Bay Day Village Clean Up. April 25- May 2 help us clean up the Village of Whitefish Bay. Your family, group, or organization can participate by picking a location and tidying it up. Choose your street, neighborhood park, or business district. Be safe, socially distance, wear masks, gloves, long sleeves, and properly dispose of the garbage. Take photos and share them on social media with these hashtags: #BayDay2021#wfbgardenclub#villageofwhitefishbaywisconsin Click on the Sign Up Genius link below.
Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2021 Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!
The Whitefish Bay Garden Club in partnership with the Village of Whitefish Bay has maintained the Village’s designation as a Bird City for 10 years. During Bay Day/Week April 24 – May 2, 2021 you too can learn how you can help support migratory birds. World Migratory Bird Day seeks to raise awareness about complicated issues that hinder migratory birds’ bi-annual journeys. This year’s theme “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird” challenges us to increase our knowledge of what makes each species unique to hopefully deepen our love for these birds and help conserve their species and habitats!
Here are seven simple ways to help birds:
Keep cats indoors
Make windows visible to birds
Plant native plants
Reduce plastic use
Buy bird-friendly products
Clean bird feeders
Keep all pets on a leash
Take the BirdBrain Quiz to test your knowledge about birds! To learn more ways to help birds follow us on Facebook @whitefishbaygardenclub, and Instagram @wfbgardenclub
Tell Dad he rocks! Father's Day Celebration Stones
Show your dad he is the rock of your family AND support the Whitefish Bay Garden Club 501 (c)(3) and its environmental efforts!
For $100 have a special message engraved on a Celebration garden stone for your dad or a special man in your life. It makes a lovely addition to any garden or request that it be placed at one of the Village gardens. Order by May 12.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the PDF order form just below.
The mission of the Whitefish Bay Garden Club is to stimulate an interest in horticulture and the development of gardens, protect natural surroundings, and beautify civic grounds.
Since 1958, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club has been protecting natural spaces for wildlife and people, beautifying civic grounds, and stimulating an interest in horticulture and home gardens. In 1968 the Club reached outside of our community to found Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville, a growing and thriving space for learning and experiences grounded in our natural world. Recently we have established several projects in our village: weeding Klode Park, becoming a Bird City, supporting Bay Day, establishing the Cahill Butterfly Garden and the Lydell Community Center garden, remembering our neighbors facing hardships through our Forget-Me-Not program, and hosting the first Garden Walk in the Bay. We are committed to continuing our mission into the next decade: growing a greener village …one garden at a time.
You are invited to our Open Meetings.
Please request an invitation to our Virtual Open Meetings this spring. Include your name, street address, telephone number and email address and the date of the meeting you wish to attend.
Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Guest speaker: club member Ellen Tripler and viewing of her documentary film: Dying Green. Learn more about one man's vision of using green burials to conserve land.
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Guest speaker: Kimberly Gleffe, The River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee's urban rivers land trust. Learn about the mission and work of this organization to create an urban parkway bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers, to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods, and improve water quality.
Postponed: Artisans in the Garden, Garden Walk 2021
Due to the uncertainty of planning with the changing conditions of COVID this year's walk is POSTPONED Artisans in the Garden
The Whitefish Bay Garden Club is saddened to announce that we have decided to postpone our plans to host a Garden Walk, Artisans in the Garden, in 2021. You can email us with questions at wfbgardenclub@gmail .
Seed Library Launch in Partnership with the Whitefish Bay Public Library The Whitefish Bay Public Library and our garden club have partnered to create a seed library located at the WFB Public Library. Seed packets are available to take and plant in your own garden. For tips on how to start seeds watch our video from club member Carolyn Haight. Seeds currently available:
Silver Spring Park Project Thanks to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) for its $15,000 grant, the Fund for Lake Michigan for its $40,000 grant, Sweet Water (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.) for its $7,500 grant , and to the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation for its grant of $250 awarded to the Club for improvements to be made to Silver Spring Park. Enhancements include: maintaining clean water, reducing soil erosion, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants and constructing rain gardens and bioswales on the upper bluff. This will be a lengthy project with two phases. We hope you pop over to check out completion of phase one. A special thank you to the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation for its donation towards our native plants.
Peterson Nest Box Kits Thanks to the inspiration and efforts of Ben Martin of Arts and Craftsmanship, we have an awesome collaboration to share with you! Peterson nest box kits will be available for purchase at the Whitefish Bay Farmer’s Market! Kits will be available for $20.00 and a preassembled box will be available for $25.00. We accept checks made out to the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and PayPal at email@example.com, choose friends and family to avoid fees. These kits are a great project for families and help support the birds in our community!
Peterson Nest Box
An Open Letter to Our Community
Diversity and inclusion are essential to our mission to stimulate an interest in horticulture and in the development of gardens, to protect natural surroundings, and to beautify civic grounds. Over 60 years ago when the club founded Riveredge Nature Center, we realized that the protection of our environment does not stop at our Village borders and that our efforts of education, outreach, and philanthropy extended beyond our community into the larger world. Today we continue to educate with diverse voices working for a greener environment. We seek to build bridges and support Teens Grow Greens, Alice’s Garden, and others who are working toward a healthier environment. We welcome all members of our village to join us in our mission, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. We seek to be inclusive and create a diverse club, just as we seek to create an environment rich with diversity.
We are proud to support Black lives and all who face challenges and danger based on race/ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, who suffer unwarranted suspicion and injustice, and who experience unhealthy environments. Gardening, supporting birds and pollinators, and careers that work toward a healthier environment should be safe and welcoming to everyone. There is strength in working together in our greater Milwaukee community to create a greener and healthier place for all residents.
Sincerely, Marisa Allen, Emily Byrnes, Rae Williams Dimilo, Sally Fisher, Mark Flagg, Jill Griffee-Ross, Carolyn Haight, Katie Hermann, Mimi Herrick, Michelle Hill, Marlene Jaglinski, Sandra Johansen, Sandy Kattman, Lane Kistler, Rochelle Layde, Mary Beth Mahoney, Barbara Mann, Kate Mott, Laura Nankin, Anne, O'Connor, Janette Orchard, Cara Raymond, Erin Richardson, Pat Santilli, Terry Schwartz, Emily Siegrist, Mary Caye Smith, Nancy Sturino, Ellen Tripler, Suzie Van Cleave, and Morgan Vilar