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

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Formal themed, trial garden and Margie’s Garden open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Education and Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Garden Information: (414) 525-5601.

Brookfield Farmers Market: 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, (through Oct. 29). Brookfield Central High School, front parking lot, 16900 Gebhardt Road, Brookfield.

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.

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Charles Allis Art Museum: Tour the urban mansion and art collection of the early 20th-century industrialist Charles Allis. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295;

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 plants, hanging baskets, bedding flowers, ferns, herbs, veggies, fruits, perennials, trees and shrubs. W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia.

Fondy Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (July 9 through Oct. 30). 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

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Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens: FBBG 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;

  • Botany and History Walk in Mitchell Park, Aug. 12.

  • Succulent Propagation, Aug. 17.

Great Wisconsin Quilt Show: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 8-9; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Juried and judged quilt contest, exhibits, shopping opportunities, nationally-known celebrity presenters and community service opportunities. Alliant Energy Center, Madison.

Greenfield Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, (through Oct. 30). Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum: Walking trails, historic buildings, adult and family workshops. 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha.

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Historic Milwaukee: Special tours, walking tours and self-guided tours that highlight 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;

Kenosha Public Market: Outdoor market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, (through 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;

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.

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

Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of in-person and virtual workshops available at

MPL Tippecanoe Library: Houseplant and Cutting Swap, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Bring unwanted houseplants and cuttings to the monthly plant exchange. 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance: Take a guided in-person tour of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, or use the free downloadable Walking Tour app for a self-guided tour, and view the rehabilitation of the historic buildings, including Old Main. Register for an upcoming tour at:

Milwaukee Recreation: Register now for fall classes. Full list of adult enrichment courses available online at

  • Tomatoes and Salsa, Sept. 7.

  • Jams and Jellies, Sept. 12.

  • Grandma’s Apple Pie, Sept. 14.

  • Birdhouse Gourds, Sept. 14.

  • Paper Flower Making, Sept. 20.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: Faerie Gardens Summer Floral Show, (through Sept. 11). Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600;

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

Oak Creek Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, (through Oct. 22). Drexel Town Square, 361 W. Town Square Way.

Pewaukee Public Library: Rain Garden Walking Tour, 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Tour library’s rain garden, with presentation on process of installing your own rain garden, followed by walk to the Penny Van Horn Bridge. 210 Main St., Pewaukee.

Rose Innovations: Visit an Open Garden event at Radler’s Rosarium, 2 acres of gardens, and the Knock Out Rose trial garden. Event entrance fees are determined by designated non-profits that receive 100% of the funds. 10020 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield.

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-Menomonee Valley: Gardening in Urban Spaces, 5 p.m. Aug. 11. Learn about garden bed care, and help tend the gardens. Learn the skills to tend your own container garden in the future. Registration required. 3700 W. Pierce St.

Urban Ecology Centers: Botany Walks at all branches from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 1st Friday of the month at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place; 2nd Friday of the month at Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St.; and 3rd Friday of the month at Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce 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;

West Allis Farmers Market: Seasonal produce, fresh meats and eggs, honey and maple syrup, fresh-cut flowers and annual plants, and prepared foods, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, (through Nov. 26). 6501 W. National Ave.

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;

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival: Sept. 9-11. Sheep shows, classes, competitions and special events. Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave, Jefferson.

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to [email protected], with “Attention Home and Garden calendar” in the subject line.

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