Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jackson Hole Wildflower Tour: Reserve Your Spot Now

Give the Gift of a Teton Wildflower Tour

Get prepared! In 2011 the Friends of the Garden membership will be heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a 3 day/2 night guided experience of the flora of Grand Teton National Park. From the top of Rendezvous Mountain alone, at a staggering 10,450 feet, there are more than 100 species of alpine wildflowers to enjoy and photograph. Give yourself or loved one a truly unique holiday gift this year and book your seat today.  (Photo credit Richard M. Anderson 2010)
Click here to learn more about and register for the 2011 Teton Wildflower Tour!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Give the Gift of Membership

**Now until December 31st you will receive your membership for a special low price.  Call Kathy at (801) 399-8201 for more information. 
A "Friends of the Garden" membership is a holiday gift your friends will use all through the year and it keeps our gardens growing. The $35 annual membership gives your friend discounts on classes like designing with bulbs and creating beautiful container gardens at the Utah Botanical Center and Ogden Botanical Garden, entry to "Friends Only" special events like garden tours and wildflower walks, and 20% off all regularly priced plants.

Especially for holiday giving, gift membership cards will be sent to you in a beautiful holiday card and include $5 off any plant purchase at the gardens next year.

There are two easy ways to give a gift membership. Print and mail the form from our online brochure along with your check. To ensure you receive this special gift card offer in time for Christmas giving we must receive the membership form and payment by December 17.  You can also purchase membership cards at the Weber County Fairgrounds, located at 1181 N. Fairgrounds Drive, Harrisville, Mon  ̶  Fri, 8 am  ̶  5 p.m. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Master Gardener Banquet--Thanks Class of 2010

Our Beloved Principal, Jerry
Kathy, the best Secretary
Dori the Assistant Principal
Truant Officer Susie
 We had an awesome time at our banquet.  We got to talk to all our favorite Master Gardeners, eat some yummy food with our Honey Baked Ham, and put on a free show for all those who attended. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Another Studio 5 Appearance

If you missed seeing Jerry, which I know everyone does--check him out on Studio 5 talking about Unusual Conifers.  You can even come to the gardens and see these trees and possibly Jerry for yourself!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Master Gardener Banquet

 Mark your calendars for the Master Gardener Graduation Banquet on Tuesday, November 9th.  It will be great time to reminisce about the year, spend time with friends, eat some great food, and enjoy us making fools of ourselves.  What's not to miss?  Hope to see everyone there even if you aren't graduating.  Call Kathy (801) 399-8201 to choose a potluck item to bring.  It will be the best time ever!
In case you forgot about last year's entertainment.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanks for a Great Year

We will be closing up the building tomorrow for the winter.   There were probably many tears shed after reading that, but don't worry--we'll open up again on March 1st.  I'll continue to post on the blog and we'll still be answering your horticulture phone calls during the winter.
We were able to get all our flower beds ready for their winter slumber thanks to the great help from our Master Gardeners yesterday.  We had another awesome work day at the gardens and were able to pull all the annual flowers out and till the soil for next year's plantings.

THANKS MASTER GARDENERS FOR A GREAT YEAR AT THE GARDENS!  We had such a wonderful year with so many accomplishments!  We couldn't have done a fraction of it without you. 

Hope to see you all at the Master Gardener Graduation on November 9th.  Call Kathy to sign up for the potluck.  Come for the great dinner and a free show! 

Apple and Cheese Tasting

Our last public event of the year was our Apple and Cheese Tasting.  We would love to thank our sponsors at Beehive Cheese, Shreibers Cheese in Logan, Pettingills Produce, and Poppin' Johnny's Ice Cream for providing us with such tasty samplings.  We did the tastings at both the Ogden Botanical Gardens and the last day of the Kaysville Farmers' Market.  Both days were a huge hit!  We were so lucky to have great weather and a lot of happy people.

The Line-up of apples and cheese in our new Outdoor Classroom.

We had a fabulous selection of local apples and cheese to choose from.

Trudy with Poppin' Johnny's Ice Cream giving out free samples of pumpkin pie and huckleberry ice cream.  Yum!

All the moms and kids were so excited for a taste.

The Key Club from Ben Lomond High School came and weeded in the Waterwise Garden.

We love our volunteers.
Everyone loved the great selection we had of artisan cheese and fresh apples.  We love to showcase all the local treats our great state has to offer. 
Thanks for coming out and supporting us this year.
The line at the Kaysville Farmers' Market.

We even had a bagpiper providing us with music at the market.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bye-Bye Annuals

Rain or shine the annuals are going bye-bye tomorrow at our Master Gardener Clean-up Day.  We planted in the rain and I guess we'll pull them out in the rain. I know that it's going to be cold, rainy, and possibly snowing, so dress in layers.  

It will be a ton of fun and we hope to see you all there. We will be saying good bye to summer as we give the annual flowers a proper send off to the green dump.  Finish up your volunteer hours with your friends at the Gardens and join us for a great pizza and pie lunch.  

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Master Gardener "Team Work" Day

Have I ever told you how much we love our Master Gardeners?  They truly are the best people in this world!  When I start to think about all the work they have done at the gardens this year, I get tired.  Just looking at the pictures I took at our last Master Gardener Day my muscles start to ache when I remember all the work we did that day.  It was awesome what an army of Master Gardeners armed with shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows can do to 17 yards of road base and 13 1/2 yards of decorative rock.  Here are some pictures to show you how awesome this team really is... 
Piles of rock in the parking lot that were all shoveled by hand and carted over by hand.

We decided to dig up the existing bark path and put in a new rock pathway lined with leftover dry stack rock. 

The existing path had to be dug down 3-4" as well.
Each stone had to carefully measured and placed.
It was a great team effort.

On top of the road base we put 4-5 inches of Chat Fire rock.

The road base was then compacted onto the pathway.

Almost done placing each of the rocks.

The decorative rock was then put on top of the road base.

More compaction time.

Didn't it turn out great?

The pathway is so nice we don't want to step on it.
 Thank you Master Gardeners.  We couldn't have accomplished such a feat without your help.  Thanks for staying until almost 6pm to help us get it all done.  We think you're the best team ever assembled and we love the opportunity we get to rub shoulders with each of you!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Ogden Botanical Gardens

We started this list about 3 years ago, so I decided that we really just need to post it for the whole world to see why we are so great!  If this doesn't get you to visit our gardens I don't know what will.  See y'all real soon!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Ogden Botanical Gardens

  1.  Free admission to 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
  2.   Strategically located along the Ogden River Parkway walking trail.
  3.    New outdoor classroom, trough garden, raised vegetable and fruit demonstration beds.
  4.    An arboretum with over 50 varieties of “Utah –friendly” trees
  5.    Our rose garden showcases over 300 hybrid tea, grandiflora, and floribunda roses.
  6.    Friendly, knowledgeable staff that will answer all your horticultural questions.
  7.    Inspiring annual flower beds designed using over 100 unique varieties.
  8.    Did I mention that Jerry Goodspeed frequents the place?
  9.   Our talented Master Gardeners can do anything!
  10.   There is a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Golf Cart for Sale

We just put our golf cart on KSL's classified ads.  Check it out if you are interested.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One of our most popular events will be here soon.
It’s our annual . . .

Apple & Cheese Tasting

Thursday, October 7 – 5:00-7:00 pm
Utah Botanical Center Farmers' Market
725 Sego Lily Drive, Kaysville                 
Thursday, October 14 – 12:00-2:00 pm
Ogden Botanical Gardens
 1750 Monroe Blvd., Ogden

Come treat your taste buds to a sampling of the many varieties of locally grown apples, complimented by locally produced artisan cheeses.  Join us to savor the end of the growing season.

Questions:                   Davis County - 801-451-3403
                                    Weber County – 801-399-8201

Monday, September 20, 2010

Our Master Gardeners Have Talent

Have I ever told you how great our Master Gardeners are?  Well, if I haven't lately, let me show you and I have the pictures to prove it.
Kay and her Masterpiece
Take for example one of our Master Gardeners, Kay Ballif.  Kay invited us to her home to see her beautiful flower beds this past month.  She flattered us by saying that she designed her flower beds with the method that Susie and I taught her in the Master Gardener course.  Well of course, we had to go and see her handiwork for ourselves. Ta da!
Kay's Front Flower Bed
Aren't they so colorful and fun to admire?  Kay has done a phenomonal job on her yard!  The flowers are gorgeous and she has a eye for color.
A Color Collage
 I think I need to take a class from her.  One of the my favorite parts of her yard is her potted plants.
Potted Plant Paradise
Kay has taken a full flower bed and miniaturized it (I know miniaturize is not a word, but I like it) and put it into a container.  And her containers look great!  They are still alive, which is nothing short of a miracle for living in a desert.  They are lush, full of color, and perfectly arranged. 
More "Miniaturized"  Masterpieces

See, we do have the best Master Gardeners and Kay is just one of the many amazing people that we get to rub shoulders with here at the Ogden Botanical Gardens.  Thanks Kay for the invitation and for sharing your talent with us!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Everything Apples: Utah Botanical Center Event

Everything Apples
Thursday, September 23
Utah Botanical Center
800 South 50 West in Kaysville
Tasty Apple Dessert Contest
We're looking for the tastiest apple treats and desserts you can make!
Bring your favorite apple treat or dessert
(and a copy of your recipe)
to the contest booth at the UBC Farmers Market
Entries due by 6 p.m.
Judging starts at 6:30 p.m.
Winners announced at 7:15 p.m.
Prizes for winners in each category:
Children (ages 5-12)
Teens (ages 13-18)
Adult (ages 19 and up)
 Apple Pie Eating ContestStarts at 7 p.m.
Come fill yourself with delicious apple pie
and win a prize!
Sponsored by Utah State University Extension
& the Utah Botanical Center Farmers Market
Contact April Clark at (801) 544-3089 for further information