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Gertrude B. Nielsen Children's Garden


A Place of Discovery and Imagination 

The design and architecture of the Children’s Garden plays on every child’s dream of being a prince or princess, living free in the trees with animals and having one’s very own garden. Its’ a world open to discovery and enchantment—a world that will attract both children and adults. 

The Gertrude B. Nielsen Children’s Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden has been in existence since 1996. The Children’s Garden captures the imagination of children with a tree house, slide, vine maze, re-circulating pond and a giant sundial. Children can learn about the wonders of plants and nature through their exploration of our Einstein Garden, Butterfly Garden, Peter Rabbit Garden, Sensory Garden, Dragon Fly Bridge, and Frog Bridge. More opportunities abound in the Children’s Gardening Patch, Compost Demonstration Area and Wetting Zoo. The plantings, frogs and fish in the Children’s Garden are an important basis for the curriculum in our field trip programs. The official size of the Children’s garden is 0.5 acres. However, with expanded area in the Children’s Gardening Patch, the Wetting Zoo and Compost Demonstration area, the Children’s Garden encompasses nearly 1 acre. Hundreds of children of all ages visit the Garden throughout the year and an additional 300 children come through on scheduled school and day care visits. It’s truly and amazing garden that neither words nor pictures do justice. The best way to experience the Gertrude B. Nielson Children’s Garden is to visit it! 

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