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The Garden
Committee

Email address:
dawn@milwaukeegdna.com

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Chairperson and Community Garden Coordinator: Dawn Riegel  dawn@milwaukeegdna.com
Vice-Chairperson: Cary Nievinski  cary@milwaukeegdna.com
Farmer’s Market Liaison Officer: Julia O’Connor
mudshark444@gmail.com


SCHEDULE OF GARDEN EVENTS 
The Garden Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor (elevator accessible).  We begin our meetings with a speaker (subject to change) and end with a short business meeting. There is a free monthly drawing for a plant giveaway.  Suggestions or other topics of interest welcomed.

  • Tuesday, April 7
    6:30pm
    Open discussion of what works for you, plus demonstration on clay pot irrigation and making inexpensive seed starters. Come share your ideas and let us know your green thumb tricks. Held at Custom Grown Greenhouse, 4507 S. 6th Street. Questions: Call Dawn at (414) 379-2450
  • Tuesday, March 3
    6:30pm
    LET'S GET THIS GARDEN STARTED! We will be making seed strips. When it comes time to plant, you will be ready. All materials provided. Held at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Milwaukee, elevator accessible. Questions: Call Dawn at (414) 379-2450
  • Tuesday, January 6
    6:30pm
    Annual planning meeting. Come share your ideas and let us know what you would like to do this coming season. Held at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Milwaukee, elevator accessible. Questions: Call Dawn at (414) 379-2450.
  • Tuesday, December 2
    6:30pm
    Program on outdoor holiday decorations with natural components and bow making held at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Milwaukee, elevator accessible. Hands-on class, kids welcome. All items made will be given away. Questions: Call Dawn at (414) 379-2450.
  • Tuesday, November 4
    6:30pm
    No meeting this month due to election day.
  • Tuesday, October 7
    6:30pm
    Our speaker is Andy from Hemken Honey Company in Big Bend, who will speak to us on beekeeping. Meet at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (elevator accessible). All welcome. Questions, call Dawn at (414) 379-2450.
  • Tuesday, September 2
    6:30pm
    Speaker on flower division and identification and a Community Garden walk with free seed collection and sample plants. Held at the Community Garden on the southeast corner of 6th and Howard. In case of rain, meet at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (elevator accessible). All welcome. Questions, call Dawn at (414) 379-2450.
  • Sunday, August 3
    Canceled
    2014 Garden Tour and Garden Awards - Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event this year due to hospitalizations, sickness and other unforeseen circumstances. We are just not able to pull it off. We hope to resume next year as this is one event that we look forward to hosting. Sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment.
  • Tuesday, July 1
    6:30pm
    Speaker from Hawthorn Glen Nature Center on "insects v. bugs v. true bugs", bug identification, which bugs are not good for your garden,com and their removal methods. Held at the Community Garden on the southeast corner of 6th and Howard. Bring a lawn chair if you like. In case of rain, meet at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (elevator accessible)
  • Tuesday, June 3
    6:30pm
    Speaker on Herbs: How to Grow, Historical Use and Use in Daily Life at The Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (elevator accessible)
  • Tuesday, May 6
    6:30pm
    Speaker on "How to Keep Your Garden Free of Weeds." Presentation at the Water Tower, 4001 South 6th Street, 3rd Floor (elevator accessible)
  • Tuesday, April 1
    6:30pm
    We will be touring Custom Grown Greenhouses, located at 4507 S. 6th Street
  • Tuesday, March 4
    6:30pm
    Sugar Bee Farm Tour - This local mushroom farm will be giving a tour exclusively to gardeners and committee members. Meet at Simon Landscaping, 4121 S. 6th Street.
  • Tuesday, February 4
    6:30-7:30 pm
    Annual Planning Meeting - Come share your ideas for speakers and projects. Meetings held at the Water Tower, 4001 S. 6th Street, 3rd Floor (elevator accessible)
  • Tuesday, January 7
    6:30-7:30 pm

    CANCELED
    Annual Planning Meeting - Come share your ideas for speakers and projects. Meetings held at the Water Tower, 4001 S. 6th Street, 3rd Floor (elevator accessible)

Free Garden Resources May Be Found On-Line
      We have found that by looking on the Milwaukee Craiglist (milwaukee.craigslist.org) web page under both the Free and Farm+Garden sections many interesting items can be found.  Key words can be used that include:  plants, flowers, perennials, etc. to better filter and find postings that might be of further interest.  
      The Garden Committee has recently started to keep a list of names and contact information of gardeners who are willing to let interested individuals come out to their gardens and dig up their own free plants from their properties. Please contact Garden Committee member
Cary Nievinski  
cary@milwaukeegdna.com for the names and phone numbers of any potential donors.


Garden Plot Rental Information:
(Click here for forms)
If you wish to rent a plot please contact

          Community Garden Coordinator
          Garden District Community Garden
          Attn:  Dawn Riegel
          P.O. Box 70876
          Milwaukee, WI  53207.

Questions can be directed to Dawn at 414-379-2450 or
dawn@milwaukeegdna.com


[click to see a layout of the entire Garden Plot/Farmer’s Market area]
 

Plants for your Rain Garden compiled by David Ciepluch   (click here for a PDF of list)


2015 Residential Gardens Awards  

Nominate your favorite garden to receive a Garden District Award:

  • Front yards only
  • Garden/property must be in the Garden District (13th Aldermanic District)
  • Must submit photo with address by August 1, 2015
  • 20 awards will be given out

Email: dawn@milwaukeegdna.com
Mail: P.O. Box 70876, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Questions: (414) 379-2450.


2013 Residential Gardens Awards  

2013 Residential Garden Awards were held September 24. Thank you to all the winners for beautifying our area of the City and to our wonderful volunteers for all their time and effort in making this a fabulous event.

Special thanks to the following businesses for their contributions: Custom Grown, Plant Land, Wilson Commons, Aggie's Cakes and Pastries, Bank Mutual on Howell, Walgreens on Howell and Crystal Limousine & Coach.

Pictures of the 2013 Winners will be posted next year once their landscape is in full bloom.


2012 Residential Gardens Awards
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Our Residential Garden Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 18 from 5-7 pm at Wilson Commons, 1400 West Sonata Drive (which is just south of Howard on 13th Street).

45 gardens were nominated and all were invited. Pictures of the homes can be viewed on the GDNA Home page.