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.



Here is what the BBC schedule for 2017 is looking like.:


Our first two events are coming up later this month, the 1st appropriately on Earth Day when we shall be helping super-volunteer Deb Pienkowski with some prep work at the new WHCG site. 
Saturday April 22nd:  Volunteers to WI Heights Community Garden (WHCG) to help with laying cardboard and spreading wood chips. 9-12 noon.
Please confirm if you are available to help. Then bring a friend along. The more the merrier!
Bring your garden gloves. Water will be available to drink. The garden is located on West Hudson St in Mazomanie. Drive west pass the soccer fields and then the storage units. It is in the open fields on the south side of the road before you get to the tree line. You should be able to see a cream colored shed set back 100' from the road. Feel free to drive up to the shed. Our sign may be up by then which will make it much easier to find!
FYI WHCG will be hosting the Brat Fry at the Shoe Box Sunday May 21st.

Sunday April 30thTour of Dream Farm with owners Diana, Jim and Alicia Murphy.
8877 Table Bluff Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Please confirm attendance for planning.



Saturday May 13thTown of Berry Plant Swap, Bake Sale and Flea market Sale
Time: 10am-12pm 
Where: Berry Town Hall-9046 WI-19, Mazomanie, WI 53560
The Backyard club will be hosting the annual town Plant Swap, plus, new this year, a Bake Sale and mini Flea Market. Deb is organizing media publicity, including the News Sickel, Mazo Lions for the big board and the local radio station. Jane made flyers and started by placing a pile today for residents coming through the Town hall. See pdf attachment at the end of this email to print out/email your own flyers.
• Additional details will be posted soon at
• Brenda will be sending out an email reminder to town residents closer to the event.

Plant Swap: Helpers should assemble at 9.15 am to set up tables in the hall, cover with paper, help set out plants and home-made baked goods as needed.
• Plants should be labelled, with a brief description of care-sun/shade, xeric, wet etc.
• I'm hoping to be a the hall from 5-6pm on Friday evening to take in plants that can't be delivered on the morning of the Swap. Or they be left under the shelter
• 1 table reserved for usable/reasonable condition gardening-related items to donate/trade. 
• Any unwanted, orphan plants left at 12 noon may be saved for Gary Nelson.
• Put furniture away, and clean up any mess. Thank you all who have said they can help on the day.
Bake Sale: Bake Sale to profit the Backyard Club. Funds go towards our activities, honoraria, guest fees/gifts, and annual donations to Town non-profit organizations of our choosing. In past years we have donated to the Kahl Halfway Prairie park for benches, Swamplovers and Friends of Festge.
Thank you all who have said they can help. We shall need lots of wrapped/labelled home-baked goods. If you can't be there on the day, you can arrange to drop off your baking with Jane. I need a couple of volunteers manning the baked goods and donated garden items tables. Please let me know who wants to be point person.
Flea Market Sale:
Anyone can bring items they wish to sell/donate out of the back of a car or truck. Useable items—No junk! Tables under the shelter are also available. Everyone is responsible for what they bring and for removing all that does not sell by 12pm. As noted a rain or shine event.

Saturday May 20th: Bird Hike with Anne Koeppe.
8.30 am, meet at the Ice Age Trail Entrance on Hickory Street, Cross Plains. 
Rain date: Sunday May 21st

July ? TBD: Janesville rotary Gardens. Cathy Beckman is point person. Details to come.


August ? TBD: Allen Centennial Gardens. Tour with Ben Futa. Patty Mullen is point person. Details to come.

Fermentation class/event: Gary Nelson and Tracy Thaden will look into a Fermentation class/event. Details to come.

September 23rd: Seed Collecting at Swamplovers
Tentative date, possible picnic provided by BBC to follow. Details TBD.

Gardens Tour and potluck picnic. 
We may be able to have a gardens tour this year. One Berry family has generously offered us a *venue, so to make the most of this great offer, sourcing one or 2 more gardens/logistics is work in progress. Offers very gratefully accepted.
*Albe Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Sunday October 8th: Wrap up hike and potluck at Jane and Tony Vardas. Hikers meet up at Walking Iron at 3pm. Potluck from 5pm. 9332 Spring Valley Rd. 



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,, 608 798 9999



Visit the Berry Backyard Club Archives for more images and past event details.

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Last Updated: April 6, 2017