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.
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.
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 a special person in your life, to memorialize a person or a pet, or to put in your garden . It makes a lovely addition to any garden or request that it be placed at one of the Village gardens.
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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 Want to attract Chickadees and house wrens to your yard? Peterson nest box kits will be available for purchase at the Whitefish Bay Farmer’s Market! Kits can be purchased for $20.00 and a preassembled box will be purchased 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