Botany Belles & Beaus Garden Club

A garden club serving St. Croix County Wisconsin.  

This year's theme:  Plant a Tree. Plant Hope.

ABOUT US . . .

The club began in 1968 in Baldwin to promote the love of gardening. It is associated with the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation. We are united in our interest in gardening of all types and meet together to share gardening tips, encourage each other and to learn more.

Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club members come from communities in central St. Croix County. If you are interested in gardening, flower arranging, tours and more, please check us out. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month and are mainly held at the Baldwin Town Hall located at 2399 90th Ave.  If anyone has questions, please email us .

Interested in garden club?  Check out what is scheduled for 2024.  

Attending a meeting does not obligate you to join, we'd love to meet a fellow gardener.


Blue Star Memorial

The Botany Belles & Beaus Garden Club and the American Legion & Auxiliary Post 240 are partnering to honor those who have served this country with a Blue Star Memorial at Windmill Park.  The memorial will feature a Blue Star Marker, raised planter, bench and flags.  The Blue Star program was established by the National Garden Club in 1945 to indicate that a family had a son or daughter in the service and the program has continued to this day.

The memorial will be similar to the photo at the right.

In order to personalize and help fund the memorial, the public has the opportunity to purchase an engraved brick in recognition of a veteran or an important person in their life or by an organization to indicate support of the project.   Two sizes of bricks are available through That's My Brick, a 4" x 8" for $100 or an 8" x 8" for $150.   Order a brick as soon as possible or by July 1st.

That's My Brick

Cups of Cheer

Hoping to brighten someone's day this Christmas season, members of the club gathered to create Cups of Cheer which were delivered with Meals on Wheels to area residents.  

Thanks so much for supporting the Botany Belles and Beaus at this year's Doe on the Go Craft Sale.

Birdseed wreaths and bells sold out again this year!  The money raised goes back into community beautification, gardening and education projects.  

Sheri Erickson's Summer Sunset won in the Sunrise/Sunset category.  This photo received the most votes of any in the contest.



Over 30 photographers submitted photos to this year's contest.  Chili Fest attendees (about 300 people of all ages) voted on their favorites in 6 categories: Birds, Bugs & Beasts.- Landscapes.- Plant Portraits.- Rustic Buildings.- Sunrise/Sunset.- and a Youth category.  It's always fun to listen in as people evaluate the photos; people take it very seriously.


Your Garden - A Bird's Paradise

The St. Croix District was thrilled with the interest in this workshop.  106 people attended and learned about how to increase habitat for birds in their own backyards.  It's easy to do: plant natives, plant in layers (trees, shrubs, native grasses and flowers), be a bit messy.  The speakers were good, the selection of plants from Dragonfly excellent, displays informative, and a decent lunch.  A good day overall!

Ames Tools Received

The Botany Belles and Beaus were fortunate enough to be chosen to receive a variety of gardening tools courtesy of the Ames Tool Company in conjunction with the National Garden Club, Inc.  The tools will be used with a variety of club gardening projects; especially the Woodville Retention Pond Rain Garden, but are housed at the Woodville Community Library so that any area resident can check them out and use them for their personal gardening endeavors.   There is a shovel, trowels, a regular hoe, a kid's sized hoe, and an action hoe.

Thanks much, Ames Tools!

Penny Pines Donations

Mary Hampton and Betty Lee were recently honored for their service to and long time membership in the Botany Belles and Beaus Garden Club.  The group felt that a suitable way to honor them was to make a contribution to NGC's Penny Pines program.  Penny Pines was established to help replant the national forests.  The money the club donated is designated for tree planting in Chaquamenon National Forest in Wisconsin.  Previous honorees from the club are Elvera Jacot, a founding member and Marilyn Doornink.

Meals on Wheels Arrangments

One of the group's favorite activities is to create mini-Valentine's Day arrangements which are sent home with Meals on Wheels deliveries.  

ART IN BLOOM: January 19th

Art in Bloom is an exhibition of artwork interpreted by floral designs.  This year the garden club paired up with Shannon Kamm's high school students to present an exhibit at the High School during the Bowls for the Soul event.  Attendees at the high school events were able to vote for their favorite design.  The designer and artist both received a People’s Choice Award.  When votes were tallied, Wendy Kramer’s design based on Evan Clausen’s Betta Fish was the most popular.


The other participants were (artist listed first/floral designer second):  Abby Hansen/Annette Stauffer,   Alex Meyer/Judy Crowley, Lucy Lovestrand/Marilyn Doornink, Sophie Morales/Shannon Feuerhelm, Evan Clausen/Amanda Finke, Brynn and Whitney Feidt, Lila Johnson/Bryan Gjevre, Lola Chamberlin/Elvera Jacot, Evan Clausen/Wendy Kramer, Houston Huntress/Dru Kreinke, Carley Haney/Anna Mewis, Keelyn Lee/Mary Onkka, Ashley Frank/Debby Walters, Ry Oehlke, Sue Auld, Natalie Lokken/Sophia Kamm, Lucy Lovestrand/Shannon Kamm, and Carley Haney/Karen Moore.

Received the People's Choice Award

Preparing for the Season

Creating Christmas ornament stakes.

Porch pots for the Baldwin Care Center.

Gnomes for our homes.

Mini-Christmas mug arrangements for Meals on Wheels.

Windmill Park Plantings Completed

The landscape at Windmill Park has been upgraded near  the bathrooms.  The Botany Belles and Beaus funded and also received a St. Croix Master Gardeners Grant to add natives and pollinator friendly plants to the area.   In order to keep the mulch in place, club members picked rocks to put an edge in place.  Then the fun began!  Blueberry bushes, Matrona sedum, Coneflowers, Nearly Wild roses, Neptune catmint and a perennial salvia were added.   The Village Public Works crew is helping to keep the site watered during this dry weather.  An evergreen shrub will be added in the future.

Woodville Rain Garden

 Botany Belles & Beaus Garden Club working together with the Woodville homeschool group is transforming the retention pond off of the downtown parking lot into a rain garden.  The homeschool students researched and suggested plants and planned with the garden club.  Plants that tolerate lots of water and not so much water were chosen and planted on three different planting dates.  Now for the weeding!

The project was funded by a St. Croix Valley Master Gardener Grant, a Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Grant and the Botany Belles & Beaus Garden Club.  The Village of Woodville has provided lots of assisitance too.

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Updated 10.16.2023