The Alternative Garden Club made a donation to the Glendale Middle School’s Diversity Garden where a tree was planted on Thursday, May 13 as part of a grant the Club received from the Utah Associated Garden Clubs.
A ginkgo biloba tree is a slow growing tree with unusual shaped leaves. It is often called a living fossil due to it is virtually unchanged from its ancestors which grew during the early Jurassic Period. The tree was chosen by the students of Glendale Middle School, 1430 West Andrew Avenue, Salt Lake City, to flourish in their Diversity Garden which the students plant and maintain as part of their curriculum. Students and teachers were on hand to observe the planting of this ancient species of tree.
Dean Anesi, Member and past President of The Alternative Garden Club and this project’s coordinator, wrote the winning proposal for the grant from the Utah Associated Garden Clubs. Dean is also the owner of The Urban Garden Company, a firm specializing in garden/landscape design, 801-521-4525. Dean was instrumental in identifying vendors/contributors who assisted in helping with this project. The tree was partially funded and purchased from Craig Fedderson, Oregon Acres, 801-870-4134. Todd (and Brent) Miller, Mountain Point Landscapes, 801-231-1188, donated their company’s time and effort to plant the tree.
In addition to the tree, books on horticulture for the School’s library, and plants that have survived from the Jurassic period will be purchased with funds provided by The Alternative Garden Club.
The Club will also provide on-going mentoring to the school’s science teachers and students to help insure that the new tree will thrive. To quote Dean Anesi “We are pleased to form a partnership with the Glendale Middle School and look forward to helping students learn how to care for their gardens.”
In June for our Monthly Meeting we will be instructed by Russ Pack on the topic of “Adding Texture and Layering to Your Garden”. Take Pride in your summer gardening and join us at Pride on the 5th and 6th. The Alternative Garden Club will have a booth at the Pride Festival.
The Pride Festival Booth was a great success! Many people were interested and stopped by to pick up information regarding Membership in the Club. Thanks to everyone who helped man the booth during Pride. We handed out approximately 1,000 information cards (and seed packets) throughout the festival. We hope that many new Members will join us for our meetings and events.
We will be holding the July Pot Luck
Dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Club House
(The Garden Center,
1602 East 2100 South, at the northeast
corner of Sugar House Park).
The Pride Festival Booth was a great success and we hope to meet our new Members at this event.
This is a great article on the history of The Alternative Garden Club, where it’s been, and (more importantly) where it’s moving to. Dave Mash, current VP and Treasurer as well as Russ Pack, former AGC president, do a great job in offering a snapshot of what The Alternative Garden Club has to offer not only to the Utah LGBT community, but everyone devoted to equality. Well done! You can read the article Here.
The Utah Iris Society and
the Utah Daylily Society
A century of intensive breeding, much of it by amateurs, has transformed the iris and daylilies from “supporting players” into “divas” of the garden. Newer iris and daylilies that have been developed in recent years are quite improved in texture, form and color than iris and daylilies that were developed years ago. They mix well with other perennials and they multiply in the garden without becoming invasive. You will have an opportunity to buy iris rhizomes and daylilies at significant savings.
Iris and Daylily Sale & Iris Auction
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Sugar House Park Garden Center
|1602 East 2100 South; Salt Lake City, Utah
Auction for premium IRIS will begin at 1:00 p.m.
daylilies will not be sold at auction
At this months meeting, Geoff Ellis, Landscape Architect and Club Member, will be presenting a lecture on City Forestry. Mr. Ellis will be giving a brief history of urban forestry. He will be showing slides of trees in their natural habitat and will compare them to trees planted in urban environment. Geoff will address the problems encountered when growing trees in a city and what one can do to overcome those problems.
At the September monthly meeting Wayne Padgett, Alternative Garden Club Member, will be speaking on the use of native plants. “With growing populations along the Wasatch Front, water is becoming a rarer commodity. Plants that grow naturally [here] can live on the water that falls from the sky–no irrigation needed. Many are beautiful and can fit well in a water-wise landscape. [This lecture will] show examples of native plants in their environment and in [a garden] landscape.”
The Annual Labor Day potluck picnic will be held at Site 24 in City Creek Canyon. All are welcome. This is a watershed area so no dogs are allowed. Site 24 is a beautiful area with picnic tables and gazebo next to a beautiful waterfall. Site 24 is the last site in the canyon and takes about 1/2 hour to get there from the check-in station at the mouth of the canyon. This event does not replace the September Meeting. See below for details of the September 1 Meeting.
There will be a short business meeting with a pot luck dinner to follow. Bring a dish and enjoy a wonderful dinner with great conversation. Plates, utensil, napkins, cups and soft drinks will be provided. This event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the club house, The Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South, at the northeast corner of Sugar House Park. More information may be requested by sending an email to the address listed under the tab “Contact Us” at the top of this page.