The Green Bay Botanical Garden

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  2. February 24, 2013 3:01 am

The Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Botanical Garden Is Colorful Place

Located on 47 acres at 2600 Larsen Road, t he Green Bay Botanical Garden is one of the most colorful spots in the city.

The garden is open year ‘round to showcase the best of northern Wisconsin’s flora during each season. The garden opened in 1996, though local horticulturists had been working toward a botanical garden since 1978.

The garden is situated on land that was once an orchard farmed by William Larsen, who started a wholesale produce business there in the 1880s. The orchard was later acquired by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for a school. The school, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, added wetlands walkways, and hiking and ski trails for general recreational use by the public.

Today, the Green Bay Botanical Garden has more than 20 unique gardens, each showcasing a different foliage or purpose. There’s a children’s garden, named for Gertrude B. Nielsen, that has a butterfly garden, Peter Rabbit Garden and Frog Bridge, all designed to give children an appreciation for plants and creatures such as frogs and dragon flies. There’s also an English cottage garden as well at a Vietnam Veteran Grove that is a xeriscape garden, i.e., one that requires little watering. Two new gardens are scheduled to open in 2013: The Jon Wos Patio, named for a garden supporter, and the Arndt Conifer Center, which will feature 330 kinds of conifers.

The garden is child-friendly. In addition to their own garden, activities for children include horticulture classes, which are also offered for adults, a summer camp program and a backyard campout.

The botanical garden is a popular place with photographers. Many newlyweds have their wedding pictures taken here; high school students choose to have their senior photos taken here.

An admission fee is charged.

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