Grow the Gardens 

The Gardens at MOWA

A valuable community space and a must-see garden destination in the heart of downtown West Bend

The Gardens at MOWA activates the four-acre campus surrounding the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The project began in 2015 with the acquisition of the property, and it will culminate with the completion of the landscaping in fall 2018. A variety of stunning features include:

• Six groves of 800 quaking aspen trees
• More than 1,200 hydrangeas
• A field for outdoor activities and festivals
• Interconnected walkways
• A multipurpose courtyard
• Two signature sculptures

With your help, we can grow the gardens—and all of its creative uses—together.

The Gardens was created for you—as part of your museum visit, as a detour from your walk on the Eisenbahn State Trail, or as a destination itself to read a book, toss a Frisbee, bird watch, people watch, build a snowman, bask in the sun, sip a cup of coffee, admire the foliage, wander the paths, meditate, or attend one of the many planned activities to come. Whatever it might be, we’re excited to experience the seasonal changes of the Gardens with you.

Like the museum, the Gardens project is made possible through contributions from friends like you. Thanks to the generosity of a group of early supporters, 94.8% of the project goal was raised prior to launching this public campaign. As we enter the homestretch with the Grow the Gardens campaign, we ask that you help realize the many possibilities of this extraordinary outdoor destination with a donation.

94.8% Goal: $2.3 Million

Donors at $100 and above will receive a certificate of adoption for a quaking aspen tree and digital recognition. Donors at $250 and above were invited to an event on November 8, Bloomin’ Holidays Eve, where MOWA extended its celebration of all things blooming inside.

Befriend a Tree | $100

Gardens Decal 
Certificate of Adoption for a Quaking Aspen Tree


Wander the Paths | $250

Gardens Decal
Certificate of Adoption for a Quaking Aspen Tree
Invitation to Bloomin’ Holidays Eve


Play on the Green | $500

Gardens Decal 
Certificate of Adoption for a Quaking Aspen Tree
Invitation to Bloomin’ Holidays Eve
Photographic Print of the Gardens


Make Memories Together | $1,000

Gardens Decal 
Certificate of Adoption for a Quaking Aspen Tree
Invitation to Bloomin’ Holidays Eve
Photographic Print of the Gardens
Quaking Aspen Leaf Ornament

Learn more about the Gardens at MOWA.

For more information about increased levels of support, contact Heidi Wirth at 262-247-2262 or hwirth@wisconsinart.org