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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.


Through 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.


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.




September 5, Hales Corners
Wednesday Night Garden Walk: Herb Garden
Boerner Botanical Gardens

All walks are expert-led and a fun new topic is covered each week. Walks depart from the gift shop – rain or shine – and last approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. 6-7:30 p.m.

September 6, Wausau
Monk Botanical Gardens

This event invites community members to participate in a salsa contest, and learn about different ways to make salsa from local experts and taste.

September 7-9, Janesville
Fall Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens Horticulture Center

The sale includes compost, a wide range of perennials, grasses, mums, kale, and shrubs. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 8, Spooner
Meet Me in the Garden
Spooner Agriculture Research Station

Session will focus on harvesting and seed saving. Please bring your own chair. 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Sue Reinardy, 715-462-3361,

September 11, Madison
Landscape For a Dry Basement
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: September 4, $15/$12 member.

September 11, Madison
The Bubbling Crock: Fermented Vegetables
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Make several types of sauerkraut and pickles as you learn how to properly salt the vegetables, make salt brine, and add an inoculant to begin the fermentation process. Samples will be provided, and you will leave with a jar of carrot/ginger kraut and a jar of pickled peppers, as well as recipes. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 4. $50/$40 member.

September 12, Madison
Overwintering Tropicals At Home
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn multiple strategies for overwintering various tropical plants indoors, both dormant and actively growing. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 5, $15/$12 member.

September 14, Hales Corners
Boerner by Moonlight Walk
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Families will be guided around Boerner for this special nighttime walk. Refreshments provided. Walk departs from the FBBG Gift Shop and lasts approximately 90 minutes. $5 suggested donation. 6:30-8 p.m.

September 15-16, Wausau
Ginseng Festival
Monk Botanical Gardens

Join local chefs for cooking demonstrations incorporating ginseng in each menu item.

September 15-16, Milwaukee
Orchid Show and Sale
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Orchid displays, exhibits, and programs showcasing this amazing exotic plant. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 18, Madison
Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A healthy microbiome promotes overall health of the digestive and immune systems. Learn about the beneficial herbs and fermented foods that are easy to incorporate into everyday life and to make at home. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 11. $50/$40 member.

September 19, Madison
ACG Book Club: Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
Allen Centennial Garden

Gather with fellow garden and book lovers and discuss the captivating books that talk about everything plants. Please have the book completed (or as much as you can) by the meeting. 5:30-7p.m. Free but registration required. Register at For more information, call 608-576-2501 or visit

September 21-22, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Master Gardener Conference “Autumn at the River”
Lismore Hotel

Join master gardeners and interested gardeners from around Wisconsin for two days of education and fun. Choose from a delightful array of speakers on various garden-related topics. For more information, visit or call Andy Heren at 715-839-4712.

September 22, Sheboygan
Harvest Happenings
Bookworm Gardens

Farm, food, and festivities. Join us and celebrate autumnal abundance. Embrace your local food culture with apple tastings, and hands-on activities. $5 per person. Members free.

September 25, Madison
Fermented Beverages and Homemade Vinegar
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

We will craft a kefir “soda,” a switchel, and a shrub (a unique syrup that contains fruit and/or herbs). Starting with herbs and starter cultures, you will learn to make the base for the switchel and shrub from scratch. Samples provided, and you will take home a culture, a bottled beverage crafted in class, and recipes. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 18. $50/$40 member.

September 27, Madison
Fall Bulb Planting
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

We’ll discuss a wide range of spring-blooming bulb options along with their proper placement, planting, and care. Tips for how to incorporate these beauties in the landscape will also be discussed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration deadline: September 20. $15/$12 member.



October 3, Madison
Green Lore and Legend
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Hear the lore and legends associated with the uses and properties of plants such as yarrow, rosemary, and wood betony. Discover which common herbs are known as maidenwort, motherwort, and cronewort and why. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: September 26, $20/$16 member.

October 18, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

Be one of the first to check out Bookworm all lit up and in the Halloween spirit. Light up the night with thousands of twinkly lights, live music, craft beer and wine. Costumes optional, adults only.

October 19-20 and 25-27, Sheboygan
Happily Haunted Gardens
Bookworm Gardens

The gardens will be filled with thousands of twinkly lights, live book characters, entertainments, and autumn delights during this spine-tingling event. $5 per person, members free.


October 23, Madison
Native Shrubs for Your Landscape
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape. 6:30-8 p.m. Registration deadline: October 16. $15/$12 member.

October 23, Janesville
The Other Witches’ Brooms – Gems of the Conifer World
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn about dwarf and unique conifers and their origins. Joe Braeu, internationally known “broom collector,” will share his adventures of searching the forests for the mutations, propagating his finds, and the wonderful conifer delights as they mature. 6:30-8 p.m. $7 non-member, $5 RBG members. Tickets to this event may be purchased at the door or online.

October 26, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass and Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

During Ghosts Under Glass, the Desert Dome will be filled with cheerful candlelight, orange marigolds, a Mariachi Band, and colorful decorations for Dia de los Muertos. 6-9 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.