1,000 Public Gardens!

Looking for some public gardens to visit this summer? Here’s an interesting website showing 1,000 public gardens in the United States and Canada.

This cool map feature let’s you pick your area, and is then populated with all the public gardens! Just click on one of the gardens and a little pop-up window opens up, giving you the address, website, and even driving directions! How cool is this??

Look at all the public gardens just in Colorado!!

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So, when planning a road trip, make sure you check out this site, so you can include some of these great public gardens!

Visit the site at: www.visitgardens.info

 

NGC 2015 Award of Excellence!

ngc-2015-aoe-vogt-250-vNominated by the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs Inc., Brian Vogt, a native of Colorado, is a writer, popular speaker, artist, gardener and hiker, whose civic involvement and many roles in community leadership and public service in Colorado and the city of Denver spans over 25 years. He serves as chief executive officer at Denver Botanic Gardens www.botanicgardens.org, which offers a unique garden visitor-friendly experience through world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the 24-acre Gardens is considered a pioneer in water conservation and its living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. Vogt has been instrumental in overseeing the garden’s historic $73 million capital campaign and subsequent build-out of its master development plan, including the addition of two new structures–the Science Pyramid and the outdoor Hive Garden Bistro–as well as the Ellipse garden, the rooftop Mordecai Children’s Garden, a new parking complex, the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center and the Greenhouse Complex. Situated in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the nation to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and the biological control of pests.

“Each year, NGC’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional individuals, organizations or institutions that have made significant contributions to their communities in such areas as environmental and civic responsibility, conservation, community beautification and promoting the love of gardening,” said Sandra Robinson, president, National Garden Clubs Inc. “By recognizing these deserving award recipients from different parts of the nation, NGC hopes to educate and inspire others in communities coast-to-coast.”

To read more about it, the other winners and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

2015 Annual Convention

Dear CFGC Members,

I hope you are as excited as I am about the upcoming Annual Convention, May 29 – 31st.  Join the party to reconnect with other members, learn some history, participate in a custom-made, flower themed murder mystery, and visit Red Rocks to see nesting birds of prey.  All this, plus more is planned.

Today, Wednesday, May 20th is the last day to get your registration fee submitted before incurring a $5 late fee.  However, if  you email Susan Buckingham at  susanbuckingham@comcast.net by end of day Thursday, May 21st informing her you will be attending (if possible include the attached registration form with your information) the Registration Committee will waive the $5 late fee.  So don’t miss out on this opportunity – I hope to see you there!

Happy Gardening!
Joyce Cassidy, 2015 CFGC Annual Convention Planning Committee

Love visiting fabulous gardens? Then you won’t want to miss this tour!

LYG-Save-the-date-postcard1_2015-final-212x300The 12th Annual Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show

a major benefit for Loveland Youth Gardeners

is on Saturday June 20th, from 8am to 3pm!

jpeg-300x225Six fabulous gardens will be showcased in the “Old Course” neighborhoods, along with “Art in the Garden” where local artisans will be selling their artwork.

Additionally, there will be a silent auction of “Garden Totem Poles” for outdoor living spaces, uniquely created by local and regional artists.

Tickets $15, children 12 and under are free. Loveland Youth Gardeners has been serving youth in Loveland since 1996, and its mission is to cultivate skills, stewardship and service in young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices.

For more information, and tickets – www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org or call Wendie Robinson at (970) 669-7182.

 

Plant Sales you don’t want to miss!

Colorado’s “safe” planting date is usually around Mother’s Day, or May 15th, and what better way to celebrate mom and our planting season but with a Plant Sale! Here are two you don’t want to miss!

Loveland Garden Club
Saturday, May 9th from 9 am to 2 pm

Location:  All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Taft Avenue, Loveland, Colorado
They will have plants grown by members, plants from a local nursery, a bake sale and a flea market!
Plant Sale

Manitou Springs Garden Club
Saturday, May 16th from 9 am to 4 pm

Location:  515 of the MAC, 515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs.

Vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, homegrown table, white elephant sale. All proceeds go to our local scholarship fund, community programs and grants.
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