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The mission of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, Inc. is to provide a garden setting

for learning that nurtures understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world,

while nourishing and preserving the gardens for future generations.

The Boerner Botanical Gardens are open!

The fee booth is open from 8am – 7pm daily,  including weekends. 

The Education Center is open 9am – 4 pm daily, including weekends. 

Annabelle’s Concession Stand is open Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm

The FBBG Gift Shop is open!

Gift Shop hours: 10am – 3pm,  Wednesday thru Sunday.

Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Masks/social distancing are required when entering Boerner Education & Visitor Center.

Sign up to become a Member today!

FBBG Memberships (new and renewal) are being processed.

Questions/info re FBBG memberships:  [email protected] or [email protected]

FBBG Gift Shop

Looking for a unique gift and want to support our local artisans?

Come to the Friends of Boerner’s gift shop and choose from a selection of affordable pottery, jewelry, candles, yard art, home décor products and more.

Dining at Boerner

Zilli Hospitality Group welcomes you to Boerner Botanical Gardens to experience fine cuisine amid a spectacular natural setting.


Have you always wanted to learn to crochet?  Lean the basics of crochet such as hook and yarn selection and hand position/tension.  Simple stitches will be taugth and practiced.

Radler Rosarium Garden Tours

 Plan your visit to the Radler Rosarium in Greenfield WI

toddler story and craft time

Come to the garden to hear a story and create a craft related to the garden and story to take home.

This is a drop in class; no pre-registration required.

Meet in the atrium.


Join us to create a beautiful grapevine wreath decorated with various colors of fall foliage.  Materials provided, creativity encouraged.

Autumn Highlights Garden walks

Guided tour through Boerner Botanical Gardens to learn about late season flowers, plants, fruits and the colorful changes happening as Fall begins!


What’s on your hook or needle? Bring your crochet, knit or hand embroidery project to the garden and socialize with others who share your love of the craft. 

Join us in Nell’s Café in the Education/Visitor Center.

All ability levels welcome.


Become a Member

As a member of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG), you help support one of Wisconsin’s historic and most unique and beautiful natural spaces.

Your membership makes a difference!
The Gardens were developed as a retreat for fun and environmental learning.

The Gardens themselves are owned and managed by Milwaukee County.

Donate – Support FBBG

The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Your gift to FBBG is used to promote the Gardens as a vital regional asset while providing valuable educational programs and special events for the community.

Unrestricted gifts are flexible and allocated wherever the need is greatest – from purchasing new plants or garden equipment, to supporting one of our adult/children’s educational programs to helping offset the cost of operations. Whatever its purpose, you can be assured that your unrestricted gift can make a significant impact.

Your generosity helps preserve this invaluable venue for generations.

To make a gift, contact Ellen at (414) 525-5651 or via email


FBBG offers many. year-round volunteer opportunities! You’ll have fun and support your community.

To sign up or learn more, contact Deborah Koepsel, [email protected], 414-525-5653.

Classes/events/activities for everyone!

FBBG offers a variety of year-round Adult, Children and Family Education classes, events and Garden Walks.