Milwaukee’s Second Annual “Bloom and Groom” Brings Floral

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Beauty and Neighborhood Strength to the City

The City of Milwaukee’s Healthy Neighborhoods initiative will again coordinate the sale and distribution of

thousands of flowers to residents in eighteen different neighborhoods around Milwaukee. The “Bloom and

Groom” project kicks off Saturday, May 19th. The objective of the effort is to both beautify neighborhoods,

and to build local cooperation to address concerns that arise.

Again this year, the city is working with Lowe’s Home Improvement to obtain the flowers at minimal cost.

Last year’s efforts were highly successful with residents obtaining the flowers, planting them at their

properties, and working together with their neighbors on local issues.

A list of neighborhoods participating this weekend, along with some descriptions of the specific

neighborhood activities, is attached.

In the Healthy Neighborhoods residents are working together to strengthen their communities,” David

Weber of the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative said. “They know that combining efforts in positive

projects such as Bloom and Groom adds life and energy to their neighborhoods.”

Healthy Neighborhoods is a partnership between city government and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

that promotes positive activity in nine different neighborhoods around the Milwaukee. Other

neighborhoods have independently joined the overall effort. Key elements of Healthy Neighborhoods

include organizing residents, developing neighborhood leadership, improving appearances, and

encouraging homeowners to buy in these neighborhoods.

Featured Neighborhoods:

Amani TIN Bloom and Groom

Location: 2469 West Locust Street

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact: Adam Carr @ 507.301.8570

The Amani TIN, headed by the Dominican Center for Women (DCW), is extremely excited to give its

neighbors their first opportunity to participate in “Bloom and Groom”. The event will be held in the NIDC

supported popup art gallery located at 2469 W Locust, which features the recently installed temporary

public art piece, here, mothers are. This installation, by artist Sonja Thomsen and storyteller Adam Carr,

allows images and words from the family space of women in the surrounding neighborhood to ‘live’ in a

public space. Amani residents, the DCW, and the artists are elated to invite neighbors to more fully

explore the exhibit while they purchase flowers to beautify their own gardens. Yard signs with an image

from here, mothers are will also be distributed.”

Havenwoods Healthy Neighborhood Bloom and Groom

Locations: 5641 N. 68th St. and 5675 N. 57th St.

Time: 9:00 AM master gardeners at work; 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM flower sale open to the public

Contact: Jessica Noth @ 414.690.3767

Havenwoods held a garden class in preparation for Bloom and Groom. Five winners from the class won

a master gardener design and flower garden implementation. Those gardens will be prepared the week

prior to bloom and groom and planted on May 19. We also are using reduced cost native plants from

MMSD and the Graham-Martin foundation for this project. Havenwoods Bloom and Groom will highlight

two locations within Havenwoods.

Participating for a second year, the Lighthouse neighborhood event will be run by the Lighthouse block

watch, Redemption Church, and Lighthouse Youth Center. Volunteers from a nearby business will assist

with the sale, which will be located in the Redemption Church parking lot, 5641 N. 68th St. New this year

is the Brody neighborhood. Active residents are running the sale along with volunteers from Genco, and

Job Corps. The Brody neighborhood sale will be held at 5675 N. 57th St.”

Lincoln Village Harrison Avenue TIN Bloom and Groom

Location: Harrison Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact: Rick Petrie @414.418.8612

Organized by Urban Anthropology and Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, our Bloom and

Groom event location is Harrison Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. A neighborhood block party will

complement the flower sale and also serve to introduce our residents to the new Peoples Park, an

educational and recreational addition to the neighborhood. Partners for the event include Groundwork

Milwaukee, Milwaukee Christian Center, and Southside Organizing Committee), and Kompost Kids.”

Bloom and Groom with Events

Woodlands Bloom and Groom

Location: Woodlands Condominiums, 95th and Brown Deer Road

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact: Neva Hill @ 414.708.9279

The Woodlands will incorporate Bloom and Groom to celebrate the recent installation of neighborhood

identity signs. The signs designate the Woodlands into distinct neighborhoods-a first for the Woodlands.

The flowers will be planted into gardens at the base of signs; residents and youths participating in the

Woodlands ‘Earn a Bike’ program will do the garden work.”

Thurston Woods Bloom and Groom

Location: Agape Community Center, 6100 N 42nd St

Time: 10:00 AM until noon

Contact: Tanya Fonseca @ 406.270.1887

At Agape’s Bloom & Groom for Thurston Woods, Old North Milwaukee and Fairfield, we are distributing

plants and flowers, in addition to rolling out our home improvement contest, summer rain barrel project,

home/neighborhood revitalization resources, summer financial wellness workshops, registration for our

summer camp + sports, and recruitment for a new local charter school.”

Johnsons park Bloom and Groom

Location: Intersection of N 18th St. and W Brown St.

Time: Neighborhood Clean UP 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM; flower sale 10:00 AM until Noon

Contact: Tony Gibson @ 414.333.7009

Bloom and Groom Flower Sale

Enderis Park Bloom and Groom

Location: Enderis Park,

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or until sold out

Contact: Tom Miller @ 414.324.0621

Holler Park Bloom and Groom

Location: Holler Park, 5151 S. 6th Street

Time: 8:00 AM to Noon (or until plants are sold out)

Contact: Chris Kuester @414.530.1815

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors Bloom and Groom

Location: Carmen High School of Science & Technology, 1712 S 32nd St.

Time: 10:00 AM to -1:00 PM

Contact: Will Sebern @ 414.380.4684.

Sherman Park Bloom and Groom

Location: Sherman Park, 3001 N 41st St.

Time: 10:00 AM until sold out of flowers

Contact: Wendy Washington @ 414.444.9803

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