Our 2018 Garden Expo was a great success! We were happy to have such a beautiful day, and so many happy visitors and good memories!
Thank you very much to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, visitors, and volunteers!
(Above: Our Grand Prize winner and her daughter, with the Grand Prize cart and supplies)
By popular demand, we’re happy to share Randy Magno’s chili recipe, which was served at the Expo. This chili is easy to make, and it’s perfect for keeping warm and full during our unpredictable spring weather. (:
Randy Magno’s Chili (Vegetarian)
1 16 oz can butter beans
1 16 oz can black beans
1 16 oz can navy beans
1 16 oz can pinto beans
1 16 oz can light red kidney beans
1 16 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 large can Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans
2 16 oz cans petit cut tomatoes
2 packets of chili seasoning
1 packet frozen okra
Pour beans, tomatoes, seasoning, and okra into a large pot. Rinse cans with water, and add to pot. Add an extra can or two of water. Bring to a boil, and serve or refrigerate overnight.
Past events: ____________________________________________
Bring your questions and your green thumbs! What better way to beat the winter doldrums, than to spend a morning thinking about spring? Come to our annual Garden Expo, where we’ll have door prizes, fun, and experts galore!
Rain Barrel Painting Contest
Open Streets Event
Sunday, September 3
Noon – 4pm
We were under the canopies in front of the La Crosse Public Library with markers and rain barrels! Passers bye enjoyed the chance to get artistic and chat about fun things like this event in the neighborhood.
Bountiful Gardens Tour (Hillview Urban Agriculture Center)
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10am to 2pm
The Washburn Neighborhood Garden (between 9th and 10th, and Division and Ferry Streets) was one of many gardens featured in the tour!
Earth Fair: Life in the Green Lane
Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Myrick Park and Myrick Park Center
789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse, WI
11am to 5pm
The Washburn Neighborhood Association donated a painted rain barrel for auction to the event, and sold unpainted rain barrels in the vendor’s tent on this very chilly day.
Living Well in the City: Together We Can
Saturday March 25, 2017
Washburn member extraordinaire Jo Ann Neve is the recipient of the 2017 Sara Sullivan Award! “Jo Ann has been the constant, steady, dependable backbone making sure everything for which the Washburn Neighborhood Association is known actually happens, often quietly and behind the scenes.” Vickie Unferth – nominator. The award “recognizes outstanding accomplishments and exceptional contributions made by a City of La Crosse resident.”
Washburn Garden Expo 2017
Saturday March 11, 2017
Entomologist Phil Pellitteri provided the presentation, Who is In Control of Your Back Yard – You or the Bugs? A record 27 painted rain barrels were available at the silent auction. Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for their support of the Expo. This neighborhood event is made possible through the efforts of local volunteers and exhibitors!
Light Up the Neighborhood Pizza & Ice Cream Social
A big Thank You to Safelite AutoGlass and Little Caesars Pizza for helping us to make this event on Friday July 22, 2016 so successful. All donations from this event helped support more pedestrian lights in the neighborhood!
2016 Bountiful Gardens Tour – Hillview Urban Agriculture Fundraiser
Participants enjoyed a very wet but wonderful event in the Washburn Garden Park on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Visitors arrived with umbrellas ready to see this beautiful place in our neighborhood.
Washburn Garden Expo 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thank you to the Mayo Clinic Health System for their generous Sponsorship. Thank you also to Sysmex America, Inc. for their support of our featured speaker, Joel Karsten – Straw Bale Gardening.
Thank you to the volunteers and exhibitors who offered their time, talents and enthusiasm!
Washburn Garden Expo 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for the grant they provided in support of the 2015 Washburn Garden Expo. The featured speaker, Sr Lucy Slinger FSPA, offered many helpful tips on Companion Gardening. View pictures of the event and the wonderful painted rain barrels here.
Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade (2014)
The Association won the Burgermeister Award for Service Clubs!
View the 2014 parade and our past parades in this slide show.
10th Annual Washburn Garden Expo 2014
March 22, 2014 Lincoln Middle School
Thank you to these sponsors:
Cass Street Pharmacy
City Brewing Company
Viterbo University Student Government Association
Walgreen Drug Stores
View the Washburn Garden Expo 2014 slide show here.
Washburn Garden Expo 2013
Local videographer Dae Miles captured some of the excitement in the following videos:
Washburn Garden Expo 2012
Featured speaker was Jessica Miller on Butterfly Gardens.
View the 2012 slide show here.
Washburn Garden Expo 2011
The event was a tremendous success with over 400 people in attendance.
To see pictures of the event, view this slide show.