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 – http://helenafuneralhome.com/obituaries/katherine-elizabeth-brown.   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.

Tizer Gardens Nature Connections Fall Apple Festival Today

Swing out to Jefferson City today for the Tizer Gardens Apple Festival. Enjoy all things apple. Learn how to prune your trees, press some cider and support Nature Connections the nonprofit organization through the bake sale happening today from 1 to 5. 

 http://www.tizergardens.com 

Lactofermentation Workshop October 3rd

The Helena Community Gardens is having a lactofermentation workshop on Saturday October 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Plymouth Church, on the corner of Oaks and Winne, behind the community gardens. Presented by CJ Puotinen and Stephen Nagy

This year’s buzz word is MICROBIOME, the population of bacteria and other microbes that help define our state of health. Search online for microbiome and you’ll get more than 2 million hits. As Robynne Chutkan explains in her book The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out (Penguin Random House, 2015), “Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are microbiome rock stars because they contain live bacteria (probiotics) and prebiotic fiber to nourish gut bacteria. You should try to include some of these fermented foods in your diet every day.”
            Celebrate your garden’s harvest by turning carrots, cabbages, radishes, onions, and other vegetables into yummy ginger carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi, side dishes, salad ingredients, old-fashioned dill pickles, and condiments like sriracha (hot sauce). Lactofermented foods are easy to prepare (Mother Nature does the work), plus they’re delicious and more nutritious than plain vegetables. In addition to providing probiotics and prebiotics, their vitamin content is higher and they are easier to digest than other raw veggies.
            Learn how to turn your own vegetables as well as locally prepared salsas and other foods into tangy lactofermented dishes. This workshop is fun, fast-paced, and informative. You’ll take your transformed ingredients home with you and your microbiome will thank you!
            Things to bring: vegetables, sharp knife, hand grater or electric shredder, and glass jars or a pickle crock. The instructors will provide demonstrations, handouts, recipes, unrefined salt, liquid whey, cultured vegetable starters, extension cords,  Cuisinart, mandoline slicer, graters, and other supplies. We’ll be working in the church kitchen. Wear casual clothes. RSVP – helenacommunitygardens@gmail.comor (406) 438-6049

Come Learn about Winterizing Trees October 1st

The Helena Garden Club is hosting a program on preparing our trees for winter at 6:30 on Thursday,   October 1st. The discussion will be led by Greg Chadwick from Chadwick Nursery. We will also be sharing some ideas to prevent desiccation and sun scald.  The monthly meeting will begin at 6 pm at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue, followed by the program. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Orchid Show starts today 

The Great Divide Orchid Society’s Annual Show and Sale is happening this weekend. Stop by the Capital Hill Mall today through Sunday and check it out. More details are available on their website at http://www.greatdivideorchidsociety.org

Upcoming activities for the 6th Ward Garden Park Edible Forest Project

Help heal our ancient Mother Earth — Helena, Montana, National Public Lands Day, 9/26, 9 – 2 pm, 6th Ward Garden Park, 1325 Bozeman Avenue, Helena, MT. Help lay a living forest floor on the mid-bioswale. Good fun, exercise, and picnic after.  Connect to the Facebook event at “Celebrate Our Ancient Mother“.

Everyone is also invited to attend any of the following Forest Garden Design Intensive Public Sessions below and spread the word to others on Facebook.  There is a suggested donation of $5 for each session.
FGDI Public Session #1
Sunday, October 4th from 7:30 to 9 pm – a close look at some of the forest garden projects that instructors and course participants have been a part of designing, implementing, and maintaining. Hear inspiration and lessons learned for your own forest garden project!
Introduction to Forest Garden Case Studies (with people who have worked on the gardens)
 
FGDI Public Session #2
Monday, October 5th at 9 am to 10:30 am.  Hear Dave Jacke’s introduction to the vision, theory, and practices that form the foundation of wholesome, dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems.
 
FGDI Public Session #3
Saturday, October 10 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
See ecological design processes applied to a range of food-producing ecologies and scales on sites in Helena.