Spreading Love for the Environment


Dr. Lewis E. Thomas

Dr. Edward Hasselkus

An Endeavor Founded on the Goodwill of Generous Donors

Established in 2000, Arbor View Gardens is a non-profit corporation in Clintonville, WI. We are governed by a board of directors whose goal is to preserve and develop this private arboretum into a public garden. In June 2001, our organization received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

Andy and Sharon Gleisner have consistently been large donors to our organization. Currently, the couple continues to fund administrative costs, new plant acquisitions, and garden maintenance. Because the Gleisners had funded our corporation’s formation, the IRS originally classified us as a private operating foundation. Since then, fundraising has been successful to the point of having the IRS reclassify our organization as a publicly funded charity.

Outside support for additional development in our gardens is received in many ways. While we have accepted grants for some of our large projects, corporate and private donations always remain as our basic monetary foundation. We also obtain other means of support from:

  • Freewill Visitor Donations
  • Plant Donations and an Annual Rare Plant Sale Each Year in June
  • Donation of Materials That Are Needed for Projects
  • Points of Interest Naming Options With Name Plaques
  • Space Rental for Weddings
  • Group Picnics and Professional Photography
  • Guided Tours for Large and Small Groups
  • Memorials and Engraved Name Bricks for Loved Ones in the Memory Angel Garden
  • Volunteer Work in the Gardens