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.

April Meeting

March 31, 2014

anemone blandaThe next meeting of the Alternative Garden Club will be this Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM in the Sugar House Garden Center.  Thom Sawyer from Millcreek Gardens will be showing us some of the newest and most interesting plants that we can grow in our Utah gardens this year.  He may even give away a few samples.  We hope to see you there!


March 5 Meeting

March 2, 2014

blue flowersCome join us this Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 PM in the the Sugar House Garden Center for a presentation by Bob Guymon on “Gardens of the World.”  Bob has traveled extensively, and we’re eager to see and hear about some of the beautiful places he has visited.  Light refreshments will be served.



February Meeting and Potluck

January 31, 2014

Alternative Garden Club Potluck 2014 02 05 Just a reminder, we’re going to kick off our 2014 Year of the Garden Tour with a potluck dinner at the Sugar House Garden Center on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 PM.  We will have a very short business meeting, followed by dinner.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  We hope to see you there!


iris-smallBecause we have already covered so many gardening topics in our monthly meetings over the last few years, we have decided that rather than repeating them this year, we are going to focus mostly on garden tours.  There are many beautiful gardens and other sites in Utah that are worth seeing.  While it’s still cold and snowy outside, we’ll begin the year with an International Garden Tour potluck in February.  Bring a dish typical of a favorite garden you have visited in the U.S. or abroad.  March and April will feature presentations on gardens around the world and on fun new plants to try at home.  Then, as the weather warms up, we will be organizing tours to local gardens and historic sites in lieu of our monthly meetings.


January Meeting Reminder

December 29, 2013

ctoastsWe hope you all have been enjoying the holidays.  To celebrate the New Year, we will be holding a potluck and planning meeting at our usual time and location, 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 1 in the Garden Center.
We will be eating black-eyed peas for good luck.  Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert, and join us as we plan the Garden Club activities for 2014.  The Alternative Garden Club has been one of the largest and most active garden clubs in Utah, but your participation is vital to keeping us going!
Christmas ornamentsPlease join us Wednesday, January 1 at 7:30 PM in the Garden Center (this is our regular meeting time) for our annual planning meeting and potluck.  Don’t be afraid to come–we won’t nominate you as an officer if you don’t want to be one–we need everyone there to help us plan the new year.
It’s an old Southern tradition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck for the year (who knows, they may also be good at curing hangovers).  Therefore we will be serving black-eyed peas with ham; please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert.


December Meeting

December 3, 2013

Christmas decorationsOur 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!

Holiday Potluck

November 25, 2013

PoinsettiasOur annual Christmas potluck dinner will be held Sunday, December 15, at 5 PM.  Please contact us for more details.

November Meeting

November 6, 2013

Aster ericoidesOur 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.

Secret Garden Tip #3

October 16, 2013 Gardening

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 [...]

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October Potluck

September 29, 2013 Gardening

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!

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September Meeting

September 1, 2013 Gardening

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 [...]

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Secret Garden Tip #2

August 14, 2013 Gardening

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, [...]

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August Meeting Reminder

August 1, 2013 Gardening

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 [...]

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