Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130 Tel: 414-525-5601 Fax: 414-525-5610
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR WEDDING-SITE RENTALS
ADMISSION RATES / ARRIVAL / PARKING: Admission is collected April through October, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. seven
days a week. Complimentary parking is available in the paved parking lot. The circle drive is for loading/unloading only.
Vehicle engines must be turned off when parked. Guests should check in at the Fee Booth upon arrival.
Milwaukee County Residents with ID
Senior (60+), $5; Adult (18–59), $7; Youth (6-17), $5; Child (5 and under), Free
Group (20 or more in group): Adult, $6.50 ea; Youth, $4.50 ea
Non-Milwaukee County Residents
Adult (18 and up), $8; Youth (6-17), $6; Child (5 and under), Free
Group (20 or more in group): Adult, $7.50; Child, $5.50
Any Person with Disability or Student with ID, $5
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: You may bring alcohol to your permitted site only when you have purchased an Alcohol
Permit ($90). If alcohol is present at your site and you do not have an Alcohol Permit, you may receive a $200 fine and/
or a 90-day jail sentence, per chapter 47.17 of Milwaukee County Ordinances. Complete an Alcohol Permit Application
at least three (3) weeks prior to the event.
AMPLIFIED SOUND & ELECTRICAL HOOK UP: Low-volume music/sound amplification is allowed at the permitted
site. Sound, including non-amplified sound, must be “contained” to the site so as to not impose on other areas of the
Botanical Gardens. Electrical hook-ups are available at select sites for $50 plus tax ($52.80).
CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be submitted in writing on the Cancellation / Refund Request Form and must
be accompanied by the original permit(s).
Any cancellation refund is based on when the notice is received. If received:
within 24 hours of payment: full refund
ninety (90) or more days prior to the scheduled date: refund, less $50 administrative fee
forty-five (45) to eighty-nine (89) days prior to the scheduled date: 50% refund, less $50 administrative fee
forty- four (44) or fewer days prior to the scheduled date: NO refund
No refunds will be given due to inclement weather, unless the cancellation was made by Milwaukee County Parks due
to severe weather conditions. Rentals are not rescheduled due to unfavorable weather conditions.
CLEANUP / DAMAGE: You are responsible for the restoration of the facility to its original condition by the end of
the permitted rental period; this includes the removal of all decorations, structures, furnishings, and props. If
excessive cleanup or damage occurs, you will be invoiced for the work required to bring the facility to its original
condition ($50 minimum).
DECORATIONS / STRUCTURES / PROPS – Not available under the COVID Clause Addendum: No staking
is allowed. Use sand bags, weights, or water barrels to hold structures in place. The use of balloons anchored with
weights is allowed; however, any balloons that become tangled in garden spaces will result in your being invoiced
for excessive cleanup ($150 minimum). Please inform your guests! All decorations, structures, and props must
be approved at least three (3) weeks prior to the event
DRONES: The use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) is prohibited without the prior written approval of the
Parks Director or designee. Please contact the Botanical Gardens at least two (2) weeks in advance.
HORN HONKING: We ask that you and your guests refrain from honking horns near the Botanical Gardens; other
ceremonies may be in progress.
PATHS: All persons are required to stay on established paths so as not to step into any flowerbeds, onto any rock
ledges, or into any wooded area. Failure to do so may result in permit revocation.
REHEARSALS / SITE VISITS: A separate reservation is required for any rehearsal or site visit at the Botanical
Gardens. Check site availability at least three (3) weeks in advance. Regular admission rates apply. (See Admission
SMOKING / VAPING: Smoking or vaping is prohibited in all Milwaukee County Parks buildings, or within 30 feet
of any entrance or exit of a building, per Milwaukee County Ordinance 47.16(3)(a)(b).
THROWING RICE: Throwing rice, confetti/confetti-like material, flower petals, or birdseed is prohibited and will
result in your being invoiced for excessive cleanup ($150 minimum). Please inform your guests!