Last year Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alices 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 partner and provide and help plant prairie grasses and native perennials to complete a section of the Gathering Circle in the Park.
In an effort to promote real-life connections with classroom teaching, MAMGC will sponsor nature center field trips or provide auditorium-style programs for several classes of students in grades 3 - 5. Members donated microscope, magnifying glasses, nature books, posters, plants and grow kits for 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
USDA Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc have formed a partnership to replant national and urban forests which 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 acre sites of 300 seedlings.
Donations will be collected from members at various times throughout the year and from visitors at AIB. Proceeds are sent to USDA Forest Service for specific needs.
We need strategies to secure our future development and growth. Our history is built on a strong foundation; we were part of the initial development of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation and the National Garden Club organization. We are charter members of both groups.
Continuing our legacy depends on our ability to focus on key objectives and adapt to new challenges in gardening, environmental concerns, communications and membership development. We Plant the Seeds of Knowledge in our current and future leaders by: Sharing Our History, Clarifying Goals and Projects, Mentoring, Establishing Guidelines, and Communicating.
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.