Gardens & Grounds
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s gardens and grounds offer sensory delights at every turn; sculptures are highlighted by scents, colors, forms, and textures that change with the seasons.
Dedicated in 1995, this garden features large- and small-scale sculptures in an inviting setting of manicured native grasses and heirloom flowers. The sculpture garden is a flexible venue for a range of outdoor programs.
The Museum’s grounds feature sculptures that delight visitors of all ages. From Deborah Butterfield’s Kua to Burt Brent’s The Heavyweight, a range of artistic styles and wonders of the natural world can be found. Another highlight is Kent Ullberg’s striking bronze whooping cranes that stand as iconic sentinels at the garden’s entrance. Experience sculpture by following pathways – accessible for wheelchairs and strollers – throughout the sculpture garden, near the pond area, and to the Secret Garden.
Since 1990, Team USA snow sculptors Mike Martino, Tom Queoff, and Mike Sponholtz have traveled to the Museum annually to work their winter magic creating a snow sculpture complementing the current exhibition.
Visitors are welcome to utilize the natural beauty of the Museum’s grounds as a backdrop for photography. Please connect with visitor services at 715.845.7010 to discuss the cost and specific guidelines to ensure the continued enjoyment of the grounds for all.
The Museum’s abundant floral gardens are a labor of love for a corps of dedicated volunteers. If you enjoy outdoor seasonal work and have a flair for flowers, the gardens want you! For more information, connect via firstname.lastname@example.org or 715.845.7010.