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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.




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.




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.


Through July 25, Madison
Summer Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn each Tuesday through July 25, 7 to 8 p.m.


July 7 and August 11, Sheboygan
Sprouts and Seedlings Preschool Play Time
Bookworm Gardens

Monthly program for children ages 2-6 and a parent. $10 per parent and child pair.


July 8, Wisconsin Rapids
18th Annual Garden Walk

Six area gardens, chef demonstrations, art in the gardens. Admission $10. Tickets available from Wood County Extension Office, Master Gardener Volunteers and other area businesses, or at the gardens day of the walk. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Barb Herreid, 715-325-2075, or


July 11-13, Algoma
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Ebert Enterprises

Largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in nation. Three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings, and technological developments. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 daily; $14 entire show,,


July 12, Green Bay
Nature Sleuths
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Someone has destroyed Mr. McGregor’s prize tomato plant! Learn about the lives of garden animals and why they may be suspects, then go on a scavenger hunt in search for clues. For ages 6-8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 920-490-9457.


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

Tour exquisite private gardens created and maintained by talented home gardeners. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


July 15, Wausau
Bus Trip
Area gardens

Daylily shopping trip to Pondside Gardens in Kiel and Solaris Farms in Reedsville, includes lunch. Sponsored by the Monk Botanical Gardens. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


July 18, Janesville
Rhythm and Blooms
Rotary Botanical Gardens

“Gary the Band” will perform in this outdoor concert in the Gazebo Garden, rain or shine (indoors in inclement weather). South Padre Seafood truck available for food purchases. Tickets may be purchased day-of. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.


July 20, Janesville
Favorite Perennials for the Late Summer and Fall Garden
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Nancy Nedveck, co-owner of the Flower Factory nursery in Stoughton, gives the inside scoop on the best plants for our hottest weather and for the fall. 6:30  8 p.m. $5 for nonmembers, $3 for RBG Friends. No registration required.


July 24, Janesville
Garden Photography for Beginners
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Taught by Marsha Mood, a RBG volunteer photographer. Camera basics, composition, editing, photography in the Gardens. 6 - 8 p.m.


July 29, Fond du Lac
Prairie Fest
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Pollinator Palooza is the theme. Prairie Fest is a free family outdoor celebration of prairie, wildlife, and nature with seminars, activities, fun for all ages. 8 a.m., on E the grounds of UW Fond du Lac.


July 30, Hales Corners
Enchanted Evening
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Discover fairies in the flower beds and magic around every corner in this special free event in the gardens. Firefly catch-and-release, 8 p.m. 414-525-5653,




August 5, Hancock
Open House and Tour
Hancock Research Station

The gardens open for tours with Master Gardener Volunteers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food, vendors, tours. For more information: Peggy Morgan, 715-335-6641,


August 15, Spooner
Annual Twilight Tour and Speaker Symposium
MG Teaching and Display Garden

Tour the award-winning Teaching and Display Garden. Includes speakers, displays, demonstrations, sampling. Master Gardener Volunteers, others available to answer gardening questions and identify plant, insect, and disease samples., 715-635-3735.


August 19 & 20, Madison
Wisconsin Daylily Sale
Olbrich Gardens

27th annual event, all plants donated by members of the Wisconsin Daylily Society. Come early for the best selection. Portion of proceeds benefit a Wisconsin non-profit with a horticultural mission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.


August 24 & 26, Wausau
Garden Adventure: Wild Wild West
Monk Botanical Gardens

Adults-only chuck wagon buffet, beverages, western music, and dancing on Thursday. Western-themed family fun day, Saturday. Top off the Old West experience at the Sundown Bar on Saturday night.


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.