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Upcoming Events for Wisconsin

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Through August 19, Green Bay
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info, call 920-491-3691 or visit


Through October 28, Oshkosh
Formal Garden Showcase
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Throughout 2018, the Paine’s new formal garden will feature tulip bulbs in spring, colorful annuals in summer, and frost-hardy plants in fall.




Through September 9, Milwaukee
To Bee or Not to Bee Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

To Bee or Not to Bee is a continuation of the Shakespeare theme, but with a honeybee twist to the garden’s flowers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Through September 23, Oshkosh
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine will present more than 60 extraordinary objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including lamps, jewelry, and decorative objects.



July 7-9, Madison
Iris Sale
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The Madison Area Iris Society organizes this sale of iris rhizomes. For more information, call 608-271-3607. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 8, Oshkosh
Faire on the Green
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Experience the largest art and craft fair of the summer. From photography and jewelry to watercolors and pottery, the creations of more than 100 artists and craftspeople are showcased. In addition, the Corner Market features unique antiques, imported and retail items. This free event also includes a variety of food for sale as well as live entertainment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 8, Racine
Summer Magic Garden Tour
Area Gardens

The Racine Garden Club is hosting a tour of seven private gardens. Themes include formal European, native wildflower prairie, All-American mixed, and Japanese zen. This year’s tour features a wide ravine filled with hostas, several extraordinary koi ponds, specimen trees, owner-made metal garden art, fantastic succulents in containers, roses, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8/advance, $10/day of tour. For more information, visit or email Lynn Felle,

July 9, Madison
Dazzling Daylily Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The Wisconsin Daylily Society organizes this show of colorful, easy to grow plants. For more information, call 608-221-1933. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


July 10, Green Bay
DIY Hypertufa Planter
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Have you heard about hypertufa for your garden? It’s a lightweight alternative to real stone troughs and planters. In this workshop, you’ll create your own planter. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 920-490-9457 or visit

July 14-15, Madison
Home Garden Tour
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tour exceptional home gardens, talk with homeowners, see how other home gardeners use innovative landscape designs, and get great ideas for your own garden. $12/members and $14/general. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 14, Janesville
Wild Edible & Poisonous Plants Hike
Rotary Botanical Gardens

In this outdoor program, naturalist Dave Bendlin will lead participants in a hike around the gardens and the woodland trails across the street to observe and identify a variety of common wild edible plants. He will also point out some common poisonous plants that should be avoided and offer some guidelines for collecting and preparing wild edible plants. 1-3 p.m. Cost: $20 General Admission, $15 RBG Members.


July 17, Spooner
Meet Me in the Garden
MG Teaching & Display Gardens

This year’s theme is “Get Social in the Garden.” Meet in the Teaching & Display Garden. Please bring your own chair for the program in the garden. In case of inclement weather, the program will relocate to the Station Building at W6646 Highway 70, Spooner. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, visit, call Sue Reinardy at 715 -462-3361, or email


July 17, Janesville
Rhythm & Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

This month’s concert will feature Gary The Band in the Gazebo Garden, weather permitting. Bring your chairs or blankets. $10 per person, ages 6+, which includes concert, garden admission, and one drink ticket (good for beer, wine, or soda). 5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 18, Green Bay
Cook with Me: Garden Spreads & Dips
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Venture into the garden to pick herbs and then make delicious herb-infused spread and dips. 6-7:30 p.m.

July 19, Janesville
The Monarch Kingdom
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn about The Monarch Kingdom with Shelly Culea as she speaks about her experiences in the monarch butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 general admission, $5 RBG Members.

July 20-21, Madison
American Conifer Society Central Region Conference
Radisson Hotel

Conference details and registration form are $185 by June 1; $195 until July 9. For more information, contact David Speth at

July 20-August 13, Madison
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Experience the wonder of searching for fleeting butterflies. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Bolz Conservatory. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

July 21, Sheboygan
Fairyfolk Festival
Bookworm Gardens

Every child and adult will love the stories, art-making, and woodland magic at the 8th Annual Fairyfolk Festival. Bring along a planted fairy garden to enter the fairy house contest. $6 per person, members free.

July 21, Fond du Lac
Prairie Fest
The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

A day of classes and activities celebrating the prairie for children and adults. Free. 8 a.m-12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

July 29, Hales Corners
Enchanted Evening
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Discover fairies in the flowerbeds and magic around every corner in this very special family event in the gardens. Children and parents will enjoy whimsical crafts, treats, and entertainment all evening. 6:30-8:45 p.m.



August 2, Hales Corner
Botanical Gardens Yoga
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Breathe, stretch, and relax as you transition from your busy day to a state of being that is calm and serene. These all-level yoga classes are for new and experienced yoga enthusiasts alike. 6-7 p.m.

August 8, Janesville
Horticultural Therapy Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

A summer symposium featuring topics for home gardeners, occupational therapists, activities professionals, special educators, social workers, and master gardeners. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance tickets/registration required and must be purchased online, enrollment limited. Early bird fee: $65 RBG members, $75 non-members. Price valid Jan. 1- July 20. For more information, visit

August 14, Spooner
Twilight Garden Tour
MG Display Garden

This event will be held at the display garden on Orchard Lane from 4 p.m. until dusk (rain or shine). UW faculty will be speaking and available for questions in the garden. Our gardens feature a Monarch and Pollinator Sanctuary and a certified Monarch Way Station. All-America Selection Gardens is planted annually with a theme – this year it is “Get Social in the Garden.” Free. For more information, contact Sue Reinardy at 715-462-3361 or

August 22, Janesville
Gardening for Pollinators
Rotary Botanical Gardens

How important are pollinators to life around us? Over 80 percent of plants require an animal pollinator to reproduce. Learn about all the different pollinators that are at work in your garden. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 non-members, $5 RBG Members.

August 26, Madison
Opening – Gleam: Art In A New Light
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Be the first to see Olbrich’s cutting edge exhibition, GLEAM, Art in a New Light, featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Live music, cash bar, meet-n-greet with the artists, lighting designers and artistic director. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (rain or shine).

August 26, Green Bay
Grass Roots Festival
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Enjoy a variety of bluegrass, roots, Americana, and folk music from area artists presented in partnership with Mile of Music. Tickets go on sale June 1. Noon-7 p.m.


Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Phone: 414-257-5611

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Phone: 608-246-4550

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Phone: 414-525-5653

The Paine Art Center and Gardens
Phone: 920-235-6903

Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Phone: 920-491-3691

Monk Botanical Gardens
Phone: 715-261-6309

Bookworm Gardens
Phone: 920-287-7895


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.