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  • MISSION STATEMENT The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens promote the Gardens as a unique resource for

    understanding and enjoying nature, horticulture, recreation and the environment. Through sponsorship of programs emphasizing education, the arts and the Gardens as a living museum, the Friends

    endeavor to preserve and enhance the natural and historical assets of the Gardens for its visitors.

  • Gifts Over $1000 Gifts Under $1000

    Grants & Foundations Membership

    Special Events Garden Support








    0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000



    The Gift Shop at Boerner, operated by the Friends, is dedicated to offering items that are environmentally supportive and carry the GREEN message.

    Featured is the work of local artists, a wide array of horticulture books and gardening related products for adults and children.

    Development Overview

    These results are due to an increase in our education and outreach programming revenues and the very generous support from our Board of Directors, Friends Membership, private and corporate foundations and corporate sponsorships.

    In 2008, we served over 16,000 children and adults in our education programs. Our programs are developed to focus on the child, the adult and the family.

    Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens memberships are a vital element in our success and represent 11.5% of our operating income.

    One Garden Friend membership enables 9 children to experience our plant science programs:

    Plant Hope (3rd grade) an annual program for Milwaukee Public Schools, conducted during the school year, consisting of 4 sessions: 2 in the classroom, 2 in the gardens.

    Plant Science (K > 6th grade) developed as an enhancement for science classes in accordance with WI State standards for Science education.

    Growing Gardeners (ages 3-6) gives parents and their children the opportunity to learn together; included are hands on activities such as actual planting and learning to be environmentally responsible (recycling, composting, use of natural materials).

    Summer programs (ages 5-12) welcomes day care centers, summer school groups, day camps and Milwaukee Moms to the gardens where they experience one on one learning in the gardens.

    SEEDS Within our organization is an extraordinary group of philanthropists known as SEEDS, Supporters of Education, the Environment and Developmental Strides. Gifts begin at $1,000.

    This annual support insures that the Friends realize their mission, which focuses on education, for children and adults, community awareness and engagement and environmental preservation.

    Our extensive education program brings plant knowledge and enjoyment to over 200,000 visitors each year.

    SEEDS gifts also play a vital role in sustaining and enhancing the gardens themselves.

    We thank all of our supporters for their continuous support. It is this invaluable investment that insures the continuation of the very rich community resource that is the Boerner Botanical Gardens.

  • Education In 2008, our programs engaged learners of all ages and backgrounds through hands-on, interactive experiences with plant and environmental science and nature.

    Children’s Horticulture Education The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens delivered plant-based educational programs to over 13,000 school students and youth in grades Pre-K through 6th.

    Plant Hope Our Plant Hope Program, now in its third school year cycle, was created to provide full scholarship and transportation for over 300 deserving Milwaukee Public School students. The students were immersed in this exceptional plant science program that engaged them in a unique learning experience that took place in their classrooms as well as in the Garden.

    As a result of funding provided by the Melitta Pick Charitable Trust, the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, the Service Club of Milwaukee, the Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation and the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation, the program continues to flourish. Students from Ben Franklin Elementary, Bruce Guadalupe School, Carson Academy of Science, Congress Elementary, Humboldt Park Elementary, and Rogers Street Academy have benefited from the generosity of these esteemed donors.

    Adult Education Our Adult Education program continued to grow with more than 60 classes, reaching over 650 adults. The classes were conducted in six different categories and were designed to appeal to a variety of interests and skill levels, including beginning gardening, landscape design seminars, floral arranging, and craft workshops.

    Our Adult Education course offerings, Wednesday Evening Garden Walks and Garden Trends Symposium exceeded attendance expectations and drew capacity crowds.

  • Outreach Events The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens believe that creating a better world starts with education. The Friends’ outreach initiatives touch the lives of people in our communities…both children and adults.

    In Celebration of Trees, April 19th and 20th Combined with the efforts of Milwaukee County Parks, Friends of Wehr Nature Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension and Master Gardener volunteers, the Friends hosted this family event in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. The weekend featured guided nature hikes, family activities and entertainment, adult education presentations, demonstrations, and information booths.

    No Child Left Inside Walk-a-thon, September 27th The Friends hosted a walk-a-thon to raise awareness for the “No Child Left Inside” movement, and encouraged children and their families to spend quality time outdoors enjoying nature. Outdoor fun and a 5K walk through the Gardens and Whitnall Park raised funds for Children’s Horticulture Education.

    Santa Event, December 7th Partnering with Bartolotta Catering for their Holiday Gingerbread Brunch, the Friends offered holiday activities for children and families, including crafts, storytime and a chance to take pictures with Santa himself!

    Financial Highlights Years Ended December 31, 2008 and 2007

    2007 Actual 2008 Actual 2009 Budget

    Income Administrative 113 885 810 Education* 141,851 118,737 152,725 Development 369,208 368,896 407,500 Gift Shop 52,953 50,036 52,250 Total Operating Income 564,125 538,554 613,285

    Expense Administrative 91,309 94,160 101,751 Education 173,493 190,960 183,517 Development 163,540 138,300 145,604 Gift Shop 76,994 75,448 75,238 Total Operating Expense 505,336 498,868 506,110

    Net Income (Deficit) from Operations 58,788 39,687 107,175

    Revenue Bonds - Net Income (Deficit)** (57,567) (109,421) (65,300)

    * Education includes Adult Education, CHE and Library ** Revenue Bonds is the net impact of Investment Income less Bond related expenses (including interest expense)

    2008 Operating Expenses2008 Operating Income


    22% 9%



    38% 28%




    Gift Shop

  • With our Deep Appreciation... … to the many, many volunteers who gave us more than 2,700 hours of their time in 2008 and have signed on for 2009!

    Sandy Ackerman Matty Andrzewjewski Mary Boehme Sandy Arlenn Joan Armstrong Ali Baerbock-

    Wassweiler Hope Bastian Kathryn Behr Char Belland Elaine Beronja Carol Block Kathy Bosch Marge Bosse Mary Ann

    Brandhagen Eileen Cantwell Rosemary Carpenter Joyce Cunningham Len DeBack Terri Delke

    Esther Demerdash Barbara Donalds Ann Dougherty Becky Druml Elaine Drydyk Marianne Dude Dick Fitzgerald Maria Fleschner Helen Flynn Doris Fons Nancy Gostomski Sylvia Gould Melissa Graham Elaine Haberichter Karleen Haberichter Kay Heyer Rose Hill Doris Huber BillyJo Jacobson Gerre Jaercki Jeanne Jarecki

    Norma Keller Susan Kellogg Alice Klaybor Brittany Kohls Sandi Kohls Audra Kontowicz Leona Kuehn Marge Laflin Linda Large Jean Longenecker Judy Maersch Taylor Marquardt Jenny McNutt Sally Mulholland Nancy Nelson Anita Nickerson Judy Ohl Muriel Plichta Gail Randazzo Mary Rockstad Dennis Sampson

    Sandy Sannes Lynne Schade Gloria Snearly Margie Spicer Carol Stankiewicz Gregory Stasiewitz Vivian Szymborski Pauline Tarantino Charlotte Tock Diane Tower Norine Trewyn Margaret Watson Ken Weinberg Barbara

    Wennerscheidt Barbara Wesener Leone Wisialowski Janice Witkowiak LaVerne Wittig

    Janet C. Balding Thomas S. Barber Bill and Kathe Biersach Roger and Joan Boerner Deanna Braeger Anthony and Andrea

    Bryant Elaine Burke Norrie and Ellen Daroga Tom and Connie Drew Suzy and Byron Foster Mr. and Mrs. Dudley J.

    Godfrey, III Michael and Mimi Goller

    Edward and Constance Gratz Karleen Haberichter Robert and Heidi Hanley David and Margarete

    Harvey Ron Jacquart and Michael

    McCarthy Raymond and Susan Kehm David and Dedi Knox David and Camille Kundert Mr. and Mrs. LaBahn Patricia Lane Carol W. Latorraca Sally Manegold

    Joseph and Judith Masters Nancy Morris and Paul

    Berlin Melinda Myers Ted and Hattie Purtell William J. Radler Chuck and Bonnie Revie Lee Riordan Ronald and Mary

    Siepmann Rebecca and Piero Simoni Matthew and Judith Stano Jack and Joan Stein Mary Ann Stueber David and Julia Uihlein Polly and William Van Dyke

    Supporters of Education, the Environment and Developmental Strides.

    Donors who have given $1,000 or more i