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, feel free to join us. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are held at the Baldwin Town Hall located at 2399 90th Ave. If anyone has questions, please email us .

NATIVE PLANT GARDENING FOR ALL: FRIDAY, JULY 29th

The St. Croix District of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation is sponsoring a Native Plant Gardening for All workshop on Friday, July 29th at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. This is designed to be a very practical workshop about natives and incorporating them into your landscape. Besides the speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to tour gardens, receive free plants and have the opportunity to purchase others, and lunch is included.

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Baskets are Ready!

The Village of Baldwin hung up this year's hanging baskets today (Tues., May 24th). The project is funded by the Village and the Botany Belles and Beaus. Club members planted and trimmed the baskets and Kerry of Barnyard Botanicals advised us and cared for them. Hope you enjoy them!

Sheri Erickson's Autumn at Lost Falls Creek took 1st place in the Landscapes category this year.

Nature Photography Contest Results

The 7th photography contest was held during Baldwin's Chili Fest. The 130 submitted photos were displayed in the center of Main St. and over 250 people of all ages took the time to vote for their favorite in each category: Birds, Bugs, and Beasts (no pets); Plant Portraits, Sunrise & Sunset, Landscapes, and Youth (ages 16 and under).

It is always such fun to visit with the community and to listen in on the discussions about the photos. Congratulations to every one who participated.

THE WINNING PHOTOS




GARDEN TOUR & FLOWER SHOW WELL-ATTENDED!

Well over 100 residents of the Baldwin-Woodville area plus area communities viewed four gardens on Saturday, the 24th of July. Despite this year's drought, the gardens were in full bloom and received many positive comments. Thank you to Tom & Kathleen Vandeberg, Debby & Marlin Walters, Jean & Don Nelson, and Wendy & Dale Kramer for sharing their yards.

An NGC Small Standard Flower Show titled Beyond the Garden Gate was held in conjunction with the garden tour. Kramer's hosted it at their home. Wisconsin Garden Club Federation judges determined the top designs and horticultural entries.

The Walters' garden

Pizzazz lily at the Vandebergs

The home of George & Goeffrey at the Nelsons

Some of the many attendees

Jeanne Niccum's top placing reflective design

People's choice horticultural award - Elvera Jacot

People's choice design by Mary Hampton

Viewing some of the entries

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.

Bonnie Ringer Recognized

The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation recognizes members who do the extra with the "And Then Some Award." This year's recipient from the St. Croix District is Bonnie Ringer. Bonnie uses her creativity, energy, and organizational skills in many Botany Belles and Beaus endeavors to make them a success and serves on WGCF's Strategic Planning Committee. Thank you.

BBBGC Receives NGC Plant America Grant

The Botany Belles and Beaus received a $1,000 to plant trees at Viking Middle School from a NGC Community Plant America grant. Sixth graders under the direction of Jason Glampe, media specialist, researched and recommended trees to be planted to garden club members. Due to Covid complications, 10 trees were planted by families and garden club members in August. The students learned the proper procedure for planting trees and are excited to see the trees grow. Trees were planted along the sidewalk leading up to the building, at the entrance to the parking lot, and by the ball fields. Six additional trees were planted in April by garden club members since they were bareroot. Money from National Garden Club, Inc. was supplemented by the Botany Belles and Beaus.


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Updated 05.2022