How to Join
Meetings and Programs
Meetings and Activities
Meetings are held the third Friday of the month, September through
April, at the
Gondolier Restaurant located in the Meadows Shopping
Center, 4800 Baseline Rd., Suite A 104, Boulder 80303. Meetings are from 12-2 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Each meeting consists of a program, usually with a speaker, a short business
meeting, and lunch.
There is no January meeting. June, July, August, and sometimes
tours of members' gardens or other
places of horticultural interest, such as greenhouses,
nurseries, and arboretums. These summer meetings usually start at 10
am and end about 1 pm, unless otherwise noted.
discuss topics such as cultivation of roses, irises, or
other flowers, trees, and shrubs, attracting birds to
the garden, conservation of water, uses of herbs,
photography in the garden, etc. February is World
Gardening Month, and a program is presented about
international gardening and preservation activities.
Occasionally, programs may be devoted to garden-related
spring luncheon in May at a member's home and a Holiday Tea in December bring members together to celebrate gardening
21, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m. from the Meadows Shopping Center,
north of Rite Aid. Email or call Mollie Morton to ensure others
will be there.
Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn, Boulder, CO--east of
Broadway, off of Iris St.
Program: Update from Annie Sweeney and Vanessa Keeley
Growing Gardens is blessed by the generosity
of the landowners, the Long Family. The land is farmed by Long's
Gardens which is a third generation, family-owned and operated
iris farm on North Broadway in Boulder, CO. Long's Gardens was
founded in 1905 by J.D. Long. His granddaughter, Catherine Long
Gates, and her husband Dennis Gates, carry on the family
business. They strongly support preserving agricultural land and
agricultural education and lease the east 11 acres of their
property to Growing Gardens. This is the last remaining
piece of agriculturally zoned land in the City of Boulder and
Growing Gardens is very grateful to be able to call it home. Our
largest Community Garden (the Hawthorn Garden) is located here,
as well as the Cultiva Youth Project, the Children's Peace
Garden, the Able Garden and the 400 square foot greenhouse.
Annie will give us an overview of Growing Gardens including the
Horticultural Therapy Program and their educational programs
such as the beekeeping classes.
Hostesses: Mollie Morton and others.
Bring a brown bag
lunch and a drink. Dessert will be provided by the hostesses.
Location: The Gondolier
Whoo are the Owls? (Part 2)
Speaker: Suzanne Michot, Volunteer Naturalist and Honorary Club
Owls have been regarded
with fascination and awe throughout recorded history and across
many cultures. Over half of the owls recorded in the U.S. have
been seen in Boulder County, and most of those owls nest here.
Join Boulder County naturalists for a slide program to explore
these fascinating creatures, and to learn about the special
adaptations that make them such expert hunters.
Suzanne has spoken to
us several times in the past. She completed the Boulder County
Parks & Open Space Volunteer Naturalist Training in 1996. Since
then, she has worked for the City of Boulder Open Space Mountain
Parks Dept. as an Outreach Specialist, as an environmental
educator for Eco-Cycle, and as a nature hike guide for Front
Range Community College Continuing Education and Boulder Walking
Tours. That's pretty good for a Louisiana girl! Prior to
becoming an environmental educator, Suzanne was a flight
attendant for Northwest Airlines and a paralegal for various law
firms and corporate legal departments. She loves backpacking,
biking, skiing, traveling and learning more about nature in her
Program: Pollinator Friendly Lawn Care
Speaker: Tony Koski, Professor and Extension Turf Specialist,
CSU Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
Dr. Koski will discuss
turfgrass water use and irrigation management, evaluation of
soil amendments for water conservation and other effects on
turfgrass soils. He will also tell us about how CSU evaluated
turfgrass cultivars and alternative grass species for drought
resistance and adaptation to the Rocky Mountain region.
Lastly, he will update us on the development of turf-type
saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) and the latest in herbicide and
fertilizer efficacy research.
14, 2018 (note: this is the 2nd Friday of the month)
Boulder Garden Club’s Holiday Season Celebration 1:00 p.m.
Home of Cindy Hoge, 353 Grant St., Longmont, CO 80501
bring a dozen cookies to eat and share with others--and include
copies of the recipe to give to others.
encouraged to bring donations of new or gently used gloves,
jackets, blankets, and socks for Boulder Cares, a group that
goes out on the streets each winter night to help the homeless.
Sandy Edmondson will collect the donations.
From Boulder take the
Diagonal Hwy. (Hwy. 119) north toward Longmont. Veer left
onto S. Hover St. at the south end of Longmont. Follow
Hover north almost 2 miles to 3rd St. Turn right onto 3rd St.,
and go past Sunset and Francis to Grant. Turn left on Grant and
Cindy's house will be down the street on the left.
2019 NO MEETING
Location: Gondolier Restaurant
Program: How Do Bees Decide Which Flowers To Visit?
Speakers: Dr. Shannon Murphy & Dr. Julie Morris, Associate
Professors at D.U. and Graduate Student Eva Horna Lowell
depend on honey bees (Apis mellifera) for food production; honey
bees are responsible for pollinating 12 billion dollars of crops
each year.Human dependence on honey bees for major global crop
production has led to extensive research regarding the behavior
of foraging bees in flower patches within a landscape; honey
bees use a variety of signals to communicate and coordinate
effective nectar and pollen collection among individuals within
a hive and to influence honey bee recruitment to a resource
patch (e.g. waggle dancing). Communication signals that occur
within a hive and that affect recruitment to a resource
patch have been studied relatively extensively. However, the
cues that honey bees use to decide which flowers to land and
forage upon once at a flower patch are not as well understood.
We will talk kabout ongoing research at D.U. in which we are
studying how honey bees decide which flowers to visit within a
flower patch. As part of our research, we work closely with
several hundred students the D.U. who are not science majors and
by involving them in our research we introduce them to the
scientific process and help them to realize that anyone can do
Garden & Home Show
will volunteer at the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs
exhibit on a date to be chosen. We will work specific several
hour shifts at the CFGC display area, explaining the exhibits
and answering questions from the public.
The CO Garden & Home Show is the state's oldest and most
prestigious show of its kind in the state, and attracts more
than 60,000 visitors annually. It is produced by the Colorado
Garden Show, Inc., which awards grants to organizations
throughout Colorado. Money raised from the show supports
horticultural and related activities in Colorado.
Directions: The Show is located in
the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202.
Admittance is $12, $10 for Seniors, but free for volunteers
(pick up pass at the entry kiosk at the entrance to the
Convention Center. Parking is $12 at the Center, or you can park
at Coors Fields for $5. To get to Coors Field, take I-25 to the
Park Ave. exit, then follow signs to Wazee. A free shuttle or
the light rail is available to the Convention Center. A
carpool will be organized at the November meeting.
Coordinators: Connie Farnbach and
– A silver offering will be collected at this meeting to provide
support for a world project to be chosen by the membership.
Program: Members Meeting and Plant Sale Readiness
will include Jill Jagemann, Marie Leslie, Nan Otero, Sandy Edmondson,
and Pam McIllwain, with input welcome from all members.
organizational meeting will cover all aspects of our May plant
sale, including strategies for growing saleable plants, popular
plant categories, associated sale items, and volunteer
opportunities. Last year was very successful and we hope to
repeat that. What can we do differently to make it work even
better? Sign-up sheets for the tasks at the sale will be
Ken Fisher, Forester, City of Boulder
Ken will update
us on the state of Boulder's trees and parks, and will bring
others to discuss city gardens and flowers. Ken in his own
words: "I plant, prune, remove, protect and monitor trees on
City of Boulder property. We have about 52,000 trees in our
inventory. About 40,000 are along city streets in the
public right of way and the other 12,000 are in city parks. I
suppose my specialty is the planting program. I've planted
somewhere around 5,000 trees in Boulder over the last 20+ years.
I have a good idea of trees that will survive Boulder's climate
and soils and many other trees that grow, but maybe are more
borderline hardiness. I can bring the complete list of all the
tree species I've planted since 1997. I can answer most
questions related to insect and disease issues along the Front
Range--Emerald Ash Borer being the most significant."
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Location: Unitarian-Universalist Church,
5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
Set up for Sale:
Friday, May 10, 2019, 4:30pm-6 pm
Directions: The church is
located off 55th St. and Pennsylvania, between Arapahoe and
Baseline Rd., on the north side of the road.
May 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
What’s New from Plant Select--Member
Carolyn Toole will discuss the new plants for 2019.
Home of Stefanie Selden, 325 Snow Peak Lane, Lafayette, CO 80026
Lunch, dessert, and drinks will be provided by the hostesses
and the Boulder Garden Club. Cost is $5.00 per person.
Annual Dues will be collected - $20.00.
Total for the dues
and lunch - $25.00.
Hostesses: Club Officers
Lane is a private driveway on the south side of Baseline. It is
located about 1.5 miles east of 75th St., just west of the
railroad tracks and before you get to 95th St. Look for the
stone entrance labeled "Snow Peak Farm." There are three house
in Snow Peak Farm and Stefanie's is the middle green house.
June 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Garden Tour across the street from the home of
Sandy Edmondson, at 5191 Ellsworth Place, Boulder, CO 80303.
Lunch will be at Sandy's house at 5215 Centennial Trail.
bring a salad or side dish to share. Dessert, drinks,
biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished.
A few years ago, member Pat
Weis-Taylor applied concepts on home-scale permaculture from the
books Gaia's Garden (2009), by Toby Henenway and
Square Foot Gardening (1981), by Mel Bartholomew as well as
our own Barbara Hyde Boardman's three books as a sanity check on
these ideas for Boulder gardeners. This spring, you will see
what worked (survived and prospered) and what did not.
Edmondson, Marie Leslie, Ila Sheahan
From 55th St., between
Arapahoe and Baseline, go West on Centennial Tr. approximately
three blocks. The tour at 5191 Ellsworth Pl. is the northeast
corner of Centennial and Ellsworth.
2019, 10:00 a.m.
Tour at Eco-Cycle
Lunch Plans, Hostesses and Directions to
Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit
recyclers in the U.S.A. and has an international reputation as a
pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. It was
established in 1976 by everyday residents who had a passionate
belief in conserving our natural resources. These volunteers
brought recycling to town by making Boulder one of the first 20
communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling and they
continue to be driven by these same passions and innovative
actions. Eco-Cycle's mission is to identify, explore and
demonstrate the emerging frontiers of sustainable resource
management through the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. It
believes in individual and community action to transform
society's throw-away ethic into environmentally responsible
9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of
2019, 10:00 a.m.
Garden tour at the homes of Jill Jagemann and Joan Fries
calls her garden "A hodgepodge of fun and impulsive planting!"
When she moved to this house five years ago, it was surrounded
in black plastic and red cedar chips. Jill dugh, tilled and
added compost to the soil and began planting quickly. Old
diseased Siberian Elm trees were removed and a Fall Fiesta Maple
and Honey Locust were planted. Tiger's Eye Sumac are focal
points as well as the flagstone terraced pond area that houses
nine Koe, I shubunkin and a gold fish a neighborhood girl won at
the County Fair three years ago.
is in 90% full sun and burst in a myriad of colors in early
spring through late fall with a variety of bulbs, sages,
agastache, echinacea, poppy mallow, Joe Pye Weed, lost of
Brown-eyed Susans and many other perennials. With the wild life
area and open space behind her home, many birds regularly visit
as well as butterflies, hundreds of bees and two sweet
hummingbirds that have made this garden their own.
Messy" are the words Jill uses to describe her garden and she
looks forward to sharing it with everyone.
and her family moved to their house in 1990 from Boulder. At
that time the yard had a perimeter of junipers around the front.
They were buried 4-6 inches deep in rock. All this was over a
thick black landscaping fabric. Around the house were rocks 406
inches deep. They were all removed by hand, except the
junipers--which took a truck. Twenty-eight years later the yard
has gone through many changes. There have been seven different
dogs and two cats running about the property which was very
challenging for the gardens. A 70 ft. cottonwood tree was in the
center of the yard, which eventually died, causing the entire
ecosystem of the backyard to change. Now, the front yard sports
a perimeter of perennials. Next to the house are spring bulbs,
milkweed for the bees and butterflies, and a few pots for
color.There are ornamental grasses in the front yard. The back
yard has an area for birds (and the inevitable squirrels)
complete with feeders, bird bath, and flowers. There are raised
beds that change from year to year holding vegetables and
flowers. The yard is eclectic (short for wild and rough)!
from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid.
Directions: Jill's house is at 305 Oak St.,
Lafayette, CO 80026. From Boulder, go east on Baseline
(Hwy. 7) past Hwy. 287, also continuing past Pioneer School.
At Iowa turn north (left), then left again on Oak St. Jill's
house is on the right.
house is at 803 E. Cleveland, Lafayette, CO 80026. From Jill's
house return to Baseline and go east to S. Finch Ave. Turn right
on Finch, then left onto E. Cleveland St. Proceed two blocks to
Joan's house on the left.
Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert, drinks,
biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished.
Tours and Carpools
-- For some of our tours it will
be possible to meet for carpooling. If you have questions
concerning a tour please contact Mollie Morton at "firstname.lastname@example.org". All carpools will leave from the Meadows Shopping
Center parking lot northwest of Rite Aid. Turn south onto Mohawk
off Baseline to reach the entrance to the parking lot.
New members and guests are always welcome!