Fruit Harvest Celebration

On Sunday, October 22nd from 2-5 pm at Johnson’s Garden, 5935 McHugh Lane, Helena there will be demonstrations, workshops and taste testing.  Join the MSU/Lewis and Clark County Extension Office.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
“Growing Fruit Trees in Montana”, Brent Sarchet, MSU/Lewis & Clark County Agriculture Agent.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
“Preserving apples” – Kim Lloyd, MSU/Lewis & Clark County FCS Agent.

2:00 – 5:00 PM
Apple cider pressing demonstration, apple taste testing.

Fruit will be available for purchase from Johnson’s Gardens and Montana Fruit and Cider Company.



Arbor Day Celebration Friday

Come join us at 3:30 this Friday, April 28th at the Fort Harrison Cemetery to dedicate a tree in memory of Joanne Hannon  The dedication will take place next to the shop on the North side of the cemetery.

Learning about Houseplants

Montana in the winter is the perfect time to take on indoor gardening tasks.  This month our meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd at 6 pm at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue.  It will be followed by a program at 6:30 on caring for indoor plants led by Betsy Pennington from Outside In Interior Landscapes.  The public is welcome to attend.

2016 Smokey Bear Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to Buster in 3rd grade who is our Smokey Bear Poster Contest Winner this year –…/smokey-bear-poster-contest.aspx.  The poster will be sent to the Montana Federation of Garden clubs to compete at the state level.


Learning to Grow Grapes

The club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue at 6 pm, Thursday, January 5th for our monthly meeting. This will be followed by our program around 6:30 pm.  

This month Greg Chadwick from Chadwick Nursery in Helena will discuss how to grow grapes in the Helena area. We will talk about what varieties do well, how to care for them and pruning tips. The public is welcome to attend. 

2016 Arbor Day Dedication to Honor Kathy Brown

Friday, April 29th is Arbor Day and the Helena Garden Club will be honoring member Kathy Brown who passed away in 2012 –   Kathy was a kind and compassionate person always putting the needs of other above her own.  Everyone is invited to come and dedicate a Good Mac apple tree in her honor.  The dedication will take place at Noon between the culinary, edible and medicinal patch in the 6th Ward Garden Park, 1235 Bozeman Avenue (just east of the Helena Area Transit terminal) in Helena, Montana.  Enter through southwest corner entrance to the park.

This newly planted edible forest is a fitting location for the tree.The 6th Ward Garden Parks and the Helena Garden Club greatly appreciated this opportunity to recognize Kathy as a person whose life connected people, food, and nature. What better way to honor a chef extraordinaire than to plant a tree that will continue to feed the local community for years to come.  We will be using the tools donated last year by the Ames Companies for this project during the dedication ceremony.  For more information check out the press release.



Learn how to Prune & Sculpt Conifers

Now is the time to get outdoors and prune your trees during their dormant period.  The club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue at 6 pm, Thursday, February 4th  for our monthly meeting.  This will be followed by our program around 6:30 pm.  Our program in February will be on conifers.  If you want to learn how and when to prune conifers, feel free to join us for discussion and videos.  We will also talk about sculpting trees into living eco-art.  The public is welcome to attend.