Boerner Botanical Gardens has a new $2 million children’s garden

The new $2 million children’s garden at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners is now open. 

Margie’s Garden, located just west of Boerner’s Education & Visitor Center, contains loads of kid-friendly features, including an alphabet garden, numbers garden, playhouses and whimsical sculptures of bees, butterflies and caterpillars.

The colorful, inviting space — about two acres in total — also boasts sound makers, slides, a “flower shop” with free postcards, little libraries and a small stage with a seating area.

And what kid wouldn’t like a rustic bridge leading to an “enchanted cottage?”

“Margie’s Garden is a special place for children and their families to smile and engage in the joys of nature,” a message from the Kezman family, the project’s donors, says on a sign in the garden. “It invites visitors to put away the technology and play in the dirt. To expand their imagination, to smell the flowers, to walk and talk with each other.” 

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