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.

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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.

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 July.  There will be no meeting this month.  However, we’re planning on the Water Garden Tour later this summer, and we’ll start up with our regular schedule by fall.  Look for updates on this site.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!



Garden Tour June 28

June 21, 2014

Join us this coming Saturday, June 28 for Wasatch Community Garden’s annual Urban Garden and Farm Tour (formerly known as Tour de Coops).  This event, which runs from 10 AM to 2 PM, will display local gardens that include chicken coops and other food-producing features.  The variety of innovative, attractive, and shall we say “unusual” ideas is always entertaining.
The Alternative Garden Club has bought two group passes, and free tickets will be available to our membership on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Russ Pack has kindly invited us to his home to begin the day with breakfast at 8:30 AM.  Please let us know by Wednesday if you’d like to participate, so that we know how many people to plan on.


Please join us this Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM in the Sugar House Garden Center for our regularly scheduled meeting.  Russ Pack will be demonstrating chalk paint.  Come find out what it is and how you can use this easy technique to decorate items in your home and garden.

On Saturday, June 14 the Utah Rose Society will be holding its annual rose show from noon to 4 PM at the Rose Pavilion in Red Butte Garden.  June is the month for roses, and there are sure to be many beautiful specimens on display.
On Saturday, June 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM, Wasatch Community Gardens will be holding its annual Urban Garden and Farm Tour (formerly known as Tour de Coops).  This is a self-guided tour of backyards in the Salt Lake area where the owners are raising chickens, vegetables, and other crops.



Upcoming Events

May 17, 2014

Join us on Saturday, May 24, for the annual Spring City Historic Homes Tour.  Spring City is a small community in the Sanpete Valley about two hours south of Salt Lake City.  It contains a significant number of pioneer houses, many of them crafted from the local oolite limestone.  Each year, a different set of homes is featured on the tour, and it’s a lot of fun to walk around and see them.  We often carpool from the Garden Center down to Spring City.  Contact us if you’re interested.
The next Saturday, May 31, there will be a waterwise plant sale at 863 S. 1000 E. in Salt Lake City.  Native and other drought-tolerant plants will be available starting at 9 AM.


May Meeting

May 5, 2014

Be sure to join us this Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 PM for our monthly meeting at the Sugar House Garden Center.  Molly Waters of USU will talk to us about the Slow the Flow Water Check program.  We all want to have a beautiful garden, and we should all want to save water as well.  Molly will tell us how we can do both by watering more efficiently.



April Meeting

March 31, 2014

The 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

Come 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!

Because 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 Gardening

We 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.

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January Potluck and Planning Meeting

December 19, 2013 Gardening

Please 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.

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December Meeting

December 3, 2013 Gardening

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!

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Holiday Potluck

November 25, 2013 Gardening

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

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