Botanical Spotlight: Caterpillar

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager One of our most beloved structures at WPS Garden of Lights is the 60-foot Caterpillar tunnel! We have many varieties of caterpillars in the Garden throughout the summer, which will develop into beautiful butterflies. Most butterflies lay eggs in the spring, typically on the underside of a leaf or stem for […]

Botanical Spotlight: Natural Tree

By Lindsay Hendricks, Horticulturist During the holiday season, we decorate the Garden with more than just lights. Indoors, you will see a variety of decorations made from natural materials. Our most prominent feature is our Natural Holiday Tree in the Fischer Visitor Center. All the plant material on this festive tree is from the Garden […]

Botanical Spotlight: Yellow Garden Spider

By Kelle Hartman, Children & Family Educator Hopefully our spider display at WPS Garden of Lights won’t scare you away! Spiders are very beneficial to the Garden. Today, I’d like to highlight just one of those spiders, the Yellow Garden Spider or Argiope aurantia. These spiders are large, beautiful and impressive when seen in your garden […]

Botanical Spotlight: Plants & Flowers

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager Throughout WPS Garden of Lights, you will see a wide variety of beautiful lighted flowers! But what has happened to the natural plants and flowers in the Garden? Our horticulturists have pruned, pulled and planted all around the Garden this fall in preparation for winter, but each plant in the […]

Grand Garden: Moving Dirt

By Susan Garot, Executive Director Through today, 237 individuals, corporations and foundations have made gifts or pledges to ensure the success of this project. We broke ground in October and have been pushing a lot of dirt to create the bowl of the amphitheater, and starting construction on the four structures: a concessions/classroom/restroom facility; the […]

Botanical Spotlight: The Tundra Swan

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager If you’ve ever attended WPS Garden of Lights, you know that the winter garden is filled with a spectacular array of botanical-themed light displays. This WPS Garden of Lights season, we are excited to bring you tales of the natural elements that inspired the lights, and share stories about the plants, animals […]

Grand Garden: “Well” Underway

By Susan Garot, Executive Director The campaign to raise $5 million for the Grand Garden is “well” on its way to success! Construction commenced September 19, with the drilling of a 400 foot well (slightly longer than the length of a football field) by Leo Van De Yacht Well Drilling on the north end of the […]

Twentieth Anniversary

By Susan Garot, Executive Director So many forces are converging on the Garden this 20th anniversary year to ensure greater community relevance and sustainability. First, the board has adopted the following operational goals for the 2016-17 fiscal year (beginning May 1) to continue moving the Garden forward: We are committed to growing visitation and membership by retaining and developing our […]