Green Bay Botanical Garden breaks ground on grand garden

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Botanical Garden has broken ground on its grand garden.

It’s the last part of a master plan the original founders had more than 20 years ago.

The grand garden includes a grand entry, amphitheater for the performing arts, support buildings, paths and private garden areas, which will include a treasured magnolia collection.

The amphitheater will be named after Irene Daniell Kress, a local philanthropist and garden advocate who died this past summer. Two of her children were at Thursday’s groundbreaking.

“She would probably be a little miffed that we named something this big after her,” said son John Kress. “She sort of didn’t really like it that much, but we’re going to anyway because she deserves it. We are just proud and happy to be able to honor her with something like this that she would have really, really loved.”

Kress says his mother supported a lot of local charities. While it’s hard to say which one was her favorite, he says she really loved being at the gardens.