Wisconsin’s Beautiful Botanicals

As they say, April showers bring May flowers. Spring is the perfect time of year for botanical gardens to flaunt their true colors. We rounded up a handful of Wisconsin gardens known to truly blossom in the spring… pun intended.

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Located in Hales Corners, Boerner Botanical Gardens boasts several different gardens, including a trial garden where new plant varieties are tested for regional performance, and a rose garden that dates back to the 1930s. Guests can also find a wide array of events. Bartolotta’s caters a brunch every Sunday, and there are garden walks every Wednesday. Bring the kids for one of the many family-friendly activities hosted by Boerner, including “An Evening with Flower Fairies” on June 24 or “A Walk with the Fireflies” on July 29.

Riverside International Friendship Gardens

Travel the world without breaking the bank! A trip to the Riverside International Friendship Gardens in La Crosse ensures you’ll see exotic landscapes without ever leaving Wisconsin. La Crosse is Sister Cities with six locations around the world: Dubna, Russia; Bantry, Ireland; Epinal, France; Friedburg, Germany; Førde, Norway; and Luoyang, China. These relationships create an exchange of efforts in many different areas, including health care, public policy and business. Each garden at the Riverside International Friendship Gardens is modeled after a garden from one of the Sister Cities. No passport required!

Paine Art Center, Oshkosh

Paine Art Center and Gardens

The decadent and decorative live together in the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. Not only does the center boast over a dozen gardens, but it is the site of the Paine Estate, a mansion with an extensive art collection. There’s even a hands-on Family Discovery Gallery in the lower level of the estate.

What are your favorite blooms of spring? Where do you like to go to see them?

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