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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

Justin Peterson

Rating:
Sunday, July 29, 2018
A beautiful garden with plenty of events year round. It’s a great spot to stop if you’re in town during the spring, summer or fall to see all of the flowers blooming at different times of the year. Even in the winter, the botanical gardens do not disappoint. They decorate the grounds with thousands of lights and put on a garden of lights show and the kids love it. The grounds are beautiful and are also great for a wedding as well. They have a few areas to choose from for your ceremony, and based on your invite list, you can find the perfect spot for special day.

Joanna Alanis

Rating:
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
I've been meaning to get here for awhile now and finally managed it. Now I'm just sad I waited so long. It's gorgeous and just a beautiful walk! The parts are easy to walk on. Some are paved, some are grass. The kids area is super cute and the vine maze was a blast! The variety of plants they have it's truly amazing. Definitely worth many trips and I can't wait to go to their Christmas lights in winter.

Rory Collins

Rating:
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Admission is 10 dollars for adults which is fine. Children are a lesser charge. But don't bring small children being potty trained if you go. The garden is quite vast and there's only one remote bathroom facility which is difficult to get to in short notice. Older kids and infants would be great to stroll with. toddlers not recommended. there's also water hazards throughout the area. Otherwise the gardens are beautiful. I would go again being better prepared.

Jen Karsten

Rating:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Beautiful grounds with well labeled plant life. So much to take in and enjoy. I could easily spend hours soaking up the sounds of rustling leaves and creaking trees on a breezy afternoon here. Green Bay Botanical Gardens has a beautiful deck to sit and enjoy your lunch, a huge amphitheater and well cared for bathroom facilities. There's even a nice little playground so the children can expend some energy! Great place to spend the day with family or all to yourself!

Juanita Zavala

Rating:
Friday, July 27, 2018
My daughters' and I absolutely lived this place. Reasonably priced and you can either venture on your own or get a S.E.E.D pack or a have the younger kids complete a scavenger hunt. If it is a hot day there is plenty of shade. Make it a day and pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic near the children's garden.

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Upcoming Events at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Nature Connects Exhibit

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Nature Connects Exhibit

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Express Garden Tour

Monday, Aug 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
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Children's Story Time

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 10:30am
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Cookouts: BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesday

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
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Buy One Get One Admission

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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Discovery Station: BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays Garden to Glass

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Macro Photography

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 at 5:30pm
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Grass Roots Festival

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Express Garden Tour

Monday, Aug 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
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Children's Story Time

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 10:30am
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Cookouts: BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesday

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
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Buy One Get One Admission

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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Discovery Station: BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesdays Garden to Glass

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Field to Fork

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 5:00pm
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Family Class: Garden Pizzas

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 at 10:30am
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Grandparent's Day at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Sunday, Sep 9, 2018 at 9:00am
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Express Garden Tour

Monday, Sep 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
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Weed & Feed

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 at 5:00pm
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Writing and Preserving Garden Memories

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 at 1:00pm
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Hip Hop 101

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Express Garden Tour

Monday, Sep 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
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Papermaking with Nature

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 5:00pm
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Garden Sprouts: Birds of a Feather

Friday, Sep 21, 2018 at 10:00am
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Brews, Bistros & Bonfires

Friday, Sep 21, 2018 at 6:30pm
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Express Garden Tour

Monday, Sep 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
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Fall Family Festival

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 at 9:00am
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Improve Your Fitness: The Wonder of Movement

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Family Meal Magic

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Improve Your Fitness: The Wonder of Movement

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Digital Audio Arts

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Garden Sprouts: Leaf Play

Friday, Oct 12, 2018 at 10:00am
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Improve Your Fitness: The Wonder of Movement

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Digital Audio Arts

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Sunrise Photography

Monday, Oct 22, 2018 at 7:00am
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Improve Your Fitness: The Wonder of Movement

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Pysanky Egg Decorating

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 at 1:00pm
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Improve Your Fitness: The Wonder of Movement

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Vegetarian Cooking

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Felting Magic

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 at 5:00pm
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Intro to Smartphone Photography

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 5:30pm
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Garden Sprouts: Peter Rabbit

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 10:00am
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WPS Garden of Lights

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 at 5:00pm
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