Your Garden Is For Families

Linda Gustke, Education Manager When you think of the Garden, we hope it brings about many wonderful thoughts. Not only is it a place for peace and tranquility, beautiful flowers and pristine landscaping, but it is also a place where kids can run and play, and discover the wonders all around them. The latter might […]

Grand Garden: Artistry in Stone

By Susan Garot, Executive Director The amphitheater and concession buildings are wrapped in plastic as construction continues in all weather conditions. The masons have been busy putting the stone on the structures, and their work is truly artistic. Watching them place the stones on the structures is like watching a puzzle master complete a 1,000 […]

Garden Planning Tips from Ellen Ecker Ogden

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager As we plan our gardens for the upcoming season, purchasing seeds from a quality source is at the top of the To-Do list. For Ellen Ecker Ogden, the Garden’s Spring Thaw Symposium & Lecture presenter, finding the perfect bench solves the first step to perfect garden design. Her latest blog post, […]

Grand Garden: Walled In

By Mark A. Konlock, Director of Horticulture Despite the cold weather and the random precipitation (rain, snow, freezing rain), Miron and their subcontractors are moving forward nicely on the Grand Garden construction. As you can see in the pictures, the masons are working on the retaining walls and structural walls under cover of a plastic […]

Botanical Spotlight: Dragon

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager As our New Year approaches, I look to one mythical element of WPS Garden of Lights that is a symbol of the Chinese New Year, the Dragon. When I think of dragons, I think of huge, scary, fire-breathing beings that are evil and destructive. But to the Chinese, the dragon […]

Grand Garden: Great Progress

By Susan Garot, Executive Director Are you as amazed as I am to see the changes taking place in our Grand Garden? The mild weather through early December allowed the construction crew to make great progress, putting us a bit ahead of schedule. We anticipate building construction to be completed by end of May 2017, […]

Botanical Spotlight: Winter Solstice

By Linda Gustke, Education Manager Winter Solstice is coming this week! While most people associate the Winter Solstice with the whole day, it is actually at a specific time. It is an astronomical event that occurs when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn (23° 30’ S latitude). This year, the Winter Solstice […]

Botanical Spotlight: Snow & Ice

by Linda Gustke, Education Manager There are many winter themed structures at WPS Garden of Lights, including our striking icicle forest and snowflakes. With the fresh blanket of snow and icicles to come, check out these remarkable snow and ice facts: As most of us know, all snowflakes have 6 sides. But why? When water […]