Berry Backyard Club Event Archives


2011 Events - Photo Gallery



We enjoyed a very successful "Garden Mapping" workshop, taught by master gardener and artist Cynde Quinn. Workshop Photo



With the help of her owls and red-tailed hawk, Linda Bethke gave an educational and entertaining talk on her years of raptor rehab on March 26. We had a great turnout, lots of questions, and collected a generous donation for SEWR, inc. Bird Rescue Meeting Young Owl on the mend Red-tailed Hawk



- April 10th, 10:00 am: Seed propagation

Berry Backyard member and master gardener Susan Cline lead a short seed propagation demonstration at her home.


- April 10th, 12.30-2.30pm: Arboretum, Madison - All About Frogs: (Not a Berry Backyard Club event)


- April 28, 6:45pm: Frogs Night Out
Cosponsored by Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Madison Audubon Society, a look at the world from a different perspective—through sounds. Besides listening for a variety of frog calls, participants learned about frog lifestyles and wetlands ecology.


- April 30: Bird ID Hike

The weather and the birds cooperated beautifully. We spotted/heard bluebirds, meadowlarks, nut hatches, swallows, sparrows, geese, ducks, cranes and many more.
Indian Lake is a Town of Berry treasure! Photo from our fabulous bird identification hike led by Ann Koeppe at Indian Lake.



May 26

Steve Richter lead a hike through Festge park from 6.30-7.30pm.
The focus was on plant ID and an overview of park features, especially the recent restoration activities



- June 9

Steve Richter and UW madison Zoology graduate, Jeremiah Yahn lead a hike at the Kahl Prairie park,
starting at 7.30 pm. The trip focused on frogs, calling and, some in-hand ID.
We then drove to Indian Lake for a second stop. We looked for birds and prairie plants in bloom.


- June 16

Thursday June 16, 6:30 pm we enjoyed a hike at Rettenmund Prairie, off Cty F on Fesenfeld rd.


- June 18(Two events)

Starting at 9:00 am an Invasive plant education day (IPED) at Swamplovers.
Lunch was provided.
Also Saturday, at 5.30 pm, we enjoyed the 2nd annual BBC garden tour and potluck picnic for members and their guests.
Robin Nyffeler and Tracy Thaden gave us tours of their vineyards and Vera and John Dallman,
hosted a tour of their beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. 
Following that we gathered at Tracy's pond to picnic. Robin and Mike Nyffeler's gardens Touring the Nyffeler's vineyard Robin and Mike Nyffeler's gardens Nyffeler's Vineyard The Berry group at Nyffeler’s Garden More gardens Container Gardening Container Gardening Flower in the Dallman's garden The Dallman's Barn Picnic at Thaden's Pond



The small group who attended brunch at Dreamfarm on July 24 experienced the culinary joys of a REAP breakfast coupled with detailed tours from the Murphy family which included the cheese making operation, the goats, the chickens, wool gathering, bee hives, and musical entertainment from Roslyn's band. Very aptly named Dreamfarm cheese and eggs are available at Trillium in Mt Horeb and Willy West/East.



Everyone is busy or traveling so our August event was in support of the TOB/Swamplover "Eat, drink and be Berry!" picnic in Festge Park on August 21st. It was a gorgeous evening to tour/applaud the newly opened overlook and picnic with our friends and neighbors in the park. Hopefully this event will grow and become an annual picnic for our town residents.



In September the backyard group gathered in Varda's backyard for a delicious Italian-themed potluck dinner. Warmed by outdoor fires, there was lively conversation, camaraderie, and enjoyment of food from our own gardens and local markets.



The October hike at Pleasant Valley Conservancy led by Kathy and Tom Brock was beautiful and informative. Walking through the waving Indian grass, under a brilliant blue sky is a memory to savor in the white months. Waving Indian Grass at Pleasant Valley Conservancy Pleasant Valley Conservancy tour led by Kathy and Tom Brock

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