Little Sprouts for Saplings: 2019-2021 Project Proposed by WGCF President Lynne Ehnert
This term we plan to “Leaf Out Wisconsin” with a project called “Little Sprouts for Saplings”. We have lost many of our trees in Wisconsin because they have been damaged by disease, by weather conditions, and pests. The plan is to work with the youth to plant trees and replace many of trees that we have lost within the state. Each district can work in their own area. In doing so, we will support the NGC Plant America Theme, our garden clubs partner with our youth to develop interest in the environment, educate our youth, we will replace, replenish and help with reforestation. We will also have a publicity opportunity to show how much fun we are having by posting pictures to our website. At each of the district meetings, we brainstormed ideas for connecting with youth and getting trees for the project. To have a little fun with the project, there is a contest. The contest details are:
Contest Dates: 6/15/19 – 5/1/2021
Age of Youth: <= Age 18
One Point for planting a tree
One extra point if tree is planted in a public place
One extra point if tree is planted with youth and a picture is posted WGCF website
Pictures to be posted to WGCF Website (don’t forget release is needed)
Winner: Determined by the greatest % of trees / club member based on 5/21 membership
Winner to be announced at WGCF Convention
Each club will report the number of trees planted to the District Director for each Exec Meeting (February, June and October).
St. Croix River Crossing: 2017-2019 President's Project Proposed by Peggy Grubbs
After a 60 plus year wait, and years of negotiation, a badly needed bridge was built between Minnesota and Wisconsin over the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. As part of this construction, a five mile, walking, biking trail, called the Loop Trail, was created. Peggy Grubbs, WGCF president, realized that there was a wonderful opportunity for the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation to be involved in several aspects of this project. Beginning in June of 2016, Peggy Grubbs, Susan Johansen and Carol Howe, all members of the Willow River Garden Club, began working with representatives from St. Croix County to see how we could collaborate together. The idea of putting in a Blue Star Marker and garden at the Loop Trailhead to honor our veterans, was embraced by St. Croix County officials. The results of WGCF's efforts can be seen at the Trailhead.
The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) Project for the 2015-17 term of office supported the creation and maintenance of the Hilary Grace Healing Garden at UW Hospitals & Clinics in Madison. The garden began with a donation from Ms Grace’s family to create a respite for patients and caregivers during their time at the hospital. Green environments reduce anxiety and blood pressure while speeding surgical recovery and helping people cope with stress. The garden, located on a third floor rooftop, opened in the spring 2016. The WGCF donations helped to purchase plantings and maintain the garden. Patient surveys testify to its importance:
I LOVED the garden area outside my room & family visits out there were amazing.
(WE WENT OUTSIDE) to the Healing Garden (it felt GREAT). THANK YOU!
The garden also was a huge help to be able to go out there and see it out my window.
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.