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Green Bay - 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.



Reviews

Heidi De La Teja

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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
We have been going to the botanical gardens for over 10 years it is a phenomenal place to spend the day and wander around and get lost through all the beauty it's also a great place to have a wedding or any other event. We have worked with all of the event planners over the years and everyone is simply amazing and they treat you like family ! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful place so close to home and would recommend this to everyone of all ages !! As professional photographers we often used the gardens as a perfect backdrop for senior portraits, business portraits and we photograph many weddings there throughout the summer. It's always an honor to work with the staff. Thank you for having us !

Kerrie Lapoehn

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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
We recently visited with a private, corporate event. We had a great experience on a chilly evening touring the gardens in a horse drawn wagon ride, complete with an open fire warm up station. The lights were spectacular and the themes original and unique. I would recommend this as a family, friendly venue with a little something for everyone. Great times!!!

Dawn Ambrosius

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
A very nice well kept Botanical Gardens with very nice & helpful staff. A nice to take a walk in & explore.

Rodney Knoke

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
While I think it’s great that Green Bay has a botanical garden I think their admission price is a little overboard.

Phylis G

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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
This place is beautiful! The garden of lights was so neat, it makes you feel like a child again as you walk through!

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