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.
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