Celebrate Spring in Wisconsin’s Gardens

It’s true. In Wisconsin, we really do love our snow. But the coming of spring is still something to celebrate. Wisconsin is in bloom, and all over the state, glorious gardens welcome you.

What you’ll find in a garden depends on what you’re looking for. These beautiful spaces can give you a quiet retreat, an energizing walk, or inspiration for your own gardening. For families, gardens offer a chance to spend time together in the fresh air, learning, being active, and developing an appreciation for nature.

We’ve selected gardens that are open year-round (some even have free admission!)– so hang onto this list, even when the snow starts falling again. Many of these gardens offer classes and other special events, so check online for great excuses to visit throughout the year.

From local garden centers to big-league botanical gardens, we dig ’em:

Allen Centennial Gardens – Madison

The public garden and outdoor teaching garden for UW-Madison’s Horticulture Department, on the 2.5-acre grounds of a Victorian home.

Aztalan Fields Garden Center – Jefferson

Garden center and gift shop on a 19th century farm setting with gardens and growing fields.

Congdon Gardens – Delavan

Five gardens with flowers, shrubs, and trees, surrounding a serene pond.

The Garden Door – Sturgeon Bay

Highlights include a fairie garden, double kaleidoscope, koi pond, children's play area, butterfly garden, and a sound tunnel.

Gardens of the Fox Cities – Appleton

35-acre public garden with a Frank Lloyd Wright-style learning center.

Gardens of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center – Kohler

Four-season gardens among extraordinary art and architecture, with heirloom plants and trees.

Green Bay Botanical Garden – Green Bay

47 acres of gardens that reflect the diversity of Northeastern Wisconsin's four seasons.

Monches Farm – Colgate

Garden store and gift shop with extensive display gardens and growing fields.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Madison

16 acres of outdoor gardens with surprises including a Thai pavilion, reflecting pool, and peaceful stream. Helpful hint: Their schedule of plants in bloom is a great resource for learning fun floral facts and planning your garden visits.

Platteville Community Arboretum – Platteville

A variety of gardens and natural areas along the Rountree Branch Bike/Pedestrian trail.

Rotary Botanical Gardens – Janesville 

An award winning, 20-acre botanical showcase filled with awe-inspiring gardens; home to many dramatic and themed gardens. 

Restoration Gardens – Kohler

Gift shop, garden center, and bistro on seven landscaped acres of an old farmstead. 

For more ways to celebrate springtime in Wisconsin, check our listings for Outdoor Fun

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