Gardening Calendar

Wisconsin State Farmer
Check out the many garden and nature-related events going on in the area this month.

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.

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. 26

Luminary Snowshoe Walk, 6 to 8 p.m., Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Enjoy the beauty of winter as you walk along a candlelit path through the snow-covered gardens. Bonfire, hot chocolate and snacks, too. A limited number of snowshoes available during the event ($2 donation per pair), or bring your own. Watch for weather related cancellations.

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.