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Upcoming Events for Wisconsin

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Through September 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

From the iridescent purple leaves of Persian shield to the indigo blooms of petunia ‘Dreams Midnight’, all of the plants will sport some form of ultra violet color.


September 6, Hales Corners
Garden Walk: Landscaping for Birds
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. Led by Belinda Abendschein, Burlington Garden Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


September 8, Janesville
Garden Art Auction
Rotary Botanical Gardens

The Garden Art Auction concludes Garden Art Display of the summer. The public is invited to bid on these projects. Funds raised help to sustain the Gardens, 5 to 7 p.m.


September 8 -10, Janesville
Fall Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Sale includes a wide range of trees, shrubs, mums, perennials. Open to the public; members receive a 10 percent discount, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


September 9, Marinette
Fall Plant Sale
Harmony Arboretum

9 a.m. to noon, purchase zone-hardy plants donated and grown by Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers., 715-757-3031.


September 13, Hales Corners
Garden Walk: Conifers
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. Led by Ben Habanek, Boerner horticulturist, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


September 15, Hales Corners
Boerner By Moonlight Family Garden Walk
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Grab your flashlight and explore Boerner by moonlight. Families will be guided for this special nighttime walk. Discover what creatures come out at night. Refreshments  provided after the walk, 6:30 to 8 p.m.


September 16-17, Milwaukee
Orchid Show & Sale
Mitchell Park Conservatory

Orchid displays, exhibits and programs showcasing this amazing exotic plant. An event of the Wisconsin Orchid Society, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit


September 20, Fond du lac
Plants of the Arctic
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Class gives an overview of the variety of plants and the unique challenges they face in the polar environment, touching also on the magnificence of the landscape and the variety of life found here, past and present. Taught by Judy Lasca, 7 p.m.


September 23, Sheboygan
Harvest Happenings
Bookworm Gardens

Farm, food, and festivities. Celebrate autumnal abundance. Embrace local food culture with apple tastings, hands-on activities, and so much more. $5 per person; members free.


September 23-November 5, Milwaukee
Flower Power Fall Floral Show
The Domes

A unique garden show that captures the essence of 60s. An eclectic mix of tie- dyed, brightly colored flowers, including array of specialty mums, multi-colored daisies and topiaries. Peace signs, lava lamps, smiley faces, and all that reflect an era and philosophy of living freely and connecting to Mother Nature. Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


September 23, Janesville
Harvest Moon Gala
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Fundraising event open to the public, with tickets sales beginning July 17. Event 6 to 10 p.m.


September 24, Madison
Thai Fest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Celebrate Thai culture surrounding the Thai Pavilion and Thai Garden at the biennial Thai Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


September 27, Janesville
Over-Wintering Tropical Plants and Favorite Houseplants
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Taught by Patty Bailey, retail manager of Oak Village Garden Center, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $5 for nonmembers; $3 for RBG members; no registration required.


September 29, Madison
Crackle – Fire & Froth
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Watch the flames from bonfires dance on the Great Lawn, groove to the live music, and savor a variety of tasty food and Wisconsin brews, 7 to 10 p.m.


September 30, Wausau
Autumn Fest in the Garden
Monk Gardens

Free pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, and other family fun, activities, and food, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 715-261-6309.




October 6 and 7, Wisconsin Dells
Digging in the Dells: A Gathering for Gardeners

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation’s new signature event. Programs range from two-day package, plus extra tours to Aldo Leopold Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, or a Wisconsin River Boat Tour. Dine with Melinda Myers as she presents “Creating a Pollinator Garden.” Details and registration information,; or call Susan, 715-248-7870. Deadline, September 1.


October 14, Fond du lac
Seed Collection Workshop
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Workshop with a discussion on seeds, including when and how to collect favorite native plants. Learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. Collecting, cleaning, propagation info. Meet at the Arboretum Shelter. 9 a.m. to noon.


October 17, Janesville
Unique Conifers Make a Garden Special
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Learn how to site and select conifers for every garden location. Conifers can improve your garden with tremendous form, phenomenal texture, unusual shapes, seasonal color, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 for nonmembers; $3 for members; no registration required.


October 19, Sheboygan
Boos and Brews
Bookworm Gardens

Celebrate autumn when the night air is crisp and adults get to take over the gardens. Light up the night with thousands of twinkle lights, live music, craft beer, and wine. Adults only (21+) event. Tickets available online.


October 20-21; 26-28, Sheboygan
Happily Haunted Gardens
Bookworm Gardens

The Gardens will be filled with thousands of twinkle lights, live book characters, entertainment, and autumn delights during this spine-tingling event. $5 per person; free for members.


October 21, Fond du lac
Halloween Hike
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

This luminary Halloween hike will introduce five friendly characters talking about how they help the environment. Registration, 7 p.m.; first hike, 7:15 p.m., and every 15 minutes after that. Trail is accessible for strollers and wheel chairs. All ages. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter, 7 to 9 p.m.


October 27, Milwaukee
Ghosts Under Glass
The Domes

A not-too-spooky night for the family with treats and ghostly fun. Advanced tickets recommended. Available online or in the Domes Gift Shop, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit:


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.