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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. In June, July, August, and sometimes September, there 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.

This year, in April, 2020, the Northern Front Range District Meeting of the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs will be held. The location and time have not been determined yet.

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

2019-2020 Programs

 
September 20, 2019, Noon

Location:  The Gondolier

Program: Gardening in Boulder, with Jason Shimmel

Jason Shimmel is the Garden Center Manager at Sturtz & Copeland. He has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from CSU and has been at his present employer for six years. He is an avid gardener and will talk about which native plants grow the best in Boulder and how to maintain them so they flourish in your garden.

 

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

October 18, 2019, Noon

Location:  The Gondolier

Program: Gardening Tips from the Master at the
Boulder County CSU Extension Office

Speaker: Carol O'Meara, Horticulture Extension Agent, Specializing in Entomology

Carol works with homeowners on landscape issues, manages the Boulder County Master Gardeners, and provides outreach on the Emerald Ash Borer problem. She writes a weekly garden article in the Daily Camera and contributes articles to other area newspapers.

 

 

November 15, 2019, Noon

Location:  The Gondolier

Program:  Rose Facts and Myths

Speaker: Peggy Williams, Master Rosarian (American Rose Society) & member of the Denver Rose Society. She has been growing roses for 25 years and teaches classes at Denver Botanic Gardens & Hudson Gardens. Her own garden is organic and she has a special affinity for Old Garden Roses.

Have you ever seen the fossil beds in Florissant, CO? Do you know the godmother of rose maniacs might be? Do you know when to prune your roses and what they like to eat? Learn the best horticulture practices for growing great roses in the Rockies.

 
December 13, 2019 (note: this is the 2nd Friday of the month)

The Boulder Garden Club’s Holiday Old English Brunch 11:30am-1:30 p.m.

Home of Sandy Edmondson , 5215 Centennial Tr., Boulder 80303. From 55th St. between Arapahoe and Baseline turn west on Centennial Tr. Go three blocks to the northeast corner of Centennial Tr. and Ellsworth Pl.

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.

 

 
January, 2020  NO MEETING

 

 
February 21, 2020

Location: The Gondolier

Program:  Plastics Impacts On Our Oceans, Climate, Human Health,  and the Soil.

Speaker: Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director of the Colorado Ocean Coalition and the Inland Ocean Coalition. She has an M.A. in Marine Policy from Yale University and has worked for NOAA where she co-wrote the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Designation documents and served as NOAA liaison to California Sanctuary sites. For 10 years she was Executive Director of Save Our Shores in California. Upon moving to Colorado she founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition in 2011 and the Inland Ocean Coalition in 2017.

 

February 22-March 1, 2020  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 Jana Murphy

March 20, 2020, Noon

Location:  Gondolier Restaurant

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, Marie Leslie, Nan Otero, 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. 

 
April, 2020, Date & Time TBD
 Northern Front Range District Meeting
 Location:  TBD                 
 

April 17, 20120, Noon

Location:  Gondolier Restaurant

Program: Birding Boulder County Through the Seasons

Speaker:  Suzanne Michot, Volunteer Naturalist with Boulder County Parks & Opens Space since 1996. In addition to her volunteer work with Boulder County she has been an Outreach Specialist with the City of Boulder, an educator for Eco-Cycle, and nature hike guide for Boulder Walking Tours & Front Range CC Continuing Education.

Suzanne will lead us through the seasons, showing us how to identify some of local and migratory birds, and also introduce us to an amazing range of ecosystems and habitats.

MEETING CANCELLED

 

May 9, 2020
9-Noon
ACTIVITY

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

Set up for Sale:  Friday, May 8, 2020, 4:30pm-6 pm

SALE CANCELLED

Directions:  The church is located off 55th St. and Pennsylvania, between Arapahoe and Baseline Rd., on the north side of the road.

 

May 29, 2020, 11:00 a.m. (Note: this is the 4th Friday)

ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

Location: Growing Gardens Pavilion, 1630 Hawthorn, Boulder, CO 80304

Program:  What’s New from Plant Select--Member Carolyn Toole will discuss the new plants for 2020.

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: Club Officers

MEETING CANCELLED

Directions: 

East of Broadway, just off Iris St.

 

June 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. (Note: this is the 4th Friday)

Program:  Garden Tour at Marsha Yeager's House, 963 7th St., Boulder 80302

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

The garden is defined by its forest of evergreens, mainly Ponderosa and Austrian pines and Blue Spruce, planted in the 1930s by the original owner. Since 1972, when we have lived here, we have added deciduous trees and dealt with the removal of old  trees. The borders & beds contain shade and part shade herbaceous and woody plants, bulbs, vines & groundcovers, along with many Old roses and David Austin roses. An 8' fence was installed in 1989 to keep out deer, but recently a bear and her two cubs have discovered the yard.

Hostesses: Mollie Morton and others, TBD

 

Directions:  From Broadway & Baseline, head west to 9th St., turn north and go to Aurora, then turn west to 7th St. Our house is on the west side of 7th.

 

July 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Program:  GardenTour at Susan Ollar's House, 3705 Martin Dr., Boulder 80305

Lunch Plans, Please bring a salad or side dish to share. Dessert, drinks, compostable plates, cups, & utensils will be furnished.

My gardens are prairie type plantings with shrubs, ornamental grasses and flowers--penstemon, coneflowers, salvia, rudbeckia, Joe Pye weed, yarrow, lavender and others, as well as thyme, sage, catmint, and more. The shrubs are ninebarks, lilac, black lace elder, hydrangea and red stemmed dogwood, viburnum (Korean spice). I've used dwarf conifers (mugo pine) and Norwegian Spruce to set structure along with new Blue Spruce trees. The front gardens are well established, while the backyard gardens were newly planted this year. Vines, including clematis and Kintzleys ghost honeysuckle were newly planted this year and are thriving. Next year the garden should be taking off and expanding the new plantings.

Hostesses: TBD

 

Directions: Martin Dr. is accessible from either Broadway or Moorhead on South 35th St., or from Table Mesa Dr.

 

August 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Program:  Garden tour at the home of Marge Szoke, 610 Country Lane, Boulder 80303

The Szoke yard is 1-1/3 acres including a large vegetable garden, raspberries, and strawberries. There is an orchard with apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, and grapes. The landscaping is eccentric with natural elements including hardscaping, patios, paths, perennials, xeriscaping and flower gardens. It also includes a rambling path through a created natural woods.

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

Hostesses: TBD

 

Directions:

House is on the corner of 75th St. and Baseline. We are west of 75th, south side of Baseline, 1st house on left when you turn on Country Lane. Please park in the driveway and 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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