UW Family Gardening Day – Saturday, May 4th 2024

UW Family Gardening Day will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 1pm!

April showers bring May flowers – and this opportunity to explore campus gardens, greenhouses, and related facilities. Visit the DC Smith Greenhouse (465 Babcock Dr.), Allen Centennial Garden (620 Babcock Dr.), Steenbock Library (550 Babcock Dr.) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute (1552 University Ave.).

  • Explore hands-on activities with seeds, plants and soil.
  • Ask questions of Master Gardeners.
  • Discover books for all ages about gardening, plants, soil, water and more.
  • Take home plants and seeds for your own garden (while supplies last)
  • Meet UW scientists
  • And more at this fun-for-the-whole-family event!

Children 13 years and under can complete a “passport” by getting stamps at the UW Family Gardening Day locations. A completed passport will earn them a free vanilla ice cream at the Babcock Dairy Store at nearby Babcock Hall, which will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Click on either image below to download the 2024 Family Gardening Day “passport”


How to Get Around Campus!


  • Use promo code SCIENCEISCOOL for a 1/2 off monthly pass

Free Campus Bus Routes

  • 80, 81 & 82

Parking is Also Available:

  • Lot 17: 1550 Engineering Dr
  • Lot 20: 1390 University Ave
  • Lot 36: 1645 Observatory Dr
  • Lot 34: 1480 Tripp Circle
  • Lot 40: 1655 Linden Dr
  • Lot 41: 1820 University Ave

Click here for an interactive campus map.

Click here for additional visitor parking information.


For more information, please visit the UW Family Gardening Day Facebook Page