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.  Our funding has also helped terrace a sloped bank at the Danish immigrant family farm and enhance the landscape and garden at the Hessian immigrant farm.  In 2021, we are supporting the 1860s Norwegian Farm with the purchase of herbs, perennials and shrubs that can be used for dyeing projects.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens.  In the last few years, the Unit provided grant monies to allow Milwaukee Public School 3rd and 4th 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 & Artisan 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,  or
  • Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), enrolled in Culinary Management and Baking and Pastry Management .

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.

For Milwaukee Area Technical College student application:  Scholarship App MATC 2022

For Waukesha Area Technical College student application:  Scholarship App WCTC 2022

Deadline for the 2021 scholarship application is May 27, 2022.

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: