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.

Pillar & begoniasThe Club usually meets the first Wednesday of the 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.

March Meeting

February 20, 2015

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center.  We will be hearing from an expert arborist on pruning techniques.  We hope to see you there!



Be sure to join us this Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center for our monthly meeting.  The topic will be “Vegetable and Flower Seeds.”  Come learn about some new varieties that you probably haven’t grown yet but which have been successfully tested here in Salt Lake City.  We hope to see you there!



Annual Meeting January 7

January 3, 2015

I hope you’ve all had a pleasant holiday season and are surviving our recent frigid weather with no frozen pipes or frostbite.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center.  It’s our annual planning meeting and potluck.  It’s important for everyone to attend, to get your input on the programs and activities you’d like to see in the coming year.
Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to serve as an officer in the club just because you come to the planning meeting (but people who don’t attend may be receiving phone calls . . . ).  Just bring a potluck dish, and we’ll have a good time.



Be sure to join us for our annual Holiday Home Tour and Christmas Potluck this Sunday, December 7.  Several garden club members will graciously open their homes to us, and we’re looking forward to a fun and festive evening.  Please contact us by e-mail for more information on the time, locations, and food assignments.


December Meeting

November 26, 2014

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center.  The theme will be “Three Tricks to Make Your Holiday Gathering More Festive,” as Dean Anesi will share some of his fabulous decorating tips with us.  This presentation is always one of the highlights of the year.  We hope to see you there!


December Plans

November 11, 2014

Our social committee has decided to go ahead with both a regular meeting and a Christmas potluck in December.  Please make note of the dates:  Wednesday, December 3 for the meeting, and Sunday, December 7 for the Holiday Home Tour and potluck.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks.


November Meeting

November 3, 2014

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center.  Our theme will be “The Forbidden Island,” as we take an exclusive look at the landscape, history, and culture of Cuba.  We hope to see you there!


Potluck October 1

September 28, 2014

We’ll be going back to our regular schedule in October, with our monthly meeting being held at 7:30 PM the first Wednesday, which is October 1.  We’ll be enjoying a potluck dinner, and the theme is “State Fair.”  Bring the type of food that you might enter in the State Fair, or just something that you might like to eat at the fair.  Award ribbons will be given.  Please, unless you have a dessert that’s truly prize-winning, bring a savory item such as a main course, side dish, green salad, or appetizer, so that we don’t end up with a table full of desserts and no “real” food.
We hope to see you there!


Garden Tour Details

September 8, 2014

We’ll be meeting at 3:00 PM this Sunday, September 14 at the home of Kelly Butler to begin our garden tour.  We will then proceed to Ira Hinckley’s at 4:00 and Dean Anesi’s Urban Garden Co. at 5:00.  Please contact us for the addresses of these gardens.  We will not gather at the Garden Center beforehand but will simply start at Kelly’s place.  Water and light refreshments will be provided.  This will be a fun opportunity to socialize and see some beautiful homes and gardens.  We hope to see you there!


September Garden Tour–No Meeting

September 1, 2014 Gardening

There will be no meeting in the Garden Center this week; instead, we will be having an afternoon garden tour on Sunday, September 14.  Look for more information here as the details are finalized.

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July 31, 2014 Gardening

The Water Gardens Tour will be Saturday, August 9.  We’ll meet at the Garden Center at 9 AM.  You’ll need to buy your tickets in advance; a tour book (which will serve as the ticket for two people) costs $12.  According to the Salt Lake Tribune, tour books are available at Cactus & Tropicals, Glover [...]

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Water Gardens Tour August 9

July 27, 2014 Gardening

We will not be holding our regularly scheduled meeting in August.  Instead, we’ll be doing the Utah Water Garden Club’s Pond Tour on Saturday, August 9.  We’ll meet at the Garden Center at 9 AM and then carpool from there.  Tickets to the tour are $12 for two people.  We hope you can join us!

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July Break–No Meeting

July 1, 2014 Gardening

We had a great time seeing a variety of gardens on Saturday, some of them quite charming, and the weather was perfect.  Thanks again to Russ Pack for his hospitality in providing breakfast and to Dan Bethel for opening up a garden that was not on the regular tour.

We’re going to take a break in [...]

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