Welcome to the Burlington Area Garden Club website!

Friends Are the Flowers in Life’s Garden

On Sunday, October 11, a dedication was held for a new sculpture at the Burlington Public Library, in honor of former member Barb Ludwig. Our mayor wrote these words for the dedication:

Today, was a tribute to Barb Ludwig. The main speakers were President of Burlington Garden Club Colleen Hueber, Past President of Burlington Garden Club Mary Cichochi, Barb's son Atty Peter Ludwig and Joe Davies Director of the City of Burlington Library.

Barb was very active in our community and a friend to all.

She died of COVID-19 on April 10th, 2020. The first COVID-19 death recorded in Burlington.  A shock wave went through the community of disbelief. Many heart-felt thoughts were made through social media and hundreds of cards to the family.

The Ludwig family and Burlington Area Garden Club worked together to bring this breathtaking
art creation to the library grounds. Gardening and reading were her passions.

She traveled the world even after her late husband Atty Kurt Ludwig passed on.  She volunteered in the community, rode her bike and walked with friends. Loved to knit in between. She loved documenting family holidays and other memorable events. She never let up being active. Also enjoyed going to all Wisconsin Badger football home games.

Barb will live on with all the memories that individuals have of her and this gorgeous tribute that many will see entering the library.

Next year more landscaping will be planted to add to this area.
- Jeannie Hefty, Mayor of Burlington, WI

Memorials in honor of our member, Barb Ludwig, may be sent to the club President at the address below.

Make checks payable to: The Burlington Area Garden Club

Colleen Hueber
5502 376th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105

A note from our president

Governor Tony Evers has extended the "Safer at Home" order until Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.  Therefore, our May 12th meeting has been cancelled. As a club, the safety and health of our members is of foremost importance. At this point, we will go month by month to follow the Governor's orders to determine when we can safely meet again. The loss of Barb Ludwig from the COVID-19 virus strengthens my resolve to be diligent with the precautions we are to follow. 

In honor of Barb: "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,   
                             they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

We all are grateful and privileged to have had Barb as our gardening friend.

Our club of over 50 members consists of gardening enthusiasts from Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties in Southeast Wisconsin. We share a passion and appreciation for all aspects of gardening, including perennials, annuals, sunny, shade, water gardens, fruits, herbs and vegetables.
We are involved with various community gardening projects such as maintaining the Legacy Garden, maintaining the Vintage Gardens, giving garden tours, plant sales, community plantings, and much more. Join us today to socialize and network with other gardening enthusiasts in Southeast Wisconsin. Our club motto and mission is to Communicate, Educate, Cultivate, and Enjoy. Come join us! 

Our History

In the fall of 1992 at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, WI, 22 excited people gathered to find out what was transpiring with two ladies that wanted to form a garden club. There was such a tremendous response that Barb Lehn and Susie Quickstad (two newfound friends) just knew their idea was welcomed. After a few organizational meetings, things were off and running. Ladies and gentlemen alike were having fun sharing ideas and learning about all sorts of things related to gardening through local authorities.

As our club grew, a truly dedicated Burlingtonite, Judy Stone, approached Barb Lehn about a piece of property that could be more than just "a grassy piece of ground". It could be a re-created garden typical of those found in Burlington in the late 1800s. It was her idea that encouraged The Legacy Garden to take shape.

The Burlington Historical Society welcomed the idea and donated $1,500 toward the project. Barb and Susie went to work to find people that had some landscape experience. Alvin Schvetz of Landscapes, Inc. offered his service to the club. Schvetz estimated the garden's commercial cost at $5,000. and could be implemented in stages. After viewing his plan, members of the club offered other services to make this plan come to life. Jack Schlick, with the encouragement of his wife Pat, wrote a letter to be sent to the businesses of the community to ask for donations for this beautification project. After many businesses donated, we still needed money to complete our goal.

After much thought the idea of a garden walk came to mind and without hesitation, Susie announced it to the newspaper and thus we were committed. On July 11, 1993, 19 of our members worked together to earn $530 after expenses, from the first ever, Burlington Area Garden Walk.

Now all that was missing was a quaint old-fashioned fence to complete the garden. The Standard Press newspaper came to the rescue by writing an article about our garden and that we were on the lookout for a fence to compliment our garden. An anonymous call gave Barb Lehn a tip where there was just the fence we were looking for. After a few long distance calls, we were given permission by Mrs. Clemence Curry, to remove a fence from her summer residence at 30405 Cedar Drive, Browns Lake.

Then there was another long search to find someone with just the right time and talent to restore this aging fence. That person turned out to be Mr. Robert Wollmer of Kansasville. Mr. Wollmer constructed an archway at the garden club's wishes and reconstructed some of the pieces that were too damaged to repair.

Things were coming together and the garden was looking beautiful. On June 26th, 1994, the Burlington Historical Society held an old fashioned ice cream social and unveiled the plaque recognizing the many generous sponsors who helped make the garden a reality and the Burlington Area Garden Club dedicated the garden.

                                                               ~ Barb Lehn, Burlington Area Garden Club Founder

Burlington, WI