Gardening Calendar

Wisconsin State Farmer


Festive holiday floral arrangements are on display at a number of gardening exhibitions throughout the holidays..

Now to Jan. 1

Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show, daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee. Show will feature a natural woodland setting with a forest of decorated trees filled with miniature rustic houses, burrows and dens showing how our smallest woodland creatures celebrate the holidays.

Beginning Nov. 25

WPS Garden of Lights, 5 to 9 p.m. weekends, Green Bay Botanical Garden. The garden transforms into a stunning winter landscape, featuring botanical light displays inspired by its natural features. More details at, 920-490-9457.

Nov. 29

Evening Garden Seminar: The Best Winter Interest Plants. Rotary Botanical Garden. 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Despite harsh winters in our Midwestern climate, our gardens should still have visual interest from November through March. Often neglected, this “fourth season of interest” can focus on colorful conifers, plant form, ornamental stems and bark, ornamental fruiting, grasses and other features. 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville.

Dec. 3-31

Holiday Express, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included., 608-246-4550.

Dec. 3

Homemade Holiday Open House, Wehr Nature Center, Franklin. Ages 3-12 invited to create unique gifts from natural and reusable objects., 414-425-8550.

Dec. 10

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?/Luminary Walk, 2 p.m. UW Fond du Lac/Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, Fond du Lac. American documentary exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment, and the human body. Luminary walk to follow starting at the Gottfried Shelter.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Family Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Mitchell Park Domes. A traditional celebration for families, a night of entertainment, music, and food. For more information, visit, 414-257-5611.