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WINTER 2016-17

Green Bay Botanical Garden is a 100% community supported non-profit that connects people with plants in an environment that engages, inspires and refreshes.

Escape to the Garden this Winter!

WPS Garden of Lights Engage in Programs & Events Discover Breathtaking Winter Beauty ...and More!

Sculpture: “The Great Escape� Donated by Emil & Gail Fischer Photo by Lori Vandenberg, GBBG Graphic Artist

Partners & Volunteers We are excited to recognize the following corporation and individuals as our 2016 Corporate Partner and Volunteers of the Year Corporate Partner of the Year Mayflower Greenhouse’s

support of the Garden began back in 2002. They’ve sponsored Garden Walk, Garden Fair and Tastebud, supported the Children’s Gardening program, and provided various plant materials throughout the years. They also began sponsoring the Spring Thaw Lecture in 2004, when Jan Wos was establishing his niche gardening business in the greater Green Bay community. Since Jan’s passing, John Kress, Chris Beno and the team have continued their support as the sponsor of the Garden’s Annual Spring Thaw Lecture.

Development Volunteer of the Year Doug Hartman has been the naturalist of

his family, but proves it’s never too late to learn something new and learn it from one’s spouse. Last year’s Development Volunteer of the Year, Kathy Hartman, has been teaching Doug the skills needed to successfully co-chair the Perennial Performance Campaign to raise $5 million for the Grand Garden. Doug’s “ask” may be soft, but there’s no doubt he’s effective. Under his leadership, the Garden is nearing its goal for raising the resources needed to build and maintain this wonderful new project, ensuring the Garden remains a vibrant educational and botanical resource for years to come.

Guest Services Volunteer of the Year Sandy Pineau is an excellent example of one of

our many exemplary volunteers. She is passionate about the Garden, promoting membership for 20 days and selling 23 memberships. She was the winner of our 2016 visitor services contest; the other winners are the new members who now have the opportunity to enjoy the Garden and all it has to offer. Sandy is extremely punctual, professional and friendly to all. She is always willing to assist staff as needed and you will find her at the front desk at least once every week and volunteering at many Garden events.

Facilities Volunteer of the Year Joe Hooyman has been chief painter, stainer

and sealer at the Garden since he started with us in 2007. He has climbed many ladders to ensure that every inch of wall or arbor is given equal coverage and care. Starting with the prep work of scraping, sanding and puttying, adding primer and paint or sealer, once we set Joe at a project, we know that he will follow it through to completion. Joe puts down his brush, but not his ladder, to help with setup of WPS Garden of Lights each fall as well.

Horticulture Volunteers of the Year Carolyn Haglund will do any job that is asked

of her, she is always here rain or shine. She is one tough lady; always surprising us with how strong she is. She doesn’t let a little scratch get in her way from getting a job done (she has even been known to refuse Band-Aids). Her Hummingbird Muffins are a hit with the other Tuesday volunteers. She may be one of the quieter volunteers, but when you get her talking, she is quite the hoot! She is one of the sweetest and kindest ladies we know!

John and Cathy Jacobs are very wellrounded volunteers, helping with both gardening tasks and WPS Garden of Lights set up. On Wednesdays, Cathy is part of a trio of ladies that bring in a bit of mischief to happily complete any job, even weeding the lawn, without any complaints. John works with the Wednesday guys on projects like pruning, transplanting and getting into their own mischief. They are both kind-hearted and always willing to help out where needed. The beautiful love they have for each other is the same love that they show to everyone at the Garden.


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Experience a winter adventure by exploring the Garden on snowshoes! Snowshoes are available to use on site and are free with Garden admission. We have sizes suitable for kids (6 years and older) and adults, as well as marked paths in the Garden. Get out and enjoy the snow at the Garden this year! Not available during WPS Garden of Lights or Winter Family Festival.

Partners & Volunteers Education Volunteers of the Year Sandy Johnson is one of our garden docents

and ambassadors, but as a book lover, she is also very dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Garden’s book collections. She has been helping “behind the scenes” with the library from the time it first moved into our Horticultural Resource Center and has spent more than 100 hours this year keeping it organized and prepping used book sales. If asked to find a particular book, she could easily pick it from the shelves as her recall of the collection is more reliable than our computer database!

Rawson and Mary Price have been

engaged with and supported the Garden since opening our doors in 1996. In spite of Rawson’s need to retire from leading our Garden tours as a docent, he and Mary have greatly enhanced our docent-led tours by donating the “TourGuide Solution” – speaking and listening devices – to our tour program. With their support, docent-led tours have been improved by allowing visitors to listen, wander and truly discover the wonder, joy and beauty of the Garden. As one member of a recent tour said, “This is the greatest enhancement to a guided tour I’ve ever experienced.”

Special Events Volunteers of the Year Mary Borley has been volunteering with the

Garden since 2010. She understands how Garden events run, working with the public and recruiting other volunteers from her place of work at Associated Bank. Mary knows the ins and outs of Garden events, shows up early, stays late and always brings a can-do attitude. She keeps things moving, is organized and welcoming to new volunteers. Mary can always be relied upon to do any role, especially concessions and running a register! She brings a bright beaming smile and burst of energy to every event.

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Pam Charlier is filled with high energy and

laughter. She started volunteering in 2014, and we have gotten to know Pam and her family, who have become part of our Garden family. Pam’s knowledge of catering, bartending and event set-up has been extremely helpful for us over these last few years. Pam is a wonderful person and friend who can put a smile on anyone’s face. We could not imagine any Garden event without Pam involved, and we are so grateful to have her as part of the team.

Shirley Garthwaite has been volunteering for

the Garden for a year and a half. In 2016 alone, she has already put in almost 150 hours! Shirley is truly part of the Garden family and brings her best customer service smile wherever she goes. Shirley gave a lot of her time during the holiday season to help the Garden reach our record-setting year for WPS Garden of Lights. She was always welcoming to new volunteers and made all new Garden staff feel much better when working their first few nights in concessions. We are so grateful and impressed with how she works with such efficiency.

Volunteers Who Gave the Garden 100+ Hours during Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. – Elizabeth Andrew

Sandy Pineau..........295.5 Carol Zellner...............248 Jim Tubbs...............233.75 Barb Griffin..............193.5 Gerri Gribi..............190.75 Bruce Kilmer............188.5 Lee Zaddack..........176.5 Dave Sorenson..........166 Ricki Krautkramer...154.5 Barb Wagner..............149 Nancy Kohrman.....146.5

Sally Peck..............138.25 Tom Mertens...........136.5 Shirley Garthwaite.. 136.5 Robert Stark...............134 Ann Wasurick.............126 Joe Hooyman.........117.5 Betty Arendt..........117.25 Laura Davister.......115.25 Don Giese.............114.75 Carol Zabel................110 Linda Barrette.......107.75

Winter Discovery S.E.E.D. Packs Get to know the winter garden with your family! Check out a S.E.E.D. Pack to help you Search, Explore, Experience and Discover Green Bay Botanical Garden. Within the pack are short lessons accompanied by hands-on activities that will introduce you to concepts of winter ecology and help you explore the wildlife and features of the winter garden more closely.

S.E.E.D. Packs are available during our regular business hours and are free with Garden admission. Completing the activities of the Winter Discovery Pack together will help develop an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world and enhance family bonds.

Calendar Highlights WPS Garden of Lights


Event Highlights

EW! 2016 Light Display: Field of Flowers


Our all-new 2016 WPS Garden of Lights display “Field of Flowers” features over 1,000 new RGB LED lights found only here in Wisconsin. The hillside will grow with flowers of blue, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple right before your eyes for a spectacular display.

! NEW WPS Candy Cane Lane

Every Sunday | 5–8 pm Enjoy the new WPS Candy Cane Lane featuring fun, family-friendly activities on Sunday nights. Highlights include coloring activities, solar bracelets and Louie the Lighting Bug will even be stopping by for a visit. Check Facebook each week for highlights.

Walking through WPS Garden of Lights is a holiday tradition for thousands. For the 20th year, experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights, dressing the Garden with a quarter of a million twinkling lights, and create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends. While the flowers are tucked in for the winter, the Garden is transformed into a spectacular array of botanical light displays inspired by its natural features. Don’t forget to indulge in a tasty treat or beverage from the Winterberry Café, shop for holiday gifts in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and see the model train exhibit by the G-Gagers.

! NEW Postcards & Glow Necklaces

Purchase your limited edition 20th Anniversary WPS Garden of Lights postcards for thirty-five cents in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop. Multi-colored, flashing glow necklaces with snowflakes and light bulbs will also be available at the door and Gift Shop for $8.

For event details or to purchase tickets, visit

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors TITLE SPONSOR:



Family Night

Sunday, November 27 | 5–9 pm All children ages 12 and under in the same household receive free walking admission with one paid adult at the door only. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their North Pole elves for a night of winter wonderland fun! Families can write a letter to Santa, visit with Mrs. Claus, take pictures with Santa and receive candy canes from their elves. Delight in the new WPS Candy Cane Lane featuring fun family activities. Face Painting by Lori will also dazzle with the purchase of winter face paint designs and waterproof glitter tattoos!

Photos with Santa

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday before Christmas | 5–9 pm Santa is making his rounds to check-in on every boy and girl and has not forgotten about our visitors at the Garden! Be sure to stop by to see him and get your photo taken by Ambrosius Studio. For pricing, visit

Stories with Mrs. Claus & Letters to Santa

Every Saturday before Christmas | 5–8 pm Come inside and warm up with a story about the North Pole from Mrs. Claus. Bring your letters to Santa or write one at the Garden to place in his North Pole Mailbox; then visit with Santa’s elves!

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The George Kress Foundation SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

PATRON SPONSORS: Hawkins Ash, CPAs Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. Lizer Landscape & Nursery Pomp’s Tire Service


*Sponsors listed as of 11/02/16

Cellcom Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc. Festival Foods Fox Communities Credit Union KinderCare Landscape Associates Oneida Nation Schneider Les Stumpf Ford Mary Zaborski – Merrill Lynch Schenck IN-KIND SPONSORS:

Modern Cash Registers Heid Music

Calendar Highlights Pull Out this Calendar Insert See calendar for details on dates times & prices.


WPS Garden of Lights SUNDAY Pricing Garden Members Only: $3 (Wagon Tour additional $5)

**Discount and benefits only available on Sundays at the door and cannot be combined with other offers. Must present valid membership card. Members get more benefits! In addition to discounted admission, members can enjoy the following perks on Sundays: • Early entry at 4:30 pm at the “Buy Tickets” line (have your membership card in-hand) • Each member receives a coupon for one FREE hot beverage & popcorn • One commemorative WPS Garden of Lights mug per membership household (while supplies last) • FREE kid’s activities in WPS Candy Cane Lane


WPS Garden of Lights Volunteers Needed

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by volunteering for WPS Garden of Lights? We need your help to fill over 900 volunteer shifts over the course of the event. Volunteering is fun, and best of all, volunteers receive FREE admission to enjoy the beauty of the Garden the night of their shift. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to volunteer together, corporate groups to support their community or for students to fulfill required service hours. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact Anne Basten, Membership & Volunteer Manager, at 920.491.3691 ext. 105 or You can also sign up online at

Adult & Family Education

Throughout the winter, the Garden offers programs for adults, youth and families. These programs include:

W! Camp GBBG: Winter Day Camp NECamp doesn’t only happen in summer; winter means snow fun!

Through both indoor and outdoor activities and explorations, campers will discover how animals survive the cold, search for tracks and signs and play exciting snow games.

Adult Programs: Programs in the evenings and weekends include lectures, tours and workshops related to gardening, cooking, crafts and more.

Family Programs:

Programs include hands-on family workshops, nature hikes, family cooking classes, Garden Sprouts Preschool Programs and more. Days and times vary so there is something for everyone!

Soup with Substance

Hike, snowshoe or blaze your own skiing trail at the Garden. Then come indoors to enjoy homemade soup, bread and dessert and a garden-related presentation. The evening is finished with live musical entertainment. Tickets include admission to the Garden and snowshoe rentals. For more information or to register, visit or call us at 920.490.9457.

Winter Family Festival

Don’t let the weather keep you in - celebrate the season at the Garden featuring indoor and outdoor games, crafts and activities of the winter season. For more information, visit or call us at 920.490.9457.

Spring Thaw Lecture & Workshop with Ellen Ecker Ogden


Lecture: The Art of Growing Food A kitchen garden is much more than a place to grow food; it is a place to observe and relax, invite beauty and nature and it all starts with good design. In Ellen’s lecture, you’ll learn how to grow an ornamental edible garden with an eye towards beauty, easy care and pleasure. A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen. Learn Ellen’s six steps to successful garden design, based on classic design techniques that anyone can follow. This lecture is ideal for new and experienced gardeners, seeking fresh ideas for how to plant a kitchen garden that is rich in details and beckons you to come in and stay a while. Workshop: Kitchen Garden Design With graph paper, pencils and photos of your own gardens, participants will learn techniques to fit growing areas into the natural landscape of the backyard, renovate existing gardens, transfer new designs from paper to lawn and seek creative solutions to integrate new elements to design the kitchen garden of their dreams. Basic organic gardening techniques will be covered, from building healthy soil to essential garden tools. Everyone will leave with a vision for their new kitchen garden. Hands‐on Workshop features: • Bird’s Eye View the Landscape • The Four Square Garden Design • Individualized Attention • Garden tools, catalogs, pottery and art • Map out & walk through the imaginary garden For more information or to register visit or call us at 920.490.9457. Ellen Ecker Ogden is an award-winning food and garden writer, kitchen garden designer and author of “The Complete Kitchen Garden.” Known for her informative and fun-loving garden talks, her kitchen garden designs combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable garden into a European inspired kitchen garden.

Winter Calendar

December 2016 - February 2017 Pull Out this Calendar Insert Descriptions and details can be found at


December __ WPS Garden of Lights 5–9 pm Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays November 25 & 26 November 27 | Family Night: Kids FREE with one paid adult admission December 2–4 December 9–11 December 16–18 December 23 Closed December 24 & 25 Monday–Friday December 26–30 Walking Tour $9/Adults (13 & up) $5/Children (3 - 12) Free/Children (2 & under) Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour* $14/Adults (13 & up) $10/Children (3 - 12) Free/Children (2 & under) Garden Member Pricing on Sundays at the Door: Walking Tour $3/GBBG Member Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour* $8/GBBG Member *Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour includes Walking Tour. Group discounts for 25+ available.

Friday, December 16 Garden Sprouts: Silly Snowflakes (YF)|10–11:30 am Amy Kopp, GBBG Education Docent Price per one adult, one child. Additional children half price. $8/GBBG Member; $13/Non-Member Register by December 9 Friday, December 30 Photography: Capturing Holiday Lights (W)|3–4:30 pm Marc Amenson, Amenson Studio $17/GBBG Member; $26/Non-Member Register by December 23 (Includes admission to WPS Garden of Lights)

Saturday, January 14 Family Snowshoe Hike (YF)|1–2:30 pm Kelle Hartman, GBBG Children & Family Educator FREE/GBBG Member Family; $5/Non-Member Family Register by January 6

Tuesday, January 24 Henna Body Art (W)|6–8 pm Amy Wilde, Castle Art & Import LLC $25/GBBG Member; $34/Non-Member Register by January 17 Saturday, January 28 Adult Snowshoe Hike 10–11:30 am Linda Gustke, GBBG Education Manager FREE/GBBG Member; $5/Non-Member Register by January 25

Tuesday, January 17 Adult Snowshoe Hike 12–1:30 pm Linda Gustke, GBBG Education Manager FREE/GBBG Member; $5/Non-Member Register by January 13

January ___ Friday, January 13 Garden Sprouts: Hibernation Station (YF)|10–11:30 am Amy Kopp, GBBG Education Docent Price per one adult, one child. Additional children half price. $8/GBBG Member; $13/Non-Member Register by January 6

Tuesday, January 31 Tequila: For Drinking & Cooking (W)|6–8 pm Saul & Lisa Escalante, Dos Chiles LLC $20/GBBG Member; $29/Non-Member Register by January 24

February ___ Wednesday, February 1 Travelogue: Rediscovering Pomerania (L)|12–1 pm Dale Bartel, GBBG Volunteer Free Admission Friday, January 20 Wine Bottle Paintings (W)|6–8 pm Lori Vandenberg, GBBG Graphic Designer, Face Painter & Fine Artist $25/GBBG Member; $34/Non-Member Register by January 13

Winter Calendar

December 2016 - February 2017 Friday, February 10 & 24 March 10 & 24 Soup with Substance 5:30–8 pm Limited seats, advance purchase recommended. Advanced Tickets: $10/GBBG Member; $15/Non-Member At the Door: $12/GBBG Member; $17/Non-Member

Saturday, February 4 Winter Family Festival 10 am–2 pm Free Admission Tuesday, February 7 Adult Coloring Night (W)|6–7 pm FREE/GBBG Member; $5/Non-Member Register by February 5

Friday, February 17– Saturday, February 18 Spring Thaw Lecture & Workshop with Ellen Ecker Odgen Lecture: The Art of Growing Food 6–9 pm Lecture Only: $20/GBBG Member; $29/Non-Member


Friday, February 10 Garden Sprouts: Animal Valentines (YF)|10–11:30 am Amy Kopp, GBBG Education Docent Price per one adult, one child. Additional children half price. $8/GBBG Member; $13/Non-Member Register by February 3

Saturday, February 25 Family Nature Hike (YF)|10–11 am Kelle Hartman, GBBG Children & Family Educator FREE/GBBG Member Family; $5/Non-Member Family Register by February 17

Wednesday, February 15 Travelogue: Barbados (L)|12–1 pm Don Brill, GBBG Education Docent Free Admission Friday, February 17 Camp GBBG: Winter Day Camp (YF)|9:30 am–3:30 pm Ages 6-10. Campers must bring a bag lunch; snack will be provided. $30/GBBG Member; $40/Non-Member Register by February 10

Workshop: Kitchen Garden Design 9 am–12 pm OR 1–4 pm Attendance at the Friday evening lecture required. Limited to 12 participants per session. Lecture & Workshop: $50/GBBG Member; $59/Non-Member

Tuesday, February 28 Olive Oil 101 (W)|6–8 pm Curt Campbell, The Oilerie $10/GBBG Member; $15/Non-Member Register by February 21

Register by February 10 Thursday, February 23 Create Your Own Succulent Garden (W)| 6–8 pm Brian & Connie Schroeder, Schroeder’s Flowers $40/GBBG Member; $49/Non-Member Register by February 16

W = Workshop L = Lecture YF = Youth & Family

How to Register Pre-registration required for all classes and programs except where noted. Register online at or by phone at 920.490.9457. Please register early; class sizes are limited or classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. To hold your space in class, payment is due with registration. After You Register We will contact you the week of the program to confirm your enrollment. Please dress according to the weather for all outdoor programs. No rain or snow dates are planned. Classes open one half-hour before starting time. Cancellations & Refunds Classes cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather conditions are refunded automatically. You will be notified by phone if a program is cancelled. In cases of inclement weather, call 920.491.3691 ext. 122 to check the status of the program. If you must cancel your registration for a program, your registration fees will be refunded if notice is received at least five days prior to the program. Green Bay Botanical Garden cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.

Because of You Cindy Berton, Director of Development

Annual Campaign: Continue to Grow Your Garden

Since opening our doors 20 years ago, we have relied on your generosity to help develop and continue growing our Garden. Your donations make a difference in lives that are touched by the Garden every day.

Because of You More than 6,000 youth from across Northeast Wisconsin have been touched by our

Children & Family Education Programs

“Mommy, outside? Outside?” Children have an instinctual love for nature. In fact, countless studies have shown that kids who engage in outdoor free play have a more active lifestyle, increased problem-solving and creative thinking abilities, refined social skills and decreased chances for anxiety, depression and other serious health issues. Yet, former Kindergarten teacher and current Garden Education Docent, Jan LaSota, shares a common concern that kids aren’t connecting with nature as much as they should be. She feels that if they’re not connecting with nature now, they won’t be compelled to take care of it as they get older. “Kids learn best about their environment when they’re in nature, seeing, hearing, touching and smelling it. They don’t see the grandeur of nature and when you’re at the Garden you see it in any season you’re here.” The Garden is passionate about our mission to connect plants and people. Our skilled education team creates dynamic, hands-on children and family educational programming that boosts creativity and nurtures their minds. Garden Member, Sarah Thomas, has been bringing her family to the Garden since 2012. One of their favorite programs is Story Time. Sarah shares, “Not only are they learning, but the Garden leaves lasting memories and is becoming a part of their childhood that will be with them all of their years.” Because of you, nature-lovers like Jan are able to help shape our future advocates, and families like Sarah’s can experience vibrant, hands-on programs to help them grow to appreciate, respect and love nature.

Visitors from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond enjoy and learn from our

Plants & Collections

When the founders of Green Bay Botanical Garden first discovered its current site, it was a bleak, forgotten orchard dotted with telephone poles and browning weeds. In the 20 years since its opening, more than 20 of those acres have been developed into stunning gardens. Thanks to donors like you, we have added over 48,000 plants to our collections. When you donate to Plants and Collections, you help enable our horticulturists to carry out our collections policy which calls for the Garden to showcase plants that are able to grow in Northeast Wisconsin and to incorporate them into a well-designed, landscape setting. Mark A. Konlock, Director of Horticulture, best explains how the King Shade Garden illustrates our collections policy: “We have a nationally recognized hosta collection with mature specimens that we integrate with perennials, trees, shrubs [and] conifers in a landscape type setting so it allows our visitors to see these plants, to learn their exact names... and then to go to their local garden centers to [buy] those plants for their own home garden.” Beyond the hosta collection, the Garden also has nationally recognized conifer and hemerocallis (daylily) collections and is currently vying for recognition of our magnolias. These collections have played a hand in many garden groups coming to Green Bay in recent years, including the regional conferences for the American Hosta, American Peony and American Conifer Societies and the hosta and conifer societies are also considering Green Bay for upcoming national conferences. Because of you, “Green Bay Botanical Garden has grown into an attraction that hosts over 130,000 people every year. None of this would be possible without your generosity. Thank you for being Green Bay Botanical Garden.” – Mark A. Konlock

Because of You A veteran suffering from PTSD transformed his life through our

Internship Program

Mark Froelich started his Landscape Horticulture associate degree program at NWTC in 2014 and has been an intern with the Garden’s horticulture team for the past two summers. Prior to starting his studies, Mark was a member of the United States military and served in Iraq. Upon returning home, Mark suffered from PTSD, resulting in difficulty holding a job, caring for his son and even keeping a place to live. After Mark made the decision to go to school in the Landscape Horticulture program, everything clicked and life was turning back around. He now has his own apartment, custody of his son and even his blood pressure has returned to normal because of the calming effects of working with plants through his internship. Mark notes, “This is the perfect place to learn your plants, the experience of working here is going to help me better than anywhere.” While he plans to continue working with the Garden throughout his degree program, he also has big plans for the future. Because of you, Mark is inspired to create an arboretum of his own, a place to hold therapy sessions to help fellow veterans with PTSD and other ailments. “I got way more out of this internship than I would have expected, my son too. This is one of the best internships I could have asked for.” Your generous donations provide support for our internship program, enabling us to give real world experience to numerous budding horticulturists with immeasurable effects.

This is the perfect place to learn your plants, the experience of working here is going to help me better than anywhere.

A retiree discovered vitality and strength through your donations to

Where It’s Needed Most

Gerri Gribi, Garden Member and Volunteer, came to the Garden in 2011. She was a self-proclaimed non-gardener looking for something to do with her life after retiring from a rather isolated career as a professional folk musician. As she volunteered at the front desk, she fell in love with the Garden. Since also becoming a horticulture volunteer, she moved from absorbing information to wanting to share it as a Garden Ambassador. Your generous donations provide all of our team members like Gerri with tools, supplies and the needed equipment to grow your Garden. “It’s hard to describe how … this Garden has changed my life because it’s kind of like finding this half of myself I never knew existed. I have so much more strength and confidence than I ever knew I had. As somebody who’s aging, it’s nice to know I have all of that inside me and to be out here working with people who are twenty years older than me and working with much more strength than I have, so I have this to look forward to.” Because of you, Gerri is inspired to share her story and passion for connecting plants and people with visitors throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the world. “It’s so exciting that we’re building this worldclass garden and seeing people visiting from places like Holland, Brazil, India and Japan. They’re very interested in this Garden and we’re really connecting plants with people, whether they’re local school kids going through who then bring their parents back, or it’s people from around the world that send a message about what Green Bay is all about.”

You Can Make a Difference

See more of these inspiring individuals by visiting and consider how your gift can make a difference. A self-addressed envelope is enclosed for your tax deductible donation, or contact Cindy Berton, Director of Development, Marketing & Communications, at 920.491.3691, ext. 104 or

Garden Snippets Susan Garot, Executive Director

Board of Director Updates

Your Garden is governed by a board of directors, nominated by the Governance Committee and elected at the Annual Meeting in October. This year, the Governance Committee called for nominees and put forth the following slate of potential directors, all of whom were elected by members attending the annual meeting on Thursday, October 27: Returning nominees: Chris Del Moral-Niles, Chief Financial Officer, Associated Bank Corp Carol Faltynski, Controller, Smet Construction Services Lee Hansen, Retired Horticulturist Bob Janssen, Attorney at Law Jonie Paye, National Sales Manager, WBAY-TV

Gift Green Gifts from WPS Trellis Gift Shop

Visit WPS Trellis Gift Shop for your holiday gift needs. Many of our items are US made, Wisconsin made or even made right here in Green Bay. Look for the American flag highlighting made in the USA products, also watch for the Local Artist bio on display with their art. Shop local this season!

Give the Gift of the Garden

Looking for that perfect gift for your family or friends? Your loved ones can enjoy the Garden’s beauty year-round with the gift of membership starting at just $40.

New nominees: Dr. Laura Nelson, Chief Medical Officer, Prevea Health Mike Raymaker, Retired Financial Advisor Please join us in congratulating and thanking them for keeping your Garden growing!

WPS Garden of Lights Tickets

Tickets make great gifts for family, friends, clients and employees. Discounts apply for ticket purchases of 25 or more. For more information about group discounts, contact Sales & Rental Coordinator, Amber Crisp, at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or

Make Your Holiday Event Glow

Looking for an unforgettable venue to hold your holiday event? Book your event at the Garden during WPS Garden of Lights. Exceed your guests’ expectations by giving them the opportunity to explore our amazing display in conjunction with your private event. Rental space is anticipated to sell out for this one-of-a-kind experience, make sure to book early! To book your event or learn more, contact Sales & Rental Coordinator, Amber Crisp, at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or

For more information, visit or contact Membership & Volunteer Manager, Anne Basten, at 920.491.3691 ext. 105 or


Fan Photos Green Bay Botanical Garden’s social media fans share photos of their incredible adventures at the Garden year-round. Here are some of our favorites from fall 2016. Post your photos of the Garden on social media with the hashtag #GreenBayBotanicalGarden and they may end up in our next newsletter!


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Executive Director Susan Garot Board of Directors Jonie Paye, Chair Judy Nagel, Vice Chair Bill Larsen, Treasurer Dick Rankin, Past Chair Directors Diane Conway Chris Del Moral-Niles Carol Faltynski Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Lee C. Hansen Kathy Hartman Robert J. Janssen Julia Johnson Bruce Kilmer Pat Koleske Laura Nelson, M.D. Mike Raymaker Rob Servais, D.C. Jack Swelstad, M.D. Kristin Van Drisse



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Partners & Volunteers of the Year Read about the Impact of Your Donations Winter Calendar of Programs & Events Fan Photos & More! Upcoming Winter Events: WPS Garden of Lights Winter Family Festival Soup with Substance Spring Thaw Lecture & Workshop

Photo by Lori Vandenberg, GBBG Graphic Artist

2016 GBBG Winter Newsletter  
2016 GBBG Winter Newsletter