Frame Park Formal Gardens

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1150 Frame Park Dr., Waukesha, WI 53186
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10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Welcome to Waukesha's botanical urban gem, the Formal Gardens at Frame Park. The park was dedicated on October 25, 1939, in honor of Andrew J. and Emma R. Frame who in 1928 donated land and funds to the City of Waukesha. In total thirty-five acres of land, including the two acres of the Formal Gardens, had been donated to or purchased by the City of Waukesha park system. Over the years, the Gardens have had minor changes from the original design. Rose beds have always been a significant attraction in the gardens. The most significant change was the removal of the "fishpond" water feature located along the pergola in the sunken Gardens area. The fish head waterspouts are still visible on the limestone wall. The Formal Gardens consist of ever-changing annual flower beds, colorful perennial areas and fragrant rose beds.

Tour Information:

Guests can discover how and why certain species of plants and flowers are used in the Formal Gardens from one of the horticulturalists who maintains them. Visitors should come prepared with questions and should not forget to stop and smell the roses. Adult (16+) Formal Garden Tour - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Family (All Ages) Formal Garden Tour 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. **Pre-registration required**

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This location is kid-friendly for the family (all ages) tour at 11:30 a.m.

Photography and Filming Permissions:

During this event, photography and filming are allowed.


This location is accessible for anyone who can navigate crushed limestone pathways.

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Metro Bus Access:

Free Waukesha Metro Bus rides Saturday, October 9th and Sunday October 10th.
Route 3/15 Saturday Schedule

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