2018 Native Plant Sale

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum is pleased to offer our plant sale for the 2019 growing season. Native plants can be purchased in 2 1/2 inch pots for $3.50 each (minimum of two per species) or 4 1/2 inch pots for $6.00 each. Download our brochure and order form for more information. Prepaid orders must be received by March 30th for May 11th pick up at UW-Fond du Lac.

Download the 2019 Plant Sale Order Form



Grounds Manager Position Available

The UW-Fond du Lac Arboretum Advisory Committee is looking for an independent and dedicated grounds manager to maintain the 42 acre restored prairie and arboretum located on the University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac Campus.

Job Type: Part-time/seasonal or Contract - approximately 400 hours per year mostly Spring through Fall

Salary: $15 hourly

Click here for the Grounds Manager job description and requirements.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact: info@gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.



Welcome to the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

At one time, most of Fond du Lac County was covered by prairie -- native grasslands that were home to bison, prairie chickens, bobolinks and other wildlife. At the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum on the UW-Fond du Lac campus, a group of volunteers has reestablished the native plants that once grew on this site.

The project began in 1991, with the goal of representing the original plant communities of Wisconsin in a small arboretum. At present, volunteers have planted 42 acres of native prairie grasses and wildflowers, developed two wildlife ponds and planted 176 native trees and shrubs. Most of the wildflower seeds were collected from some of the last remaining original prairie sites in Fond du Lac County. To educate local residents there's an interpretive trail as well as six benches, two picnic tables, and a kiosk for recreation.

The Formal Arboretum is an innovative attempt to depict the native plants and plant communities of Wisconsin in a design representing the "Tension Zone" of our state. This is the area of overlap of northern and southern Wisconsin plant communities, which occurs in the Fond du Lac area. It consists of savannah, lowland forests and northern mixed forests, plus their associated wildflowers.

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum is named for Bradley Gottfried, former dean of UW-Fond du Lac, and a major force behind the project's initiation and development. Dean Gottfried's vision and persistence have resulted in the restoration of a portion of native prairie for county residents to enjoy.

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