back home.

Need a drink of water or a bathroom break? The Stumpf Hobbit House (14) is directly across from the butterfly house.

little girl smiling with butterfly

Young girl enjoying Butterflies & Blooms. PC: John Oates Photography

Herbs or Veggies

It’s time to head back to the Fischer Visitor Center (1). You have two path options:

More Things to Do

Discover new ways to grow with a variety of summer classes or daily and weekly drop-in programming, enjoy a wide array of concerts in the stunning Schneider Family Grand Garden and visit us during free admission on BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays.


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