Events Calendar

January 10, 2021 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Photo: Sarah Zimmerman

Fee: $10/$5 members. For the safety of all concerned, you must register in advance. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Join 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.

About the Artist

Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, forthcoming) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.

January 12, 2021 - 10:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Winter & Spring Session (Jan. 12-May 25): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:15 am
Summer Session (June 8-Aug. 24): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Sessions meet outdoors. In the event of rain, a make-up session will meet the following week.

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required for adults. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: Winter & Spring Session (Jan. 12-May 25): $12/9 members for one adult and one child.
Summer Session (June 8-Aug. 24): $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Fall Session (Sep. 7-Dec. 14): $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Registration for the Summer Session is closed. Register for the Fall Session here.


Sessions in red are full.

March 9 - Signs of Spring
April 13 - Trees are Our Friends
April 27 - Trees are Our Friends
May 11 - Gardening at Lynden
May 25 - Gardening at Lynden
June 8 - Seed Bombs
June 15 - Seed Bombs
June 22 - Garden Animals
June 29 - Garden Animals
July 6 - Pond Critters
July 13 - Pond Critters
July 20 - Plant Dyes
July 27 - Plant Dyes
August 3 - Nature's Kitchen
August 10 - Nature’s Kitchen
August 17 - Wearable Camouflage
August 24 - Wearable Camouflage

January 16, 2021 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Visitors must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.

For 2022 Dog Days dates click here.

January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Click here to download our reading guide.

Fee: Free.

Lynden and the HOME Refugee Steering Committee begin the new year by launching a book discussion group for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We will 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 encourage you to read each book in advance (see information below on acquiring the current selection). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. We expect the group to meet bimonthly, and we will be seeking the input of group members on titles to consider in the future.

We begin the series with Dina Nayeri’s The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You. Dina Nayeri fled Iran at the age of eight with her mother and brother. Now, thirty years later, she reveals her own personal narrative as well as the stories of refugees she encounters as she revisits refugee camps and meets others who have fled their countries. She weaves these stories into her memoir, pushing the reader to define the differences between refugee and citizen, friendship and paternalism, truth-telling and storytelling and, in her own words, “charity and welcome.” A first, must-read for this book discussion group!

If you live in the Milwaukee County, support your public library by borrowing the book through their system or find a local area library near you here: If you would like to purchase the book, Boswell Books is offering it at a 10% discount to book group participants. The book can be purchased on the Boswell website here with the 10% book club discount already applied (through January 15). You can request sidewalk pick-up, which is free, or media mail ($4) or UPS ($10). Boswell, located at 2559 N. Downer Ave., is also open for limited browsing hours and the book is displayed to the right of the entrance among the book club selections. Please check Boswell’s website to confirm hours and delivery options.

January 25, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads produces this series of events featuring writers of particular interest to women.

Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Jennifer Robson, author of Our Darkest Night, back to Milwaukee for a virtual, BYOS (bring-your-own-snack) event on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7 pm.

Watch a recording of the event below, and consider making a donation to Lynden.

Fee: Tickets are $5 plus sales tax and ticket fee or you can upgrade to admission-with book. Books can be picked up at Boswell or for an additional fee, shipped out be USPS media mail. The $5 from your admission only or hardcover ticket purchase , or $3 from the paperback ticket level, will be donated back to Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Registration: Purchase tickets for the Zoom event here.

For more information on upcoming Women's Speaker Series Events, click here.

About Our Darkest Night

A novel of Italy and the Second World War

It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Nina Mazin has but one hope to survive—she must leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met.

Niccolò Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until a wartime tragedy forced him to leave the seminary to run his family’s farm. A moral and just man, he refuses to remain a bystander to Nazi and fascist atrocities. Rather than allow Nina to risk a perilous escape across the mountains, he offers her shelter. To keep her safe and protect secrets of his own, however, Nina and Nico must convince everyone—including his own family—that they are happily married and in love.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico’s provincial neighbors are wary of this soft and educated stranger in their midst. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. The more he learns of Nina, the more his suspicions grow—and with them his determination to exact revenge.

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their feelings deepen, transforming their relationship into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart . . .

About the Author

Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of six novels including Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

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