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Subject: MPA Co-Founder Sandy Folaron Named Director of the Mitchell Park ‘“Domes!”
One of the co-founders of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Sandy Folaron, has been named Director of the Mitchell Park Domes!
Sandy and MPA’s Geoff Grahowski were authors of the letter that sparked the Save Pabst Movement. Sandy has been supportive of Mike Mervis’ and the Zilber group’s brilliant Pabst Project. She has blazed trails in the renewal of the historic neighborhood of Washington Heights, Vliet Street, and Washington Park, as well as in small business entrepreneurship. Sandy worked hard with Bob Trimmier and Gretchen Doege to block freeway widening in Milwaukee. In my mind, Sandy Folaron has been “the” key inspiration and heavy lifter in the Save the Soldiers Home movement, in creative partnership with Mayor Barrett, Rocky Marcoux, the “Rebirth of Freedom project” of Cleo Pruitt, General Robert Cocroft of NABVETS,and Jerry Ann Hamilton of the NAACP, veterans groups, and the Soldiers Home Foundation. She has been in partnerships with the leaders of the urban farms and gardens movements and urban ecology movements.
As “Conservatory Director” with a sizeable and competent staff of over 10 people, it will be a great drama for our fair city to witness the preservation and transformation of our Domes, with Sandy at the helm.
In Sandy’s words…
I am thrilled with the opportunity to re-energize and bring in a new generation to use and appreciate one of Milwaukee’s gems! The historical aspect, ecological significance and the educational possibilities are staggering. With great staff and Parks Director support, I am confident that we are going to make a difference and step into the future…imagine the possibilities….!
For great photos of Sandy at the Soldiers Home and now Sandy at the domes, go to
Here’s what’s on the County web site about “The Domes.”
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens . . .
all in one afternoon!
The incredible diversity of plantlife you will encounter reminds us all of the Earth’s unique diversity of plant and animal species so very vital to our own survival.
Come to the deserts of Africa, Madagascar, South America and North America in the Arid Dome where one of the world’s finest collections of cacti, succulents, shrubs and arid-land bulbs grow. An Oasis of Pampas Grass and desert palms beckons as paths lead you past many plant oddities with intriguing geometric forms, subtle coloration and unique adaptations to hot, dry habitats.
Stroll the jungle-like trails of the Tropical Dome and see a rich diversity of plants from the rainforests of five continents. Showy flowers, fruits, nuts, spices and a multitude of orchids and bromeliads surround you as you’re drawn toward a rushing waterfall in this paradise. Be sure to look for the colorful birds and iguanas that call the Tropical Dome their home.
Enter a themed floral exhibit filling the Floral Show Dome with gardens of color. Five seasonal displays each year will delight you with their beauty and will serve to inspire your own gardens.
About the Conservatory . . .
History and Construction The Arid Dome The Tropical Dome The Floral Show Dome
Floral Show Dome Exhibit Schedule
Hours, Admissions, Map
Weddings in the Conservatory