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.



We were active and out and about a lot this Spring, starting with several hikes through the Pasque flower meadows at Walking Iron park.



Volunteers to WI Heights Community Garden (WHCG) to help with laying cardboard and spreading wood chips
A big thank you to those who were able to help lay cardboard and spread mulch at the Wisconsin Heights Community Gardens. It was a big task and with a few extra hands, plus an invaluable Bobcat assist, we got the job done.

Tour of Dream Farm with owners Diana, Jim and Alicia Murphy
Undaunted by a damp, windy Sunday afternoon, we possibly had our largest turnout ever, for a tour of Dream Farm with owner Diana Murphy. Diana explained her exacting, labor intensive process of making cheese, from milking to packaging, answered lots of questions, offered samples, and 3 different flavors of goats cheese to buy. We toured the barns and visited with the does, young kids and newborns. Cuddling a sleepy baby was clearly a highlight for the lucky few! Dreamfarm cheeses are available at the Saturday morning Westside Community Market, and Willy St Coops.



Town of Berry Plant Swap, Bake Sale and Flea market Sale
Thank you to everyone who helped organize and run the Plant Swap/bake sale/flea market May 13th. Despite great organization, advertising and terrific weather, this event was again poorly attended. Consensus is therefore that we will not take it on again at the town hall, but will instead have a smaller Backyard Club plant/bake swap hosted by one of our group, open to anyone who chooses to stop by.

Bird Hike with Anne Koeppe
Anne Koeppe led a small group of bird watchers along the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains. We got rained on half-way through, but who cares? A lovely warm-up afterwards at Crossroads Coffee shop topped off a morning well-spent. The fun is in the doing, and the friends you make on the way.


In July a small group visited the Janesville Rotary Gardens which it turns out, are absolutely stunning. I had no idea-this was a treat and inspiration. We will be going back again. Lunch afterwards at the Schoolhouse in Paoli was pretty good too.



In August a larger group toured the Allen Centennial Gardens led by Director Ben Futa. It was another beautiful, and informative gathering. The vision for the gardens is in good hands.

September 23rd: Seed Collecting at Swamplovers
On Saturday September 23rd we will be seedcollecting at Swamplovers, followed by a potluck picnic. Please email me if you plan to participate.

Gardens Tour and potluck picnic. 
Unfortunately Vardas will not now be able to host the Club’s October 7th annual, wrap-up potluck. Speak up if you would like to step up, and host this popular event.



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