Landscaping with Native Plants

Next Saturday, May 25th Sue Leferink from the Helena Garden Club will talk on Landscaping with Native Plants hosted by GardenWerks located at 3225 Cooney Drive in Helena. We will discuss design principles and elements and how it applies to a native landscape in your own backyard. Attendees will learn about easy to grow native plants as well as how to select the right plant for the right spot to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional outdoor living space. Come join in the discussion and learn more about growing plants native to Montana.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies Program April 25th

Dragonflies are beneficial to gardens.  These predators eat mosquitos and other plant destroying insects.   Join us to learn about Dragonflies and Damselflies species in Montana with Bob Martinka, avid wildlife biologist and photographer on Thursday, April 25th at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, MT.  Bob has lived in the Helena area for over 40 years and has traveled around the world capturing wildlife on film.

We will have our monthly meeting at 6 pm, followed by our program at 6:30.  The public is welcome to join us.

 

Plant Select Program and March Meeting

Spring has sprung and the snow is returning.  Hopefully we don’t get as much snow as last month.  We have rescheduled our program and will be proceeding with the plan.

This Thursday, March 28th at 6 pm we will hold our meeting at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, followed by this month’s program at 6:30.  Belva from Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum will share photos of Plant Select plants that do extremely well in a Montana rock garden.  Plant Select is a collaboration between the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University.  Colorado looks for plants that do not require supplemental water.  They send teams around the world to find plants that are cold hardy, drought tolerant and do well in high altitudes.  These plants are propagated and tested in Colorado and then sent to other high altitude climates for testing.   Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum has been a demonstration garden for Plant Select since 2005.  Richard and Belva have discovered that many of these plants do very well here. She will share her experiences with us.  The public is welcome to join us.

CANCELLED: Plant Select plants for Rock Gardens

We are cancelling this meeting due to weather.  More snow is on the way and it is best not to travel in it.

This Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm we will hold our meeting at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, followed by this month’s program at 6:30.  Belva from Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum will share photos of Plant Select plants that do extremely well in a Montana rock garden.  Plant Select is a collaboration between the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University.  Colorado looks for plants that do not require supplemental water.  They send teams around the world to find plants that are cold hardy, drought tolerant and do well in high altitudes.  These plants are propagated and tested in Colorado and then sent to other high altitude climates for testing.   Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum has been a demonstration garden for Plant Select since 2005.  Richard and Belva have discovered that many of these plants do very well here. She will share her experiences with us.  The public is welcome to join us.

Square Foot Gardening Thursday, January 31st

Our meeting this month will be at 6 pm on Thursday, January 31st at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, followed by our program at 6:30.  We will review gardening basics and the topic of square foot gardening with master gardener scholarship winner and garden club member Mary Jane Clark. Starting small is a great way to ease in to the experience if the idea of gardening seems overwhelming.   The public is invited to both our meeting and program so swing by and check it out.

Congratulations to Mariska

Congratulations to our Smokey Bear Poster Contest (http://gardenclub.org/youth/smokey-bear-poster-contest.aspx) 3rd grade winner this year, Mariska.  She will go on to compete at our state level.  Did you know Smokey is 75 years old this year?  He looks pretty good for his age.

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week at Montana WILD tonight

To celebrate National Pollinator Week – http://pollinator.org/pollinator-week, we will be learning about pollinators, exploring the new Pollinator Pathway at Montana WILD,  and watching the SK FilmFlight of the Butterflies” .   Join us tonight at 6:30 at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Avenue (Take Hwy 12 and turn North at crosswalk across from Kessler School), Helena, MT.

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