The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum is pleased to offer our plant sale for the 2018 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 12th pick up at UW-Fond du Lac.
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.
It's All About the Birds and the Bees
Margie Winter Thursday, April 26th 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Eugene McLane Room, Fond du Lac Public Library
Everyone can welcome more wildlife into their yards by planting a few native plants! Learn about native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to plant in your landscape that attract and support native birds, pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife. As habitat dwindles it is now more important than ever to support our ecological landscape collectively as gardeners.
Margie Winter is currently an adjunct instructor in the Biology Department. at Marian University teaching Environmental Science, Prairie Ecosystems and Restoration and Life Systems. Previously a high school biology teacher for 31 years. Long-time member of Fox Valley Wild Ones, a native landscaping organization.
This program is being presented as a collaboration between the Fond du Lac County Natural Beauty Council and the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum.
Exploring the Gottfried: Past, Present, and Future
Tracy McDermott Wednesday, May 16th 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter
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. Join us to hear the history and see the land first hand! We will take a guided tour of the property following the talk!