Events in Milwaukee area (summer 2022)
Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties, with a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, local history tours, and where to find more information:
Boerner Botanical Gardens: Formal themed and trial garden open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Education and Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Garden Information: (414) 525-5601. boernerbotanicalgardens.org
Brookfield Farmers Market: 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, (through Oct. 29). Brookfield Central High School, front parking lot, 16900 Gebhardt Road, Brookfield.
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Learn about the historic house museum dedicated to the preservation of the Pabst family legacy. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Onsite admissions are available, but advance online ticket purchase is recommended. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. pabstmansion.com
Cedarburg Woman’s Club: Garden Walk, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 9. Tour Cedarburg and Grafton area gardens. $20. Tickets available at Heyden’s Gardens, and Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly in Cedarburg. cedarburgwomansclub.org
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Charles Allis Art Museum: Tour the urban mansion and art collection of the early 20th-century industrialist Charles Allis. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295; www.charlesallis.org
Cudahy Family Library: All About Succulents, 6:30 p.m. June 21. Paula Zamiatowski, naturalist for Milwaukee County Parks, talks on caring for succulents and cacti, planting a small pot, with one to take home. Registration required. 3500 Library Drive, Cudahy. (414) 769-2244.
Cudahy Garden Tour: Self-guided tour of six gardens, ranging from whimsical to formal, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. Free. Maps will be available on the day of the tour at Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Drive.
East Troy Railroad Museum: Travel on a historic rail car for dinner or a family picnic, or as a passenger on a regular day trip or holiday train. Advance reservations required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; easttroyrr.org
East Side Milwaukee Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17. Free tour of upper East side gardens. Maps may be picked up at North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N. Wahl Ave., Downer Hardware, 2629 N. Downer Ave, and Riverside Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place.
Ebert’s Greenhouse Village: Events, workshops and plants, hanging baskets, bedding flowers, ferns, herbs, veggies, fruits, perennials, trees and shrubs. W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. ebertsgreenhouse.com
- Wonderful World of Hydrangeas seminar by Melinda Myers, June 18.
Firefly Art Fair: Art show in the gardens, Aug. 6-7. Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa.
Fondy Farmers Market: 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays, (through July 2); 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (July 9 through Oct. 30). 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
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Four Seasons Garden Club: Kenosha Secret Garden Walk, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9. Self-guided tour of Kenosha area gardens. $8 advance; $10 day of the tour. See website for locations selling the ticket guidebook: 4seasonsgardenclub.org/secret-garden-walk
Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens: FBBG membership includes free unlimited admission to the gardens, with discounts on classes and events. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. (414) 525-5653.
- Wednesday Night Garden Walks.
- Afternoon in the Gardens. June 26.
Friends of the Domes: Adult education programs held at Mitchell Park Domes Education Center, 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5608; milwaukeedomes.org
Friends of Muskego Public Library: Bloomin’ Good Thyme Garden Walk, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25. Tour of four gardens, lectures, perennial plant sale, garden art and craft sale. Tickets are available at the library or though the website. S73-W16663 W. Janesville Road, Muskego. www.cityofmuskego.org/library
Garden Conservancy: Milwaukee County Open Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30 and 31. Tour private gardens on the North Shore of Milwaukee County. $10. Pre-registration required; capacity limited. www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/milwaukee-2022
Garden District Neighborhood Association: Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 30. Free tour of front gardens in the 13th aldermanic district. Map available on website: www.milwaukeegdna.com
Garden Gazers Walking Tour: Self guided walking tour of gardens in Greendale’s historic A Section, 8 a.m.-noon July 9. Free. No strollers or pets. Event includes guest speakers, children’s activities, and gardening demonstrations. Maps available at the gazebo in the village center. 5710 Broad St., Greendale. gggazing.wordpress.com
Greater Milwaukee Rose Society: Garden tour to benefit rose society, noon to 3 p.m. June 12. $5 donation requested. Tour and pruning demonstration held at Rose Innovations, 10020 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield. roseinnovations.org
Greenfield Beautification Committee: A Day at Radler’s Botanic Garden, 9 a.m.-noon July 16. $10. Self-guided tour of Will Radler’s Greenfield landscaped property with a rose test garden, raised garden beds, ornamental areas, streams, ponds, pools and fire pits. 10020 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield. www.gbcinfo.org
Greenfield Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, (through Oct. 30). Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.
Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum: Walking trails, historic buildings, adult and family workshops. 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha. hawthornhollow.org
Historic Concordia Home Tour: Milwaukee in the Gilded Age, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18. $17 advance; $20 day of tour. Tour starts at Wgechda Building, Potawatomi Campus, 33rd and Kilbourn Ave. www.hcni.org
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Historic Milwaukee: Special tours, walking tours and self-guided tours that highlight local architecture and history. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 235 E. Michigan St. (414) 277-7795; historicmilwaukee.org
Kenosha Public Market: Outdoor market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, (through Oct. 29). 625 52nd St., Kenosha.
Kettle Moraine State Forest: Purple Martin Colonies, 7 p.m. June 11. Snakes of Wisconsin, 7 p.m. June 18. Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 Highway 67, Campbellsport, half mile west of Dundee. (920) 533-8322.
Lake Country Art & Garden Tour: Sculpture in Bloom, 6-9 p.m. June 25. Free. Tours of the garden, artists and live music, food and beverages. At Joel Pfeiffer’s sculpture garden, 617 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. RSVP required. pewaukeearts.org/events-1
Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature with sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org
Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Webinars: Each class is designed to deepen your horticulture knowledge, enhance your gardening skills, and help you transform your landscape. The webinars are free, but registration is required. melindamyers.com
- Supporting native bees. June 15.
- Maintaining your landscape with pollinators. June 22.
Menomonee Falls Community League: Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. Tour five gardens in the Menomonee Falls area. $8 in advance; $10 day of tour. Purchase at Shady Lane Greenhouse, W172-N7388 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls. communityleague.com
Milaeger’s-Racine: Garden center with workshops and programs. 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine. (262) 639-2040; milaegers.com
- Great Lakes Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, outdoors along the North Roadway.
- Greater Milwaukee Rose Society Rose Show, June 18-19.
Milwaukee Bonsai Society: Mid-America Bonsai Alliance Convention, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-25; 9 a.m.-noon June 26. Guest artists, vendors, demonstrations and workshops. Four Points Milwaukee North Shore, 8900 N. Kildeer Court. www.milwaukeebonsai.org/maba
Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of in-person and virtual workshops available at mpl.org
MPL Tippecanoe Library: Houseplant and Cutting Swap, 2-4 p.m. June 25, July 23, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Bring unwanted houseplants and cuttings to the monthly plant exchange. 3912 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance: Take a guided in-person tour of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, or use the free downloadable Walking Tour app for a self-guided tour, and view the rehabilitation of the historic buildings, including Old Main. Register for an upcoming tour at: savethesoldiershome.com/tour
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: Faerie Gardens Summer Floral Show, June 11 through Sept. 11. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600; milwaukeedomes.org
New Berlin Historical Society: Father’s Day Open House, 1-4 p.m. June 19. Free. Walk the grounds, explore the historic houses, and visit the miniature horses. Free root beer floats for dad. Historical Park, 19765 W. National Ave.
Nicolet Recreation Department: Register online for Summer adult enrichment classes and programs. Virtual and in-person sessions are available. nicolet.us/activities/recreation.cfm
Oak Creek Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, (through Oct. 22). Drexel Town Square, 361 W. Town Square Way.
Oconomowoc Woman’s Club: Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16. Tour gardens in the Oconomowoc area. $12 advance; $15 day of tour. www.oconomowocwomansclub.com
Racine Garden Club: Summer Magic Garden Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10. Driving tour of gardens in the in Racine, Mount Pleasant and Ives Grove areas. $8 advance; $10 day of the tour. See locations for ticket sales and garden addresses at: www.racinegardenclub.org
Redeemer United Church of Christ: Prairie Fest, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 30. Free tours of a four-acre prairie in bloom, with guided tours from 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at W220-N4915 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. www.redeemerucc.org
Richfield Art at the Mill: Art and fine craft fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18. Richfield Nature / Historical Park, 1896 State Road 164, Richfield. www.richfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Riverwest Secret Garden Tour: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10. Self-guided tour of gardens in the Riverwest neighborhood. Tickets/maps are $5, available day of the tour in Garden Park, Locust and Bremen. riverwestsecretgardentour.com
Roots and Branches: Gardens of West Bend Tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16; noon-3 p.m. July 17. $10. Self-guided tour of local private gardens open to the public. For garden locations visit: www.rootsbranches.org
Rose Innovations: Visit an Open Garden event at Radler’s Rosarium, 2 acres of gardens, and the Knock Out Rose trial garden. Event entrance fees are determined by designated non-profits that receive 100% of the funds. 10020 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield. www.roseinnovations.org
South Milwaukee Garden Club & Historical Society: Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25. $10. Tour six South Milwaukee gardens on a self-guided tour; with handcrafted items for sale at some locations. Information: Patti Bergeson, (414) 768-9549.
St. Mary of the Hill Parish: Antique & Flea Market, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. July 30. 1515 Carmel Road, Hubertus.
Stone Bank Farm Market: Shop seasonal foods, family style meals and small-batch baked goods. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; stonebankmarket.com
Tower Heritage Center: Campus includes two museums and one historic site that trace the history of Washington County. 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. (262) 335-4678; thetowerheritagecenter.org
Urban Ecology Center-Menomonee Valley: Native Plane Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18. Purchase native plants day of event, or shop ahead of time through the Prairie Future Seed Co website www.prairiefutureseed.com (between June 11-16) and pick it up on the day of the sale. 3700 W. Pierce St.
Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park: Summer Tree ID classes, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 29-Aug. 31. 10-week course to identify most trees native to southeast Wisconsin. 1500 E. Park Place. urbanecologycenter.org
Urban Ecology Centers: Botany Walks at all branches from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 1st Friday of the month at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place; 2nd Friday of the month at Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St.; and 3rd Friday of the month at Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St. urbanecologycenter.org
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Renaissance Garden features foliage, flowerbeds, water features, statuary and more. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 271-3656; villaterrace.org
- In the Park with Olmsted – A Vision for Milwaukee exhibit, (through Sept. 25).
West Allis Farmers Market: Seasonal produce, fresh meats and eggs, honey and maple syrup, fresh-cut flowers and annual plants, and prepared foods, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, (through Nov. 26). 6501 W. National Ave.
Wild Ones Kettle Moraine: Walk on the Wild Side, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9. Tour of four naturally landscaped gardens in the Eagle area. $10. Tickets available at Alice Baker Memorial Library, 820 E. Main St., Eagle. kmwildones.wixsite.com/kmwildones
Williams Bay Fine Art & Craft Fest: Juried fine art show, July 30-31. Edgewater Park, Geneva St., Williams Bay. wbcaa.net
Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse: June 4 to June 19 at the UWM Alumni House, 3230 E. Kenwood Blvd. breastcancershowhouse.org
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Events, classes, and workshops for beginners to experienced fiber artists, with exhibitions of works demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com
- Fiber Rummage Sale, June 16-18.
- Tie Dye Lab, July 19.
Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to [email protected], with “Attention Home and Garden calendar” in the subject line.