Free Garden Tour

Meet urban gardeners who have transformed their small spaces on 

the East Side of Milwaukee. 

Last Sunday of every July


About Us


Ideas Are Bigger Than Spaces

You will not see another garden tour like this one  in southeastern Wisconsin. We are urban gardeners designing and creating unique places in our small spaces. Virtually all concepts, construction and planting have been done by the tour hosts you will meet. And it's completely free, thanks to our sponsors. Downer True Value Hardware and Mary Liner of Shorewest Realtors are committed to vibrant East-Side yards.


The Ideas Are Free Too!

You will see new start-up gardens that have grown out of a dust bowl and a rocky courtyard. Visit a rooftop oasis, an incredible herbal garden and a backyard blaze of brilliant color. See how a wall of hops provides a house-cooling vista. Learn how one group works together to feed fellow Milwaukeeans healthy salads. Inspect a from-scratch custom greenhouse. In every case, our gardeners have personally transformed their urban lots in ways that will inspire you.


Share the Gardening Spirit

Inviting you into our yards is one of our favorite days of the year. Bring cameras, sketch pads and questions. Expect seeds and other offerings from select hosts. And know that we look forward to learning from you through your experiences, too!

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If you have a garden that you would like to show off next year, send us your email.

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Better yet, see us in person!

Stroll with hundreds of fellow garden enthusiasts from southeast Wisconsin.

Sunday July 28, 2019.

 11 AM to 4 PM --Rain or Shine

Free Tour Maps Available Starting July 20

Downer True Value Hardware / 2629 N Downer Avenue / Milwaukee,WI