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Upcoming Events for Wisconsin

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Through 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.




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:




November 2, Madison
The Other Annuals
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Paul Drobot, owner of Perennial Landscapes in Muskego, will discuss tender perennials, not-so-often-used annuals, and heirloom annuals for your gardens, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Limited space, register deadline: October 26. Cost: $15 nonmembers, $12 members.

November 4, Janesville
Fall Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens

This daylong event will be devoted to landscape design, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


November 9 and 15, Fond du Lac
Create a Winter Wreath and Swag
Ice Age Visitor Center and Lakeside Pavilion

Using a variety of natural materials, create a beautiful wreath and swag that will enhance your home’s winter décor. Please bring along a pruning shears and gloves. Registration required, 920-940-8869, $20. Please note that this class will be offered four separate times, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first two will be held at the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest Ice Age Center near Dundee, and the other two at Lakeside Park Pavilion in Fond du Lac. For more info:


November 15, Janesville
Evergreen Arrangement Make-and-Take
Rotary Botanical Gardens

With Patty Bailey’s instruction, design and take home a beautiful arrangement for either indoor or outdoor use, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Materials, including greenery, ribbon, and colorful fillers, will be provided to create a swag; bring your own container or fillers if desired, $25, members, $30, nonmembers. Limit 20 participants. Pre-registration required by November 13.

November 17, Madison
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich Botanical Gardens  
Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs. 7 to 11 p.m.


Nov. 17 – Jan. 8, Oshkosh
Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine Museum and Gardens

The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle,” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved holiday fairy tale. There are three different ways to visit and enjoy the fantasy experience of Nutcracker in the Castle. Guests may take Self-Guided Tours, Candlelight Tours, and Guided Tours, with each offered at separate times. Guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café. Visit, or call 920-235-6903 for specific hours and admission.

November 18, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Fall Front Doors
Bookworm Gardens

Join Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa for a celebration of the changing seasons. Prepare your porch for the transition from fall into winter with natural materials that will withstand the chilly temps and add a pop of color to your home. Adults only (21+) event. Session 1 from 10 a.m.  12 p.m. or Session 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets available online, $30 members/$35 non-members.


Nov. 18 – Jan. 7, Milwaukee
Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Celebrate the season by viewing an incredible holiday display at the Domes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, Green Bay
WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden

At least 250,000 twinkling lights create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends at the Garden this winter. Discover a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays, featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, and a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar. 5 to 8:30 p.m. daily.

November 24-25, Janesville
Holiday Light Show Preview Weekend
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the Holiday Light Show over the Thanksgiving holiday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

November 29, Janesville
Plant Selection for Four-Season Garden Interest
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Horticulture Director Mark Dwyer will share photos of his favorite plants that contribute all four seasons in the garden., 6:30 to 8 p.m., $5, nonmembers; $3,  RBG Friends members, no registration required.



December 2-31, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens. Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society from all over the state show off their model trains, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; $5, adults, $3, children, ages 3 to 12.

December 5, Madison
Evergreen Swag Making Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Evergreen swags smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, to decorate your own door swag with natural and other materials. Fresh evergreen swag, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one 24-30 inch long swag, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Limited space; registration deadline, November 28. Cost: $54 nonmember; $43 member.

December 9, Madison
Herbal Gift Making
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself, including lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, under the direction of Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs, 1 to 5 p.m. All supplies and decorative packaging provided. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up, with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space, register by November 30, $75 nonmembers, $60 members.

December 9, Sheboygan
Floral Design: Winter Wreaths
Bookworm Gardens

Special holiday workshop at the Gardens with Garden and Facilities Manager Allissa. Sip on cider while you learn wreath-making techniques that will carry you through the winter season. Dress warmly, this is an indoor/outdoor workshop. Adults only (21+) event. Choose Session 1, 10 a.m. to noon; or Session 2, 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets online, $30 members; $35 nonmembers.

December 29, Wausau
Luminary Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Family, friends (and dogs) welcomed to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk (or hike) ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. Walks are with or without snow. Check for severe weather advisories, 715-261-6309.

December 31, Milwaukee
New Year’s Eve Family Festival
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

A celebration for families at the Domes, a night of entertainment, music, food, and more. m


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.