By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Jun 06, 2016 at 4:17 PM

The Clarke Square Community Garden, located at 2125 W. Scott St. is celebrating the launch of gardening season with a Garden Kick-off event, garden plots and two free gardening classes for those who'd like to learn more about gardening.

The Garden Kick-Off Party takes place at the gardens on Wednesday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. During the event, attendees can enjoy a variety of grilled foods, along with gardening fun. Best of all, the kick-off is free and open to all, with an emphasis on cross-cultural community building in the Clarke Square neighborhood.

Community garden plots at Clarke Square are available for $5 each, while they last. Each garden plot comes with free compost, free starter plants and free gardening tools. 

Not sure you know how to garden? That's not a problem. Thanks to a partnership with Clarke Park Neighborhood Nights Out, there will also be two free gardening classes taught by master gardeners, which will cover the basics from planting seeds to harvesting vegetables. The classes will be held at the Clarke Park Pavilion on June 15 and June 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up for a plot or classes, contact Ryan Schone at (414) 256-4653 or by email at

The Clarke Square Neighborhood Garden is made possible by the UW-Extension, Milwaukee County SEED initiative, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Association, Journey House, Pete's Fruit Market and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.