Seminar: "Make Mine Mediterranean: An Herbal Cruise"
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Make Mine Mediterranean: An Herbal Cruise"

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We are excited to be adding a fifth free seminar to the Roots and Branches calendar of events!! We invite you to jump on board for a cruise through Mediterranean herbs with Carrie Hennessey of Johnson Nursery.  

"The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea are rich in herbal history. Many of the standard kitchen herbs we use today originated in this region and influenced culinary traditions around the world. We will sail into 9 different herbal ports; some familiar like Oregano and Basil, some exotic like Za'atar and Saffron. Our journey will end with a jaunt through the "Mediterranean Diet". " Source: Carrie Hennessy

All seminars are free and open to the public. Reserve your space below or contact us at 262-335-5083 with questions.

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Professional Biography Provided by Carrie Hennessy

I grew up in southern Wisconsin, just one mile from my grandparents’ dairy farm. Being able to run freely around the rolling hills and farmland of Green County instilled a deep love of nature at an early age. But it wasn’t until my parents gave me my own raised bed in our family vegetable garden for flowers and herbs that I realized a whole world of horticultural potential! Every year I could change the design and experiment with new culinary herbs and flowers.

A chance encounter with a Horticulture major when I was in high school inspired me to turn my love of gardening and design into a career. I received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a minor in Art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. My work experiences included time at several renowned botanical gardens (Olbrich Gardens, The Paine Art Center & Gardens, and the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden). My art minor came in handy when I started doing freelance design, eventually becoming a full-time landscape designer and salesperson.

I was thrilled to join Johnson’s Nursery in the spring of 2008. I knew first-hand how great their plant material was and that I’d be surrounded by incredibly knowledgeable people who enjoy plants as much as I do. Besides being the lead landscape designer for residential and softscape projects, Johnson’s Nursery has encouraged me hone my public outreach skills (something I picked up from my botanic gardens days).

As a professional horticulturist and designer, I have presented a wide range of topics to local garden clubs, libraries, educational institutions and local news stations. In addition, I am a primary contributor on the Johnson’s Nursery Knowledge-base at www.johnsonsnursery.coman online repository of articles and videos (featuring yours truly). My goal is to show that plants are awesome and that gardening doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. It’s easy to take control of your own yard, with a few professional tips.

In my spare time, I like working in my own garden (even more so now that I have a toddler curious about what is growing in the yard), creating new container plant displays with each changing season, reading, hiking, trying new recipes, and going to Brewers baseball games with my husband.


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Gardens of West Bend Tour Fundraiser
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Gardens of West Bend Tour Fundraiser

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Wonderful self-guided driving tour of outstanding private West Bend area gardens. Be sure to stop at the Garden Marketplace on the corner of Main and Vine in West Bend for one of kind garden art and so much more. Ticket Information will be available closer to event.

Tour Dates & Times

Saturday, July 20th 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m

Sunday, July 21st 12:00 noon- 3:00 p.m.

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Garden Party in the Vineyard Fundraiser
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Garden Party in the Vineyard Fundraiser

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“The most fun party in town!” with Celebrities and West Bend Mutual Insurance Business    Beautification Awards, Live & Silent Auction, Raffle and more. Held at West Bend Mutual Insurance Company- Prairie Center. More Information to follow closer to event.


Consider donating a raffle/auction item this year to help us raise funds for the many programs provided by Roots and Branches in the community such as our clean-up campaign, free seminars open to the public, Arbor Day program and tree distribution in the schools, Adopt-a-plot gardens around town and so much more.   Your name will be listed on our publicity and materials surrounding the event.  It will also appear on our website and social media to give you maximum coverage.  And, we’ll send you a formal invitation so you can join us too.  Roots and Branches is a non-profit 501©(3) so your gift is fully tax deductible.

 

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Seminar: "Major Minors: Small & Underutilized Bulbs"
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Major Minors: Small & Underutilized Bulbs"

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Join the start of our fall seminars with Glenn Herold, the founder of the Illinois Central College Arboretum, current Region 5 Liaison of the America Host Society, former Professor of Horticulture at Illinois Central College. Glenn will explore small and underutilized bulbs. All seminars are free and open to the public. Reserve your space below or contact us at 262-335-5083 with questions. Space is limited for this event.

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Mayor's Beautification Awards Reception-Date To Be Determined
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Mayor's Beautification Awards Reception-Date To Be Determined

Join us for light refreshments and recognize the 8 district winners selected in July as the 2018 Mayor's Beautification Awards Winners. Winning properties are featured in the West Bend Daily News in August.  EXACT DATE NOT YET DETERMINED.

Each year, one private property owner in each city district is selected for their contribution to the beautification of West Bend. Emphasis is placed on the appearance of the front yard, the areas that have an immediate impact on the neighborhood and are in continuous public view.  The intent is to recognize property owners who have taken time from their busy schedules to care for their yards and establishments by enhancing and improving the appearance of the property.   MBA winners are selected by volunteer judges.  Nominations are considered. 

NOMINATE RESIDENCE

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Plant Sale Fundraiser
May
17
to May 18

Plant Sale Fundraiser

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These are the plants you’ve been dreaming about during the winter. Beautiful perennials and annuals are waiting for you at Roots and Branches Plant Sale Friday, May 17, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Main & Vine (across from the Police Station.) Plants are locally grown, winter hardy perennials which are selling for $6 a pot or 5 or more $5.00. They’re ready to flourish in your garden today. We also have healthy, hardy and locally grown annuals. All flats of annuals are $15, the best price in town.

 Some of the new plants offered this year are: North Hills Creeping Phlox Montezuma Oriental Lily, Pixie Princess Dwarf Iris, Maggie Daley (purple) Astilbe, Sterling Silver Brunnera, Raspberry Splash Lungwort and more.

 The plant sale is the major fund raiser for Roots and Branches that provides support for all of the other programs throughout the year, such as seminars, free and open to the public, Arbor Day program in the schools, “Gardens of West Bend” tour in July, Mayor’s Beautification Awards, Cleanup Greenup city-wide spring clean up and much more. The funds from the sale also help provide plants and flowers downtown and throughout the city in adopt-a-plot gardens.

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Cleanup Greenup
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Cleanup Greenup

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City-Wide Clean-Up. Everyone welcome! Great activity for groups, families or friends. Bags, gloves and garbage pick-up provided. 

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Arbor Day School Program
Apr
24
2:00 PM14:00

Arbor Day School Program

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Did you know that we get more than fruit and nuts and paper products from trees?  How about chewing gum, rubber bands and shoe polish?  Students at Mclane Elementary will learn this and more about the importance of trees in our environment.  Roots and Branches will be presenting a TV game show program where a few students will compete while the student body cheers them on. Each year the program is rotated between all public and parochial schools in West Bend.  This is the twenty-ninth year that Roots and Branches has presented the Arbor Day Program in the schools.

After the program the City Park & Recreation Department will demonstrate how to plant a tree on the school grounds.  Service Berry trees will be given to all 4th grade students in the public schools and 5th grade students in the parochial schools throughout the city to take home and plant with their families.  Several local and state government officials attend the event.  The Tree City flag will be given to the city from the state DNR. WE Energies is sponsoring the Arbor Day Program again this year.

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Aloha Luau Potluck Volunteer Celebration
Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Aloha Luau Potluck Volunteer Celebration

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Come get away with us!!! Join us for the Aloha Luau Potlock, our annual volunteer celebration, at Lac Lawrann Conservancy. This is a chance to hear about upcoming volunteer opportunities, get to know fellow volunteers and discover more about Roots and Branches. Hawaiian wear is welcome but no necessary to join in the tropic fun.


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Seminar: "The Monarch Migration & Favorite Plants of the Monarch"
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "The Monarch Migration & Favorite Plants of the Monarch"

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Shelly Culea of Monarchs Unlimited will share her experiences in the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries of Mexico. Enjoy awe-inspiring photos as Shelly brings life to "The Kingdom of Monarch". A truly interactive experience! All seminars are free and open to the public. Reserve your space below or contact us at 262-335-5083 with questions.

More Information About Our Speaker:

Shelly Culea will speak about her experiences in the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries of Mexico. In 2015, Shelly visited several UNESCO protected Monarch sites located in the rugged and remote mountains west of Mexico City. She will tell us about her journey and show us amazing photos from her trip. These awe-inspiring photos show, among other things, millions of hibernating Monarch Butterflies just before they leave for their return journey to the United States. Shelly will bring the incredible story of the great migration of the Monarch Butterflies to life with her presentation.

The mikweed herb, (Asclepias syriaca), is key to the survival of this endangered butterfly. Shelly will speak about milkweed varieties and the many other herbs that the Monarch Butterfly relies on to live, grow and thrive in our world.

Raising Monarchs from egg to release is a passion for Shelly Culea. To date, she has released more than 500 Monarchs from her butterfly nursery. Shelly gives Monarch presentations to area Milwaukee garden clubs to help raise awareness of the endangered Monarch Butterfly. Shelly also helped organize the Monarch Information Booth for BioBlitz, a biological surveying project that helps record all living species within a designated area. The BioBlitz events are held at the Schiltz Audubon Center and Grant Park in Milwaukee. She is a current member and past Garden Club president of the Women’s Club of Wisconsin. Shelly is a member of the Herb Society of America, Wisconsin Unit.

Bio Courtesy of Shelly Culea

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Seminar: "All About Trees"
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "All About Trees"

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Come kick off the start of our 2019 Seminar Series with Marc Sass, forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Marc will educate us on invasive species, help us learn proper care for our trees and share ideas on the best trees for residential spaces. All seminars are free and open to the public. Reserve your space below or contact us at 262-335-5083 with questions.

Thank You to Our Seminar Series Sponsor:

Marc Sass is a forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources currently working at the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Hartford.  Marc has been with the DNR for 6 years and has worked out of the Pike Lake office for the last year and a half.  He manages the State-owned forests in Washington and Ozaukee Counties and assists private landowners manage their forest land in Ozaukee, Washington, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha Counties.  Prior to this job Marc worked for a private forestry company in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a summer season and spent 5 seasons doing landscaping work in Sheboygan County.

Bio and Photo Courtesy of Mark Sass

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Mayor's Beautification Awards Reception
Nov
12
5:30 PM17:30

Mayor's Beautification Awards Reception

Join us  for light refreshments and recognize the 8 district winners selected in July as the 2018 Mayor's Beautification Awards Winners. Winning properties are featured in the West Bend Daily News in August. 

Each year, one private property owner in each city district is selected for their contribution to the beautification of West Bend. Emphasis is placed on the appearance of the front yard, the areas that have an immediate impact on the neighborhood and are in continuous public view.  The intent is to recognize property owners who have taken time from their busy schedules to care for their yards and establishments by enhancing and improving the appearance of the property.   MBA winners are selected by volunteer judges.  Nominations are considered. 

NOMINATE RESIDENCE

 

2017 Reception Photos

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Kissing Ball & Topiary SALE-Limited Quantities
Nov
12
to Nov 14

Kissing Ball & Topiary SALE-Limited Quantities

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Bloomin' Holidays (Watch for Roots and Branches Handcrafted Kissing Balls)
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Bloomin' Holidays (Watch for Roots and Branches Handcrafted Kissing Balls)

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Kick off the holiday season at the sixth annual Bloomin' Holidays floral extravaganza at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Enjoy:

- Exquisite floral arrangements by talented Wisconsin floral designers displayed in the art galleries for both a visual and aromatic experience.

- Expert talks and demonstrations (list coming soon!)

- Shopping for friends and family from an expansive indoor holiday marketing place—INCLUDING ROOTS AND BRANCHES HANDCRAFTED, FRESH KISSING BALLS (More Information to Come!!)

- Treats and beverages in the Bloomin’ Café

More Information Available At:http://www.wisconsinart.org/

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Seminar: "Daylily Secrets"
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Daylily Secrets"

Join us for this free event with guest speaker, Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms in Reedsville, WI. Discover what makes a good cultivar, identify many of the marketing deceptions in retail & explore many more hidden gems for growing this beautiful flower in your landscape. 

WALK IN REGISTRATION WELCOME—ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Nate Bremer is a hybridizer specializing in northern-hardy daylilies and Peonies.  He has served as an American Hemerocallis Society Garden Judge and owns and operates Solaris Farms.  Currently he is the vice president of the American Peony Society.  The century-old farmstead, located near Reedsville, Wisconsin is an Official American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) Display Garden and commercial daylily, Peony and Lilium nursery.

Solaris Farms is home to more than 2,000 registered daylilies and a test garden of 10,000+ seedlings and new cultivars under propagation. The farm has been featured in numerous television and magazines profiles, and is a frequent destination of master gardener groups, garden clubs and specialist gardeners.  Bremer’s Solaris Farms also boasts an active Herbaceous and Tree Peony hybridizing program with thousands of plants at various stages of development.

Before discovering daylilies, Bremer was a nationally awarded hybridizer of Phragmapedium orchids.  During the late 1980s his father, Hale, gifted Nate a few Hemerocallis and it wasn’t long after that the first daylily seedlings from these plants bloomed in the Bremer garden.   In 1999, he opened Solaris Farms, where he sells plants, gives tours, hybridizes and serves as a passionate advocate of naturally field-grown, hardy Hemerocallis, Paeonia and Lilium.   After 20 years of hybridizing Hemerocallis, 100+ registrations and a huge compost pile, daylilies still hold special place in the gardens. 

Hybridizing goals have changed through the years and are now centered on: 1)  Hardiness  2)  Plant habit  3)  Scapes (branching)  4)  Clear color s  5)  Overall plant performance.   The program is based on the premise that a small percentage of plants have the five attributes listed above and that northern gardeners value these characteristics the most.

Bremer lives with his wife Kimberly and numerous critters at Solaris Farms.

Biography Courtesy of Nate Bremer

                                  

 

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Seminar: "Making Complete Use of your Herb Garden"- (Growing and Cooking with Herbs)
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Making Complete Use of your Herb Garden"- (Growing and Cooking with Herbs)

ADVANCE AND WALK IN REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. We hope you will all join us for our next Free Seminar-”Daylily Secrets” on November 8th @ 7pm with Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms.

Susan Steinhafel, the former Vice President and Programs Chair for The Herb Society of America in Wisconsin will be exploring herb garden design options, sharing inspiring herb recipes and informing us about the basic cultural and medical value of herbs.

Susan has taught culinary arts with cooking with herbs, holds many roles supporting visual arts in several community boards and has been a landscape designer for 35 years, creating outdoor gardens all over Wisconsin.

She has hosted her garden twice for the annual Roots and Branches Gardens of West Bend Tour, sharing what a garden looks like as part of the Green Bridges programs for urban development to increase awareness for pollinators. 

Join us for “Growing and Cooking with Herbs” - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at West Bend City Hall 1115 S. Main Street. Register for this event by calling Roots and Branches office 262-335-5083, emailing at rootsandbranches@ci.west-bend.wi.us or online below . All seminars are free and open to the public.

 

Sue was featured in our January 2017 Newsletter

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Bloomin' Holidays
Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

Bloomin' Holidays

Roots and Branches Volunteers sold handcrafted fresh kissing balls as a fundraising opportunity at last year’s event.

Roots and Branches Volunteers sold handcrafted fresh kissing balls as a fundraising opportunity at last year’s event.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 9, 10, and 11, 2018 | 10:00–5:00

Kick off the holiday season at the sixth annual Bloomin' Holidays floral extravaganza at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Enjoy three full days of:

  • Exquisite floral arrangements by Wisconsin's most talented floral designers displayed in the art galleries (Vote for your favorite each day!)

  • Expert talks and demonstrations (List coming soon!)

  • Shopping for friends and family from an expansive, indoor Holiday Market and in the MOWA Shop

  • Seasonal treats and beverages in the Bloomin’ Café

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Garden Party in the Vineyard (Fundraiser)
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Garden Party in the Vineyard (Fundraiser)

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Purchase tickets online below or Download the invite to mail with check payment to Roots and Branches 1115 S. Main Street West Bend, WI 53095.

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You're invited to come to "The Most Fun Party in Town" sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance! Join our Honorary Hosts, Joe & Edna Zadra, and our celebrity friends for a fun-filled "Celebrity Plant Challenge." Plants get adorned with prizes that will amaze and put up for bid in the live auction. Some other live auction items are a professional corporate video package, behind the scene tour of the Milwaukee County Zoo, three trees with naming rights to be planted in the new Riverwalk, a VIP Brewers package and so much more. The event also includes a great array of silent auction items and fantastic raffle prizes.

Featured celebrities are Jeff Wagner (WTMJ AM 620), Frances Wagner (Timmer’s Bay Resort), Dennis Fechter (American Metal & Paper), Katie Laverenz (Kiera’s Kloset), Kevin Rausch (West Bend Mutual Insurance), Dr. Jim Brugger (Woodridge Chiropractic Clinic), Sue Millin (The Hub-Volunteer Center), Richard Hartman (Gallery of WI Art), Sue & Tom Steinhafel (Steinhafel Furniture), Craig Hoeppner (West Bend Parks, Recreation & Forestry), Meghann Reigle (Lac Lawrann Conservancy), and Amy Barnes (Boys & Girls Club-Washington County).

Special Thanks to Amy Banaszak of Horicon Bank for photographing our celebrities. 

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Donate a Raffle or Auction Item

Consider donating a raffle/auction item this year to help us raise funds for the many programs provided by Roots and Branches in the community such as our clean-up campaign, free seminars open to the public, Arbor Day program and tree distribution in the schools, Adopt-a-plot gardens around town and so much more.   Your name will be listed on our publicity and materials surrounding the event.  It will also appear on our website and social media to give you maximum coverage.  And, we’ll send you a formal invitation so you can join us too.  Roots and Branches is a non-profit 501©(3) so your gift is fully tax deductible.

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Gardens of West Bend Tour (Fundraiser)
Jul
14
to Jul 15

Gardens of West Bend Tour (Fundraiser)

Meet us at the new “Marketplace” on the corner of Main and Vine in West Bend to get your tour started this year.  Buy your ticket, grab a brat or snack, check out the plants and garden art for sale and enter the drawing for a spectacular plant before you even begin your exciting day on the tour.  Then on tour you might learn how to produce enough fruit to supply your smoothies for nearly a year or learn how to develop a habitat for wildlife, but watch out for Mammoth, the host warns.  You will see many ideas and styles of gardens, water features and use of hardscape to inspire and enjoy.  Make a day of it and stop for lunch at our two excellent tour restaurants downtown, The Idle Hour or Two or Riverside Brewery, and receive 10% off of your lunch with your ticket.  

Tour Dates & Times

Saturday, July 14th 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m

Sunday, July 15th 12:00 noon- 3:00 p.m.

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Online Ticket Sales Closed

**Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the will-call table located at the Garden Marketplace on the corner of Main Street & Vine Street in West Bend on the days of the tour** 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Plant Sale (Fundraiser)
May
18
to May 19

Plant Sale (Fundraiser)

The “Best Prices in Town”. Locally grown annuals and winter-hardy perennials. Located on the corner of Main & Vine Street in West Bend, across from West Bend City Hall. Rain or Shine.

Download List of Perennials Here

Friday

12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday                                                

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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Cleanup Greenup
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Cleanup Greenup

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City-Wide Clean-Up. Everyone welcome! Great activity for groups, families or friends. Bags, gloves and garbage pick-up provided. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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Arbor Day School Program
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Arbor Day School Program

Our Arbor Day program is rotated between public and parochial schools in West Bend and this year will be held at Green Tree Elementary.  A TV game show is held, with student participants, to increase their knowledge of the importance of trees in our environment. The Park, Recreation and Forestry Department plants a tree at the school, answers questions, and educates the students. Fifth graders in the parochial schools and fourth graders in the public schools are given young Service Berry trees to take home and plant with their families.

Volunteers are always welcome on Thursday, April 26th @ 9:00 am to help pack and deliver over 500 trees at the Regner Park Pavilion in West Bend. 

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Volunteer Masquerade Bash
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer Masquerade Bash

Kick-off event and potluck for volunteers and those interested in volunteering. Lets celebrate the volunteers behind the mask.  Potluck dish by last name: A-G Dessert, H-L Appetizer, M-Z Salad/Side. **No ovens available but crockpots can be plugged in** 

RSVP By April 13th

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Seminar: "Farm Diversity for Food Security"
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Farm Diversity for Food Security"

Explore sustainable agriculture practices and applications within an urban community setting with David and Leslie Meuer of Meuer Farms in Chilton, WI . Meuer Farms is a 150 acre family-owned farm with a mission of Farming, Educating, and Conserving. The farm has received many awards including the 2016 WI Governor's Award for Stewardship and 2016 WI Land & Water Conservation Farmer of the Year. All seminars are free and open to the public.

Walk-In Registration Welcome!

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 For More Information Check Out Meuer Farm's.

"Farming: Using sustainable crop growing methods such as no-till planting and cover crops. We grow well-known crops (corn, soybeans, alfalfa) alongside ancient grains (emmer, spelt, einkorn) and other edible crops (bi-color sweet corn, strawberries, sugar-snap peas, squash). Beef cattle graze in pastures that have never been touched by a plow. The woods “in the back 40” shelter maple trees tapped for maple syrup. Black walnut and shag bark hickory trees offer beyond-organic nuts.

Educating: Opening our farm to you, the public. Our agri-tourism activities include educational components to help you learn more about farming. Maple syrup making, strawberry growing, rotational grazing of animals, beekeeping and crop rotation are just a few of the activities we explain. Our farm is open to groups and people of all ages. There are more opportunities for you to experience our farm than we can mention here.

Conserving: Implementing sustainable farming practices that work with the land, not against it. You will see undisturbed waterways for the water to flow cleanly through our fields without removing crop soil. Our strawberries enjoy underground irrigation that reduces water consumption.  The pond and stream are alive with fish, frogs and muskrats. As of 2016 eagles are nesting and raising their young here."

Source: http://www.meuerfarm.com/about-us.html

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Seminar: "The Buzz About Bees"
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "The Buzz About Bees"

Walk in registration may be limited. Pre-Registration is Now Closed

Join us for this free event to learn about the importance of bees to the environment and your garden with special guest speaker Don Thill. 

Don Thill and his family have been bee keeping for generations in West Bend and currently manage 400-500 different bees in four different counties.

Don is the Southeastern Wisconsin District President of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, President of the Washington/Ozaukee County Bee Association, an avid community bee educator, and award-winning honey producer.

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Bloomin' Holidaze at Museum of Wisconsin Art
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Bloomin' Holidaze at Museum of Wisconsin Art

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Friday–Sunday, November 10–12  | 10:00–5:00
FREE for MOWA Members
Become a member with your first visit for only $12

Exquisite Florals
Floral designers from Wisconsin take over MOWA’s galleries with stunning floral arrangements inspired by the collection

Bloomin' Cafe
Sit back and relax with a warm beverage and a tasty treat.

Holiday Market
Featuring a holiday market, selling one-of-a-kind items perfect for holiday gift-giving for friends or family—or yourself. Find something for everyone on your list.

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MOWA Shop
Three+ and MOWA+ members receive 15% off and Premium, Partner, and Benefactor members receive 20% off on purchases in the MOWA Shop all weekend.

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Seminar: "Understanding Permaculture"
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "Understanding Permaculture"

Guest Speaker,  Bryce Ruddock, the Lead Guild and Planting Systems Designer at Midwest Permaculture.  All Seminars are Free.

Learn about adapting our culture to landscape designs that mimic nature while yielding an abundance of food. Creating permanent or sustainable agriculture or "Permaculture".

Enjoy a free e-book assembled by our speaker.

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Seminar: "All You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask About Perennials"
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Seminar: "All You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask About Perennials"

Online Registration is Now Closed. Please contact the office at 262-335-5083 to check availability.

**Enter facility off 1 Gehl Way and use doors near flagpole** 

Presentation by Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist. All Seminars are Free.

"Melinda is a dynamic presenter, appearing at many of the major flower shows and home & garden events throughout the country each year. 

Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. She also hosted "Yardworks,” a nationally syndicated yard care and garden show where she interviewed celebrities right in their own backyards. Additionally, she was a contributing editor and columnist for Backyard Living magazine and has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening. " Source: http://www.melindamyers.com/factsheet.html 

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Garden Party in the Vineyard Fundraiser
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Garden Party in the Vineyard Fundraiser

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You're invited to come to "The Most Fun Party in Town" Sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance! Join our Honorary Hosts, George and Judi Prescott and our celebrity friends for a fun-filled "Celebrity Plant Challenge". These amazing celebrities adorn plants with prizes galore to be bid on during a Live Auction.  The event also features a great array of silent auction items, fantastic raffle prizes and a "Hang-It-Again Art Sale. New this year, a Wine and Beer Tasting. We hope to see you there. Please R.S.V.P. by September 15th. 

Purchase tickets online below or Download the invite to mail with check payment to Roots and Branches 1115 S. Main Street West Bend, WI 53095.

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Featured Celebrities : Mary Ellen O’Connor (West Bend Mutual), Pat O’Connor (BMO Harris Bank), Prudy Pick H’way (Pick Heaters), Bill Laufer (Candyman On Main) Ben Anderson & Travis Dowden (Bibinger’s Bar & Restaurant),   
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
  
   
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  Rob Johnson (KM-YMCA), Bill Mitchell (WMBZ/WIBD), Randy Stark (West Bend Mutual), Rose Petitte (Horicon Bank), Gaytha Hillman (GrandCare Systems), Jane Maley (UWWC-Ambassador President) and Ann Johnson St. Josephs Community Foundation   

Featured Celebrities: Mary Ellen O’Connor (West Bend Mutual), Pat O’Connor (BMO Harris Bank), Prudy Pick H’way (Pick Heaters), Bill Laufer (Candyman On Main) Ben Anderson & Travis Dowden (Bibinger’s Bar & Restaurant), Rob Johnson (KM-YMCA), Bill Mitchell (WMBZ/WIBD), Randy Stark (West Bend Mutual), Rose Petitte (Horicon Bank), Gaytha Hillman (GrandCare Systems), Jane Maley (UWWC-Ambassador President) and Ann Johnson St. Josephs Community Foundation

 

Donate a Raffle or Auction Item

Consider donating a raffle/auction item this year to help us raise funds for the many programs provided by Roots and Branches in the community such as our clean-up campaign, free seminars open to the public, Arbor Day program and tree distribution in the schools, Adopt-a-plot gardens around town and so much more.   Your name will be listed on our publicity and materials surrounding the event.  It will also appear on our website and social media to give you maximum coverage.  And, we’ll send you a formal invitation so you can join us too.  Roots and Branches is a non-profit 501©(3) so your gift is fully tax deductible.

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Gardens of West Bend Tour
Jul
15
to Jul 16

Gardens of West Bend Tour

Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of private gardens open to the public. NEW two day tour this year! Must See features include: A G Scale Train, Whimsical Garden Art, Hostas Galore including varieties developed with Dave Winniger from Boerner Gardens, Elaborate Water Displays and SO MUCH MORE!!!

Tickets available at various locations listed below.

 

Saturday, July 15th Hours : 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday, July 16th Hours: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Ticket Information

$8.00 in Advance

$9.00 at Garden #1 

(1911 Brook Ct. West Bend)

Online Ticket Sales: CLOSED. Advance Tickets may still be purchased at locations listed below.

**Those that have already purchased tickets online may pick them up at Garden #1, 1911 Brook Ct. West Bend on the days of the event**

West Bend Ticket Locations:

  • Stein's Garden
  • Piggly Wiggly 
  • Park & Recreation Department
  • Chamber of Commerce

Present your tour ticket for a 10% Lunch Discount at the Following Restaurants:

Garden Art Sale-July 15th:

Corner of Main & Vine

  • Reincarnated by Toni: Garden sculptures from found metal including some glass. Bird Baths, flowers and more...
  • Kristi Leipold: Cement birth baths, leaf castings, plastic bottle flowers, and cement mushrooms
  • The Flutterby Touch: Hand-painted vintage & re-treasured items, birdbaths, pails, and garden trellis' & picks
  • Margarete Buck: Beautiful Metal Garden Art

 

Thank you to Our Sponsors:

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Cleanup Greenup
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Cleanup Greenup

City-Wide Clean-Up. Everyone welcome! Great activity for groups, families or friends. Bags, gloves and garbage pick-up provided. 

 

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor:

Special Thanks To:

For Providing Hot Chocolate and Coffee at the Event

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Arbor Day School Program
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Arbor Day School Program

Our Arbor Day program is rotated between public and parochial schools inWest Bend and this year will be held at Good Shepard Lutheran School.   A TV game show is held, with student participants, to increase their knowledge of the importance of trees in our environment. The Park, Recreation and Forestry Department plants a tree at the school and shows the students how. Fifth graders in the parochial schools and fourth graders in the public schools are given young Service Berry trees to take home and plant with their families.

Volunteers are always welcome on Thursday, April 27th @ 9:00 am to help pack and deliver over 500 trees at the Regner Park Pavilion.

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