Blue Skies Landscaping Program is an operation providing a full range of landscaping services in the Milwaukee area. Blue Skies Landscaping staff install and maintain landscapes, green infrastructure, gardens and fruit trees, maintain the Walnut Way campus, and execute landscaping contracts on all types of properties, including residential, municipal and commercial.
Blue Skies focuses on our greatest assets – our people. We offer job training in landscape horticulture for staff. The program provides job training and employment for individuals who have traditionally faced employment barriers and those seeking to build skills in a growing trade area.
The program also provides a sustainable source of earned income for Walnut Way and serves as a powerful vehicle for individual and community transformation. The impact extends beyond traditional job training programs as residents of the community are employed to help renovate once-vacant properties into community assets and serve as mentors to neighborhood youth who witness us working to lift up Lindsay Heights.
A Look at Our Work
Meet Our Team
Environmental SpecialistI am a grower and lover of the outdoors. I love the challenge of hard work and the uniqueness of each work day. I enjoy watching the development of our team and the transformation of spaces in our neighborhood and all over Milwaukee.Joined Walnut Way in 2010
Environmental Stewardship Program Assistant
Certified Public NotaryI started working with Walnut Way as an intern for the Growing Youth Leadership program. Through the program, I learned and developed the skills I now use as the Environmental Programs Assistant. I hope to see growth in the people and places Walnut Way works with, myself included.Joined Walnut Way in 2015
Blue Skies Maintenance and Operations Supervisor
Certified Pesticide ApplicatorI am a Supervisor and Horticulturalist with Blue Skies Landscaping. I also serve on my neighborhood board as Chair of the Riverwest Neighborhood Association (RNA). Born and raised in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, I love to see the beautification that landscaping brings to our community.Joined Walnut Way in 2014
Blue Skies Construction Supervisor
Certified Equipment OperatorI am a strong family-oriented individual who loves working with my hands and in my neighborhood. I have a huge heart of promise with ears to listen. I love building areas that were left behind to fail, producing life and beauty to landscapes around Lindsay Heights, Bronzeville and for many other partners. God is good all the time.Joined Walnut Way in 2015
Blue Skies Maintenance TechnicianI am a multi-tasker and leader by example who pays attention to detail, and who is neat and clean. I am a start to finish person, work very well without supervision, and am an early bird who is always at work.Joined Walnut Way in 2014
Blue Skies Maintenance TechnicianMy cousin introduced me to Larry Adams while he was clearing his trailer. We helped him out and talked about how our neighborhood had changed. I now work at Walnut Way, and I developed into a more solid individual through the mentorship of my new brothers here at Blue Skies.Joined Walnut Way in 2015
Blue Skies Crew MemberIn 2014 I joined the Blue Skies Landscaping team. I love working with my hands and meeting lots of people. As I always say, “We don’t just do landscaping, we do it all!”Joined Walnut Way in 2014
Blue Skies Crew MemberWorking for Walnut Way has helped me to gain knowledge, develop work skills, and prepare me for my future by learning different job trades and keeping me focused in the right direction.Joined Walnut Way in 2017
Blue Skies Crew MemberI love the outdoors. I’m into learning new things and improving our community through our work. My goal is to bring our people together as one by cultivating the neighborhood we live in.Joined Walnut Way in 2017
Lindsay Heights Green Infrastructure
in partnership with MMSD and Fund for Lake Michigan