Visit the gardens every day of the week, and stay later on Tuesday since the park is open until 9:00 p.m. Be sure to check online before you visit to see what seasonal attractions are available. If you're in town during spring, don't miss the display of more than 7,000 colorful, tropical butterflies. In the summer, you can catch a live music performance in the outdoor atrium. Fall offers a vibrant showcase of chrysanthemums and fall foliage. Come winter, get in the holiday spirit during the holiday festival with 40 international Christmas trees and 300,000 lights.
Internationally renowned artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, will open an exhibit beginning January 27 through August 20, 2017, his debut show in the upper Midwest and a first for the artist at a botanical garden. Known for combining old world traditional craftsmanship with modern conceptual approaches to themes of free speech and human rights, Weiwei is exhibiting more than 30 works in a collection that ranges from iconic pieces to new projects.