By Jennifer Posh
Spring has sprung, and soon all of Wisconsin will be in bloom! The Greater Milwaukee area is home to some beautiful and unique gardens that will appeal to art enthusiasts, serious horticulturalists, history buffs and more. Anyone who can appreciate the beauty of nature will enjoy exploring these gardens.
Boerner Botanical Gardens is Milwaukee’s “Living” Museum, with formal gardens spanning more than 40 acres. From the Arboretum to the Rock Garden, you can easily spend hours exploring the plants and gardens. Gardening enthusiasts will especially love a peek at the cutting edge of horticulture in the Trial Gardens; Boerner is one of only 23 All American Rose Selections trial sites, and well over 400 varieties of roses and flowers are undergoing trial and available to view.
For art lovers, Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature – there are no paths, so visitors are free to observe the collection of 50 monumental sculptures from every vantage point. The collection is sited more than 40 acres of park, lake and woodland and includes pieces by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Mark di Suvero and more. Docent-led walking tours are available year-round.
Built as a private home in 1923, this stunning Italian Renaissance-style villa now features fine and decorative arts, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik and an unforgettable garden. The tiered Renaissance Garden overlooks Lake Michigan and recreates the traditional elements of a 16th century Tuscan landscape.
This historic farm offers a unique look at 19th century farming and industry in Wisconsin in a rustic yet elegant setting. Nine original buildings remain, including a 75-foot lime kiln, a Greek-revival farmhouse built with Milwaukee’s iconic Cream City brick, threshing barn and one of the largest stone barns in the state. Special events and activities show what life was like during the late 19th century.