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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.




Orchid Show This Weekend

The Great Divide Orchid Society is holding their annual show this weekend at the Capital Hill Mall. If you are out and about check it out. Details are available on their web site at

Learn How to Landscape with Native Plants

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer a free native plant gardening class with Helena Garden Club Member, Sue Leferink on Sept. 5 at Montana Wild.
The Helena Garden Club designed and oversaw the construction of Montana Wild’s 250-square-foot native plant garden that contains more than 100 native plant species. The garden was recently certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The native plant garden will be showcased during the class.

Participants will learn how to plan, prepare and select plants for a native garden. Leferink also will discuss how to successfully install and maintain a native plant garden.

The one-hour class will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Montana Wild’s Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave, next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. For more information and to register call 406-444-9944.

HGC activites at Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum

Helena Garden Club members braved the cold on Friday to dedicate a tree to Lee Majors on Arbor Day.  Check out the pictures on the Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Facebook page –  Saturday the club came back out to help get the gardens ready for opening day which is May 13th.  Here are the before and after results of the work done –!/media/set/edit/a.320871817986765.74608.118863621520920/.  Tizer is still repairing areas damaged by last years flood and is grateful for everyone’s continued support restoring the gardens.  We look forward to going back after the gardens open and seeing the new  Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac Tree in full bloom and the results of yesterday’s work.

January Monthly Meeting Saturday the 14th

Happy New Year to all of you!  Our January meeting will be held at Montana Wild, , 2668 Broadwater Avenue off Euclid Avenue/Highway 12 at 10:30 am.   The program will be on the Basics of Landscaping presented by HGC member and Landscape Designer Karen Chadwick.  The public is welcome to attend.  We will have a meeting after the program to plan for our first Blue Star Memorial Fundraiser and discuss other business.  If you have any unwanted vases laying around, please bring them to the meeting.  We will donate them to the Farm in the Dell.  For more information, please use the about us contact form on this web site.

Helena Garden Club receives NGC grant for $5000

We are thrilled to announce that we received a $5,000 grant from the National Council of Garden Clubs for flood restoration work at Tizer Gardens.  After our lavender program and meeting tomorrow, we will be heading to Tizer Gardens for Gardener’s Day Out to enjoy all the festivities.  We will also be sharing about composting with worms at our booth.  The Helena Garden Club will be presenting the check to Tizer Gardens owners, Richard and Belva after the last program.  Hope you can join us.  Below is the schedule of activities.  For more information visit Tizer Gardens web site at

Here’s the schedule:

  • 11:00— Basics of Growing Trees by Brent Sarchet (Lewis and Clark Extension Agent)
  • 11:30 — Favorite Trees at Tizer Gardens by Richard Krott (Co-Founder Tizer Gardens)
  • 12:00 — Introduction to Zone 4 Magazine by Andra Spurr (Zone 4 Magazine)
  • 1:00 — Pollinators in the Garden by Andrea Sarchet (Jefferson County Extension Agent)
  • 1:30 — Vegetable Gardening from Seed by Judy Fisher (Fisher Seeds in Belgrade)
  • 2:15 — Growing, Harvesting & Preserving Herbs by Jennephyr Richter
  • 3:15 — Favorite Perennials in the Garden by Belva Lotzer (Co-Founder of Tizer Gardens)

Come See Us at the Secret Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26th

Want to learn more about the Helena Garden Club or support local gardening projects? Check out our booth this Sunday at the Original Governor’s Mansion Secret Garden Tour event located at (304 N Ewing Street) from 10 am to 3 pm.

We will be selling fresh orchids blooms to clip in your hair or pin to your shirt, beautiful crafts such as stained glass butterfly pot perches, and fresh squeezed vanilla bean lemonade. We will be raffling off container gardens and selling worm compost bin starter kits. We will inspire you with new gardening ideas and share information about upcoming gardening projects in the Helena area.

You don’t have to go on the tour to visit our booth so swing by and say hi. Hope to see you there.