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.