March Program – Butterflies of Montana

Karen McCarver from the Townsend Garden Study Club will be coming to teach us about Butterflies of Montana this Thursday at 6 pm at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue off Euclid/Highway 12. The mourning cloak, our state butterfly will come out of hibernation this month to feed on tree sap – After our program we will have a club meeting.  The public is welcome to attend.


February 1st Meeting

The Helena Garden club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue off Euclid Avenue/Highway 12 Thursday, February 1st at 6:00 pm. Our meeting will be followed by a photo slide show of hummingbirds given by Bob Martinka who has provided many photos for Montana Audubon Publications at 6:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

Montana Native Plant Society Programs

The Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society is sponsoring two upcoming programs.

February 13, 7-9 p.m. – Lewis and Clark Library Large Meeting Room – Botanical Art & Illustration. For centuries art has been an essential companion to botany as a means of communicating botanical information and aiding plant identification. In the process, botanical art has also developed as an aesthetic tradition of its own. Kelsey Chapter member and botanical artist, Jane Fournier, will explain how art and botany have supported each other, from early times, through the so called “golden age” of botanical art, and in more modern times. The program will also look at the process, from concept to finished plate for a typical botanical drawing or painting. (This is the first of a two-part program – for info on the hands-on session, see below (March 6).)

March 6, 7-9 p.m. – Lewis and Clark Library Large Meeting Room – Drawing Plants. From recording something observed in the field to creating a work of art, all botanical art starts with the same basic observation and drawing skills, which, by the way, can be learned by anyone. For this hands-on program, Kelsey Chapter Photo of drawing materials Member and Botanical Artist, Jane Fournier, using plant samples and basic drawing tools, will take you through some simple exercises to loosen up and highlight observation skills before drafting an accurate graphite drawing of your plant sample. No drawing experience is required, and all the necessary drawing supplies will be available if you don’t already have your own. (While this is a two-part program, attendance at the first session is not a prerequisite for the second.)

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Virtual Tour Perennial Plant Symposium January 4th

The Helena Garden club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue off Euclid Avenue/Highway 12 at 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 4th for our monthly meeting. This month Sue Leferink, Helena Garden Club President, will present a virtual slide show tour of the 2017 Denver Perennial Plant Symposium “How High Can You Steppe?” afterwards starting at 6:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

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.