May Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road. Due to the pandemic, admission has been waived. All events listed below are free unless otherwise indicated. Memberships, which offer significant discounts on workshops and other events, are available.
In May, the Lynden Sculpture Garden is open for social distance walking, daily from 10 am-4 pm (closed Thursdays). Thanks to the generosity of the Herzfeld Foundation, admission is free at this time. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines must be followed (see the full guidelines here: social distance walking visitor guidelines). The house is closed to the public, except for access to restrooms.
THE BONSAI EXHIBIT AT LYNDEN
The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, May 8, 2021 (World Bonsai Day) and will remain open Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays during Lynden’s regular hours, or by appointment.
More information: http://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/Bonsai
Located beside Big Lake, the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden—a collaboration with the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation–includes a display area for bonsai, waterside teaching patio, and pollinator garden.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
All in-person programs take place outdoors. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
SPRING EPHEMERALS WALK WITH JUSTINE MILLER
Sunday, May 2, 2021 – 10-11:30 am
Fee: $20/$15 members
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/spring-ephemerals-walk
Join landscape designer Justine Miller on a plant walk through Lynden’s grounds with a primary focus on Wisconsin native spring ephemerals. These plants are the earliest flowers to bloom but keep their growing season brief, taking advantage of full sunlight before budding tree leaves block it out. Participants will learn about their ecology and cultivation, and how they can promote these beautiful species in their own yards.
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 1-3 pm
Fee: $10/$5 members
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/discovering-urban-forest
Join the Lynden’s land managers, Kyle Welna and Robert Kaleta, Jr., on a walk around the grounds to discover Lynden’s urban forest. They will discuss the various trees and shrubs that make up the forest, urban forest management techniques, and Lynden’s exciting new tree inventory project ,which we are conducting with the assistance of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant. This tree inventory will result in a management plan to help care for our valuable urban forest far into the future.
BIRDING WITH POET CHUCK STEBELTON
Sunday, May 9, 2021 – 8:30-10 am
Fee: $10/$5 members. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/birding-poet-chuck-stebelton
Join poet and birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.
HOME: CONVERSATIONS WITH OURSELVES
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 7-7:30 pm
FREE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LyndenSculptureGarden/
More information: https://www.home-at-lynden.org/home-conversations-with-ourselves-paul-may-june
As we approach World Refugee Day 2021, Lynden’s community engagement specialist Kim Khaira will screen interviews from our HOME: Conversations with Ourselves series on one Wednesday evening each month on our Facebook page. HOME: Conversations with Ourselves is an interview project of the HOME steering committee at Lynden. The interviews were designed to give voice to refugees and began as part of the virtual work on the HOME platform in 2020. Interviewers are refugees who have resettled to the United States, and their interviewees include both friends and family who are based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as those who remain overseas. These interviews are reflections of relationships and conversations that we continue to have long after resettlement; they explore issues that our refugee friends and family members continue to face as they remain in their country of origin or interim country. In May, Paul Vang (Milwaukee, WI) is in conversation with May June Paw (Milwaukee, WI).
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 10 am-4 pm
FREE. Visitors must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.
More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/dog-days
Bring your canine friends for a wintery walk. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.
HOME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: KAO KALIA YANG’S SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD: A COLLECTIVE REFUGEE MEMOIR
Thursday, May 20, 2021 – 7-8:30 pm
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/home-book-discussion-group-march-2021
The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees.
We continue the series with Kao Kalia Yang’s Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir. Yang, a well-known storyteller and a Hmong refugee herself, portrays the experiences of refugees resettled to the Twin Cities in a collection of stories. This collective refugee memoir covers cultural, political, and personal commentary, and the journey that brings refugees from their country of origin, from Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Somalia or Russia, to Minnesota, the highest number of refugees per capita in the United States. In the May session, we will be discussing the final section of the book.
Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 1-3 pm
Fee: $20/$16 members
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/spring-foraging-herb-walk-kyle-denton
Stroll Lynden’s grounds with herbalist Kyle Denton and discover the bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world.
WOMEN’S SPEAKER SERIES: Mary Alice Monroe, author of The Summer of Lost and Found
Monday, May 24, 2021 – 7:00pm
Fee: $5 plus sales tax and ticket fee or you can upgrade to admission-with-book ($28).
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/womens-speaker-series-mary-alice-monroe-2021
Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Women’s Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Mary Alice Monroe, author of The Summer of Lost and Found, to Milwaukee for a virtual, BYOS (bring-your-own-snack) event. The nationally bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.
FOR KIDS & FAMILIES
TUESDAYS IN THE GARDEN FOR PARENTS & VERY SMALL CHILDREN
Tuesdays, May11 & May 25, 2021- 10:30 am-11:15 am
Sessions meet outdoors. In the event of rain, a make-up session will meet the following week.
Fee: $12/$9 members for one adult and one child.
More information and to register:
The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals, and plants. Join art educator Claudia Orjuela for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider a new theme each month, each designed to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage outdoor play, experimentation, and the manipulation of art materials. Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for children aged 1 through 3 and their caregivers. The theme for May is gardening at Lynden.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021– 10:30-11 am
For more information and to watch: https://www.home-at-lynden.org/home-story-time
Join us for a virtual, bilingual HOME Story Time from the comfort of your home. HOME Story Time features children’s books written or illustrated by authors, illustrators, and artists who have faced forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants. Designed for children aged 4-8, we end each session with an art activity from Lynden art educator Claudia Orjuela. Worksheets and handouts will be available for download. Scheduled to screen every second Wednesday of the month, HOME Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, and Alliance Française de Milwaukee. Videos will remain on view once they are posted. In May we are reading Mama the Alien/Mama Extraterreste, written by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacamara, read in Spanish and English.
SUMMER CAMPS AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND NATURE—TIME TO REGISTER!
June 28-August 20, 2019
Ages 4-15 years
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/camps
Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 4 to 15 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture and temporary installations with the natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative inquiry and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden’s 40 acres to create a joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience.
COMING IN JUNE
In June we wind down some of our virtual programming and begin to offer more in-person programs. This includes the launch of our summer camps at the end of the month. We begin our summer-long, dispersed celebration of World Refugee Day in June, with three virtual programs: the last of our livestreams of Conversations with Ourselves on June 9; a virtual celebration of World Refugee Day to complement a few small, in-person events on June 20; and our final Great Community Cooking Show with Tables Across Borders on June 27. There will be a bonsai workshop (June 12), a HOME Cultural Herb Walk with artist-in-residence Angela Kingsawan (June 12), the monthly bird walk with Chuck Stebelton (June 13), and the next installment of Discovering the Urban Forest, a tree walk with our land managers (June 26). Dog Day is June 19. Call & Response artist Daniel Minter will begin his project, In the Healing Language of Trees: a natural act of transformation restructured for curing many ills with a residency in June—more information to come!
ABOUT THE LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages from 10 am to 4 pm every day except Thursdays (closed). Memberships are available. More information: http://lyndensculpturegarden.org or 414.446.8794.