Check out a few of the interesting facts about the Mitchell Park Domes:
The Domes was designed by Donald L. Grieb, a nationally-recognized Milwaukee architect, who beat out 32 other architects from around the world.
Construction was staggered over several years. The Show Dome was completed in December 1964, the Tropical Dome in February 1966 and the Desert Dome in October 1967. First Lady Mrs. Lyndon B. (Lady Bird) Johnson dedicated the facility to the people of Wisconsin in 1965.
About 200,000 visitors from over 100 different countries visit The Domes annually (about half are from Milwaukee County).
The Domes is unique in many ways: one example is the amount of space dedicated to a non-permanent collection. About half of the space in the Show Dome transitions five times a year. The Show Dome was designed in this way to ensure that Milwaukee-area residents have a reason to visit time and time again.
About 3,000 area youth participate in a field trip at The Domes each year.
The green roof on top of the Ed Center provides energy efficiency by helping keep the building warm in the winter and cold in the summer.
There are seven full-time horticulturists, and other support staff who care for both the indoor and outdoor gardens and the green roof.
The “Gifts Under Glass” Gift Shop is operated by Friends of The Domes to generate funding for educational programming.
Two full-time Friends of The Domes Educators run all education programming for adults, families and students.
There are six state-of-the-art greenhouses that are connected to the back side of The Domes. These were placed on the property in 2011.
The plants in The Domes are watered by hand every day. City water is pumped in to a water tank and then heated. The Tropical Dome also makes use of an extensive misting system. There is a water reclamation process that allows rainwater to be used to water plants throughout all six functioning greenhouses.