Serious Play Exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Several Garden Club members have decorated cards that are used in the new exhibit. "Serious Play" . The cards have been assembled into a House of Cards installation at the Museum. The structure will remain on view for the duration of the exhibition, from September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019. You can view the cards decorated by garden club members and their families. Please look for them in the final structures at the Art Museum.
Art In Bloom
The 12th annual Art In Bloom will be April 11 - 14, 2019. More information can be found here or at: http://mam.org/bloom/. Garden club members serve as volunteers at the event and host two booths: Membership and Education.
During the event, Garden Club members hold a silent auction. Items are donated by vendors participating in the Art In Bloom Market Place, area organizations, and members of our club. Funds raised are used for special projects including, but not limited to Konnecting Kids to Nature,and Lakeshore Park Sensory Garden and Pollinator Habitat.
A merit-based scholarship of $1,100 was awarded to a college student majoring in a field related to horticulture. The requirements; The student must attend a college or university in Wisconsin and have a career goal connected to horticulture, landscape design or the environment.
Welcome to My Garden
Garden club members come from the five-county area served by the Milwaukee Art Museum. Annual tours to members' gardens are scheduled mid-summer to enhance membership interaction, friendship building, and the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by each other.
Plants for Habitat for Humanity
For 17 years, Milwaukee District Garden Clubs 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 plants from our gardens and/or donating purchased annuals or perennials for the annual Container Workshop.
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. Members donated microscope, magnifying glasses, nature books, a couple posters, plants and grow kits for the 3rd grade class "Science Corner". The Science corner helps re-enforce their field trips.
Judge Jason Downer House Planters
In 2016, the Milwaukee Art Museum relocated its art library and archives in the Judge Jason Downer House, 1201 North Prospect Avenue in Milwaukee. This historic three-story Victorian gothic-style mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The Garden Club provides plants and installs them in huge planters in front of the house. Plants are seasonal and, when possible, include those favorable to pollinators.
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:
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.
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 2019, we will continue to focus on popular pollinators: birds, bees, bats, and butterflies.
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.
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.