This is the perfect time of year to clean out your closets and make a visit to Root’nCrown. When you donate your items, let them know that you would like Washburn to benefit from your donation!

Past Events:

Rain barrel by Jo


2021 Rain Barrel Sale

The Washburn Neighborhood Association held another successful sale of rain barrels in 2021, at the Washburn Neighborhood Gardens, on DIVISION Street (between 9TH Street South and 10TH Street South.)

Fully functional rain barrels with all hardware installed sold for $40.00. Fully functional painted rain barrels with all hardware installed sold for $60.00.

2021 Winter Food Gap Drive

The Washburn Neighborhood Association partnered with Lincoln Middle School to help support 50 students and their families during the winter months. 

Our thanks to:

* People’s Food Co-op

* Russ Davis Wholesale

* Kwik Trip

for their support of our Winter Food Gap Drive!

Thank you also to our Washburn volunteers for their support and donations, and to Lincoln Middle School staff who helped to keep us organized! 

Drive dates were: *Feb 19, 2021,*March 19, 2021,*April 23, 2021

Food drive


2020 Washburn Garden Seminar!

Saturday March 7, 2020, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Lincoln Middle School Gym, 510 South 9th Street, La Crosse
(Ferry Street Entrance)

This fun and educational event is free and open to the public!

We hope to see you there!

The Rain Barrel Painting Contest is going on now!

Please contact Randy Magno at 608-784-2377 if you are interested in painting a barrel, which will be auctioned off at the Washburn Garden Seminar.

Every artist will have their name put in a drawing for a cash prize!

Washburn Garden Expo 2019

The Washburn Garden Expo was a resounding success for another year! With over 300 visitors and a variety of excellent exhibitors and presentations, it was an great experience for visitors, volunteers, and exhibitors alike!
Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and organizers!
We hope that everyone who visited had a wonderful time, and learned something new!







Washburn Garden Expo

There may be winter weather outside, but inside Lincoln Middle School, we’ll be toasty warm and preparing for the gardening season!

The Washburn Garden Expo is happening tomorrow!

*Saturday (3/2/19)

*10:30 am to 2:30 pm at Lincoln Middle School

“Come join Neighbors and friends as you shake off those winter blues and get ready for spring! The Washburn Garden Expo is a free event featuring Exhibitors, a Light Luncheon, Door Prizes, Healthy Cooking Demonstrations from Mayo Clinic’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen, and a Silent Auction featuring Rain Barrels painted by local artists and organizations. New this year is a fresh layout with an expanded Exhibit Hall and Exhibitor presentations every half hour. This event is open to the public and family friendly.”

Here is the crew that put together our door prize baskets!


Rain Barrel Contest Poster 2019.jpg


Soup and Salad Extravaganza 2018

*There are two fun events on 10/13/18!*

The La Crosse Neighborhood Associations welcome residents to the Family Social – Fall in Love with Your Neighborhood, under the Copeland Park Oktoberfest Shelter on Saturday, October 13th from 2-4pm.

Building on last year’s successful event, this annual FREE event is a special celebration of efforts by all the neighborhood associations and residents to revitalize and improve La Crosse neighborhoods.  Further success depends on building valuable relationships and what better way than to play, snack, craft, & socialize with children & families that represent the future of La Crosse.  Event info can be found online here:  &

This year’s event will also include two annual awards presented by the La Crosse Neighborhood Associations for exceptional contributions neighborhood revitalization:  the Sara Sullivan Award—in recognition of outstanding leadership by a La Crosse resident and the NEW Jerilyn Dinsmoor Award—in recognition of outstanding teamwork by a La Crosse group, team or organization. 

The Family Social is an opportunity to socialize with and showcase the involved leaders, businesses, City of La Crosse departments & organizations that are lifting La Crosse up higher and higher such as Habitat for Humanity & ReNEW, Hunger Task Force, the La Crosse County Family Collaborative, City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry, City of La Crosse Libraries, La Crosse Promise, Bikers Against Child Abuse, WisCorps, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, UW-Extension, & City Of La Crosse Community Development.  Of course, a neighborhood event would not be complete without firefighters with equipment from the La Crosse Fire Department and officers with vehicles from the La Crosse Police Department to experience. 

There will be a bountiful harvest for attendees: 

·       coloring and crafts that highlight our awesome neighborhoods,

·       over 18 carnival-style games with small prizes and sweets for participants,

·       seasonal items given away, like colorful gourds, apples and Kane St garden items,

·       treats such Queen Anne apples, popcorn & Sweet Shop candy.

And you can enter on-going drawings for over 20 local, neighborhood businesses such as:

·       gift cards to Global Grounds, Mark Jewelers, Pearl Street Brewery, Ardie’s, Northland Golf & Ski, Root Down Yoga, Pogreba’s, The Sweet Shop, Sloopy’s, Jump Start, The Eagle’s Nest, Shenanigans and more;

·       baskets including La Crosse Loggers tickets, Gundersen Health gifts, and a Washburn Garden rain barrel;

·       grand prizes including Morrie’s Auto Detail, a local hotel stay and the Bluffview Vacation Rental.

 Whether you can attend the Fall Family Social or not, Fall is the perfect time for all residents to engage with their neighborhood association, reach out to new neighbors and students that have moved in, and become better acquainted with the many City and local organizations dedicated to making La Crosse a wonderful place to live.  We invite residents to learn more about making a difference in their community through their neighborhood association on the City of La Crosse’s neighborhoods webpage as well as following your neighborhood on and 

UPDATE!! Due to anticipated weather conditions, the PPH and Washburn neighborhood picnic has been pushed back to WEDNESDAY, August 29, at 5:30 PM.
We hope to still see you there!!

Come celebrate the end of summer with your friends and neighbors from the Powell Poage Hamilton and Washburn Neighborhoods! Meet your neighbors from within each neighborhood and neighbors across Jackson Street. Event is Potluck, so bring a dish to pass. 5:30 at Powell Park!

Picnic poster




Open Streets La Crosse 2018

Sunday 9/2/18  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

“Ride your bike, bring your skates, strollers, family, and friends to enjoy the streets between Cameron Park and Burns Park on Sunday, September 2nd.  There will be yoga, art, games, food, music, and more!  Enjoy the Open Streets for recreation, fun and socialization!”

Link:  Open Streets La Crosse 2018

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.


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!

Garden Seminar poster


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
he 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:
Associated Bank
Cass Street Pharmacy
City Brewing Company
Honda Motorwerks
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:

Rain Barrels
Other Video

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.