​​Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

Plant a Prairie for Education, Wildlife and Pollinators at Lakeshore State Park

Lakeshore State Park is a 22-acre Wisconsin state park located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the city of Milwaukee. The only urban state park in Wisconsin, it offers visitors recreational activities and educational opportunities. Many natural areas of the park are short-grass prairies featuring grasses and plants native to Wisconsin. The prairies provide habitat for wildlife, insects and pollinators.

We will partner with Lakeshore State Park to provide and help plant prairie grasses and native perennials to complete a section of the Gathering Circle in the park. The Gathering Circle is an area used as an outdoor classroom for educational programs for children and adults. 

Our effort to help complete the prairie area in the Gathering Circle enhances the educational programs for children in the city who do not have easy access to nature on a regular basis. The greater Milwaukee community will benefit from this project now and in the future.

Plant for Pollinators

The escalating loss of our pollinator populations is alarming. Pollinators are necessary for our survival. Bee populations are responsible for pollinating 70 out of the top 100 human food crops, supplying about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Members of the garden club organize, staff and share information at our annual Education Booth at the Milwaukee Art Museum event, Art in Bloom. 

Our goal is to share information with as many visitors as possible to help them become more aware of the need for education, conservation and the protection of pollinators and wildlife.  In 2018, we will focus on popular pollinators:  birds, bees, bats, and butterflies.

Konnecting Kids to Nature

​​In an effort to promote real-life connections with classroom teaching, the Garden Club will sponsor nature center field trips or provide auditorium-style programs for several classes of students in grades 3 through 5. The objective will be to enhance the classroom curriculum. Classes will be from schools located in areas served by the Milwaukee Art Museum and will be selected on the basis of financial need.

“Right now, in the second decade of the 21st century, preparing our students to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do. It is for our children, and our children’s children, and generations yet to come."

Arne Duncan                                                          

Former Secretary-US Dept of Education

NEW PROJECTS IN 2017 - 2018

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge for Leadership Growth

The Milwaukee Art Museum is approaching its 100th birthday.  To continue to grow and thrive, we have embraced a strategy to plant 'seeds of knowledge' in our current and future leaders.  We do this by:

  • Sharing Our History – Making our members aware of our historical connection to the Milwaukee Art Museum and the organizational network of National Garden Clubs, Inc. helps maintain our long-standing, positive relationship with both of these very important organizations.
  • Mentoring –We encourage committee chairs to include committee members as much as possible in all committee activities. This sharing of knowledge and information builds a team network. It also prepares other members to step into leadership roles in the future.
  • Communicating – Sharing information promotes a healthy environment. It reduces misunderstandings and helps everyone feel connected to our club in a positive way. We reach out through our meetings, newsletter, membership outreach calls, website and Facebook to keep members informed about the club meetings, events and volunteer opportunities.

​These are the projects new to the club in 2017 - 2018:

Penny Pines

The USDA Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc., have formed a partnership to replant national and urban forests that have been destroyed by fire or other natural disasters. Through the Penny Pines Reforestation/Forest Education Program, donations provide both pines and indigenous trees for one acre sites of 300 seedlings, called “plantations.” Contributions in increments of $68 help provide the seedlings the forest service plants on each plantation. Donors may designate a specific state. These plantations provide soil protection, watershed protection, soil stabilization, future harvestable timber, as well as beauty and shade for recreation.

Blue Star Memorial Marker - Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country

The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now National Garden Clubs, Inc., established the Blue Star Memorial Program in 1945. Originally, the purpose was to honor veterans of WWII. Over time, it has evolved “to honor all men and women that have served, are serving or will serve in the US Armed Services.”

Our goal is to purchase and place a Blue Star Memorial Marker in a location near the Milwaukee Art Museum. In addition to the marker, we will also provide landscaping and plantings around the marker to beautify the memorial.