The Alternative Garden Club is a social and educational organization open to persons committed to equality for all who share an interest in horticulture and landscape design. The Club meets regularly for lectures, the exchange of ideas, field trips, special events, and the development of service projects throughout the community. More information about our organization can be found on the About Us section in the navigation menu above.
The Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at The Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South, at the northeast corner of Sugar House Park. Click Here for a map of our location.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center. Dean Anesi will be giving us some of his fabulous tips on holiday decorating. We hope to see you there!
Our annual Christmas potluck dinner will be held Sunday, December 15, at 5 PM. Please contact us for more details.
Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center. The theme is “Show and Tell.” Bring a favorite recipe from the kitchen or a favorite item from the garden–or if it’s too big to bring, just tell about it. We’ll also be having a fun contest matching the names of our members with facts that you didn’t know about them.
It’s generally best to cut down ornamental grasses in early spring, not in the fall. Not only will the plant be healthier, but over the winter it will give food and cover to songbirds. The grasses will also provide some visual interest during the dull gray months and can be especially beautiful when covered in frost.
P.S. Remember our upcoming show-and-tell on November 6. The theme will be “Kitchen and Garden,” and prizes will be awarded in our guessing game!
Join us this Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center for a potluck dinner. Bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to share. This is always a fun event, with good food and good company. We hope to see you there!
The weeds are as high as an elephant’s eye–outside the Sugar House Garden Center, unfortunately! The Rocky Mountain Region of the Associated Garden Clubs is going to meet in Salt Lake City the weekend of Sept. 14 and will be holding one of their events here. We don’t want to be embarrassed when they see our place!
Therefore we will NOT be meeting on the first Wednesday of September, but instead will gather for a work party at the Garden Center on Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9 AM. Please bring garden tools and work gloves. Light refreshments will be served. Also, if you happen to have excess produce from your garden, please bring some to share or trade. If we can all pitch in, it will be quick work and a fun morning!
Spring is the only time you can plant vegetables, right? By late summer, it’s too hot and way too late, right? Wrong! You can actually plant some crops in August for a fall harvest. Unlike tomatoes, which need a long season to grow and mature a fruit crop, leafy greens such as arugula, lettuce, spinach, and turnip greens do quite well when planted this time of year. You have to be careful to water them, because it’s so hot, but the seeds will germinate quickly, and then the plants will grow tender and succulent as the days get shorter, instead of rushing to bolt and go to seed as the days get longer in spring. Lettuce will remain fresh, instead of turning bitter, and spinach grown in the fall not only has a wonderful flavor, it will sometimes survive the winter to provide an early spring crop as well.
Just a reminder that we will not be meeting at our regular time and place this month. Instead, we will tour the Urban Garden Co., 365 W. 800 N., this Saturday morning, August 3. The garden will be open from 8-10 AM, and a continental breakfast will be served. Once again, a big thank you to Dean Anesi for hosting this event. Don’t miss out on this unique garden in the city, complete with ornamentals, vegetables, chickens, and bees!