Archive for the ‘Gardening Tips and Hints’ Category

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. 


October 13th Meeting and Program

Monday night Sally Bostrom will be speaking on “Tips and Tricks of preserving organic produce from your gardens. She has 50+ years of experience organic gardening. She will show and tell and have samples of food she has preserved. The meeting starts at 6:00pm at Montana Wild 2668 Broadwater Ave.,with a short business meeting and then our featured speaker at 6:30. The public is welcome to attend.

March Garden Club Meeting Monday

The snow is melting and now is the time to start preparing for spring.  Monday, March 10th we will have a short meeting at 6:15 followed by a program at 6:30 presented by Jo Bristow.  The topic will be Straw Bale Gardening. Learn the recipe for Straw Bale Gardening and the experiments surrounding that subject.  The public is welcome to attend.  The meeting will be held at at  Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue in Helena.

Learn about landscaping with native plants

The Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) has invited Kathy Settevendemie, President of MNPS and owner of Blackfoot Native Plants Nursery in Potomac, MT, to present a program on “Landscaping with Native Plants Adapted to Helena” this Friday.

The free Native Plant Landscaping program will be at the MT Wild Education Center located at Spring Meadow Lake State Park at 2668 Broadwater Ave in Helena on March 7th at 7 pm. Come see some beautiful wildflower pictures and native plant landscaping project photos and get charged up for spring! For more information please contact MNPS Secretary, Patrick Plantenberg at 431-4615. The public is welcome to attend.

March Meeting – Saturday the 23rd

We have had a mild winter and spring is in the air.  Now is the time to start planning for your garden.   This month’s program will be on Bat Safety.  As gardeners, bats are wonderful creatures providing natural pest control and fertilizer for the garden.  However there is concern about contracting rabies from bats.  Join us to learn how to safely garden with bats in the area.  Our guest speaker will be Matt Bell.  We will be meeting at 10:30 am this Saturday at Montana Wild,  2668 Broadwater Avenue off Euclid Avenue/Highway 12.  The program will be followed by a business meeting.  The public is welcome to attend.

National Pollinator Week

This week is National Pollinator Week –  Take a minute to learn about pollinating insects, birds and mammals.  Here is a great video to get you started –  While Montana does not have all the plants and species displayed in this video, we do have similar pollination activities that occur in Montana with our native species of plants, insects, mammals and birds.  Some of these pollinators are threatened and even endangered because they only have a limited selection of host plants.  You can help out by planting some native plants in your yard.

Native plants are great because they take less water and do not require soil amendments.  Check out the Montana Native Plant Society web site listed in the links on the right for more details on specific plants that may work in your yard.  Many nurseries have also started carrying more native plants and can provide advice on planting natives.    If you want to plant  species on the endangered or threatened list check out the  Montana Natural Heritage Program web site at   We can each help ensure these species will be available in the future by tucking a few in a neglected area of our yard.   Never collect plants from the wild. Get your seeds and plants from reputable sources and enjoy some wildflowers in your own back yard.

Join us Today for International Migratory Bird Day

May is National Wildlife Month and it is a great time to think about how to make your garden a sanctuary for wild life.  You can certify your yard with the National Federation of Wildlife – by providing food, shelter, water and a place to raise the young.  To learn more, come see our booth on gardening for wildlife at the International Migratory Bird Day out at the Helena Regulating Reservoir.  To get there, head out on York Road towards Hauser Lake past  FoxRidge Golf Course.  Continue on up the hill and look for a sign on the right side of the road. Turn right and follow the road to the boat ramp.  There will be many exciting activities from 9 until 2.  We hope you can stop by.