Berry Backyard Club


Photo of 2010 Garden Tour

 

About the Berry Backyard Club

The group was formed in spring of 2010 out of mutual interests in gardening, hiking our trails, and learning a lot more about the flora and fauna that live alongside us in the larger backyard that is our Berry township.

Except for December and January, we meet about once a month-sometimes more depending on the season and the activities and events we want to participate in.

 

2016

March

A small group of us met recently to brainstorm and plan out events for this year. We are in the process of firming up dates, but here are a few teasers from our Spring schedule!
April: Bee keeping. Details to come when Beginners class date is finalized.
May: Return visit and tour of Northwind Perennial Gardens.
May 15th: Bird ID hike led by Anne Koeppe.

 

April

April: Bee keeping. Once confirmed the date for our hive visit will be sent via email.
May: Northwind Perennial Gardens reopen on April 9. I will be organizing a weekday carpool to Burlington to buy plants and schedule a guided walk/talk of the gardens. Contact Jane if you wish to participate.
May 15th: Bird ID hike led by Anne Koeppe.

 

May

May: We have a small group going to Northwind Perennial Gardens on Friday May 6. I have room for one more in my car.  The staff are knowledgeable and were very helpful last year, therefore since our group is so small I am not signing up for a tour.
May 15th: Bird ID hike led by Anne Koeppe. Meet by 8am at the Hickory Hill gate.
June: Jeri Springstead will lead a bee-keeping outing to visit with experienced bee-keepers Frank and Donna Holzmann.
There will be a few bee-suits to share. A date will be finalized closer to the time.

 

June

May: We had another wonderful visit to Northwind Perennial Gardens on Friday May 6. Bought lots of plants and enjoyed lunch at Simple Cafe in Lake Geneva.
• Anne Koeppe led an adventurous bird hike on a chilly, sunny Sunday. Many highlights but the best was the Bard Owl high up in the trees. Good eyes Paul Pienkowski!
• Tracy Thaden and Deb Pienkowski beautifully organized, at very short notice, the Berry annual plant swap. Thanks to those who helped them, I think you outnumbered the visitors but the treats were terrific. We will plan for better advertising and I would hope, a much bigger turnout next year.
June/July: Jeri Springstead will lead a bee-keeping outing to visit with experienced bee-keepers Frank and Donna Holzmann. There will be a few bee-suits to share. A date will be finalized closer to the time.

 

July

July: Nothing scheduled now in July.
August:
1. Slated for the afternoon of Friday, August 5th, Jeri Springstead will lead a bee-keeping outing to visit with experienced bee-keepers Frank and Donna Holzmann. There should be 5-6 bee-suits to share. A time to meet up will be emailed. If it’s an overcast or rainy day, the bees will be in defensive mode in the hive and that’s asking for big, bee trouble. The group will gather instead at Base Camp in Mazomanie for a bee-everything presentation and honey tasting.
2. Friday, August 19th, tour of the Baraboo Distillery, “Driftless Glen” led by Deb and Tracy.
September: Seed collecting at Swamplovers. Saturday the 17th or 24th-let me know preference and Lee and Gerry will make either date work. They are flexible and our help is very much appreciated.
October: Wrap up potluck and tour at Tracy and Jim's home near Spring Green. Date TBD.

 

August

August: Friday August 5th Jeri Springstead will lead a bee-keeping outing to visit with experienced bee-keepers Frank and Donna Holzmann. There should be 5-6 bee-suits to share. We shall be meeting at 11:30am-1:30 pm, gathering afterwards at Base Camp restaurant for bee treats and recipes. If it’s an overcast or rainy day, the group will gather instead at Base Camp in Mazomanie for a bee-everything presentation and honey tasting.
September:
1. Friday *September 23rd, Tour of the Baraboo Distillery, “Driftless Glen” led by Deb and Tracy. *note date change.
2. Seed collecting at Swamplovers. Saturday, September 17th or 24th - let me know preference and Lee and Gerry will make either date work. They are flexible and our help is very much appreciated.
October: Wrap up potluck and tour at Tracy and Jim's home near Spring Green. Date TBD.

 

September

August:Jeri and Jet Springstead generously gave us an information-packed presentation on bee-keeping, followed by a look inside several hives. Suited up, we made our way down to the bee yard, followed instructions, and observed active, very busy bees who were kindly oblivious to our peering presence. We are fortunate to have numerous apiarists in this area, including some from our own group-who are experienced, and happy to share their knowledge. There will be information on upcoming Dane Co Beekeeping meetings.


September:
1. Friday September 23rd, hike, lunch at “Driftless Glen, and distillery tour” led by Deb and Tracy. Meet at the Berry Town Hall by 9.30 am and we will carpool the short drive to Baraboo.
2. Seed collecting at Swamplovers will be Saturday September 17th. Meet at the shed at 9:30 and pick until noon. Our help is very much appreciated. County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528
October: Wrap-up potluck and tour at Tracy and Jim's home near Spring Green. Date TBD.

 

October

September: Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help with seed collecting at Swamplovers. It was a good time, the weather was gorgeous, and Gerry’s treats were great. Our help is very much appreciated.
Four Berry ladies braved grey skies to hike Pewitts Nest and the Riverland Conservancy. The scenery is spectacular and a long lunch at the Driftless Glen Distillery was another very good time. In addition to enjoying getting muddy, we are avid readers. We skipped the distillery tour-but did peek through the window. Check!

October: The final Backyard gathering is our popular wrap-up potluck. Hosted this year by Tracy and Jim at their home near Spring Green, on Saturday October 15th. Trail hiking from 3 pm, dinner at 5:30, followed by a bonfire. Bring a dish and wine (or beverage of your choice) to share. RSVP to me at jane.varda@tds.net by October 10th.

 

November

We are done for the year. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Our Backyard annual potluck hosted by Jim and Tracy was a fine feast and something of a wine tasting event, including the first bottle of a Varda Wonky Plonk 2015. Not ready for wine Spectator yet, but kudos to Tracy, eminently drinkable with hints of vanilla, plum and potential.

We shall convene in the spring to plan our 2017 activities, and as always invite your suggestions and expertise. Everyone is welcome, new friendships were made again this year-you don’t have to live in Berry, just enjoy outdoor activities, organic gardening, and great potluck gatherings.


Housekeeping: If you wish to join this outdoorsy, mostly, but not exclusively Berry group, please mail your annual $10.00 dues, checks made out to Berry Backyard Club, to Tracy Thaden at:
S 11478 Soeldner Rd, Spring Green WI 53588
We’ll add you to our email list, to receive details of events, plus opportunities to volunteer and make new friends in the community.
If you are not a member, anyone is always welcome to participate in any single activity. A donation of $3.00 is appreciated. Dues go towards expenses/fees, and an annual donation to a Township cause of the group’s choosing.
Suggestions for activities in and around our Town, and offers to demo or lead a hike are much appreciated and welcomed! Question, suggestions and answers to: Jane Varda, jane.varda@tds.net, 608 798 9999

 

 

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Last Updated: September 30, 2016