Another Wisconsin winter has come and gone, and spring flowers are once again popping up out of the ground at Green Bay Botanical Garden. The annual Spring Blooms display puts on a colorful and magical show throughout the month of May, thanks to more than 300,000 bulbs.
While the Garden is closed to the public through 9 am on May 26 due to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, spectacular scenes of spring will be shared virtually over the next few weeks. Visitors who’d usually find themselves at the Garden this time of year can experience these beautiful blooms digitally by following us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and regularly checking our website, GBBG.org.
The Garden’s Horticulture Team planted almost 45,000 spring bulbs last fall, including several new varieties of daffodils and tulips to mix in with typical spring blossoms like crabapples, magnolias and other native woodland flowers. Yellow and pink Akebono tulips brighten the walkway outside the Fischer Visitor Center. This is a newer tulip from Japan and the word Akebono roughly translates to “bright sky at daybreak.”
Several new tulip blends continue to pop up throughout the Garden this May. The Schierl Wellhouse shows off red, white and pink Southpaw, Ace and Orthodox Stance tulip blends while the area in front of the Kaftan Lusthaus features the Slam Dunk tulip blend. Along the Vietnam Veterans Garden hillside, an Apples to Oranges tulip blend boosts a bright and cheery color.
“Even though we can’t be open to the public right now, we’re working hard to give you a virtual look at the state’s largest spring display,” says Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture. “One of our new suppliers actually created a tulip called Green ‘N Gold! We planted this one in the entrance to the Van Den Wymelenberg Color and Foliage Garden, so for all of you Packers fans, this tulip is for you.” Other spring flowers that catch the eye include the Sunshine Boys daffodil blend down near the King Shade Garden, fritillarias in the Kress Oval Garden and various magnolias in other areas.
Konlock also says that even though there have been a couple cold snaps the last several weeks, the blooms will likely blossom throughout May, weather permitting. Peak bloom is expected to last from mid-May to the end of the month.
The Garden is also hosting its annual TasteBud fundraiser as an online raffle this spring and is hoping to raise $30,000! More than 50 items can be won, including:
- A WPS Garden of Lights room rental from the Garden
- Four seasonal floral arrangements from Ginger Birch
- Plants and gift certificates from David Austin Roses, Deb Freeman, Lizer Landscape & Nursery, Petal Pusher, Roots on 9th, Rose Hill Gardens, Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, Meissner Landscape and Schroeder’s Flowers
- Getaway packages, garden art decor and more!
The raffle closes at 8 pm on Thursday, May 14. Anyone who needs help purchasing raffle tickets or has questions, should contact Tessa Pellmann, Special Events Coordinator, at 920.491.3691 ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.