Laura Skoff, WGCF President.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Gross
Imagine if you will, an abundance of fields adorned with brightly colored native plants and prairie grasses blowing in the wind. Savannas scattered with majestic oak trees, their limbs reaching towards the sky while supporting a multitude of life from its roots to treetops. Wetlands welcome numerous species of birds returning to find their next meal and nesting place. While this scene can be found and appreciated throughout our great state of Wisconsin, I welcome you to Federation Fields at The International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo. The history of involvement at this world center for the preservation of endangered cranes dates back to the 1970’s and 80’s when a tract of 10 acres was donated by WGCF to restore the habitat and this was named Federation Fields.
Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) is a non-profit organization and charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) which over the last several years has carried out its theme to Plant America. As members of WGCF, our club members have implemented countless conservation projects to restore and improve our habitat that has been neglected by invasive species takeover, pollution, erosion and wildlife deprivation. As the 2021-2023 President’s Project the restoration of an area with native plantings in Federation Fields is one way to contribute to planting America. Each member can also do their share in their personal garden, and WGCF can show you how! We are a diverse group of individuals that have the opportunity to attend state-run schools and conventions with outstanding programs to educate ourselves, either virtually or in-person. Every garden tour and plant share opens the door to new ideas and ascending to new heights. I am so very proud to be your new president and I invite you to join me on this journey of learning where we can soar together!
Laura Skoff President Wisconsin Garden Club Federation
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.