A Season of Hope and New Beginnings

We celebrate the beginning of Spring, March 20th, 2023. It is a season of hope and new beginnings. In the next few months, flowers will be sprouting up, and we’ll hear countless birds chirping. We will watch the rainfall renew the earth surrounding us as it refreshes the earth.

The Burlington Garden club anticipates a new spring season with excitement. We have already noticed that the tulips are coming up in the library garden. The Fairy Gardens will be created when it gets warmer. Be sure to visit the library to see what the fairies are doing this year!

We are pleased being part of the Adopt a Park Program organized by the Burlington Park District. The park that we adopted is Wehmhhoff Park which is in the center of our downtown area. It is a lovely gathering area for our community. Our annual plant sale is an event that you won’t want to miss. Save May 20th, Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Riverside Park as we sell local perennial plants and garden treasures. This fundraiser supports our grants and scholarship programs. We are pleased to announce that our Garden Tour of outstanding local gardens is returning this year. Sunday, July 16th will be the special event where you can view the gardens and have a chance to win a lovely raffle gift. More details will be coming! But save this day to participate in a lovely event enjoying garden beauty. Our monthly meetings have begun. Don’t miss out on our interesting speakers and field trips. April 16th will be “Anything Orchids” by Don White. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our meetings are at the Senior Activity Center located at 587 E. State Street, Burlington. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with the speaker followed by our business meeting. Join us in the gathering of those who love to garden and beautify our community areas.

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.

Colleen Hueber


“The Promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.” 


We welcome 2023 as a year full of new opportunities to learn and beautify our community.

Meet the 2023 flower of the year – the orchid. The orchid is a timeless flower with its richly hued blooms, long wiry stems and unusual shapes. It is distinctive, alluring and special.

They are the oldest families of flowering plants on earth and also the largest, with over 26,000 species.

Our monthly meetings will resume March 14th at 6:30 p.m. We meet at the Burlington Senior Center located at 587 E State Street, Burlington. Parking is in the back and enter through the doors in the back. Everyone is welcome.

Come join us April 11, Tuesday 6:30 p.m. when we will have Don White speak from “Anything Orchids”.

We hope to see new faces join us in 2023! If you were once part of Garden Club we invite you to return! Come join the festivities with flowers!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!”

Colleen Hueber

November Update

Looking back at our 2022 year, it was full of gardening activity, a trip to Boerner Botanical Gardens and a very successful plant sale. Our meetings were varied and interesting having a talk about whooping cranes and having a Christmas in July celebration including Santa and Mrs. Claus.

With a wintery rest we have no meetings in January or February 2023. We know that no winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

2023 promises to be a special year as we return having our Garden Tour. Save the date: Sunday, July 16, 2023 where we have very unique gardens to share. Our annual plant sale will be Saturday, May 20th where numerous plants are sold. Come early for the best selection!

Bring on the snowy days of play and cozy nights by the fire, mugs of hot chocolate and fuzzy warm pajamas. Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside and one of my favorite winter treats. Enjoy the warm wintery soups until we resume our meetings on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Sharing your love of gardening,

Colleen Hueber

Burlington Area Garden Club 2022 Scholarship and Garden Grant Awards

The Burlington Area Garden Club has awarded a Donna Kuzniar Memorial Scholarship to Cassie Loeffler. Cassie is a previous BACG scholarship recipient, and she attends the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

The Garden Club has also awarded a 2022 Garden Grant to the Burlington Senior Center in support of their efforts to build an ADA compliant vegetable and flower garden. The purpose of the project is to provide activities that promote socialization, exercise, and healthy food choices to persons 50 years of age and older.

The Burlington Area Garden Club raises scholarship and grant money through their annual plant sale. The Garden Grants program helps to fund local gardening projects.

A new gardening year begins!

Gardening makes you patient and humble. It insists that you observe seasons and weather, putting you in sync with the natural world. It permits you to get unapologetically dirty. It’s most satisfying to grow from seed-you create and sustain life.

Gardening gives you a sense of wonder. To grow plants is to give life. It keeps you busy with a purpose, shows you how to care, be gentle, and wait. It is an amazing feeling.

Gardening is very creative. Picking the right plant for the right spot, mixing colors, and making sure there is interest for every season really is a skill and challenge.

Join us for our 2022 year with the Burlington Area Garden Club as we nurture our minds with informative speakers and nurture our gardens with planting and growing beautiful areas in Burlington. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Activity Center located at 587 E. State Street, Burlington. We gather at 6:30 p.m. to greet and meet one another with the speaker starting at 7:00 p.m. This is followed by a business meeting to review and make plans for our gardens.

Come check us out! There is no obligation to join the club but you will probably want to after you see the joy we share in gardening and with one another.

Colleen Hueber

Resting in Winter

Who doesn’t love curling up with some hot chocolate by the fireplace, snuggling up with a blanket and a good gardening book? We can dream of what we will grow next spring, what new plant to buy, or what new herb to grow. Winter can be the darkest and the coldest of seasons, but with the chill and snow comes the holiday season, and ample moments for cozy retreat. I wonder if the snow loves the trees and bushes that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug with a white quilt: and it says,” Go to sleep till the spring comes again.” Our gardens are resting until spring when we meet March 8, 2022.

Our gardening year of 2021 is over as we planted and cared for our various community gardens. In spite of the lack of rain, our gardens did well with the help of many members who assisted with the watering. At the library garden, we had the wonderful addition of 2 fairy displays that were enjoyed by library patrons and those walking by. Monthly meetings were held outside during the summer for safety due to the COVID virus. Gratefully, the weather was mostly cooperative. In May, we had another successful plant sale that is supported by our community, which we greatly appreciate.

Now is the time for us to create what will be happening in the Burlington Area Garden club for 2022! We don’t know what the weather will be or what viruses will be among us. It is certain we don’t know what comes next. But we have the desire to go forward, slowly, one garden at a time. We create beautiful gardens with good dirt, plants and work. We provide grant money for groups who are also creating areas of garden beauty. I am looking forward to 2022 as we have the opportunity to be the doers, the people who dream of gardening beauty and are determined to make our communities more beautiful than when we found them.

A good garden is like a good book. You always enjoy starting it again.

Looking forward to 2022,

Colleen Hueber


Is there anything lovelier or more wonderful than springtime in Wisconsin? Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on! Life will get warmer. That is one good thing about this world…There are always sure to be more springs. And if we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
I am looking forward to our 2021 year of taking care of our gardens in the community adding beauty to our world during these challenging days with COVID. Flowers are a gift to this earth. Their elegance and delicate touches have us all in awe and exhilaration.  A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.   

The year 2020 was a time of change and challenges for all of us.  The COVID affected the garden club in significant ways. Two of our members passed away due to the effects of the COVID virus. We feel the loss of Barb Ludwig and Judy Pierce in our hearts and in our club. They were active members who added much joy and diligent work with their delightful charm.

A memorial fund for Judy Pierce has been established by her family. Her memorial monies are being directed to the Garden Club. Her family would like to have a tree planted in Waterford with a plaque in her honor. If you are interested in donating, please send your check to:
Colleen Hueber
5502 376th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
Make your check payable to: “Burlington Area Garden Club”
Make note it is for the Judy Pierce memorial.

Honoring Barb Ludwig was done in October, 2020 as we had a special statue added to the Burlington Public Library. Stop by and see it. And be sure to watch the surrounding garden as our club develops this area with the beauty of flowers this spring

“Just do small things with great love” Mother Teresa

Colleen Hueber

Friends Are the Flowers in Life’s Garden

On Sunday, October 11, a dedication was held for a new sculpture at the Burlington Public Library, in honor of former member Barb Ludwig. Our mayor wrote these words for the dedication:

Today, was a tribute to Barb Ludwig. The main speakers were President of Burlington Garden Club Colleen Hueber, Past President of Burlington Garden Club Mary Cichochi, Barb’s son Atty Peter Ludwig and Joe Davies Director of the City of Burlington Library.

Barb was very active in our community and a friend to all.

She died of COVID-19 on April 10th, 2020. The first COVID-19 death recorded in Burlington.  A shock wave went through the community of disbelief. Many heart-felt thoughts were made through social media and hundreds of cards to the family.

The Ludwig family and Burlington Area Garden Club worked together to bring this breathtaking
art creation to the library grounds. Gardening and reading were her passions.

She traveled the world even after her late husband Atty Kurt Ludwig passed on.  She volunteered in the community, rode her bike and walked with friends. Loved to knit in between. She loved documenting family holidays and other memorable events. She never let up being active. Also enjoyed going to all Wisconsin Badger football home games.

Barb will live on with all the memories that individuals have of her and this gorgeous tribute that many will see entering the library.

Next year more landscaping will be planted to add to this area.
– Jeannie Hefty, Mayor of Burlington, WI

Memorials in honor of our member, Barb Ludwig, may be sent to the club President at the address below.
Make checks payable to: The Burlington Area Garden Club

Colleen Hueber
5502 376th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105

An updated note from our club President

Governor Tony Evers has extended the “Safer at Home” order until Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. Therefore, our May 12th meeting has been cancelled. As a club, the safety and health of our members is of foremost importance. At this point, we will go month by month to follow the Governor’s orders to determine when we can safely meet again. The loss of Barb Ludwig from the COVID-19 virus strengthens my resolve to be diligent with the precautions we are to follow.

In honor of Barb: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

We all are grateful and privileged to have had Barb as our gardening friend.



A note from our president

In light of our nation’s pandemic and with the state wide moratorium by Governor Tony Evers on gatherings of 10 or more as of March 17, 5:00 p.m., it has been decided it is in the best interest of health and safety that all our garden club monthly meetings be postponed. This order is in effect until May 10, 2020. Therefore, it has also been decided that our plant sale be postponed until further notice.

Health and safety to all,

Colleen H.