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Upcoming Events for Wisconsin

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Through July 16, Madison

Light Gaps
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.; 608-246-4550.




Through May 29, Milwaukee
For The Birds Spring Floral Show
Mitchell Park Conservatory, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


May 7, Hales Corners
9th annual Art at the Gardens Craft Fair
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Browse a unique selection of handmade jewelry, garden art, photography, artwork, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Brunch is available with reservations.


May 12-13, Madison
Plant Sale with the Pros
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Speak with area experts and select the best plants for your garden, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 12; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 13.


May 13, West Bend
30th annual Wildflower and Perennial Sale
Lac Lawrann Conservancy

Perennials, herbs and Wisconsin native plants for wetland, woodland, and prairie gardens, garden accessories and art, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,


May 14, Janesville
Spring Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Sale held at Horticulture Building on Sharon Road, east of Rotary Botanical Gardens. The sale includes a wide range of vegetables, herbs, perennials, and shrubs, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


May 16, Janesville
Rhythm & Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Outdoor concert features The Dave Potter Trio. Held in the Gazebo Garden, rain or shine. If inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors. South Padre Seafood truck for food purchases. Tickets day of, $10 per person, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


May 20, Wautoma
Waushara County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Waushara County Fairgrounds

Perennials, annuals, flowers, fruits, herbs, shrubs, trees, grasses, and vegetables, most home-grown by Master Gardeners, 8 a.m. to noon. Contact: Peggy Morgan,, 715-335-6641.


May 20, Wausau
North Central Wisconsin Master Gardener Plant Sale
Marathon Park Cattle Barn

7 a.m. to noon, Marathon Park Cattle Barn. Free kids planting area. For more information:, or 715-297-5502.


May 20, West Allis
SE WI Master Gardener Perennial Plant Sale
WI State Fair Park DNR Area

There will be thousands of locally grown perennial plants for sun, shade, and pollinators. The sale will be held from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. come rain or shine. For more information and plant lists, visit Facebook: sewmgplantsale. Sale proceeds benefit UW-Extension educational programming in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.


May 22, Green Bay
Family Nature Night: Frogs & Toads
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

GBBG Education Staff, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $5/nonmember per family. Register by May 17, or 920-490-9457.


May 23, Janesville
Lawn Care Basics for the Wisconsin Homeowner
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Paul Koch of the UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology will teach how to have a healthy green lawn, alternative healthy lawn practices, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fee: $3, members; $5, nonmembers, registration not required.


May 24, Milwaukee
Create a Garden with Continuous Bloom, That’s Carefree, Too!
Villa Terrace Museum

Wisconsin Gardening contributor Melinda Myers will focus on plants suited to harsh Wisconsin winters, challenging growing season, and less-than-ideal soil. She’ll highlight plants to provide maximum beauty with minimal care, 7 p.m. For details:


May 25, Green Bay
Native Prairie Plants to Attract Pollinators
Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Justin Kroenig, Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fee: $5. Presented in partnership with UW-Extension and Northeast Wisconsin Master Gardener Association. Register by May 18. or 920-490-9457.


May 27, Sturgeon Bay
Plant Sale
UW Peninsular Research Station

Annual Master Gardener event offers new and unusual plants, as well as old-time favorites, 9 a.m. to noon,




June 3, Waukesha
Perennial Plant Sale
E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Learning Center

Proceeds benefit the Legacy Forest Program, Arbor Day Tree Dedication, Environmental Learning Center and the beautification of the Waukesha County Parks System, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,


June 3, Milwaukee
Torii Gate Festival
Mitchell Park Conservatory

An event of the Milwaukee Chapter 22 of Ikebana International, in partnership with the Friends of the Domes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


June 9, 10, & 11, Almond
Midwest Women's Herbal Conference

Herbal education and personal growth workshops, dance and body movement, singing, nature walks, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of Pickerel Lake.


June 10, Milwaukee
Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show
Mitchell Park Conservatory

through September 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.


June 10, Wausau
Raptors in the Garden
Robert W. Monk Gardens

Visit with the Raptor Education Group and see several raptors up close. Also photo ops, children’s activities, and food for sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 715-261-6309.


June 12, Northville
Country Garden Club of Northville Annual Garden Walk
Six Private Gardens

The annual garden walk will feature six new private gardens in and around the quaint Victorian town and township of Northville. There will be a garden oriented vendor market and lively music on the green as well as complimentary homemade refreshments inside Cady inn for all ticket holders. All of this is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $12, if purchased in advance either direct from Gardenviews Garden Gallery, 127 E. Main Street, 248-380-8881, or through our website:


June 16, Hales Corners
Friends Annual Fundraiser
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Proceeds directly support our Children’s Plant Science & Environmental Education Programs. Music by Terry Smirl Jazz Trio, cocktails (cash bar), garden tours, and hors d’oeuvres. Food stations inside and out in the gardens, 5:30 to 9 p.m.


June 17, Wausau area
Monk Gardens Bus Trips
area gardens

One-day bus trip to garden wonders in other cities. Lunch included. Opportunities to both sightsee and shop., 715-261-6309.


June 17, Madison
Rhapsody In Bloom
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Dine and dance under the sunset at premier gala fundraiser, Rhapsody in Bloom. 5 to 10 p.m.


June 19, Milwaukee
Pollinator Week at The Domes
Mitchell Park Conservatory

Celebrate pollinators with activities, hikes, stories, animal visits, tips, and food samples, 9 a.m. to noon, through the week.


June 21 and 28; July 5 and 12, Fond du Lac
Art in the Prairie
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Nature-inspired art camp for youths 8-12 years old. Kids explore different parts of the Gottfried while using nature to inspire art, crafts, and fun. Guest artists offer a variety of techniques and vision, 9 to11 a.m.. Sessions are weather permitting. Pre-registration required. Fee: $20 for supplies. Contact or 920-940-8869.


June 23, Sheboygan
Solstice Celebration
Bookworm Gardens

When the days are at their longest and adults get to take over the Gardens, light up the night with luminaries, live music, and local beer, 6 to 9 p.m. Adults only (21+) event., 920-287-7895.


June 24, Sheboygan
Pollinator Picnic
Bookworm Gardens

Annual ladybug release, and learn more about the pollinators in your own garden. Birds, bats, bees, beetles, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,, 920-287-7895.


June 24, Menomonee Falls
2017 Garden Mosaics Garden Tour

Six delightful private gardens, plus the Community Memorial Hospital Healing and Vegetable gardens, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Admission: $8 advance, $10 event day. Community League annual fund raiser,; email:, or 414-581-0352.


June 28, Janesville
The Ups and Downs of Wisconsin Weather
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric scientists, will speak about climate trends in Wisconsin, explain forecasting models and unveil the latest long-range forecast, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Steve and Jon are regular guests on WPR’s The Larry Meiller Show. Fee: $3, members; $5, nonmembers. Registration not required.


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.