Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

Art In Bloom

The 11th annual Art In Bloom will be April 12 - 15, 2018. More information can be found here or at:

Welcome to My Garden

During the summer months, we will be treated to an informal tour of other club members' gardens.  We are always delighted to see the variety.  

Calatrava Rose Garden

The Milwaukee Art Museum and Garden Club are recipients of a gift from Will Radler, world-famous Knock Out Rose creator. Radler selected a special rose to be dedicated to the Garden Club and the Milwaukee Art Museum in celebration of the Club's 90th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of the Calatrava Addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Last year, we set out to improve the soil in the rose gardens, but we ended up installing a new irrigation system with sensors that could detect when roses and the museum grounds needed water. This improvement is estimated to save over 600 thousand gallons of water and 3.5 thousand dollars annually.

Leadership and Membership Development Initiative

Being the oldest garden club in Wisconsin, we are in our 96th year of existence.   Our early members were part of the initial development of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation and the National Garden Club organization. Continuing our legacy will depend on our ability to get members involved and help them feel connected to our group.

Silent Auction - Fundraiser

There will be a silent auction during Art in Bloom with items donated by club members and  vendors participating in the Market Place. Funds will be used for special projects including, but not limited to the Connecting Kids to Nature, Blue Star Memorial Marker and the Calatrava Rose Garden. 

Saving Pollinators and Amphibians

Our goal is to educate the public about the need to provide safe habitats for our bioindicators, especially bees, butterflies, and amphibians.

Habitat for Humanity Plant Project 

We will "Reach Out - Join Hands" with the Milwaukee District Garden Clubs (MDGC) by working with and supporting this project. For the past 15 years, MDGC has 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 plnts from our gardens and/or donating purchased annuals or perennials.  We also join volunteers from other clubs in the Milwaukee District to sort plants and distribute plants to homeowners.  

                                               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 take the planters home with them. 

Judge Jason Downer House Planters

In 2016, the Milwaukee Art Museum located some of its staff offices in The Judge Jason Downer House, 1201 North Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee Wisconsin.  The MAM Garden Club provides plants and physically plants huge planters in the front of the house.  Plants are seasonal and when possible, include those favorable to pollinators.  

​​Creating Gardens for Butterflies and Pollinators 

In recognition of the great need for protecting and providing habitat for pollinators, we will creat a garden on the grounds of the MAM Research Center in the Judge Jason Downer House, in Milwaukeee. The building was recently made available for us. Four planters as well as a site on the grounds will be set aside for these gardens.

Calatrava Rose Garden Improvements

Maintaining the rose garden is an ongoing project and the micro climate near Lake Michigan makes it necessary for us to continually modify our efforts to upgrade the soil and water climates.