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:
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
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
5502 376th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
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.
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,