WGCF Garden Clubs are involved in many activities around the state. Community beautification and service projects top the list, but club members certainly know how to learn and have fun also. To have your club’s activities featured on this page, submit them to WGCF.
Chickadee Hills Homestead Tour
Sherry Sutton is the owner of Chickadee Hills Homestead, a local sustainable pasture-raised heritage hog farm located in Spooner. The Spooner Garden Club members visited the farm at their July meeting and learned about soil ecology and enjoyed seeing free range chickens, guinea hens and Mangalista hogs, known as the Kobe (beef) of pork!
Elmbrook Garden Club: The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly
The Elmbrook Garden Club connects with shoppers at the Brookfield Farmers Market and informs them about the monarch butterfly and what they can do to help. The club sells native plants and milkweed plants. Milkweed is essential for the monarch caterpillar to survive.
Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
For many years, members of the Spooner Garden Club have honored our nation’s veterans by planting and maintaining the gardens at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Planting is always done prior to Memorial Day and the group plants around the signs, the planters, the roadway, the scatter garden, the outdoor ceremonial shelter and several other gardens.
Cups of Cheer
Flowers in Vases
The Paper Valley Garden Club has adopted the Oak Park Place assisted living facility in Menasha and plans to provide activities to enhance the daily lives of the residents who are able to participate. The goal is to have them do the activity with club member’s help. For the first event the club provided flowers from the farmers market for the participants to arrange. The next activity will have a holiday theme. The residents appreciate the activities and spend much of the following day talking about the fun they had.
Creative Fun: Fused Flowers
Members of the Sunset Garden Club of Madison are a creative bunch. Each year they visit the Vinery Glass Studio and create a glass masterpiece. This year’s project: fused glass flowers that continue to bloom in pots or gardens no matter what the weather. It is an interesting and fun process are the flowers are created flat and then a mold is used to create a unique and colorful dimensional flowers.
MDGC held their annual Habitat for Humanity Plant Share on 6/3/17. Each year the Clubs from Milwaukee District Garden Club work with Master Gardeners in the area to provide plants for the Habitat homeowners to help to landscape there homes. Several individuals also make donations. This year a key feature was Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club (MAMGC) collected outdoor pots where the homeowner could select their pot and plants and the members of MAMGC helped to plant the pots for them to take home. While it rained most of the morning, the event was well attended. The homeowners came throughout the rest of the week to collect any additional plants that leftover from Saturday. Even in the rain, a good time was had by everyone!
Celebrating Earth/Arbor Day
In celebration of Earth Day (Apr. 22) and Arbor Day (Apr. 29), the Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club created a tree scavenger hunt which gave community members the opportunity to take a walk and explore their neighborhood. The goal was to find 10 tree related items, document them and possibly win a prize. Participants had from Earth Day to May 1st to complete the scavenger hunt and turn their completed forms in to the local public libraries. All completed entries were eligible to win. Three gift certificates to the Baldwin Greenhouse were given out plus some gift certificates to Dairy Queen.
The club also sponsored a tree identification hike at Baldwin-Woodville’s Giezendanner School Forest which was not well-attended but the weather was lousy. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate next year.
RACINE GARDEN CLUB NEWS
The Racine Garden Club members have MOVED. This past March, we secured a new and wonderful meeting location at Christ Church United Methodist. For over 40 years we had been holding our meetings at Atonement Lutheran Church, in Racine, but because of the growing programs provided at that church, our room was needed. Just as in gardening, sometimes transplanting is needed for the good of the entire flower bed! The Racine Garden Club members are like beautiful flowers in a flower bed. We can be transplanted and yet thrive in a new location. We have a beautiful room with bright sunny windows at Christ Church, just what we need to continue growing our club as we celebrate our 90th Birthday! Our membership at this time is 70 members strong and this year we are working to increase our membership by 10% as we have done in past years.
Again we have awarded Horticultural Scholarships to 5 exceptional and deserving students presently enrolled in the Gateway Horticultural Program. This is our way of Growing Gardeners in Racine.
Botany Belles and Beaus of the St. Croix District Sponsors Nature Photography Contest
For the second year Baldwin and surrounding area community residents entered their nature photographs in a photography contest. This year there were 147 entries in 6 categories (Bugs, Birds and Beasts, Edibiles, Fall Colors, Landscapes, Plant Portraits, and Sunrise & Sunset). The photos are displayed during Baldwin’s Chili Fest and the community votes for their favorites in each category. Winning photographs receive a gift certificate to the Baldwin business of their choice. The submitted photos are beautiful and showcase local talent. To see the rest of the winning photographs.
The Milwaukee Museum Garden Club recently toured the monarch trail in Wauwatosa. Forty members spent the evening learning about monarchs and their needs from Barb Agnew who is the coordinator for the Friends of the Monarch Trail.
New Members Tea: Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club
The Milwaukee Museum Garden Club is reaching out to the community in a variety of ways and is growing because of it. They have had a 30% increase in membership in the past 6 months (34 new members). This festive tea is a delightful way to welcome new members to the club and begin making connections and friendships.
Art in Bloom: Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club
What an event this is! Art in Bloom which was held March 17- 20th celebrates art through flowers. Designers use flowers and foliage to interpret works from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection. During this event, the MAMGC also had demonstrations and classes, a marketplace, an auction, fashion show, education and membership booth. This is a huge and successful undertaking by the MAMGC. To see more.
Lake Wissota Garden Club Reaches Out
Members of the Lake Wissota Garden Club were in attendance at Chippewa County’s Garden U. Their display informed attendees about the role Lake Wissota plays in the community and invited fellow gardeners to become involved with their organization.
Posted March 2016
Kaleidoscope Dream Project: Willow River Garden Club
The Willow River Garden Club is raising $10,000 to purchase and install an outdoor garden kaleidoscope in The Reflection Garden at the Deerfield Gables Senior Living Complex in New Richmond and will have the funding in place by April 2016. The kaleidoscope sculpture will be a permanent installation that will provide a wonderful sensory experience for The Deerfield residents and their visitors for many years to come.
Posted March 2016