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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.

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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.)

For more information visit http://www.mtnativeplants.org/Kelsey.

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 http://www.dailyinterlake.com/archive/article-a247a076-e352-11e5-b595-838dab2ff47c.html.  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.

Learning to Grow Grapes

The club will meet at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadway Avenue at 6 pm, Thursday, January 5th for our monthly meeting. This will be followed by our program around 6:30 pm.  

This month Greg Chadwick from Chadwick Nursery in Helena will discuss how to grow grapes in the Helena area. We will talk about what varieties do well, how to care for them and pruning tips. The public is welcome to attend. 

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.

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