Berry BackYard Club

Berry BackYard Club

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.



The Town of Berry Backyard Club plant swap will meet at Char Ohnstad’s home at 9425 Blackberry Rd, Black Earth, on Saturday, May 12, from 10 to noon . . . rain or shine. Coffee and apple cider will be provided. There will be home-baked goods available to purchase. Just bring your plants to swap (as a friendly reminder, due to the “jumpworm issue,” please thoroughly wash the roots). If weather cooperates and we can sit outside, you may wish to bring a folding chair. 
Everyone welcome . . . feel free to invite your gardening friends.


The Backyard Club invites everyone who especially enjoys spring migratory bird watching to join in a bird walk on Sunday, May 20. 
Anne Koeppe has again graciously volunteered to lead the walk. She helps identify birds both by their calls/songs and by their sighting.
The walk will start at 8:30 a.m. from the Hickory Hill (end of Hickory Hill St.) entrance to the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains.
Everyone welcome . . . feel free to invite your bird watching friends.

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


A big thank you to our September garden tour and potluck hosts and their families, Deb Pienkowski, Jennifer and Charity Hirsch and Susan Smebak. A LOT of work went into getting ready for this event and the results were inspirational.

We had a wonderful afternoon and evening-the gardens were gorgeous; the weather perfect; the potluck and socializing afterwards were very enjoyable. We always make new friends at our gatherings.

Unfortunately bad weather and conflicts curtailed other activities and we are done now until Spring. However because we seem to talk about books as much as our outdoor pastimes, there is an expressed interest in launching “literary teas” during the winter months. Not so much a book club, more a sharing of good reads and of course lots of nattering and tea! Bring your knitting too. Already several friends have offered to host. If you are interested in participating let me know. Details to come. Everyone is welcome, make new friends-the fun is in the doing.