New Children’s Garden Now Open at Boerner Botanical Gardens

The new children’s garden at Boerner Botanical Gardens is now open to the public.

‘Margie’s Garden’ is now open at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, and it’s unlike anything else in the Milwaukee area.

The new children’s garden is an enchanted village for kids, featuring an Alphabet Garden, a Numbers Garden, sound makers, playhouses, slides, a giant caterpillar and birds nest to play on, a “Flower Shop” with complimentary postcards, a small stage and seating area, and more.

There’s also a potting shed where kids can play in the dirt with tethered tools.

It is an accessible space that is wheelchair and stroller friendly, with a pavilion for shade and benches for resting. Bathrooms are in the main Boerner building.

The garden is ADA accessible and stroller-friendly.

The entire garden is fenced in with one main entrance and exit (with emergency exits on each side).

Entrance to Margie’s Garden is included in paid admission to Boerner Botanical Gardens. Children 5 and under get into the gardens free.


How It Began

Soon after Margaret “Margie” Kezman passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer, her family wanted to honor her passion for gardening and her love for children and family.

They met with the Friends of Boerner and asked what was on their wishlist. When the Friends said they wanted to put in a children’s garden, Margie’s family knew it was the perfect way to honor their mother.

Margie’s daughter Jennifer says “Kids were just drawn to my mom like a magnet and she loved teaching them, spending time with them.”

The garden was built in honor of Margaret “Margie” Kezman who passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I remember seeing her outside gardening, putting her whole heart into it.”

To make Margie’s Garden happen, Margie’s family organized a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Margie’s Smile. The mission is to build and maintain an environment which fosters the same loving spirit that Margie shared with everyone who knew her.

The nonprofit has gifted Margie’s Garden to the Milwaukee County Parks to be a part of Boerner Botanical Gardens.

To raise funds to maintain the garden for years to come, they’ve partnered with Givebutter. Donors can give securely and easily using a variety of payment methods. 100% of donations raised goes directly towards maintaining the garden. (Donate here.)

Children 5 and under get into Boerner Botanical Gardens for free.

The garden is open to the public for the first time now through July 7th, with an official Grand Opening celebration on Friday, July 8th at 12:30 p.m., hosted by Milwaukee County Parks. Organizers will provide small flowerpots for kids to plant seeds, and there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony.

More information about their mission and story can be found on website and Facebook page.

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