Stepping into a botanical garden can be like stepping into another world. Hundreds of species of plants surround you, dazzling your eye with vibrant colors and teasing your nose with sweet smells of nectar. Some of (imho) the most impressive gardens can be the ones that are constructed inside green houses, bringing the ability to control the environment and grow species that could never survive naturally. And that brings me to todays journey to the Mitchell Park Domes.
Alexander Mitchell was the richest resident of Milwaukee in the late 1800’s. He was also responsible for building the first horticultural conservatory in the state. After his death, the city purchased 30 acres of the property and opened it up to the public.
Once being modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, in 1955, a new design was implemented in the form of three geodesic domes. Each dome represents a different climate allowing 1000’s of different plants to live there. There are two permanent climates featuring an arid and a tropical climate, and a third dome who’s contents change with the seasons.
Travel to the domes while you can though. Recent surveys show that renovating the domes will be more costly than they are worth which puts the future of this amazing park in question
Closest Supercharger Oak Creek WI 11 mi
7941 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154
The Mitchell Park Domes
524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215