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Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Botanical Garden
2600 Larsen Road
920-490-9457

Mission:

Green Bay Botanical Garden stimulates an appreciation for and an understanding of the world of horticulture and the enduring relationships between plants and people. Through our volunteers and staff, we serve people of all ages by providing year-round educational and recreational experiences within an environment that enriches, inspires and refreshes.

History:

Research into the history of the property Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG) is developed on reveals a rich horticultural past. The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) property, or as it is commonly known, "the old Larsen orchard", was originally part of a vast acreage owned by the William Larsen family of Green Bay. This acreage lay within the Town of Hobart, on what was once Oneida Indian Reservation Land. According to a 1951 edition of “The Wisconsin Magazine”, William Larsen founded a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in 1882 and marketed the produce in the surrounding Green Bay area. In 1880, Larsen expanded his business into a canning operation and founded what we know today as Agrilink Foods. Vegetables processed by the company were grown on its own farms, which by that time comprised almost 3,000 acres. The Brown County register of deed office reveals that the 65-acre GBBG site was acquired by Larsen, parcel by parcel, in the early part of the 20th century (the earliest plots were bought in 1909, the latest in 1915).

According to James Wagner, former treasurer of the Larsen Co. (now Agrilink Foods), apples from this orchard were canned into applesauce by the company during WWII. Apples were also sold at the company apple store, located near Larsen Co. on North Broadway. Later, the orchard became a pick-your-own operation, which was in business until the property began to be sold off.

After years of horticultural use, the property entered a transitional stage. In 1969, NWTC bought a 198-acre property, including the Larsen orchard on which the school was built. The orchard property was upgraded in the late 1970’s to encourage passive recreational use by the general public. Under the direction of NWTC, the US Army Corps of Engineers built a wetlands walkway and a lookout tower, established cross-country ski trails and constructed the drainage system that resulted in the creation of the pond. The orchard site became a place for the general public to ski, hike, walk, startle a browsing deer, photograph a wildflower and to enjoy seasonal changes.



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Upcoming Events at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Snowflake Fantasy on Fabric

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Snowflake Fantasy on Fabric

Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
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Snowshoe Hike

Hatha Yoga

Monday, Jan 14, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Hatha Yoga

Homemade Pasta

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Homemade Pasta

Garden Sprouts: Silly Snowmen

Friday, Jan 18, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30pm
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Garden Sprouts: Silly Snowmen

Snowshoe Hike

Monday, Jan 21, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Snowshoe Hike

Hatha Yoga

Monday, Jan 21, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Hatha Yoga

New & Emerging Insect Threats

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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New & Emerging Insect Threats

Winter in the Garden

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Winter in the Garden

Hatha Yoga

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Hatha Yoga

Monday, Feb 4, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Chocolate Nirvana

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Travelogue: Pomeranian Roots

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Travelogue: Pomeranian Roots

Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
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Hatha Yoga

Monday, Feb 11, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Beginning Beekeeping

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Garden Sprouts: Hot Chocolate Fun

Friday, Feb 15, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
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Garden Sprouts: Hot Chocolate Fun

Quilting: Flower Power

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Travelogue: Four Great & Glorious English Gardens

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Travelogue: Four Great & Glorious English Gardens

Proper Tree Planting

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Proper Tree Planting

Snowshoe Hike

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Snowshoe Hike

Quilting: Flower Power

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Shade Gardening with Hostas

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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