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Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners: Your Quick Guide (2021)

The Spring Garden opens May 1st at Boerner Botanical Gardens.


Boerner Botanical Gardens are home to formal gardens situated on Boerner Drive in Whitnall Park in the village of Hales Corners, about 15 minutes from Milwaukee.

The Spring Garden at the Boerner Botanical Gardens is set to open May 1st, 2021, when the fresh blossoms of spring appear. The fee booth will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, including weekends. The Education and Visitor Center will also be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a also a gift shop with regular hours.

Masks and social distancing are required, and all CDC guidelines remain in place.

The rock garden is located due north from the Visitor Center, towards the back.

Visitors can walk through the rose garden and peony garden, as well as variety of annuals and perennials. Plus, there’s a fragrant herb garden, a daylily path, and a serene rock garden with trickling streams and waterfalls (pictured above).

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The gazebo is the perfect place to rest in the shade or have a snack.

Dont’miss the regal shrub mall, historic garden house, elegant gazebo, and expansive arboretum. And, your kids will love the bog garden walk in the northeast corner of the property.

The stroller-friendly garden bog walk is a highlight for kids and families. Photo: Instagram, @wiscoteque


The gardens offer kid-friendly programming throughout the year including family yoga, nature-inspired crafts like tiny fairy gardens, and workshops, and “Enchanted Evenings in the Gardens.”

They have also hosted events like China Lights, an impressive Chinese lantern festival, in the fall. This event features asian folk-culture performances and beautifully illuminated displays. In addition, they’ve recently hosted a holiday light show called Winter Wonders, offering a one-way route through the gardens with a winter wonderland backdrop.

In the Summer, The Concerts in the Gardens are sponsored by Wimmer Communities, and occur every Thursday. Admission is free, and attendees are welcome to walk through the gardens after 6:00 p.m. at no additional cost.

Zilli Hospitality Group is the exclusive caterer at Boerner Botanical Gardens and typically offer special brunches throughout the year. Due to Covid 19 restrictions at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Zilli Hospitality Group will not be offering their traditional holiday brunches in 2021.

Boerner is also a popular spot for weddings, offering a garden setting and designated bridal room.

For other events, the Garden Room is a large, well-lit space for large meetings, luncheons, and events with access to Boerner Hall.

General Info:

Where: Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners, WI 53130, United States

When: The gardens are open late April to late September, daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Get in free: The Gardens offer free admission to Milwaukee County residents with proof of residency on the first Tuesday of each month, May through September. Check their website for the most updated information.

Admission Fees:

Adults: (ages 18 & up): $7.00 Milwaukee County Residents / $8.00 non-resident

Seniors: (Milwaukee County Resident, ages 60+): $5.00

Disability: (any age): $5.00

Student: (with ID): $5.00

Junior: (ages 6-17): $5.00 Milwaukee County Residents / $6.00 non-resident

More info:

Phone Number: (414) 525-5650


Parking: There is a parking lot with free parking spaces near the gardens in Whitnall Park.

Fun Fact: The Gardens were named for the landscape architect who designed the original five formal gardens, Alfred L. Boerner.

For more information, visit the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens. The mission of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens is to provide a garden setting for learning that nurtures understanding, enjoyment & stewardship of our natural world, while nourishing & preserving the gardens for future generations.

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