Special Event

Experience Heirloom Gardens in August

Monday, July 30, 2018 - Friday, August 31, 2018

10am - 5pm

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 Heirloom Garden

Enjoy Our Heirloom Gardens This August.

This August we’ll be celebrating the beauty of our 14 heirloom gardens and we invite you to join us.  Every day you can help us tend and harvest, and learn about how immigrants cultivated connections to their homelands, while embracing new foods and plants of Wisconsin.

Throughout the month you’ll have the chance to help us weave a garden fence, taste fresh veg and herbs, see how plants are used to dye wool, try your hand at botanical painting, learn how to preserve garden treats, use historic tools in the garden, or take a tour with our Master Historic Gardener.

When you arrive a daily handout will highlight the Garden adventures available that day – don’t worry, there will always be something wonderful and hands on! Plants can sometimes have a mind of their own, so we follow their lead and highlight them when they are ready for us!

Here are just a few of the experiences that wait you this August:

Help Weave A Garden Fence

August 10-14  When is a garden like basket?  When woven walls hold a bounty of beautiful blooms!  Help weave the walls of our garden and watch as your handiwork becomes part of Old World Wisconsin’s architecture for years to come!

Tend the Garden Paths

August 1-5  A place for everything and everything in its place.  Enjoy the satisfaction of an orderly, well-kept German Immigrant Garden as you help tend the paths of this beautifully designed space. Hands of all sizes can join in as we work together to spread the sawdust that keeps down weeds and brings order to the blooms. 

Botanical Paintings

Monday-Thursdays in August, Starting Aug 6.  Beginning of the 20th century many schools had “Field Days” – a new way of learning that embraced outdoor education, natural science, and art.  Botanical painting and natural observation were a part of this modern curriculum and guests will be able to try their hand at a watercolor or pencil drawing inspired by the teaching gardens at the school house.

The Magic of Bees

August 6 & 16 Ever wonder what those busy bees are up to?  Learn about how Bees make honey, how people collect it, and taste local honeys for yourself.

Button-Hole Bouquets

August 14, 16, 21 and 23  Create your own Button-Hole Bouquets as you learn about the meaning of different plants and find the perfect mix of scent, symbolism, and beauty.

Gardening with Animal Manure 

Fridays in August  Beautiful plants need beautiful dirt.  And the best dirt is helped along by the power of pooh.  Learn about how you can use animal manures in your own garden, and become a manure-connoisseur who knows their pig from their horse, their sheep from their cow!

Dying with Plants

Saturdays in August  Help grind and simmer, dip and dry as we take humble garden plants and simple wool and transform them into a rainbow of colored yarns. Every Saturday we’ll use different plants and recipes and we’re always looking for helping hands!


Some exclusive tours during Heirloom Gardens Month require registration. Click here to register! 


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The Flavor of Wisconsin

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society's celebration of flavors that connect us to our diverse heritage in the most delicious way. With exhibitions, demonstrations, tours, and tastes around the state, The Flavor of Wisconsin brings to life the history and living traditions that make us who we are. See all our flavorful events here.


Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67
Eagle, WI 53119-9503

Location Information

Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Trams are equipped to transport visitors using wheelchairs during regular museum operating hours. Call ahead to make arrangements at 262-594-6301.