Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

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United States of America - Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Institution Code: MIL

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

Entrance of the Mitchell Park Domes
Entrance of the Mitchell Park Domes

About the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

Plants make people happy, and with thousands of wild and wonderful plants growing and blooming inside our tropical, desert and floral domes, it's no surprise that our living museum is one of Milwaukee's most loved destinations.

Our three large (85 ft high) glass domes each contain a different climate and type of garden. Discover cacti, succulents, shrubs and desert palms in the Desert Dome. Enjoy five seasonal shows each year in the Floral Dome and walk among 1,200 species of rainforest plants in the Tropical Dome.
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, better known as The Milwaukee Domes, is a must-visit spot for anyone who loves plants. Visit us year-round, from Wed-Sun.

Main Address:
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
524 South Layton Boulevard
Wisconsin 53215 United States of America

Telephone: (414) 257-5600
Fax: (414) 649-8616
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Doris Maki, Director
    Curator's Name: Amy Thurner, Horticulture Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Marian French
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Status
  • Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 43.0262360
    Longitude: -87.9438340
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4047 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: The Domes
  • Local Address: 524 S Layton Boulevard
  • Locality: City: Milwaukee
  • Locality: State: Wisconsin

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 200000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Madagascar succulents; African succulents and bulbs; Canary Island flora; South, Central, and North American desert plants; some heirloom, traditional native American crop plants such as chilis; tropical orchids; tropical fruits & economic plants; bromeliads; anthiriums; tropical ferns.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes