Boerner Botanical Gardens

Hales Corners

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Learn how to make cider, explore the gardens in autumn, or discover the secrets behind popular Thanksgiving herbs and spices

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Choose from Three Options

$30 for a cider-making demo class for two on Thursday, October 1 ($50 value)

  • Class runs from 6:30–8 p.m., hosted by Karen Lau of the Purple Foot
  • Learn how cider is brewed, what apples are used, how the fermentation process works, and how to blend the finished product
  • Includes hard cider samples, brats simmered in cider, and caramel apple and salted vanilla caramels from Cream City Caramels
  • Participants will be entered into a raffle with prizes including a cider-making kit from Purple Foot, and a tote bag and FBBG membership

$30 for a Plants and History walking tour for two on Saturday, October 10 ($50 value)

  • Tour runs from 10–11:30 a.m.
  • See the Botanical Gardens in autumn on a walking tour led by horticulturists Mike and Laurie Yanny, learn about autumn plants and the Garden’s history
  • Includes complimentary FBBG hat
  • Participants will be entered into a raffle with prizes including a FBBG gift shop goody bag and a FBBG membership valid through the next Garden season

$30 for a Popular Thanksgiving Herbs class for two on Saturday, November 7 ($50 value)

  • Class runs from 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to create healthy and flavorful Thanksgiving dishes using a variety of herbs
  • Includes samples of all herbs featured in class, as well as a handout with the featured recipes
  • Includes custom autumn-inspired herb/spice rub from Penzey’s Spices
  • Participants will be entered into a raffle with prizes including a FBBG gift shop goody bag and a FBBG membership

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Before Boerner Botanical Gardens occupied its corner of Whitnall Park—before there even was a Whitnall Park—the land on which it now sits was nothing but fields and corn stubble. The year was 1933, and Charles B. Whitnall, Secretary of the Milwaukee County Park Commission, had just recruited two Great Depression programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to bring about a new future for the 606-acre parcel.

Fast-forward nearly a century, and Mr. Whitnall's dream has quite literally blossomed into reality. Not only is the park a pristine and picturesque slice of Wisconsin riverfront, but it also holds a variety of gardens to delight young and old alike. Visitors can peruse the rose gardens, gaze into the koi ponds, amble over the bog bridge, and wonder at the immensity of the arboretum, which covers more than 1,000 acres. The garden also hosts a full slate of events throughout the year, including brunches, gardening workshops, and flower tastings.

Customer Reviews

Good class, would attend another at this location
Jacklyn B. · October 7, 2015
The grounds are beautiful
Shannon D. · October 2, 2015
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    Hales Corners

    9400 Boerner Drive

    Hales Corners, WI 53130

    +14145255653

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