Welcome to the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club’s website. Our Garden Club is proud to be a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
We are an à la carte garden club, which means that there are no required activities. Rather, you get to pick among areas of existing interest or new ones you would like to explore. These include volunteering at the Art Museum for Art in Bloom or in the community for projects like the Habitat for Humanity Plant Share and prairie planting at Lakeshore State Park, environmental, horticulture and landscape design lectures, hands-on floral projects, tours of exceptional private and public gardens, and so much more. We also have members with a strong interest in photography, and benefit from special tours of exhibits at the Art Museum. Many of our activities also have a social element, like smaller lunches with friends new and old or a Club-wide luncheon.
Whether you are an existing member, a potential member, or a member of the public who wants to find out more about one of our Club’s events, like our partnership with The Garden Conservancy for the summer garden tour par excellence, Open Days, we hope you find helpful information here.
Debra Sadow Koenig
Our mission is to advance the fine art of gardening, landscape design, environmental awareness, floral design, and the study of horticulture. We endeavor to aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources.
The Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club, established in 1921 by Dudley Crafts Watson, Director of a predecessor to the Art Museum, is the oldest and largest garden club in Wisconsin.
Today MAMGC offers extensive programming designed to educate and intrigue our members, inviting speakers in many areas including horticulture, landscape design, environmental issues, and photography. Some of these lectures are on Zoom, which allows MAMGC to engage speakers with a national reputation such as best-selling author Amy Stewart and noted landscape photographer Larry Lederman.
MAMGC also has hands-on workshops and member trips to notable public gardens and wild places, as well as a once yearly tour of member gardens, “Welcome to My Garden”.
As a supporting organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum, MAMGC supports programming and the restoration and acquisition of fine art at the Museum, as well as provides over a thousand volunteer hours for Art in Bloom. Current community service projects include providing volunteers and monetary support to Lakeshore State Park, Alice’s Garden, MPS’s Riley School and the yearly Habitat for Humanity Plant Share.
Finally, new in 2021, MAMGC has entered into a partnership with The Garden Conservancy to allow members of the public to visit extraordinary private gardens in the Milwaukee area as part of the nationally recognized Open Days program.
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