Mitchell Park Domes

Holiday Garden Show

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory's Show Dome is transformed 5 times each year. Each Show Dome display has a specific theme, generally categorized as historical, cultural or fantasy, and is chosen at least a year in advance. Plants are selected specifically for a particular floral exhibit and grown in the Greenhouses located at the Mitchell Park Domes. Once in place, a show may last from six to fourteen weeks. Please note that Show Dome is closed for approximately two weeks between shows to transition to the new theme.

Friends of the Mitchell Park DomesMilwaukee County Parks

Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • Classic Holiday Garden Show

    NOVEMBER 23 - JANUARY 5

    This year's holiday garden show captures the look and feel of all the classic lights, ornaments and decorations of the holiday season. There will be several varieties of poinsettias including 'Classic Red' and 'Polar Bear White' leading up to a classically-decorated tree, decorative garlands and a newly refurbished sleigh for holiday photo ops. Beautiful single stemmed white mums that look like snowballs will make an appearance along with other holiday staples such as cyclamen and amaryllis plants.

    Attack of the Giant Monsters 2

    JANUARY 19 - MARCH 29

    Attack of the Giant Monsters 2 is the exciting sequel to our first giant-monster themed model train show. Due to the Domes closure back in 2016, the show was cut very short, but it has returned with even bigger and better monsters. This G-scale model train garden will feature spoofs of your favorite classic giant movie monsters. Travel the tracks through a not-so-scary, but very silly set of cities under attack, creatures lurking in the plants and plenty of hidden surprises. The garden will include miniature topiary azaleas and other varieties of dwarf evergreen trees. Among many varieties of flowering annuals this show will also showcase a unique eyeball looking plant called Acmella oleracea and a carnivorous plant display to complement this show's Monster theme.

    Pokemon Go at The Domes

    Get out of the cold and join the Pokémon craze. The popular phone app game uses GPS technology to hide Pokémon and various prizes in real-world outdoor locations and the Domes is no exception! The bonus is that the Domes aren't exactly outdoors, so this winter you can come inside and play while staying warm and dry—not to mention take in the beautiful gardens. This game is truly fun for all ages and encourages getting exercise as well as meeting friendly new people in the community. The app is free to download, and for those currently playing, there are four indoor Poké-Stops and one Poké-Gym. Come in and catch them all!