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Boerner Botanical Gardens opens for the season April 28. It also offers some classes and an art fair.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:

Beulah Brinton House: Bay View Historical Society open house with tours of historic home, 1 to 4 p.m. April 21. 2590 S. Superior St. (414) 744-5674; >bayviewhistoricalsociety.org

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Gardens are scheduled to open April 28. 2018 admission rates: $6.50 adult; $5 senior/student/disabled; $4.50 junior. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5653; >boernerbotanicalgardens.org

  • Free First Tuesday. May 1.
  • Beautiful Bouquets Class. May 3.
  • Art at the Gardens Craft Fair. May 6.
  • Garden Walk: Tulips. May 9.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens: Spring Gardening Series presented by the SouthEast WI Master Gardeners, 6 p.m. $5 per person.

  • Pollinators & How to Support Them. April 18.
  • Planting Containers. April 25.

Burlington Area Garden Club: Annual sale of hardy perennial plants, grasses and shrubs, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 19. Held rain or shine. All proceeds provide scholarships to university/technical college students in fields related to horticulture, and for garden grants to local schools and organizations. Event is held at Riverside Park, Congress St. and Milwaukee Ave., behind Adrian’s Frozen Custard stand. Information: (262) 492-3327.

Burlington Garden Center: Ladies’ Night Out, 5 to 8 p.m. April 19. Raise a glass of wine and relax with a chair massage, or plant a pot of herbs and salad greens. 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington, (262) 763-2153; >burlingtongardencenter.com

  • Migration Madness Seminar. April 21.
  • Kids’ Pot Painting Class. April 21.
  • May Basket Workshop. April 28.

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Spring Lecture Series features three lectures by John Eastberg from 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15 per event, with light refreshments. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 931-0808; >pabstmansion.com

  • Gone But Not Forgotten: Mansions of Grand Avenue. April 26.
  • Milwaukee’s Gold Coast: Mansions of Prospect Avenue. May. 3.
  • The Pabst Mansion:  Four Decades of Preserving an American Treasure. May 10.

Dahlia Society of Wisconsin: Annual plant sale, 7:30 a.m. to noon May 19 and 26. Ranging from miniature to dinner-plate size, plants will be sold in 3 1/2-inch pots for $5 each; sprouted tubers will be sold for $7 each. Experienced growers will be be available to provide gardening advice. Brookfield Farmers Market, Brookfield City Hall parking lot, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. More information: (414) 327-1759, or email jthiermann@wi.rr.com

Daylily Society of South East WI: Lavender presentation by Edgar Anderson from the Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, 1 p.m. April 22. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Info: Ted Haasch, (414) 425-7465; >www.dssew.org

Ebert’s Greenhouse Village: Free gardening seminars with Melinda Myers. *Registration is required for the Container Planting seminars, contact Anne Adams via email at giftshoppe@ebertsgreenhouse.com. W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. >www.ebertsgreenhouse.com/

  • Enhance Your Landscape with ‘Melinda’s Choice’ Plants, 1 p.m. April 29.
  • Container Planting Seminar, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. May 9.*
  • Ask the Plant Doctor, 11 a.m. May 12.
  • Growing Great Veggies and Herbs, 1:30 p.m. May 19.
  • Perennials for Specific Landscape Habitats, 1 p.m. May 27.
  • Hydrangeas - A Landscape Favorite!, 11 a.m. June 2.
  • Ladies Night Out - Ask the Plant Doctor, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Forest Home Cemetery: “A Walk in Milwaukee History” walking tours begin June 3 at 2 p.m. in the Halls of History, 2405 W. Forest Home Ave. Donation requested to the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association. Group tours available by appointment. (414) 645-2632.

  • Memorial Day Tours start at 2:30 p.m. May 28.
  • Civil War History. June 3.
  • Milwaukee Mayors. June 10.
  • Arts & Symbolism. June 17.

Fox Point Garden Club: 46th annual May Market Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12. Purchase perennials, wildflowers and homemade baked goods. Longacre Pavilion, 7343 N. Longacre Road, Fox Point. >foxpointgardenclub.com/

Friends of Doctor’s Park: Volunteers are needed for a Garlic Mustard and Arctic Scilla weedout from 9 a.m. to noon April 28. Enjoy fresh air and exercise in a beautiful location. More information: >doctorsparkfriends.org/wordpress/

Friends of the Monarch Trail: “Save the Monarch Butterfly” benefit, 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 18. View educational displays and bid on silent auction items. Eschweiler Ballrooom, 9810 Echelon Lane, Wauwatosa. >www.theMonarchTrail.org

  • Milkweeed Plant Sale, noon to 3 p.m. June 3. County Parks Dept., 9480 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa.

Great Lakes Research Facility: Milwaukee Grows Green Weekend Kickoff, 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 27. Learn about natural lawn care basics and sustainable landscaping from expert Ryan Anderson. 600 E. Greenfield Ave. >bit.ly/MGGwkndKF

Greater Milwaukee Rose Society: Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level Community Room of Waterstone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek. A special garden tour is planned for June 12. >www.milwaukeerose.org

Herb Society of America-Wisconsin Unit: Ozaukee Master Gardeners: All About Herbs lecture series presents “Pots, Baskets & Troughs: Growing Herbs in Containers,” 7 p.m. May 2. $8. The Pavilion, Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, W67-N866 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. >herb-society-wisconsin.org/lectures/ 

Holy Hill Art Farm: Art & Farm Market Weekend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 and 4. The show features a selected blend of fine art, crafts, vintage & antiques, on a farm homestead with 80 acres rustic scenery and antique structures. While browsing the farm full of arts and crafts, guests can also enjoy farm fresh products and hot foods, freshly canned vegetables, fruits, jams, handmade toffee, sweets and fresh smoked fish. Located at 4958 Highway 167, Hubertus. >www.holyhillartfarm.com 

Interiorscapes by the Plant Market: Tropical Plant Sale for Patio and Home, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. 5600 W. North Ave. (414) 871-7444.

Klode Park: Milwaukee Grows Green Kickoff with sustainable landscaping games, presentations, and raffles, noon to 2 p.m. April 29. 5900 N. Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay. More info: >bit.ly/MGGklode

Lake Country Antiques & Garden Show: Shop garden ornaments, folk art, furniture and paintings, vintage and industrial home decoration, 5 to 9 p.m. April 20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22. Waukesha County Expo Center, Forum Bldg., 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. >antiquescenteratwales.com/

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Spring Herb Walk with Kyle Denton, 1 to 3 p.m. April 22. $10; $15 nonmember. Learn how to prepare healing herbs, sample them, and discuss their qualities. Advance registration required. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; >lyndensculpturegarden.org

  • Garden-Inspired Flower Arrangement. 1 to 4 p.m. May 12.
  • Companion Planting with Organic Pesticides. 1 to 3 p.m. May 26.

MATC Horticulture Department: Introduction to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable and Herb Production, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays May 29-July 31. MATC Mequon Campus, 5555 Highland Road, Mequon. Register in person at any MATC campus, or online at www.matc.edu/student/Admissions/regi.cfm 

Mequon Nature Preserve: Green & Easy Gardening Series with Melinda Myers, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Each class will consist of a hands-on activity to enhance your gardening skills, and information for transforming any space into a more ecofriendly landscape. 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon. RSVP required via email to: center@mequonnaturepreserve.org.

  • Creating Pollinator Gardens . April 19.
  • Waterwise Gardening. April 26.
  • Food Gardening for Everyone. May 3.
  • Managing Yard Waste - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. May 10.

Milaeger’s Racine Expo Greenhouse: Jumbo Hanging Garden Basket Workshop, 6:30 p.m. April 19; 10:30 a.m. April 21. $55, plus tax. Learn to select plants for sun, part sun, or mostly shade, and plant your selections in a 16” fiber pot with deluxe hanger. Preregistration required. 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine. (262) 639-2040; >milaegers.com

  • Natural Cone Planter Workshop. April 24 or 26. $48.
  • Spring Open House. April 26-May 6.
  • Succulent Sensations. May 1. $60.
  • Vintage Veggie Fest. May 3-13.

Milwaukee Central Library: Free building tour every Saturday at 11 a.m. begins in the rotunda, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (414) 286-TOUR.

Milwaukee/NARI: Tour of Remodeled Homes, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19-20. View recently completed home improvement projects. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. (414) 771-4071; milwaukeenari.org

Minor's Garden Center: Enjoy a free class every Saturday at 9 a.m. 7777 N. 76th St. (414) 354-4830; >minorsgardencenter.com

  • Shrubs: Small. Medium & Large. April 21.
  • Evergreens. April 28.
  • Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants. May 5.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “Shakespeare in Love" show dome features the language of flowers, and pastel-tinted displays with scroll-shaped signs and quotes from Shakespeare that relate to the nearby flowers. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600; >milwaukeedomes.org/

Muskego Public Library: How Does Your Garden Grow? gardening series with Holly and Joey Baird features three classes with tips and tools for growing the best vegetables ever. Programs begin at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. S73-W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego. (262) 971-2100.

  • Best Ways to Grow Tomatoes. May 8.
  • Growing in Straw Bales. May 22.
  • Why Grow Organically? May 29.

North Point Lighthouse: The museum exhibits a wide variety of artifacts about the lighthouse and its keepers. Open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the year. Private tours and education tours by appointment. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754; >northpointlighthouse.org/

  • Thomas Fehring "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee" lecture. May 9.

Ozaukee Master Gardeners: Jumping Worms program, 7 p.m. April 25. The guest speaker is Brad Herrick, ecologist and research program manager for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Free and open to the public. Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, W67-N866 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Pewaukee River Partnership: Native Plant Sale features wildflowers, grasses and sedges, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. Plants must be ordered before April 20. $2.50 each; $2.25 each for orders of more than a dozen. Pewaukee Village parking lot, Oakton Ave., Pewaukee. Order forms are available by email at lcshong@milwpc.com. Information: Charlie, (262) 443-6737.

Polish Center of Wisconsin: Volunteers are needed to help with gardening; flexible hours during the day and evenings. The Polish Center is located at 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin.  More information: Sandy Je T’aime, (414) 761-0020, or email gardens@inbox.com.

POP!: West Vliet Street's Annual Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. April 27; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. 5706 W. Vliet St. (414) 345-7494; >www.popmke.com

Racine County Open House: One-day exploration of architectural gems, unusual businesses, historic churches, museums, civic buildings and more, May 5. Free. >www.openhouseracinecounty.com

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Film screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, 6:30 p.m. April 19. Event includes a panel talkback, coffee and dessert. Free, but due to limited seating registration is required. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside, (414) 352-2880; www.schlitzaudubon.org/

  • Ash to Art art exhibition and silent auction, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21.

Schulte’s Garden Center: Ten percent of all plant sales will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Enchanted Waters troops, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 5. Children of all ages are invited to create and take home a spring teacup fairy garden, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. 811 E. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. (262) 691-0270.

Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardener Series: Classes held at Boerner Botanical Gardens from 6 to 7 p.m. Each session $5 per person. Open to all, and appropriate for beginners and experienced gardeners. Registration: >boernerbotanicalgardens.org/

  • Pollinators and How to Support them. April 18.
  • Planting Containers. April 25.

Stone Bank Farm Market: Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. Hike the farm, enjoy food sampling, a chicken chat and see what spring plants are sprouting. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; >stonebankmarket.com/

  • Spring Plant Sale. May 11-13.

Urban Ecology Centers: Year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages that foster ecological understanding and provide outdoor science education at three locations: Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, (414) 964-8505; Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., (414) 344-5460; and Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St., (414) 431-2940; >urbanecologycenter.org/

  • Earth Day of Service. April 21.

Victory Garden Initiative: Gardening classes and events that bring a community together around growing food. Information: (414) 431-0888;>victorygardeninitiative.org

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: Friends of Villa Terrace 2018 Garden Lecture Series presents Melinda Myers "Plants for Difficult Situations," 7 p.m. May 2. $25; $20 member. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 289-9710; >www.villaterracemuseum.org/

Wade House Historic Site: “Over Land, Under Cover: Tales of Quilts and Coverlets and their Journeys to Wisconsin, 1830-1880” special exhibit. $7 adults; $6 students/seniors; $3.50 children, ages 5 to 17. Discover stories about early Wisconsin settlers and their bed coverings. W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush. (920) 526-3271; >wadehouse.org

WCGT Permaculture & Gardening Group: Vermicomposting, 10 a.m. April 21. $5. The workshop will touch on outdoor compost techniques and then focus on vermi composting both indoors and outside. Event held at Redeemer United Church Of Christ, W220-N4915 Townline Road, Sussex. >WaukeshaCountyGreenTeam.org

Waukesha County Green Team: The Waukesha Green Drinks meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Good Harvest Market Cafe, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Join an informal gathering each month to promote environmental and economic sustainability. >WaukeshaCountyGreenTeam.org

Waukesha County Solar Group: Waukeshines Solar Education presentation, 6 p.m. April 26. Free and open to the public. Energy educator discusses the installation process and energy data. Event held at Good Harvest Market Cafe, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. >sunvest.com/programs/waukeshines/

Waukesha County Technical College: Register for summer personal enrichment courses. Classes are held at 327 E. Broadway, Waukesha. Registration: (262) 691-5578; >wctc.edu/

  • Upholstery/18 hours. June 11-July 30. $121.50.
  • Upholstery/24 hours. June 12-July 24 or June 14-July 26. $160.50.
  • Upholstery/30 hours. June 12-July 24 or June 13-July 25. $199.50.
  • Advanced Clothing Construction. July 13-Aug. 3. $121.50.

Wauwatosa Woman’s Club: Spring Plant Sale offers both annuals and perennials for pick up on May 12. Orders must be prepaid by April 20. Shady Lane Greenhouses will provide the plants, in 4 and 4 ½ inch pots, hanging baskets, and flats. To order, call the club at: (414) 257-9935.

Wehr Nature Center: Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training Series, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday evenings from April 30 to June 25. $250, and a $15 material fee payable at the first class. Course will include classroom instruction, activities, two off-site field trip sessions on May 12 and June 16, and a capstone project to practice skills and highlight ecosystem concepts. Whitnall Park, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. (414) 425-8550; >wimasternaturalist.org

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Lectures and classes for all adults, beginner to advanced, on a variety of fiber arts topics. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300;>wiquiltmuseum.com/

Zoological Society of Milwaukee: Conservation Education department offers environmental education classes for children and families. Information: (414) 258-5058; >www.zoosociety.org/Education/

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to jsfeat@journalsentinel.com, with “Attention Fresh calendar” in the subject line. Or mail to Fresh calendar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee WI 53201.

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