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Meetings and Activities


Meetings are held the third Friday of the month, September through April and are at the Egg and I, located in the Basemar Shopping Center, 2574 Baseline Rd., Boulder 80505 (corner Broadway & Baseline).  Meetings are from 12-2 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Each meeting consists of a program, a short business meeting, and lunch. Activities are usually Colorado State Federation of Garden Clubs events or special volunteer activities.

There is no January meeting. June, July, August, and sometimes September, are 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.

Programs 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 craft projects.

A spring luncheon in May at a member's home and a Holiday Tea in December bring members together to celebrate gardening friendships.

2017-2018 Programs

 
September 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Carpool:  9:30 a.m. from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid. Email or call Mollie Morton to ensure others will be there.

Location:  Thompson Park, 420 Bross St., Longmont, CO 80501. 

Program: Tour of Thompson Park

Thompson Park is one of the three parks designed into the original Chicago-Colorado Colony town plat. The park is named after Elizabeth Rowell Thompson (1820-1899), a renowned philanthropist, temperance reformer and abolitionist who lived on the East Coast. A Boston reporter in 1899, called her the "founder of Longmont, Colorado". In 1890, Judge F. P. Secor rented Thompson Park for $14 per month to graze his and a neighbor's milk cows. The ladies of the town planted trees in the park and helped keep them alive with buckets of water from the St.Vrain River, trees that still stand today and are identified in a brochure available from the Parks and Forestry Services of Longmont (The Trees of Thompson Park).

 

Hostesses:  Marsha Yeager, Pam McIllwain

Directions:

Take CO119/Diagonal Highway to Main St. in Longmont.  Turn left onto Main St. Go to 3rd St. and turn left. Then right onto Bross St. (after Pratt St.).

Bring a brown bag lunch and a drink. Dessert will be provided by the hostesses.

October 20, 2017, Noon

Location:  The Egg and I

Program: Dr. Garth Spellman, Curator of Ornithology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science--"Sirens of the Mountaintops".

Dr. Spellman attended Carleton College as an undergraduate, received an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and his doctorate from U. of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to his position at DMNS, he is a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society.

Brown-capped Rosy Finches nest well above tree line and are the only songbird whose breeding range is almost exclusive to Colorado. These high elevation specialists have been declining over the last few decades and scientists know so little about them that the reasons for their decline are unknown. Hear how researchers from across the Front Range to California and Alaska are working together to solve the mystery of their decline.

 

November 17, 2017, Noon

Location:  The Egg and I

Program:  Suzanne Michot, Voluntary Naturalist with Boulder County Parks & Open Space Dept. and Honorary BGC Member--"Whoo are the Owls?"

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 us for a slide program to explore these fascinating creatures and to learn about the special adaptations that make them such expert hunters.

Originally from Louisiana, Suzanne completed the Volunteer Naturalist training in 1996. Since then, she has worked for the Boulder City Open Space Mountain Parks Dept. as an Outreach Specialist, and Environmental Educator for Eco-Cycle, and as a Nature Hike Guide for Front Range Community College Continuing Education and Boulder Walking Tour. Prior to these jobs, she worked as a flight attendant and a paralegal. She enjoys backpacking, biking, skiing, traveling and learning about nature in her free time.

 
December 8, 2017 (note: this is the 2nd Friday of the month)

The Boulder Garden Club’s Holiday Season Celebration  1:00 p.m.

Home of Jana Murphy, 2489 Kalmia Dr., Boulder, Co  80304

Program:  Holiday Decorating Tips from Members

Donations:  Members are 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.

Hostesses:  Connie Farnbach, Linda Mattusch, Linda Blomquist, Sandy Edmondson, Marie Leslie, Mickey Johnson, Jill Jagemann

Directions:

Take 28th St. north to Iris. Turn left onto Iris and go one long block to 26th St., the first light after Iris. (This is one of those Boulder streets that change names.) It is Folsom until Iris, then it becomes 26th. Turn right on 26th and go two blocks to Kalmia. Turn left, and her house is directly behind the fourth house on the right hand side. Parkside Park is on the left side of the street. The driveway is just beyond where the median ends. It is best to park on the street.

January, 2018  NO MEETING

 

 
February 16, 2018 

Location: The Egg & I

Program:  Ken Fisher, "Trees" and Julia Viel, "Flowers". Both speakers are from City of Boulder Parks & Recreation Dept., Urban Forestry & Horticulture Section.

The Urban Forestry & Horticulture Section manages about 38,000 trees in city parks and street rights-of-way and more than 200 landscape flower and shrub beds in city parks. Due to the commitment of the City of Boulder through the years, it has been given the Tree City USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1984. Ken's specialty is the planting program and management of the health of all the trees in the city.  Emerald Ash Borer is his main concern at the moment. Julia is in charge of maintenance of the 200 flower/shrub beds in the city and the design of the yearly Pearl St. Mall plantings.

 

February 24-March 4, 2018  Colorado Garden & Home Show

The Club 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 Mollie Morton

March 16, 2018, Noon

Location:  The Egg and I

World Gardening Month – 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

Speakers will include Jill Jagemann, Sandy Edmondson, and Pam McIllwain, with input welcome from all members.

This 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 available. 

World Gardening Month:

A silver offering will be collected at this meeting to provide support for civic development and maintenance.  In the past, monies have been donated to local, state, federal, or international programs that club members suggest . A vote is taken to determine the amount and organization that will receive the grant from the club.

April 20, 2018, Noon

Location:  The Egg and I

Program:  Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent.

Deryn will speak about new ways to incorporate native plants into home landscapes to support our important pollinators.  Her interest in native plants began when she worked as a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.

 

 

May 12, 2018
9-Noon
ACTIVITY

ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Location: Unitarian-Universalist Church,
5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
Boulder CO 80303

Set up for Sale:  Friday, May 11, 2018, 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 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

Program:  What’s New from Plant Select--A representative from Sturtz and Copeland will show us the new Plant Select offerings.

Location:  Home of Barb Gardner, 653 W. Birch Ct., Louisville, CO 80027

Lunch, dessert, and drinks will be provided by the hostesses and the Boulder Garden ClubCost is $5.00 per person.

 Annual Dues will be collected - $20.00. Total for the dues and lunch - $25.00.

Hostesses:  Barb Gardner, Mollie Morton, Marie Leslie, Karon Johnson

Directions: 

For those coming from the east, go to S. Boulder Rd. in Louisville. Go straight at the Via Appia intersection and head up the hill to the west. At the top of the hill, turn right (north) at the light onto Washington. Go three blocks to Birch, then turn right. The house is the first driveway or second house on the left (north side of street).

For those coming from the west and Boulder, go to S. Boulder Rd. or Table Mesa Rd. and head east. Go up the big hill and straight through the McCaslin intersection. At the next light, which is Washington, turn left (north). Go three blocks to Birch and turn right. The house is the first driveway or second house on your left (north side of street).

For those in Superior and points south, go north on McCaslin and up the big hill. Go right at S. Boulder Rd to the next stop light (Washington) and turn left. Go three blocks to Birch and turn right. House is the first driveway or second house on the left (north side of street).

 

June 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Program:  Garden Tour at the home of Stefanie Selden, 325 Snow Peak Lane, Lafayette, CO 80026

Please bring a salad or side dish to share. Dessert, drinks, biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished.

Stefanie and her family moved to their home 10 years ago.  It had large berms bordering the property with evergreens and deciduous trees and over an acre of Kentucky bluegrass. Battling against intense wind, sun, clay soil, bunnies and deer, Stefanie has carved out three garden areas. The front entrance circle surrounds a huge Colorado blue spruce and contains Washington hawthorns, cherry trees, honey locust, Tatarian maple, redbuds, Pagoda dogwood, catalpa trees. It also has perennials and shrubs such as peonies, hellebores, yews, rhododendrons, oak leaf hydrangea, and Carol Mackie daphne. The south garden, outside the kitchen and family rooms, is the most intimate. Stefanie installed five large raised beds which contain strawberries, vegetables and annuals. There are numerous Plant Select perennials and ornamental grasses here. Trees in this area include Virginia fringe tree, Japanese lilac, paperbark maple, Montgomery blue spruce, and purple smoke tree.

Hostesses: Stefanie Selden, Diane Curlette, Connie Farnbach

 

Carpool: 

9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid.

Directions:  

Snow Peak Lane is a private driveway, on the south side of Baseline. It is about 1.5 miles east of 75th St., but before you get to 95th St. It is just west of the railroad tracks. Look for the stone entrance labeled "Snow Peak Farm." There are three houses in Snow Peak Farm and Stephanie's is the middle green house.

July 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Program:  Garden tour at the home of Debbie Marden, 3030 Washington St., Boulder, CO 80304

Debbie's urban garden perfectly complements her home's mid-century modern architecture. Outdoor spaces for entertaining and lounging extend the modest footprint of the indoor living areas. Generous trees, striking perennials and ornamental grasses continue the eclectic interior style by combining geometry, unexpected color, and Asian elements.

Hostesses:  Debbie Marden, Pam McIllwain, Nan Otero

Carpool:  9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid.

Directions:  From Broadway (between Ideal Market and N. Boulder Rec Center), turn east on Elder Ave., then north on Washington St.

Please bring a sack lunch.  Dessert, drinks, biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished. We will have lunch in a nearby pavilion.

August 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

 Program:  Garden Tour at the home of Bonnie Phipps-Moninger and Bill Moninger, 2439 Kalmia Ave., Boulder, CO 80304

Please bring a salad or side dish to share. Dessert, drinks, biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be provided.

Hostesses:  Bonnie Phipps-Moninger, Mollie Morton, Karon Johnson.

 

Carpool:  9:15 a.m. from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid.

Directions:  Take 28th St. north to Iris. Turn left onto Iris and go one long b lock to 26th St  (south of Iris, 26th St. becomes Folsom). Turn north (right) on 26th St and go two blocks to Kalmia. Turn left on Kalmia.  The house is in the cul-de-sac on the right in the northwest corner. Parkside Park is on the left side of the street. The cul-de-sac driveway is just beyond where the median ends. It is best to park on the street.

 

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 "mollie.morton@colorado.edu". 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!

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