Nomination time for the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Business Beautification Award


Nominate your favorite business for this year’s “West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Business Beautification Award,” sponsored by Roots and Branches. You can nominate by giving the name and address of the business along with your reason for nomination – no other information is required. Email Roots and Branches at, online at, call 262-335-5083 or mail to Roots and Branches, 1115 S. Main St., West Bend. The five finalists will be invited to the awards reception, as our guests, on September 12th where the winner will be announced. 


The criteria for this award is:

·       Positive impact the exterior has on the community.

·       Not currently under construction.

·       Residential, government and school buildings are not included in this award.

·       Business must be located within city limits of West Bend.

·       Previous winners are not eligible.

Previous winners include: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Westbury Bank Home Loan Center, Commerce State Bank, The Frisby House, Januli’s Italian Deli and Pizzeria, Gehl Company/Manitou Americas, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Schmidt Funeral Home, Dublin’s Irish Pub, Donna Koenings, and The Red House (Pictured)

The purpose of the award is to recognize city businesses that make a positive impact on our community by improving the appearance of the exterior of their buildings.  This entire community benefits from making West Bend an even more beautiful place in which to live, work and visit. If you have questions, please call 262-335-5083.

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Here is to a fantastic Garden Tour Fundraiser!!!

We couldn't do this without the support of our #volunteers, donors and sponsors. Thank you to-- West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Jasen Wealth Advisors, Miller Monument Company, Inc. - West Bend, WI, Creative Curbz LLC, PMF Landscape Supply, Mayfield Nursery, Stein's Garden & Home, Regal Ware Cookware, Seven Up Bottling Company, and Washington County Daily News, West Bend Parks, Recreation & Forestry, Piggly Wiggly (Wisconsin & Illinois), City of West Bend-Community TV, Bob & Laurie Prestby, Tim & Pam Neumann, Carey & Barb Wolf, Joe Holt & Margaret Dallmann, Kathy & Dave Boyd, Mr. B's bouquets and Rustic creations, Pigeon Creek Nursery, STONECrete, Greenway Homescapes, Copper Rain, Kristi Leipold, Debbie Kuring, Marian Roethke, Tom Pfotenhauer, Lois Knoll, Sally & Randy Eveland, Sue Steinhafel, Billie Schalla, Sherry Fechter, Paul Ziegler, Jackie Henderleiter, Marisue Zillig, Joan Gindt, Kathy Thompson, Jane Cartwright, Taylor Johnson, Pat Burmeister, Red Gross, Christine Hassler, Sharon Scott, Eve Haver, Pat Strachota, Heidi Wagner, Mary Endlich, Sue & Richard Chapman, Linda Charlton, Karen McElroy, Jane Danielson, Kathy Weberg, Nancy Habel, Barb Prechodnik, Brenda Kunkel, Lee Bliss, Deb Anderson, Bob & Jacquie Becher, Norb Klein, Tina Davis, Chris Strodthoff, Amy Grinna, Ray Engelking, Mary & Joe Billman, Julius Davis, JR & Jeannine Salinas. Special thanks to Linnea Koenigs & Beth Klug for providing these FANTASTIC PHOTOS--

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GARDENS OF WEST BEND TOUR- New Marketplace Introduced

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.  

Tickets are $9 or $8 in advance and are available in West Bend at Steins Garden Center, Piggly Wiggly and Park & Rec Department in City Hall.  You can also get tickets online at or purchase them on the day of the tour at the Marketplace on the corner of Main and Vine in West Bend. Call 262-335-5083 for more information.

Sponsors for this year’s tour are: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Miller Monument, P.M.F. Landscape Supply, Jason Wealth Management, Mayfield Nursery and Creative Curbz.  Bottled water is available courtesy of Seven-Up.  Special thanks to the Washington County Post and Regal Ware for their support this year. Proceeds from the tour will be returned to the community through the many programs of Roots and Branches.  Are you interested in submitting your garden for future consideration for the tour?  Please contact us at Roots and Branches 262-335-5083.



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 MAY 18 -12:00 Noon to 7:00 P.M. AND MAY 19 - 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M

Corner of Main & Vine

These are the plants you’ve been dreaming about during the winter snows.  Beautiful perennials and annuals are waiting for you at Roots and Branches Plant Sale Friday, May 18, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, 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 Petunias are $11 a flat of 48 (no Wave Petunias) and all other flats are $15.      

New daylily plants not offered in years are; Marque Moon, Maestro Puccini, Taos, Dark Star, Parade of Peacocks, Wayside Painted Lady, Brown Witch and Panties in a Bunch.

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.  We appreciate our special sponsor this year, Modern Woodmen of America.     

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Arbor Day Celebration

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 Green Tree Elementary School will learn this and more about the importance of trees in our environment on April 27th.  Roots and Branches will be presenting a TV game show program where a few students will compete while the student body cheers them on.  A.J Brandt, Brandt Printing, will emcee the game show.  Each year the program is rotated between all public and parochial schools in West Bend.  This is the twenty-eighth 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, represented by Doug Howell.

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Everyone is Invited to Help Clean Up Our Community!


You’re all Invited!!

The Cleanup Greenup Campaign isn’t just for parks and green spaces anymore.  We invite residents and businesses to take time this spring to clean up your own areas.  Get your families, neighbors and employees to pitch in and have some fun helping to spruce up our city during the month of May.  Take some pictures and tag us on Facebook - @rootsandbrancheswestbend or send them to our email below to tell a great story about our great community.

Clean up our Parks!

Roots and Branches will still have their regular Cleanup Greenup Campaign day on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, sponsored by Modern Woodmen.  Come to Regner Park to pick up garbage and recycling bags and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee provided by Dunn Brothers Coffee.  We will assign you a park or let us know where you are cleaning.  Youth groups are especially encouraged to participate.  Garbage pick-up is also provided that day.  Call 262-335-5083 or email to register for the May 5th date or for any questions.

Downtown cleanup!!

There will also be a special downtown Clean-up Day on May 21st where the city, downtown property owners, businesses, Roots and Branches and volunteers will be cleaning up the garden beds, planting and mulching between 7:00 a.m. and Noon.  Please let us know if you are able to help with this clean-up project.  You can join in anytime that morning.  

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The Buzz About Bees-Free Seminar-Open to the Public

“The Buzz About Bees”



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.

The presentation will explore bee keeping tips, evaluate the impact bees have to our environment, help identify ways to help protect them and so much more!  

Join us for “The Buzz About Bees” - 7:00 p.m. at West Bend City Hall 1115 S. Main Street. Register for this free, public event by calling Roots and Branches office 262-335-5083, email at or online at     


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Valentine's Aren't Just for Kids!

Remember your childhood excitement of receiving a Valentine?
Why not share a Valentine with someone special in our electronic January Newsletter.
For just $10 support Roots and Branches and have a little fun.
Let us know where to mail a copy in case they are not on our email list.

Click the "Send a Valentine Here" button to make your selection from one of the options pictured below. 

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2018

Questions Contact the Office At: or 262-335-5083

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