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Children's Garden Expansion Project

Nurturing a Love of Nature for All Time

The current Nielsen Children’s Garden includes a slide tower surrounded by Mr. McGregor’s Garden, a maze, a koi pond, and the Stumpf Hobbit House restroom. In 2023, the expansion will build upon these beloved favorites surrounding the Gertrude B. Nielsen Village, with a wide variety of new areas to enjoy.

The Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden will include a number of unique features including the:

The project also includes nature-based art sculptures from well-known artists from across the country that will help to tell the engaging and educational stories of nature. Families will be able to experience the wonder of the Wisconsin wild and learn together, instilling a love of nature for all time. 

Help Your Child Grow as a Giver

Inspire a young person in your life to feel the joy of giving! Giving to the Garden can teach kids that everyone’s time, energy, and resources are important, no matter the size.

Your child’s donation will help plant more than 500 trees and 20,000 perennial plants in the Bell Children’s Garden, and they’ll see their impact first-hand with our kid-centric donor wall.

Connecting nature, play, and learning, we are so excited to transform our current Children’s Garden into a natural wonderland where children in our community and their families discover delight and wonder in their surroundings, and along the way, create memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Children’s Garden Expansion Project, contact Susan Garot, President & Chief Executive Officer, at 920.491.3691 ext. 102 or sgarot@gbbg.org or Cindy Berton, Director of Development, at ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.

Construction Updates

11.10.22: Tree Houses, Snails, & More

The warmer temperatures last week had us smiling! Boldt Construction and our Horticulture Team took advantage of the short heat up and are doing as much as they can in the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden before the ground freezes.

We finally had some of the structural steel pieces arrive for The George Kress Foundation Tree Houses! Supply chain issues delayed them, but now Boldt is hard at work setting up these important foundational parts of the tree houses. Plus, they’ve started putting together the Schanock Family Hillside Tunnel & Cave where kids of all ages will learn about the Niagara Escarpment and how glaciers helped form the northeast Wisconsin landscape.

Boldt also placed the berries and bird poop kids will discover near the Birdseed sculpture, sponsored by the Les Stumpf Ford Family in the Rosemann Family Field Vegetable Garden, and Diane Conway (Board Chair) tested out one of the snail spring riders in the KC Stock Foundation Mushroom Jumper Play Area… looks like a blast, Diane!

Boldt continues to make great progress on the Maintenance Shed too, which is sponsored by AmerHart and is located behind the Stumpf Hobbit House. 

10.27.22: Mushrooms, Berries, & More

10.27.22: Mushrooms, Berries, & More

Boldt Construction and our Horticulture Team are continuing their hard work in the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden! Mushrooms have been installed in the KC Stock Foundation Mushroom Jumper Play Area, berries arrived for the Rosemann Family Field Vegetable Garden, and more perennials are going into the ground while the weather cooperates. 

Plus, our Horticulture Team finished planting more than 33,000 spring blooming bulbs this October, including some in areas of the Bell Children’s Garden! 

10.13.22: Lily Pad Splash Play Sculptures

10.13.22: Lily Pad Splash Play Sculptures

More animals have arrived at the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden! The turtle, frog, and more have taken their spots in the Gail Fischer Family Lily Pad Splash Pad area. Get a behind-the-scenes look in the splash pad area as well as progress in the Michael & Judith Parrish Family Raindrop Garden!

Both Boldt Construction and our Horticulture Team are busy getting as much done as they can while the weather is relatively nice including finishing up the Lodge Shelter, testing the water features, and planting more perennials.  

Are you or the littles in your life still interested in donating to our Kids Giving Campaign? There’s still time to get involved. Their donation will help our Horticulture Team and volunteers plant more than 500 trees and 20,000 perennial plants in the Bell Children’s Garden. Plus, they’ll get to see their impact first-hand with our kid-centric donor wall! 

Learn more about how you can help the child in your life grow as a giver or if you’ve made a donation, make sure you stop at the Garden to get your special edition t-shirt.

9.28.22: New Sculptures in Bell Children's Garden

9.28.22: New Sculptures in Bell Children’s Garden

Animals have started taking over the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden! Boldt Construction recently installed the Cedar Waxwing on Grass sculpture (above) and statues for the Patricia Schneider Council of Critters, including the badgers pictured below, arrived in the last two weeks. We also started installing the roof of the Lodge and continued with various plantings in the Raindrop Garden thanks to the hard work of our Horticulture Team. 

If you’re interested in our unique giving opportunity for the kids in your life, there’s still time to donate. Their donation will help our Horticulture Team and volunteers plant more than 500 trees and 20,000 perennial plants in the Bell Children’s Garden. Plus, they’ll get to see their impact first-hand with our kid-centric donor wall! 

Learn more about how you can help the child in your life grow as a giver, and they’ll get a special edition t-shirt (see below) while supplies last.

That’s it for this week. Happy Fall!

9.14.22: Planting Started in Raindrop Garden

9.14.22: Plantings Started in Raindrop Garden

Boldt Construction is continuing their building of areas in the Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden this month, including the Michael & Judith Parrish Family Raindrop Garden, Gail Fischer Family Lily Pad Splash Pad, and Cornerstone Foundation Wetland Deck & Stream Terrace Garden.

The Horticulture Team has also planted some trees and shrubs in the Raindrop Garden!

If you’re planning to attend our upcoming Fall Family Festival later in September, you’ll be able to see some of these areas from afar on the other side of the fence.

If you’re interested in our unique giving opportunity for the kids in your life, there’s still time to donate. Their donation will help our Horticulture Team and volunteers plant more than 500 trees and 20,000 perennial plants in the Bell Children’s Garden. Plus, they’ll get to see their impact first-hand with our kid-centric donor wall! 

Head to our website to learn more about how you can help the child in your life grow as a giver or stop at our booth during Fall Family Festival from 10 am-2 pm, and they’ll get a special edition t-shirt while supplies last.