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

Aubrey Konrath

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Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Loved spending time in the gardens. Beautifully kept and the staff are very helpful and welcoming. Great place for walks, meditation, picnics, weddings etc.

Kerri Brehmer

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Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

This was an extremely awesome place to visit with our 8 and 10 year old. They loved the beauty of the gardens as much as my husband and I did. Lots of colors this time of year.

KatieLynn Sw33tness

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Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Super beautiful plants and flowers of so many different varieties. Kid friendly. :) Absolutely love coming here during the holidays and fresh spring :)

Karl Kilian

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Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

Beautiful flower gardens, acres of them. Also decorates for the winter holidays with thousands of colorful lights.

Matt Koski

Rating:
Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

A little too warm out when we went but that was the only detractor. Get a map to find your way.


Upcoming Events at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Fall Softly, Recover Quickly

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 3:00pm
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Halloween Tea Party

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 6:00pm
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Repurpose Vintage Dishware into a Fairy Garden

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 6:00pm
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Harvest High Tea

Monday, Oct 30, 2017 at 6:00pm
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Sunset Photography

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 4:30pm
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Family Nature Nights: The Garden After Dark

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 5:30pm
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Cook With Me: Healthy Holiday Treats

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:00pm
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Painted Holiday Ornaments

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 at 6:00pm
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Garden Sprouts: Migration Mania

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:00am
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