How to Join
Meetings and Programs
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 refreshment time. 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. Meeting times are often in the morning in
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
16, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m. from the Meadows Shopping Center,
north of Rite Aid
Scripter Farm, 8423 North 73rd St, Niwot, CO 80503.
Program: Tour of Mary Scripter’s Garden
This is a spectacular prairie style garden
designed by Lauren Springer Ogden & planted & maintained by the
owners, Larry & Mary Scripter. The garden is on a farm near
Niwot. The garden backs onto farm land with a view of the
mountains in the distance. It contains too many plants to name
them all but has numerous grasses, sedums, gallardias, coreopsis
etc. Some of the plants are quite unusual & were ordered for the
Scripters by Lauren. Martha Stewart Living Magazine has
photographed the garden and it was featured in their magazine in
the fall of 2015.
Following the Tour we will have lunch in the
Celestial Seasonings cafeteria located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive,
in Gunbarrel, off Spine Road.
CO119/Diagonal Highway to Niwot Road. Turn West and go .4
miles to N. 73rd. Turn right and go 1.7 miles (past
Goose Point Ct.) 8423 North 73rd is on the left
and before Alpenglow Ct.
Location: The Egg and I
Collections Manager of the Entomology Collection at the
University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History.
The Collection contains approximately 800,000 insects and
spiders, and it is particularly rich in material from the Rocky
Mountain Region. The strengths of the collection are the Bees,
Butterflies, Grasshoppers, and Leafhoppers. Regional biological
collections such as this are especially important to the
ecological and systematic communities because of their
historical value, the concentration of collecting in a
particular area, and their unusually excellent label data.
Currently the Museum has an exhibit, “Becoming Butterflies”
which is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most
captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle.
Virginia also consults on The Bees’ Needs, a Citizen
Science Program investigation native wood nesting bees and wasps
in Colorado’s Front Range.
The talk will focus on bees and how to support them through our
Egg and I
Program: Brett Stadsvold,
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
coordinates emerald ash borer programming county-wide. As a
transplant from Minnesota, Brett worked as a municipal forester
for the City of Saint Paul working on EAB management, public
tree planting programs, and citizen forestry programming .
Although EAB has consumed much of his professional career in
urban forestry, Brett is passionate about utilizing volunteers
for urban forestry and developing neighborhood tree nurseries to
help diversify the urban forest.
December 9, 2016
Boulder Garden Club’s Holiday Season Celebration 1:00 p.m.
Home of Connie Farnbach 4022 Old Westbury Ct., Boulder, Co 80301
Chocolate Making with Paco of Growing Gardens.
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.
Mickey Johnson, Jill Jagemann, Stephanie Selden, and Mollie
Going North on the Foothills Parkway, turn right onto Valmont.
Take an immediate left at the light onto 47th Street. Continue
North on 47th through the intersection with the Diagonal
Highway. You will see Pleasant View Soccer Fields on the left.
The entrance to Four Mile Creek is the next left. The street is
St. Johns. Take the first right onto Old Westbury Court. The
Farnbach home is the second one on the right.
2017 NO MEETING
ACTIVITY: February 2017
Colorado Garden and Home Show
will volunteer on a date to be chosen (a day
between 2/4 and 2/17) at the CFGC Exhibit. We
will work specific several hour shifts at the Colorado
Federation of Garden Clubs display area, explaining the exhibits
and answering questions of the public.
Colorado Garden & Home Show is the state's oldest and most
prestigious garden and home show and it attracts more than
60,000 visitors annually. It is produced by the Colorado Garden
Show, Inc. who awards grants to organizations throughout
Colorado. Each year, money raised from the Show supports
horticultural and related activities throughout Colorado.
We will be
volunteering to work specific several hour shifts at the
Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs display area, explaining the
exhibits and answering questions of the public
Connie Farnbach, Sedna Wineland and Mollie Morton.
is located in the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th
Street, Denver, CO 80202. Admittance is $12, $10 for Seniors,
but as volunteers, we can pick up a volunteer pass at the entry
kiosk located in the Convention Center entrance. Parking at the
Center is $12. We can park at Coors Field for $5 (I25 to the
Park Avenue exit, then follow signs to Wazee. There is a free
shuttle or you can take the light rail to the Convention
Center. A carpool will be organized at the November meeting.
Egg and I
Jamie Weiss, Audubon Rockies, Habitat Outreach Coordinator
Jamie will discuss the importance of restoring our communities,
one garden patch at a time. From a birds-eye view, learn how to
create wildlife-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of
open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape
to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.
Location: The Egg and I
– 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, Pat Weis-Taylor, Sandy Edmondson,
Pam McIllwain, and Sedna Wineland.
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. The Penny Pines Program was chosen as the
recipient of the last three silver offering collections.
The Program is a
partnership between the National Garden Club and the USDA Forest
Service to sustain our national and urban forests through
reforestation of devastated areas and forest education programs.
The Forest Service does the planting using donations together
with Federal funds. A total of $78 was collected and we
sent $136 (donations are accepted in multiples of $68) to be
used on Colorado forests.
Location: The Egg and I
Wildflowers, Part 2
Volunteer Naturalist and Honorary Club member Suzanne Michot
for part two of her slide program to kick off the spring
wildflower season! You’ll learn about the variety of wildflowers
found in Boulder County, where and when to look for them, and
some interesting facts about some of our native plants.
Suzanne has spoken to us several times in
the past. She completed the Boulder County Parks and 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 free
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Location: Unitarian-Universalist Church,
5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
Set up for Sale:
Friday, May 12, 2017, 4:30pm-6 pm
May 19, 2017, 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 Pat Weis-Taylor, 5191 Ellsworth Place, Boulder, CO
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: Pam McIllwain, Debbie Marden, Mollie Morton
From 55th Street, between Arapahoe and Baseline,
go West on Centennial Trail, approximately three blocks. The
home, on the right, is on the corner of Centennial Trail and
A few years ago, Pat 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.
June 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Garden Tour at the home of Diane Curlette, 530 Hartford
Dr., Boulder, CO 80305
tour we will meet for lunch at The Egg and I.
Nearly 30 years
ago Diane asked her realtor to help her find a small house on a
large lot in Boulder. Soon she was chopping down thickets of
wild plum and smothering vast swaths of bishop’s weed by
recycling the orange shag carpet ripped up inside -- orange side
down, of course. The house had mostly been a rental and
mistreated. The yard was conventional FHA-loan compliant --
turf, pfitzer junipers, a few large trees, small concrete pad
patio covered by fiberglass panels and aluminum framing. Few
perennials weathered the neglect -- but the survivors were a
tough lot. The gardens evolved over the years through several
iterations including a major remodel of the house in 2002 and
complete re-landscaping with Matrix Gardens in 2008.
gardens reflect her adherence to xeriscape and wildfire
prevention principles while striving for year-round interest,
succession of bloom, and low maintenance. Also reflected is her
interest in trialing new plants and enjoying their unexpected
interactions. Overall the design could probably be described as
Rocky Mountain Cottage style.
are front terraces and back berm and raised bed retained and
framed by red sandstone blocks and boulders. A french drain
disguised as a river bed conducts sump pump outflow across the
property for reuse. Large rose concrete patios and
walkways provide low maintenance spaces for outdoor living.
Trees carefully chosen for drought tolerance and placed for
eventual size include burr oak, pinon pine, cockspur hawthorns,
redbud, apricot, purple smoke tree, lacebark pine and Autumn
Blaze maple. Shrubs and numerous perennials cover the various
beds, with vines on the arbor and fences.
9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of
From the intersection of
Table Mesa and Broadway, travel west on Table Mesa for a number
of blocks. Watch for the Catholic Church on the left.
The next right will be Yale Rd. Turn right on Yale and go
three blocks to Hartford Dr. Turn left on Hartford Drive
and the house is the fourth on the left with the pink gravel
driveway. Lots of street parking is available.
Handicap access to the back yard (no stairs) is easy through the
sidewalk and gate on the west side of the house.
2017, 10:00 a.m.
Garden tour of the home and garden plot of Marie Leslie,
2344 Sandpiper Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026
her husband, Lynn, moved to here from Durango in 2013. After
remodeling the house, they began to reshape the yard with the
goal of creating habit for the birds, bees and butterflies. The
original yard was poorly maintained grass and cobble
landscaping. After removing rock and dying trees, carving out
grass, building dry streams and more, the yard is beginning to
take shape and the new habitat is springing to life. Also
included will be a tour of Kerr Gardens in Louisville, where
Marie leases a garden plot. It is located directly off 95th St.,
just south of South Boulder Road and is part of the Growing
Gardens program. This site has a variety of plot sizes with
beautiful gardens, a shade pavilion and picnic tables where we
will have lunch.
Leslie, Bonnie Phipps, Jana Murphy
9:15 from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of
Sandpiper Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026. Located between South Boulder
Rd. and Baseline Rd., close to Waneka Lake in the Waneka Landing
neighborhood. From Baseline Rd., turn south on Indian Peaks
Drive at the light, turn left on Waneka Lake Trail and right on
Sandpiper Drive. From South Boulder Rd., turn north on N.
95th/Courtesy Rd., turn right on Paschal Drive at the light,
turn left on Sandpiper Drive.
Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert, drinks,
biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils will be furnished.
2017, 10:00 a.m.
Update Tour of Growing Gardens,
1630 Hawthorn, Boulder, CO
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, Colorado. 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.
Sandy Edmondson, Mary Stewart, Linda Blomquist
from the Meadows Shopping Center, north of Rite Aid.
Growing Gardens strongly supports the 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 we
are very grateful to be able to call it home for Growing
Gardens. Our largest Community Garden (the Hawthorn Garden) is
located here, as well as our Cultiva Youth Project, the
Children's Peace Garden, our Able Garden and our 400 sq feet
greenhouse. Our own Lawrie Wilson will give us a tour.
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!