Grants and Scholarship

The Herb Society of America-Wisconsin Unit is proud to support greater Milwaukee area public gardens in the form of annual grants. Among the gardens we sponsor and/or support are:

The Herb Garden at Boerner Botanical Gardens. On an annual basis, our grant funds purchase plants, seeds and shrubs for the Herb Garden, as well as items for the Garden’s annual theme-based displays. In the past, our funds have been used for signage, reproduction of an historic bird bath, concrete planters and decorative trees, as well as the refurbishing of a boxwood hedge.

Old World Wisconsin. The Unit has in the past several years supported the various historical gardens and garden-related projects at Wisconsin’s largest outdoor museum. We have had a significant role in the development of the Sanford House Herb Garden and provided the funding for the construction of two historic garden watering machines. More recently, we have helped to create the new historical Teaching Garden at the entrance to the museum, and in 2018 we are providing funding for signage in this garden, as well as the planting of additional rose bushes near Clausing Barn.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens. In 2018, The Unit, as it has for a number of years, is once again providing grant monies to allow Milwaukee Public School 3rd graders to participate in four hands-on learning sessions in garden plots at Boerner Botanical Gardens. These sessions started in 2005 as the “Plant Hope” project, and teach students plant biology, soil preparation, and the planting and harvesting of flowers, herbs and vegetables.

The Grants program is funded by proceeds from the Unit’s annual Herb Fair, held in mid-May at Boerner Botanical Gardens.


The Herb Society of America-Wisconsin Unit is proud to offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to a qualified student from either

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), enrolled in associate degree programs in Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and Baking and Pastry Arts – For MATC Application Form, please click here: MATC 2020 Scholarship Application
  • Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), enrolled in Culinary Management and Baking and Pastry Management – For WCTC Application Form, please click here: WCTC 2020 Scholarship Application

To qualify for the scholarship, the student must have completed 15 credits in the degree program and have a 3.0 grade point average. The student must also have “hands on” culinary or baking/pastry experience either as a volunteer or as a paid employee. The scholarship money must be used for tuition and books, and not for paying off student loans, the purchase of equipment or off-campus courses.

The scholarship recipient will be asked to volunteer from 9 am-3pm at the Unit’s annual Herb Fair, held at Boerner Botanical Gardens in mid-May, and must also agree to speak briefly at the Unit’s monthly meeting held the third Tuesday in January.

Deadline for the scholarship application is Friday, May 29, 2020..

For further information about the scholarship and details on the application process, please email your interest/questions to Lore Borth. She can be reached at Or, text your questions to 414-881-0412.

The Scholarship is funded by proceeds from the Unit’s annual Herb Fair, held in mid-May at Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Pictures of our 2019 Scholarship Winner, Nathan Mannes, at Lagniappe Brasserie gardens in back of restaurant: