Saturday, May 18, 2013

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Full Spring Bloom



If you're in the mood for spring flowers in a very big way, what better place to go than Boerner Botanical Garden? Here's a Facebook link with 20 inspirational photos that should make your day.  If you have never been there, expect a little bit of walking with spaces divided seasonally, as well as specific gardens focused on a particular type of plant.  May and June have the most variety of blooms, in my opinion, but later this summer, the rose garden will be spectacular.  No matter when you go, there's something to see.

If you want to see a schedule (that is totally dependent on Mother Nature), they have a chart that shows what types of flowers are blooming during a specific month- the garden blooms schedule.

Before you go, you can take a virtual tour via the county's website that includes the history of the park, and you can explore each of the garden areas more fully, by clicking on the specialty gardens link.

The Friends of Boerner Botanical Garden have their own web page that includes events and some very good maps of the gardens. The garden walks are an especially nice way to explore the garden where you're hosted by a plant expert and told more about the garden as you walk.  Sunday Brunch is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors after a nice meal.  Make a reservation with Bartolotta's by calling 414-525-5635 and schedule your table from 10-1:30.

Admission is $4 for children and seniors, $5 for adults.  The gardens are open every day during summer from 8 am until sunset.  For a map with directions, visit the friends page.

There are some interesting family events coming up.  Be sure to check back at the friends page for more information.  If you like bugs, this might be for you.

Family Workshop
Garden Fun with the Bug Whisperer Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Come for a garden walk with the Bug Whisperer Antonio (Tony) Gustin Entomologist, award winning film producer, educator and performer! Discover insect life after dark; activities include visiting black light stations and making your own bug catcher. Please bring a flashlight and lidded jar for collecting insects.
Families: $20 members/ $25 non-members (Limit 5 people per family)
Individuals: $10 members/ $12 non-members
For more information or to register call 414-525-5659
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