How to Join
Meetings and Programs
Meetings and Activities
Meetings are held the third Friday of the month, September through
April. Beginning with the meeting in February, 2018, we will 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, 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
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
15, 2017, 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.
Thompson Park, 420 Bross St., Longmont, CO 80501.
Program: Tour of
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
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.
Location: The Egg and I
Dr. Garth Spellman, Curator of Ornithology, Denver Museum of
Nature & Science--"Sirens of the Mountaintops".
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
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.
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
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
8, 2017 (note: this is the 2nd Friday of the month)
Boulder Garden Club’s Holiday Season Celebration 1:00 p.m.
Home of Jana Murphy,
2489 Kalmia Dr., Boulder, Co 80304
Holiday Decorating Tips from Members
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.
Connie Farnbach, Linda Mattusch, Linda Blomquist, Sandy
Edmondson, Marie Leslie, Mickey Johnson, Jill Jagemann
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.
2018 NO MEETING
Location: Gondolier Restaurant
Program: Ken Fisher, "Trees" and Julia Viel, "Flowers".
Both speakers are from City of Boulder Parks & Recreation Dept.,
Urban Forestry & Horticulture Section.
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.
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, 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
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.
Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent.
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
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Location: Unitarian-Universalist Church,
5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
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.
What’s New from Plant Select--A representative from Sturtz and Copeland
will show us the new Plant Select offerings.
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 Club. Cost 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,
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).
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).
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.
Garden Tour at the home of Stefanie Selden, 325 Snow Peak Lane,
Lafayette, CO 80026
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.
Selden, Diane Curlette, Connie Farnbach
9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of
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.
2017, 10:00 a.m.
Garden tour at the home of Debbie Marden, 3030 Washington St.,
Boulder, CO 80304
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
9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of
Directions: From Broadway (between Ideal Market and
N. Boulder Rec Center), turn east on Elder Ave., then north on
Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert, drinks,
biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished. We
will have lunch in a nearby pavilion.
2018, 10:00 a.m.
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.
Bonnie Phipps-Moninger, Mollie Morton, Karon Johnson.
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 "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!