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October: 

Photography Workshop.  Better understand your camera or smart phone with assistance from a local photographer: Ray Llanas, Manager of Art’s Camera. 


Digging in the Dells - A Gathering for Gardeners: Speakers, Tours & Workshops


September: 

Tour of Mequon Nature Preserve  Tour of The Facility, Wetlands and Prairie Presenter is Carrie Hennessy, horticulturist at Johnson’s Nursery.


History of Earthworms Past & Present.  Jumping worms!!!   ​​Guest speaker Bernadette Williams, a plant pest and disease specialist from the Wisconsin DNR, shared her knowledge with us.


August: 

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.                                                                                                     

Garden Tours Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.  


July:

Members were welcomed to informal tours of gardens at the homes of  2 members, both in the Waukesha area.  


Informative tour of Growing Power, Urban Farming Concepts, on the north side of Milwaukee.  It is a nationally recognized program. 

 
June :

Annual Meeting, included a tour of Two Oaks Garden, Brian Gore’s magnificent 13-acre garden patterned after 18th century colonial estates.    Lunch was held at North Shore Country Club.


May

New and prospective members joined current club members for coffee, tea, and sweets to learn about the MAM Garden Club.


 





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June 15, 2018
Annual Meeting – Nature’s Classroom Institute &  Montessori School - Mukwonago

Geoffrey Bishop, Executive Director and founder, will lead us on a tour of the pollinator prairie while lecturing on invasive species and also view the Montessori school, farm and his private residence. Nature’s Classroom is a premier environmental education program that aims to foster independence and to support children in moving toward a mastery of self and the environment.
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July 20, 2018
Gathering at Garden   

Dale Sievert - Moss Garden Tour

​Everything you wanted to know about moss and more! Enjoy this tour of Dale Sievert’s Japanese style gardens featuring over 40 species of moss spilling over lush florals, water elements and statuary. Our next stop is Ten Chimneys in Genesse. We begin with lunch followed by docent led tours of the entire estate. Ten Chimneys has also arranged to have Master Gardeners take us through their estate gardens! 


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August 17, 2018

Annual Garden Tour – Kelton House Farm

Nestled at the edge of the Kettle Moraine in Fredonia, Wisconsin, Kelton House Farm is a piece of early America transported to modern-day Wisconsin. Featured on the 2017 Garden Conservancy Tour, this magnificent property will be a treat for gardeners and history buffs.


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Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

October 20, 2017

“You Need Bats in Your Belfry”

Eek…..what is that flying around in the evening? It’s BATS and we need them.  

Bats are vital to our agriculture system in Wisconsin.  This is a hot topic and is very important to gardeners.  Guest speaker, Jennifer Redell, a  Conservation Biologist from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She is a bat biologist/cave and mine specialist. 

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Thursday October 26, 2017

Milwaukee District Garden Club 2017 Fall Meeting
TGI Friday’s at Miller Park, 1 Miller Park, Milwaukee

State WGCF President will present her State Project & give info on securing grants for garden club projects. Exciting announcement about happening in 2020 for Milwaukee. Tour of Fisher House by Executive Director Kiefer, the place that provides housing for military families to be close to loved ones during treatment at the VA Hospital. Planting a garden there is current MDGC project


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November 17, 2017
Lakeshore State Park

Lake Shore State Park is an urban oasis with paved trails and meadows of wildflowers. Our presenter, Tom Kroeger, DNR Mgr., will talk of the history as well as the future of this urban park. Tom has been responsible for the development and maintenance of the prairie plantings at lakeshore, as well as developing the educational programs of the park.

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December 8, 2017
Workshop: Holiday Centerpieces

Everyone would like a fresh centerpiece for their table at the holidays.  In this workshop, you will do just that! Learn floral design techniques and tips on how to make the best use of floral materials while you create your own masterpiece. All skill levels welcome.

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Holiday Luncheon

Festive social and luncheon at the historic Wisconsin Club.

Enjoy the splendor of old world details, outstanding architecture and beautiful Christmas decorations in this Grand Dame of Wisconsin Avenue.  Additional option: Tour of The Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear.    

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January 29, 2018

Lottery Day 

The first step of the floral designers’ process as they prepare to create their masterpieces for Art In Bloom. Art pieces are selected by a random drawing. 

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February 15, 2018
Front Yard Landscape Ideas & Inspiration

Presented by Margarete Harvey, Landscape Architect and MAMGC member since 1990. Margarete will give ideas and inspiration for planning and designing a welcome feel for your front yard. This is the perfect time of year to create an updated entrance to your home.

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March 6, 2018
Ikebana Workshop
Friendship through Flowers Ikebana is a type of Japanese Art. Ikebana is often used as a period of spiritual reflection on oneself, and to reflect in association with nature and the beauty of the shapes of the flowers.

Laurie Wareham, Teacher and Associate Master of The Ichiyo School of Ikebana.

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March 15, 2018
Song Birds – Habits & Activity in the Garden
Mariette Nowak, Director of Wehr Nature Center and author of Birdscaping in the Midwest”- A guide to gardening with native plants to attract birds.  Go beyond birdfeeders! Learn how to create outstanding bird habitats in your own yard with native plants that offer food, cover, and nesting sites for birds
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April 12-15, 2018
Art In Bloom

Eleventh annual Art In Bloom! A four day event which is a blending of art and flowers interpreting works of art in the MAM collection. Our garden club manages two booths (membership and education) and a silent auction

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May 14, 2018
Membership Social

New and prospective members join current club members for coffee, tea and sweets to learn about the MAM Garden Club.  Photography exhibits will feature highlights of the year.
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Late May/Early June 2018
Annual MAM Garden Club Trip

OREGON Portland to Bend, Eugene to Ashland.  International Rose Festival, Art Museums and Theatre Productions.

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May 31 - June 2, 2018
Plants for Habitat for Humanity -- A Community Outreach Project

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.    ​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.