The New Formal Garden

September 26, 2017 to October 29, 2017

In September of 2017, the Paine Art Center and Gardens completed the construction and planting of a new elaborate formal garden on the historic property. The garden is located along the Paine property’s eastern border adjacent to the new conservatory building, which was constructed in 2012. Work on the garden began in April of this year, and more than 100 tradespersons worked on the many dimensions of the elaborate project under the direction of general contractor J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Encompassing more than 15,000 sq. ft., the new garden features a symmetrical design with two fountains, stone architectural elements, two long pergolas, and a variety of planting beds. Designed by an award-winning, internationally recognized landscape architect, Doug Hoerr of Chicago, the new garden was inspired by the romance of English country estates while complementing the character of the historic Paine property. The $2 million project was funded by more than 370 people and entities who donated to the Paine’s capital campaign. 

Aaron Sherer, Executive Director of the Paine says, “The garden is a living artwork in which people can marvel at the wonder of nature in concert with the ingenuity of humankind.”  Similar to the Paine mansion’s main gallery, which features changing art exhibitions, the new formal garden will be an outdoor “gallery” that features changing seasonal displays of plants. As a four season garden, the space will present a bulb display in the spring, an annual display in the summer, a frost-hardy display in the fall, and dramatic lighting in the winter.

The inaugural fall display of plants will be on view through Sunday, October 29. The garden is open during Paine hours of 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday with paid admission.

Learn more about the project and see architectural drawings and construction photos: New Formal Garden>

Photo by Mark Dexter of Simply Love Films

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Monday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Please note: The Paine has special hours and admission rates during the Tiffany exhibition, June 23-September 23, 2018.

Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 235-6903