Monday, May 1, 2017

Flower Power at Boerner Botanical Gardens

This is opening week at Boerner and the tulips are blooming. It will continue to be a showplace for the next few months as we go through the seasons for flowering lilacs, peonies, roses, and everything in between. I stopped by for Arbor Day when school children planted a cyprus tree in the parking lot to provide shade for coming years. They were joined by county parks employees, County Parks Director John Dargle, and a host of VIPs.

Stop by the gift shop and see what's new as you pay your admission fees.  There are so many beautiful garden inspired items- scarves, notecards, paintings, and unique gourds. You can pick up the newsletter and look for upcoming events at the space in front of the gift shop. You'll want to return for yoga, garden walks, family workshops, and holiday meals. Support the parks by becoming  a member of the Park People and receive a coupon book which includes a free visit to Boerner as well as many other county park locations.

If you want a reason to get more exercise and visit frequently, buy a membership, which allows free or reduced admission to reciprocal gardens across the USA and Canada. Many places on the list offer free parking and discounts at gift shops. You can use this for free admission to the Mitchell Park Domes, which is a great option for inclement weather. We have saved hundreds of dollars on our family vacations by visiting gardens with this perk.

I have a hard time walking a straight path through the gardens because I make a turn every time I see a cluster of color, but take a look at the map on the Park People website before you go so you can find all the various gardens.  The gardens are set in Whitnall Park which includes waterfalls, wildflowers in wooded areas, and hiking trails through Wehr Nature Center too. And this year, a new beer garden opens in the park on Root River Parkway. You can find it at this google map link.
Waterfall in Whitnall Park

New Beer Garden

2017 Garden Admission Season
April 29, 2017 – September 29, 2017
Open Daily 8:00am – 6:00pm
October 1, 2017 – October 30, 2017
Open Daily – Hours subject to change due to ongoing special event
Please contact the reception desk for more information at (414) 525-5601

Adults: (ages 18 & up): $5.50
Seniors: (Milwaukee County Resident, ages 60+): $4.50
Disability: (any age): $4.50
Student: (with ID): $4.50
Junior: (ages 6-17): $3.50

Free Days
Free days are back for the 2017 Garden Admissions Season!

Open to all Milwaukee County residents – come and enjoy Boerner for FREE the first Tuesday of every month, May – September 2017.

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