May 31 - June 2, 2018

Plants for Habitat for Humanity

A Community Outreach Project

​For 15 years Milwaukee District Garden Clubs ahs been working with Habitat for Humanity to provide plants, small shrubs, trees, garden tools and gardening information to Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Milwaukee.  We support this project by: sharing plants from our gardens and/or donating purchased annuals or perennials.  We also join volunteers from other clubs in the Milwaukee District to sort plants on Thursday & Friday and distribute plants to homeowners on Saturday.  

Container Gardening Workshop

​The MAM Garden Club provides planters, dirt, pollinator-attracting plants and volunteers to teach Habitat for Humanity homeowners how to plant a container garden.  Homeowners keep the planters  and take them home. 

​Habitat for Humanity Plant Project Committee


Dig your spade into the garden, turn over the dirt and yikes…..all those worms!  Where did they come from?  That’s a good question.  We as gardeners need them but not the latest variety…..jumping worms. This pest is working its way into our gardens and is not welcome.  Guest speaker Bernadette Williams, a plant pest and disease specialist from the Wisconsin DNR, will share her knowledge with us.  You do NOT want to miss this dynamic speaker as she tells us the good guys from the bad guys.     

September 15, 2017

9:45 am – 10:00am Gathering       10:00am – 10:30am Garden Club meeting
10:45 am – 11:45 am Guest speaker      12:15 pm Luncheon

History of Earthworms past & present



2017 EVENTS Review

April 2017 Garden club members took a trip to the Netherlands. Highlights included the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, the Rijksmuseum and the van Gogh Museum.  They visited medieval Bruges, Delft and Maastricht, and saw glorious gardens.  This was the 20th annual MAM Garden Club trip and was organized by the MAM Garden Club Member Mary Terese Duffy.  In spring of 2018, Mary Terese will lead a tour to Portland, Oregon.

Also in April, we learned how to manipulate leaves to add pizzazz to floral arrangements.  This hands-on workshop was preceded by demonstrations of the techniques used in leaf manipulation.  The workshop was for all levels of floral design.  This event was at the Mitchell Park Pavilion at the Mitchell Park Domes

May 2017, New and prospective members joined current club members for coffee, tea, and sweets to learn about the MAM Garden Club.  Photography exhibits featured highlights of the year.

June 2017, A tour of Two Oaks Garden, Brian Gore’s magnificent 13-acre garden patterned after 18th century colonial estates.   New officers for 2017 – 2018 were elected and installed at our annual meeting.  We heard reports from club officers and committee chairs.  Lunch was held at North Shore Country Club.


July 2017, Members were welcomed to informal tours of gardens at the homes of Evie Reid and Andrea Bryant, both in the Waukesha area.  Evie welcomed us with morning treats, and Andrea served lunch under a tent in her yard.  Thank you, ladies!

Also in July, we had an informative tour of Growing Power, Urban Farming Concepts, on the north side of Milwaukee.  It is a nationally recognized program. Their goal is to grow food, minds, and community.  We learned about urban farming methods, including worms eating waste, fish fertilizing plants as well as honey bees pollinating the neighborhoods.  Lunch followed at Sprecher's Restaurant.

August 2017   Floral Arranging with Garden Flowers
Members learned tips for successful floral arranging with flowers from their garden.  The workshop included  a tour of the beautiful and unique gardens and buildings surrounding Wildcat Creek Farm in New Berlin, Wisconsin. 

Garden Tours:  Anderson Japanese Gardens , Klehm Arboretum and Nicholas Conservatory.   Explore the beautiful and peaceful 12 acres of Japanese gardens featuring koi ponds, winding paths, raked gravel gardens, intriguing landscaping and beautiful flowers. Anderson Japanese Gardens have been rated one of the highest quality and most authentic Japanese Gardens in North America.   Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden:Tour the 155 acres filled with fabulous gardens and rare trees. To see it all, use the continuous shuttle.  A tropical garden experience will be the grand finale of a day spent touring Rockford area gardens.  Final stop at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. A delightful and educational day to share with friends and garden club members.

Events calendar

Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

Meeting Location:
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee WI 53202

Meeting & lecture – Lubar Auditorium

Luncheon - Quadracci Suite

Hosted by Horticulture Committee 

Thursday, September 7

​DOWN & DIRTY Workshop - Wisconsin Plant Diseases and Pests
10:15 Gathering 10:30 Lecture 11:30–12:30 Tour of The Facility, Wetlands and Prairie

Presenter is Carrie Hennessy, horticulturist at Johnson’s Nursery.
Location . . . Mequon Nature Preserve
8200 County Line Rd., Mequon WI, 53097
Lunch following at place to be determined.

The August Newsletter has all the details.  The presenter and host at the preserve are beyond awesome people, FYI.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kristin Gies, Executive Director will host MAMGC