Planning a visit to the Garden? Here are some ideas for what to see and do:
Power Hour with Children
Visit with Children
Pack a Picnic
On a Hot Day
- With 47 acres of Garden to explore, where do you start with just one hour? Here are some suggestions: Visit the Vanderperren English Cottage Garden for a vibrant mix of “old fashioned” flower varieties, herbs and vegetables.
- Enjoy the color in the Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden. View the hardy shrub, hybrid tea, grandiflora and floribunda roses.
- Zip to the Kress Oval Garden for a show of roses and season spanning perennials.
- Be sure to take a photo with George and Marguerite Kress before moving on.
- Dart through the arbors and below the Schierl Wellhouse into the Herb Display Garden.
- Finish with a relaxing stroll through the Larsen Orchard Remnant before making your way back to the Fischer Visitor Center.
Power Hour with Children
- Race to the Thome Fountain. Sit on the edge of the fountain and try to catch a stray splash of water or look for a rainbow in the mist created.
- Beeline to the Stumpf Belvedere for an eagle eye view of the Nielsen Children’s Garden.
- Save time by rolling down the hill towards the Nielsen’s Children’s Garden.
- Ride the slide, find the fish and tell the time with the sundial.
- Skip under the trees to the Wetting Zoo and water your favorite animal.
- If you have time, stop by the Herb Display Garden to find the fairies hiding in the Fairy Garden.
Visit with Children
If you are visiting the Garden with children, encourage them to actively explore the areas listed below. If you look closely, you’ll be certain to see not only flowers but also insects and other animals. Check our calendar before coming to see a list of family classes and story times.
Upper Formal Gardens:
- Wander through the Larsen Orchard Remnant. How many birds can you hear calling from the trees? Can you find any toads hiding among the fern in the flower beds?
- Use your senses in the Herb Display Garden. Can you find the peppermint plant to smell? What about the lemon balm?
- Explore the Kress Oval Garden. Look for butterflies sitting on flowers and bees pollinating.
- Take your picture with George and Marguerite Kress. What instrument is George playing? What kind of flower is Marguerite holding?
- Go on a color search in the Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden. How many different colors can you find? Which color smells the best?
- Search for vegetables in the Vanderperren English Cottage Garden. How many kinds can you find? Which veggies do you like to eat?
- Stop on the Dragonfly Bridge and count the koi fish. How many can you see? What colors are they?
- Hide under the mulberry trees and make up a story. What would it be like to be a chipmunk? What would you do if you were a worm?
- Find your way through the maze. How long did it take you to find the exit? Did you find a stone with a face on it? Get a bird’s eye view from the tree house and ride the slide.
- Search for Peter Rabbit hiding in Mr. McGregor’s Garden.
- Name the colors in the Rainbow Garden. Can you use the sundial in the center to tell the time?
- Water the animals in the Wetting Zoo. Can you name all the animals that live there?
- Check in the mailboxes for other fun activities!
Approximately 20 of Green Bay Botanical Garden’s 47 acres of garden areas have paved walkways and are accessible to visitors with mobility impairment.. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for use free of charge, subject to availability. We recommend staying in the upper, formal gardens for easiest mobility.
Upper Formal Gardens:
- Have a seat under the pergola in the Vanderperren English Cottage Garden and keep an eye out for the various birds, butterflies and bees that frequent this garden. Great visual stimulation as there are many different flower varieties filling this small garden.
- Enjoy the beauty of the best in hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, and David Austin® English roses as you sit on one of the many benches overlooking the Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden.
- The Stumpf Belvedere sits atop a hillside and steals magnificent views of the Kress Oval Garden and Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden and looks across the valley to the Nielsen Children’s Garden, King Shade Garden, Jenquine Pavilion & Overlook Garden and Partnership Gardens. Have a seat on the seating wall and take in all there is to see! Also a great location to catch a breeze on a warm summer day.
- Enjoy the views of the Kress Oval Garden, a contemporary rose garden, from one of the benches, or sit with George and Marguerite and appreciate the beauty of the roses.
- Relax on a bench near the Thome Fountain under the shade of the Adirondack crab apples and enjoy the sights and sounds of the fountain. From here you can delight in the views of the Kress Oval Garden, Schneider Terrace and Schierl Wellhouse.
- Bask in the cool shade of the Schierl Wellhous where you can view the Larsen Orchard Remnant, Wellhouse Garden, Color Foliage Garden and Kress Oval Garden. Have a seat on the bench and enjoy a view of the Schneider Terrace.
Lower Gardens: If you’d like to venture into the lower gardens, the blacktop path leading down from the Stumpf Belvedere is accessible.
- Visit the King Shade Garden, an oasis of shade and shade-loving plants. Relax on one of the many seating areas throughout the Garden as you are calmed by the sounds of the meandering stream.
- Explore the Baer Perennial Garden and enjoy the view from the overlook.
- Be a kid again with a stroll through the Nielsen Children’s Garden.
Pack a Picnic
- Picnic tables in the Meyer Bridge Woods offer a shady retreat on hot days. Parents can relax while children enjoy the Wetting Zoo. Just a short walk from the Nielsen Children’s Garden.
- The West Terrace and Thome Patio offer tables that just outside the Fischer Visitor Center. Perfect for those who want to enjoy views of the Garden but are not able to do much walking. Umbrellas offer shade on hot and sunny days.
- Bring your favorite blanket and picnic in our Johnson Woodland Garden or Wood Memorial Grove. Both locations are shaded and quiet, perfect for those seeking a more private area to have a picnic.
On a Hot Day
- Visit the Birch Tree Garden, a short walk from the Fischer Visitor Center. Relax on a bench as you are cooled by the shade of river birch trees. A perfect setting for bird enthusiasts as this is a frequent stop for our feathered friends looking to cool off in the bird bath or to grab a snack from the birdfeeder.
- Take a walk through the Johnson Woodland Garden. Just a quick stroll from the Fischer Visitor Center, this garden oasis provides ample shade as you enjoy native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
- Venture out on our lower woodchip trails that wind through the wooded areas of the Garden and past the back pond. Take a seat on the Discovery Dock and dip your feet in the cool water. Keep an eye out for wildlife as this is a frequent stop for groups of passing ducks and geese!
- Visit the King Shade Garden, an oasis of shade and shade-loving plants. Relax on one of the many seating areas throughout the garden as you are calmed by the sounds of the meandering, burbling stream.
- Take a stroll through the Larsen Orchard Remnant and cool off in the shade of the beautiful apple trees.
- Stopover at the Thome Fountain. Relax in the shade of the Adirondack crab apples while seated on one of the surrounding benches. For an extra ‘cool’ experience, sit on the edge of the fountain and you might catch a stray splash of water!
- Do some shopping in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop. When you are finished, stop by the Visitor Services Desk for some refreshments and snacks and take a seat in one of our lounge chairs. Relax as you overlook Magnolia Grove, the West Terrace and the Thome Patio.
- Enjoy the air conditioning in the Hendrickson Horticultural Resource Center. Check out books from the Hartman Garden Library, view resources from the UW-Extension Plant Health Clinic regarding plant health or watch garden-related videos in the Armbrust Theater.
For an inexpensive but impressive date, visit the Garden in any season.
- Take your date on an intimate picnic in our Johnson Woodland Garden or Wood Memorial Grove. Both locations are shaded and quiet, perfect for those seeking a more private area to get to know someone.
- Afterwards, take a stroll through the quiet, woodland trails past the pond and back to the Fischer Visitor Center.
- For an all-inclusive date, savor culinary delights by area restaurants, caterers and wineries at Tastebud. Enjoy live music and be sure to check out the live plant auction exhibiting rare and unusual plants donated from across the state.
- Garden Fair is another great date for anyone looking to make a day out of finding innovative ideas for both the home and garden. Here you will find vendors from across the state selling various garden-related items. Stop by our food tent for snacks and refreshments while enjoying some live entertainment.
- For a romantic evening, bring a date to one of our Sanimax Concerts. Enjoy live music in the beautiful setting of the Schneider Terrace. Bring a scrumptious picnic dinner to enjoy. In the evening, the sky sparkles, the frogs sing and the atmosphere is breathtaking.
- Come to WPS Garden of Lights for a dreamy, snowy walk through a stunning winter landscape featuring botanical light displays inspired by natural features. We witness numerous engagements during this event each year!
With approximately 2 miles of trails and paths to walk on, there are many opportunities to Get Fit in the Garden.
- Do a power-walk on your lunch break through the upper gardens. The more often you walk, the more opportunities you have to see the Garden change throughout the seasons.
- Bring your kids in their stroller. Pushing a stroller over wood chip paths and up inclines provides a great resistance workout.
- Strap your little one into your baby-carrier and take a hike through the Garden. Carrying that extra weight will help increase the calories burned during your walk. With over a mile of trails winding through the woods and around the pond, you have a great opportunity to burn calories while observing native wildlife.
- Looking for an extra leg work out? Walk down to the King Shade Garden and Jenquine Pavilion & Overlook Garden where you will find paths with varying grades of steepness, as well as a few sets of stairs to walk up and down.
The Garden has many areas that provide natural food sources for birds. Favorite bird watching areas include:
See if you can spot the following birds:
||Black and White Warbler
|Rose Breasted Grossbeak
||Black Throated Blue
|Black Throated Green
||Broad Winged Hawks
||Red Eyed Vireos
|Pied Billed Grebes
||Purple Finch Swainson’s Thrushes
|Red Breasted Nuthatch
Not only is the Garden home to various forms of plant life, it is home to various forms of wildlife as well. As you walk through the Garden, see if you can spot the following:
||Deer (hopefully not!)
Get to know Green Bay Botanical Garden! Check out a S.E.E.D. Pack to help you Search, Explore, Experience and Discover the Garden.
Within the Packs are short lessons accompanied by hands-on activities. These activities include games, scavenger hunts and observation activities that encourage children to explore the Garden more closely help them develop a better appreciation for nature!
Discovery – The activities in this pack are suitable for visitors as young as preschool age and will help them explore the many gardens we have.
Gardening – Kids will see what it takes to be a gardener by learning about plants, searching for different types of veggies and planting their own garden.
Birds and Butterflies – Children can use the equipment in this pack to learn more about our winged friends that live in the Garden.
Forestry – Children will find out why trees are so important and learn how to identify the trees in the Garden.
Cost & Availability
S.E.E.D. Packs are available during our regular business hours and can be checked out for no additional charge with paid admission.
Group S.E.E.D. Packs – Self Guided Tour
Groups are invited to explore the Garden at their own pace while adding interactive elements with a Group S.E.E.D. Pack. These group backpacks provide hands-on opportunities with enough supplies for up to ten children. One pack is available in each of the four themes.
For more information about S.E.E.D Packs, contact our Children & Family Educator, Kelle Hartman at 920.491.3691 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.