Making Complete Use of Your Herb Garden (Growing and Cooking with Herbs)

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Susan Steinhafel, the former Vice President and Programs Chair for the Herb Society of America-WI 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 “Making Compete Use of Your Herb Garden” (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 free, public event by calling Roots and Branches office 262-335-5083, email at or online at     


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Business Beautification Award Five Finalists Named





Roots and Branches is pleased to announce five finalists for the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company “Business Beautification Award this year.  The award is named after West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, our first recipient of the award.  The award encourages businesses in the community to improve their facilities and landscapes to help make West Bend and even more beautiful place in which to live, work and visit.

The five finalists are:  A Conversation Piece, 132 S. 6th Avenue, Albiero Plumbing, 1940 N. Main St.,  Gallery of Wisconsin Art, 303 Water St., Jasen Wealth Advisors, 143 S. Main St.  and NTB National Tire & Battery, 1300 S. Main St...  The finalists will be recognized and the winner announced at the Roots and Branches Garden Party Reception on Wednesday, September 12th, at the Prairie Center in West Bend Mutual.   We invite you to join us to celebrate at the “most fun party in town.”


Honorary Hosts for the Garden Party are Joe and Edna Zadra.  Local 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), Craig Hoeppner (West Bend Parks, Recreation &Forestry), Dr. Jim Brugger (Woodridge Chiropractic Clinic), Sue Millin (The Hub-Volunteer Center), Richard Hartman (Gallery of WI Art), Sue & Tom Steinhafel (Steinhafel Furniture), Meghann Reigle (Lac Lawrann Conservancy), and Amy Barnes (Boys & Girls Club-Washington County.) The celebrities will adorn plants with exciting items to be put up for bid in the live auction.  Other live auction items are a behind the scenes tour of the zoo, professional corporate video package, Brewer’s package, bench and three trees for the new Riverwalk downtown. 

Individual Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased online at Bring friends and sponsor a table for eight for $275.  This is a fundraiser for Roots and Branches to support its year-round programs to improve the environment in our community. Questions?  Call 335-5083 or email us at   We hope to see you there! Please R.S.V.P. by August 29th.  No time to spare!

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Roots and Branches Invites you to a…. Garden Party in the Vineyard

Sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

September 12th at 5:30pm at the Prairie Center in WBMI

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), Craig Hoeppner (West Bend Parks, Recreation &Forestry), Dr. Jim Brugger (Woodridge Chiropractic Clinic), Sue Millin (The Hub-Volunteer Center), Richard Hartman (Gallery of WI Art), Sue & Tom Steinhafel (Steinhafel Furniture), Meghann Reigle (Lac Lawrann Conservancy), and Amy Barnes (Boys & Girls Club-Washington County).

The finalists and winner of the Business Beautification Award will also be announced at the Garden Party.  This is a fundraiser for Roots and Branches to support its year-round programs to improve the environment in our community.  

Individual Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased online at Bring friends and sponsor a table for eight for $275. Questions?  Call 335-5083 or email us at   We hope to see you there! Please R.S.V.P. by August 29th.  

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Roots and Branches sponsors the Mayor’s Beautification Award each year that recognizes and promotes attractive residential front landscapes. There are eight winners, one from each district in the City of West Bend. Awards are based on the impact a particular landscape has on the surrounding neighborhood rather than the amount of money spent. It is intended to be a “thank you” for the efforts those have made in helping to make West Bend a more beautiful city in which to live, work and visit. The Mayor’s Beautification Award Reception will take place on October 15th in the atrium in City Hall, followed by the Mayor’s presentations at the city council meeting. Roots and Branches mission is to improve the environment of the city of West Bend through improving the landscapes. We provide a clean-up campaign in the spring, seminars and other educational programs, Adopt-a-plot gardens around town and downtown, Garden Tour and so much more. In addition to the Mayor’s Beautification Awards, we also sponsor the Business Beautification Award. Roots and Branches is a non-profit organization and receives no tax dollars.

Roots and Branches announces the 2018 Mayor’s Beautification winners, one for each of the eight districts in West Bend. Judges have selected them all at one time this year and you are invited to take a drive and see the front landscapes of our 2018 winners. *Special thanks to Nick Dettmann and Washington County Daily News for the special article this Saturday-August 4th! Thank you to Linnea Koenigs for photographing this year's winners and of course all of our wonderful volunteer judges!! (Photos in order as listed)

District #1: Joe & Mary Billmann 812 Meadowbrook

District #2: Donald & Bonnie Gruber 953 Pine Dr

District #3: Bruce & Kathryn Gilmeister 824 Schloemer

District #4: Bill & Mary Beilfuss 1708 Sylvan Way

District #5: Gary & Jane Seymour 636 James Ct

District #6 :Cherie and John von Kanel 2020 Hemlock St

District #7-John & Sandy Czuppa 1509 Patricia Dr

District #8-John & Ginny Theisen 718 Marshal Court


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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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