Our mission is to educate members and the public about the fine art of gardening, floral design, landscape design, and horticulture. We endeavor to learn about, protect, and conserve the environment. We volunteer in our community to share our passion for the natural world.
The Garden Club of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. (GCGM) was established in 1921. We remain the largest garden club in Wisconsin currently 200 members strong. Members of the Garden Club of Greater Milwaukee are proud to continue a long, rich history of conservation, education, and community service.
GCGM offers extensive programming designed to educate and intrigue our members, inviting speakers in many areas including horticulture, landscape design, environmental issues, and photography. Some of these lectures are on Zoom, which allows GCGM to engage speakers with a national reputation such as best-selling author Amy Stewart and noted landscape photographer Larry Lederman. GCGM also has hands-on workshops and member trips to notable public gardens and wild places, as well as a once yearly tour of member gardens, “Welcome to My Garden”.
Current community service projects include providing volunteers and monetary support to Lakeshore State Park, Alice’s Garden, MPS’s Riley School and the yearly Habitat for Humanity Plant Share. We award two scholarships annually for students studying horticultural or environmental topics in Wisconsin colleges or universities.
In 2021, GCGM entered into a partnership with The Garden Conservancy to allow members of the public to visit extraordinary private gardens in the greater Milwaukee area as part of its nationally recognized Open Days program. At the heart of GCGM’s success is the hard work of our volunteer members, without whom there would be no Garden Club.