Art in The Gardens

Paintings and sculptures enrich your visit to the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County's Whitnall Park.


2017 Temporary Exhibits in the Garden House
On Display at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Visit the historic Garden House Exhibit Room for a look at a rotating display of art from local and regional artists.



 . Works on Loan 
On view through 2016

"My Yin Yang Water Fountain," Laura Priebe
In the Annual Garden Fountain

Since the 1970's, Laura Priebe has explored the qualities of water. She has vigilantly observed water's reflection of light and its fluidity of motion. During the 1980s and early 90s, she began to work exclusively with lost-wax bronze casting. She began to integrate geometric divisions and organic surface textures. The geometric constructions are mankind’s walls, bodies, streets, and rulesspaces that define personal identity, physical limitation, and psychological safety within an organic home. Recently, Priebe has been working with integrating a bronze crest of a wave into a landscaped hill base. She captures the force and power of water as it is frozen in time.
See more of Priebe's work at


 On Permanent Display

"Passage," Susan Falkman, 2002
At the South Entrance of the Education and Visitor Center Center

Eight limestone elements represent the seasons of life: Dreaming, Awakening, Promise, Blossom, Abundance, Release, Return, Solitude

Susan Falkman’s love affair with stone began more than 30 years ago in Greece. She mastered her art working with the best carvers in Carrara, Italy, the Mecca for marble carvers worldwide. Today, in her studio in Mequon, Wisconsin, she uses both the hand-carving techniques of the ancient Greeks and power tools to transform natural stones into stunning, fluid forms that embrace our connection to nature. See more of Falkman's work at


"Abstract Mobile Sculpture," Mike Kmiotek, 2005
At the East Entrance of the Education and Visitor Center
Observe the sculpture as it moves with the slightest air current

Born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Mike Kmiotek spent his childhood in Minoquoa, and his teenage years in Madison. From painting to ceramics to stained glass design, he has pursued many forms of art, settling finally on metal sculpture. His passion for the outdoors and all things natural is reflected in his work, which is imbued with a sense of fun and mischief. Kmiotek maintains his home and studio in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. See more of his work at



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