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.

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.

flowers in a cottage garden

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) to get to the Stumpf Belvedere (20) for a scenic view of other areas of the Garden.

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

monarch butterfly on girl's nose
PC: John Oates Photography

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)make sure you reserve your visit time! See butterflies fluttering all around you, learn why pollinators are so important and get inspired to plant a pollinator garden back home.

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 our daily and weekly drop-in programming and visit us during free admission on BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays.

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