Milwaukee area home and garden events in spring 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 and tours, and where to find more information:

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Gardens open daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1 to Oct. 30. Education and Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens offer a variety of year-round classes for adults and children. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Garden Information: (414) 525-5601; Friends of Boerner general Information: (414) 525-5653;

Brew City Birding Festival

Go bird-watching from May 14 to 21. A week of bird-themed field trips, lectures, family-friendly programs and activities. For a full list of events visit

Brookfield Farmers Market

All products are from local farmers grown or produced in Wisconsin, 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, opens May 7. Brookfield Central High School, front parking lot, 16900 Gebhardt Road, Brookfield.

Burlington Area Garden Club

Annual plant sale, 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 14. The sale features locally grown perennials and is held rain or shine, with recycled garden items available for purchase. Riverside Park Pavilion, 517 Congress St., Burlington.

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.

Charles Allis Art Museum

Dressing the Abbey exhibit, (through May 30). Costume exhibition highlights fashions from Downton Abbey. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; noon-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295;

Cudahy Family Library

Home Buyers Seminar, 6:30 p.m. June 7. Introductory seminar explaining the home buying process. Free, with reservation. 3500 Library Drive, Cudahy. RSVP to Leslie, (414) 253-2232.

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;

Ebert’s Greenhouse Village

Events, workshops, and full range of plants, hanging baskets, bedding flowers, ferns, herbs, veggies, fruits, perennials, trees and shrubs. W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia.

  • Rose Care 101 with Melinda Myers. May 28.

Fondy Farmers Market

Early season market, 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays May 7 to July 2. Regular season market, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays July 9 to Oct. 30. Late season market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 5-19. 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee.

Fox Point Garden Club

May Market Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14. Purchase perennials, wildflowers and homemade baked goods. Longacre Pavilion, 7343 N. Longacre Road, Fox Point.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens

Membership includes free unlimited admission to the gardens, with discounts on classes and events. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. (414) 525-5653.

Friends of the Domes

Adult education programs held at Mitchell Park Domes Education Center, 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5608;

Friends of Wehr Nature Center

Native Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 4-5. Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. (414) 425-8550;

Greenfield Farmers Market

Fresh produce and ready-to-eat foods, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, May 1 to Oct. 30 (no market May 29). Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

Spring StoryWalk trail is open, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Program creates interpretive trails based on popular children’s books. 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha.

Herb Society WI Unit

Herb and Artisan Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21. Vendors and artisans, with herbs and plants for sale, soaps, teas, medicinals, jewelry, ceramics, garden art, other herbal products. Children’s activities, seminars, and the Tea Room will be serving teas and homemade baked goods. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners.

A tour group listens as Steve Kessel (center, in blue hat) talks about Milwaukee history on a Skywaukee tour with Historic Milwaukee on March 2, 2019. Historic Milwaukee also offers self-guided tour maps.
A tour group listens as Steve Kessel (center, in blue hat) talks about Milwaukee history on a Skywaukee tour with Historic Milwaukee on March 2, 2019. Historic Milwaukee also offers self-guided tour maps.

Historic Milwaukee

Self-guided tour maps are available, highlighting 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;

Horicon Marsh

Wildflowers for Wildlife Native Plant Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 21 with hands-on activities, bird and butterfly watching, and nature walks. Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28, Horicon.

Johnson’s Gardens

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Garden related classes/demos/workshops. Registration required. 8504 Highway 60, Cedarburg. (262) 377-2500;

Kenosha Public Market

Outdoor summer market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. May 14-Oct. 29. 625 52nd St., Kenosha.

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;

  • World Bonsai Day. May 14.

  • Spring Foraging Herb Walk. May 21.

  • Garden Work Day. May 25.

  • Natural Areas Work Day. May 31.

Maxwell Spring Street Days

Vendors with antiques, collectibles, produce, crafts, seasonal items, tools, pottery, vintage treasures, and farm items, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29. Firemen's Park, W65-N796 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

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.

  • Creating a pollinator paradise. June 1.

  • Supporting native bees. June 15.

  • Maintaining your landscape with pollinators. June 22.


Garden center with workshops and programs. 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine. (262) 639-2040;

  • Great Lakes Farmers Market, Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., outdoors along the North Roadway.

  • Vintage Veggie Fest. May 12-22.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Spring Floral Show (through May 30). 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600;

MPL Tippecanoe Library

Houseplant and Cutting Swap, 2-4 p.m. May 14, June 25, July 23, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Bring unwanted houseplants and cuttings to the monthly plant exchange. 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Muskego Public Library

Home Makeover: Green Edition, 7 p.m. May 17. Learn ways to live a sustainable lifestyle from recycling to simple lawn care. Registration required. S73-W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego. (262) 971-2100.

  • Beekeeping in Wisconsin. June 7.

New Berlin Spring Vintage Market

Local artisans and makers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20-21; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 22. Vintage, home and garden decor, antiques, up-cycled, recycled and handmade furniture, jewelry, bath and body, and fashion accessories. Hawthorne Hill Farm, 16370 W. Small Road, New Berlin.

Nicolet Recreation Department

Register online for Summer adult enrichment classes and programs. Virtual and in-person sessions are available.

Norway Area Garden Club

Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14. Perennials, annuals, veggies and house plants. Held rain or shine. Flightline Interiors, 7919 S. Loomis Road, Wind Lake.

Oak Creek Farmers Market

Market offers locally grown farm fresh foods, such as vine-ripened produce and fruits, cheeses, eggs, meats, honey, and flowers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 14 to Oct. 22. Drexel Town Square, 361 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek.

Ozaukee Master Gardeners

Heirloom & Herb Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon May 28. Vegetable plants, flowers (annual and perennial), hand-raised tomato plants and heirloom varieties. Concordia University Fieldhouse, 12800 Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. For a full list of plants available at the sale visit

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Richfield Historical Society

Plant Sale, April 1 to May 31. Support the Richfield Historical Society by purchasing Gift Certificates, available in $15 and $25 amounts to be used for any plants and/or plant supplies at Nehm's Greenhouse at 3639 Highway 175, Slinger. For more information visit

Roots and Branches

Plant Sale, noon to 7 p.m. May 13, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14. Perennials, $6 gallon pot; Annuals, $15 for 4-pack flat; Annuals, $4 for 4 ½” pot. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. Corner of Main and Vine St., across from City Hall, 1115 S. Main St., West Bend. (262) 335-5083;

Saukville Historical Society

The Crossroads Rendezvous, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 22. Living history event celebrating Wisconsin’s Fur Trade Era from 1750 to 1840. Due to limited parking, visitors are encouraged to take the free shuttle from U-Haul at 835 Green Bay Ave. in Saukville.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Spring Wildflower Adaptations and Identification, noon May 14 and 21. Learn the features and functions of spring ephemeral wildflowers. Register online. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

  • The Buzz about Bees. May 28.

Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium

Invasive Plant Management workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11. $60. Hands-on class with intro on general ecology, demonstration and practice of control methods, and suggested native plantings. Registration begins May 9. Workshop held at Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison St., Waukesha.

Spring City Garden Club of Waukesha

Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4. Perennial plants, yard art and shabby chic boutique. Cash or checks preferred; credit cards accepted. St. John Neumann Catholic Church grounds, 2400 Les Paul Parkway, Waukesha.

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;

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;

Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park

Native Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22. Shop in person under the tent to the west of the warehouse, or shop online through May 19 at the Prairie Future Seed Company website and pick up on the day of the sale. 1500 E Park Place.

VIA Bloom and Groom 2022

Flower Sale, 10 a.m. to noon May 14. Flowers and plants range in price from $1 to $6. There will be a purchase limit of $30 from 10 a.m. to noon, and after noon, you may return to purchase more plants. Trowbridge Square Children’s Play Area, 1530 S. 38th St.

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;

  • Milwaukee County Parks - Challenges and A Path Forward, panel discussion, 6 p.m. May 18.

  • Renaissance Garden Opening Day, noon-5 p.m. June 5.

  • In the Park with Olmsted - A Vision for Milwaukee exhibit, (through Sept. 25).


Frederick Law Olmsted Lectures: Parks, Estates, Campuses, and Communities by Marta McDowell, 2 p.m. May 22. Following the lecture, tour of the gardens and first floor of Riverbend, with an optional high tea. Reservation required. 1100 W. Riverside Drive, Kohler. (920) 453-2851.

West Allis Farmers Market

Seasonal produce, fresh meats and eggs, honey and maple syrup, fresh-cut flowers and annual plants, and prepared foods, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. May 7 to Nov. 26 (no market Nov. 24). 6501 W. National Ave.

West Bend Theatre

Roots and Branches presents Food Gardening for Your Health and Wellbeing with Melinda Myers, 7 p.m. May 18. $15. Melinda will share how to create a garden bed/container for success, extend the growing season, maximize productivity, and keep plants healthy. She will also include information on growing nice, compact and productive container vegetables and herbs. Registration recommended. 125 N. Main St., West Bend. (262) 335-5083;

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;

  • Midwest Views and Pat Kroth: Lost, Found, & Stitched Exhibits, (through July 24).

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