Last year Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice's Garden Urban Farm, led us on a zoom tour of the garden. The garden’s historical importance includes having once been the site of the Wisconsin Underground Railroad. Now Venice, who is a fellow MAM Garden Club member, brings the community together here to cultivate the land and friendships. Venice invited the Garden Club to adopt the labyrinth. We have done planting, weeding and clearing of the path starting in the fall of 2020. The volunteers always leave there with a sense of accomplishment and comradery.
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 interaction, friendship building, and opportunity to learn and be inspired by each other.
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. We provide and help plant prairie grasses and native perennials to enhance the prairie.
In an effort to promote real-life connections with classroom teaching, MAMGC sponsers nature programming for several classes of students in grades 3 - 5 at MPS's Riley School.
Members donated a microscope, magnifying glasses, nature books, posters, plants and grow kits for the 3rd grade Science Corner.
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 worlds nutrition.
Participation in the MAM four-day Art in Bloom event presents our Garden Club with a unique opportunity to share important gardening and environmental information with hundreds of visitors each day.
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. We support this project by sharing plants from our gardens and/or donating annuals or perennials for the annual container workshop.
In 2016 , the Milwaukee Art Museum relocated its art library and archives in the Judge Jason Downer House. This historic 3-story Victorian gothic-style mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The MAM Garden Club provides plants and physically plants huge planters in front of the house. Plants are seasonal and when possible, include those favorable to pollinators.