First off, let me apologize for the overload of photos in this post. There were so many beautiful ones that I just couldn’t leave any out! Though of course, as with most things, pictures do not do this place justice.
Boerner Botanical Gardens is located in Hales Corners, Wisconsin about 20 minutes southwest from the heart of downtown Milwaukee and the Lake Michigan lakefront. The gardens are part of the 600 plus acre Whitnall Park and have been around for over 50 years. 11 separate gardens make up the whole of Boerner, including the Trial Garden, Arboretum, Annual Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Daylily Path, Bog Walk, Rock Garden, Shrub Mall, and Peony Garden.
Last week, I visited Boerner Botanical Gardens on a Friday afternoon. I had known about and wanted to visit the gardens for years and convinced my mom to come along with me. She loves gardening and landscaping so I figured she’d enjoy it to some extent. And I was right, we both loved it!
I can’t really describe in words how much I loved strolling through the gardens, especially since we were fortunate enough to have incredibly beautiful weather that day. Clear skies, abundant sunshine, and mid-seventies. It took us just under 2 hours to make it through all of the different gardens, but you could easily get lost here for much longer. Every time you walk down one path, you find numerous more, and as you find yourself wandering deeper into the gardens, the more magical it feels. I kept joking that I felt like Alice in Wonderland, especially as we explored the rose garden and mazes of perfectly pruned hedges. I was half expecting the white rabbit to come hopping out! That, and as though I was vacationing in the Italian or French countryside and strolling the grounds of a castle or estate.
The coolest thing, I think, is that you can visit all throughout the year and see how the gardens transform throughout the seasons. I plan on visiting again in the fall and next spring to see all the different flowers blooming, especially since the peonies were all done blooming in the Peony Garden during our visit.
With so many popular attractions in and around Milwaukee, it’s easy for this gem to get overlooked. I’ve lived about half an hour from here my whole life, and only just visited, but I fell head over heels. It is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Plus, it’s only $5.50 per person to enter and tour the gardens. I’m all about affordable activities and this one is well worth your money! If you ever find yourself in the Milwaukee area, make sure you make a pit stop to visit Boerner Botanical Gardens. Hopefully you’ll fall in love just as much as I did.
Cheers to the weekend friends!!