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Judges Council Symposium in Iowa
An advantage of being part of the NGC organization is the educational opportunities that you can participate in throughout the nation. Recently WGCF members Gerianne Holzman, Lynne Ehnert, Kerry Krokos and Wendy Kramer attended the 51st Iowa Federated Judges Council Symposium in Madrid, Iowa on August 23-24, 2021. It was a packed 2 days of learning how to judge “Cucurbita Genus: Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds”; “Foliage Container Plants in Horticulture Specialty Shows” how to “Beat the Clock”; “Ethics and Etiquette” and “Is It This or Is it That?” Design instructor, Julia Clevett, instructed us on comparing the differences between traditional, creative, and abstract creative designs. Horticulture and Flower Show procedure instructor, Dottie Howatt, taught us how to judge squash, foliage plants, in addition to etiquette and how to keep on time when judging a show. Dottie encouraged us to incorporate creative staging into the flower show.
A way to incorporate creative horticulture staging in a flower show using upside down fabric covered crates.
A way to incorporate creative horticulture staging in a flower show using a wood or metal sculpture to hold plant material.
In this creative design example, Julia encouraged us to keep the staging panel and underlay in proportion to the design.
This is a traditional mass design. Note how your eye moves throughout the design and the lovely harmonious design colors.
WHAT IS THE JEWEL OF MILWAUKEE TRAILS? IT’S THE HANK AARON STATE TRAIL, OF COURSE!
On August 14, 2021 the Milwaukee District Garden Clubs helped to sponsor the annual Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk. The past District Director, Cheryl Lausten and the current District Director, Diane Olsen have made the HAST (Hank Aaron State Trail) the Director’s Project for their terms.
The Run/Walk team was named the “MDGC Connectors” and consisted of 15 registered members. Each member received a T-shirt with the MDGC logo on it, a commemorative patch and assorted coupons. The event was filled with fun, food, beverages and music. The morning of the event was clear and sunny and the path of the Run/Walk went through beautiful terrain along the trail.
The Hank Aaron State Trail was also the topic of an Educational Exhibit at the “Wisconsin Dreaming” State Fair Flower Show. Floral Designers of Wisconsin, (an MDGC club), presented the show, at the fair on August 12th. This exhibit helped educate the public on the history and use of the trail.
Next time you are in Milwaukee and are looking for a place to be in nature, consider using the Hank Aaron State Trail. It has a lot to offer. SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL!
Hank Aaron Trail Tree Planting
The importance of trees for the environment cannot be underestimated. The Milwaukee District is doing its part to increase the tree cover along the Hank Aaron Trail in Milwaukee. On August 25th trees were planted in honor of a couple of people: NGC president, Mary Warshauer and Lynne Ehnert, former WGCF president. Lynne's president's project encouraged all WGCF members to plant trees throughout the state. The trees were donated by WGCF and the Tri-Council.
DNR and Urban Ecology Center workers helping to plant the tree in honor of current NGC President, Mary Warshauer.
Diane Olsen, MDGC District Director, standing with a Red Oak Tree in honor of Lynne Ehnert.
Diane Olsen standing with the tree for Mary Warshauer
WGCF POLLINATOR GARDEN SIGNS
Western Acres members promoting membership and offering pollinator signs at Brookfield's Farmers Market.
Promote your pollinator garden(s) with an attractive sign! Orders may be placed online and will be delivered through WGCF’s District Directors. Orders are considered placed when payment is received. Clubs may combine their orders and submit them to make distribution easier. Cost per sign is $20.00. Suitable three foot metal posts are available from Menard’s, Home Depot or Fleet Farm. Signs are 10″ x 15″ and are made out of coated aluminum composite with an average lifespan of 3 – 5 years.
If you need some to sell at events, contact your district director.
We welcome all WGCF members to our Multiple Refresher, Door County Days, covering Environmental and Gardening Schools. Door County Days is June 22 and 23, 2022 at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, WI.
Venue capacity is limited to 50 attendees. WGCF members have priority registration until September 15, 2021. Register, today, to reserve your spot! On September 16, we open registration to anyone. (The registration form is a fillable pdf. Download the brochure, save it to your device, fill out the form, save again and print it to send in with your payment.)
Remember Door County is a very popular vacation destination; reserve your accommodations soon to assure lodging for Door County Days. Housing is your choice with no specific hotel recommendations.
We look forward to seeing you in Door County in 2022.
For ten years, Lake Wissota Garden Club in Chippewa Falls has been creating a wildflower sanctuary at Irvine Park. This project has been educational for club members and for the public. Currently over 200 species of native wildflowers are found in the sanctuary. The project is funded by the club, donations and a variety of grants. The latest being an NGC Plant America Grant. Their efforts recently received favorable coverage on WQOW-TV. The club offers tours of the sanctuary every second Saturday during the summer plus there is a self-guided tour available at all times. Definitely gardening for good!
WGCF President Making the Rounds
Following an established tradition, incoming WGCF president Laura Skoff (sometimes accompanied by 1st VP, Linda McCafferty) is visiting all of the Wisconsin districts to introduce herself, meet members and gather input. This is also an opportunity to promote her president's project: Take Flight and Soar with WGCF and the International Crane Foundation! and answer questions about it. Read about her president's project; your support is much appreciated. Laura is an active member of the Elmbrook Garden Club and the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club (both in the Milwaukee District. She served as first Vice President under Lynne Ehnert. She is involved in many aspects of WGCF. Any new leader has ideas and projects they would like to implement and Laura is no exception.
Madison's Presdent's Day at Olbrich Gardens. Vice Director Eugenia Beecher; President Laura Skoff; Director Maureen Wild-Gordon.
1st VP Linda McCafferty, St. Croix District Director Debby Walters, and President Laura Skoff.
The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation founded in 1928 is a charter member of the National Garden Club organization. As an organization, we are proud of our heritage of developing relationships with fellow gardeners, learning, and gardening for good in our communities.