Programs

2017 PROGRAMS

Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at First Lutheran Church, 803 Third Avenue, Longmont, unless the meeting description includes a different location.  Please bring table service and your name tag.

  • Winter Schedule
    12:00 p.m. Social
    12:30 Business Meeting
    1:00 Program
January 25: Winter Soothers Potluck! Please bring a wonderful comfort food dish to share. Desserts are highly encouraged!

Program: Did you know that there is help to be had in your garden fighting the good fight? Learn about the good bugs in the garden with Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, Colorado State Entomologist.

February 22: Programs:
February Food Drive! Please bring non-perishable food items to fill up Don’s truck. Don will take your donations to the OUR Center for distribution – how great is that?!


David J. Fridland from Eco-Cycle, Inc. in Boulder will give a short presentation on Longmont’s new composting program.
All Things Tomato! Linda Patten will go through the good, the bad and the ugly about growing tomatoes.
Bob Leslie will be sharing his favorite varieties! Gardeners are encouraged to grow new varieties for our new tomato tastings at the August meeting.

March 22: Program: Learn all about the joys of rock gardening from the ground up! Guest speaker Jerry Vaughn – Northern Colorado Rock Garden Society – will share his love of rock gardening along with a wonderful slide show of his favorite plants.
April 26: Program: Hooked on Dahlias!
An in depth look at growing and caring for Dahlias – a spectacular, showy flower! Jan Toniazzo, a CSU Master Gardener and former Hoe and Hope member, will be our guest speaker.
  • Summer Schedule
    9:30 a.m. Social
    10:00 Business Meeting
    10:30 Program
May 24: Annual Plant Exchange at Linda Patten’s Home.

Bring: Your lawn Chair and 5 fabulous plants or garden related items to exchange. Program: Fabulous Five Plant Exchange with
Linda Patten! Contact Hoe and Hope for the local address to this event.

June 28: Summer Schedule Meeting at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District – 220 Water Ave., Berthoud

Directions: Take Hwy 287 north to W. Co. Rd. 8, (Mountain Avenue). Turn right, go through town, over the RR tracks to the round-a-bout. Head north on 1st Street. Turn left on Water Ave. Park in the lot south of the building.
Wear: Comfortable walking shoes and sun hat.
Bring: A lawn chair and a sack brunch. Water will be
provided.

Program: Guests will learn about water resources development in Northern Colorado and the impact the Colorado-Big Thompson and Windy Gap projects have had on the region’s growth. There will be a tour of Northern Water’s unique back yard and gardens.
Brian Werner, Communications and Records Department Manager NOCO Water Distrcit

July 26: Meeting at the Sandstone Park Ranch House
Directions: Head east on Ken Pratt Blvd. (Hwy 119). Sandstone Park will be on your right just past Walmart. Turn right at Sandstone Drive which is the furthest eastern entrance. Follow road to the ranch house. There is limited parking at the ranch house so please park in the upper lot. If you are unable to walk down the dirt trail to the ranch house, a vehicle will be available to drive you.
Bring: A lawn chair Program: Sit on the lawn under the cool shade trees that surround the historic ranch house and learn about the geology of our area from local geologist Dick Pratt. 
August 23: Annual Harvest Festival and Pot Luck

Meeting at the church
9:30 a.m. Flower Show Set Up
10:30       Pot Luck Brunch
11:00       Business Meeting
12:00     Flower Show “Awards”

Program:  Annual Harvest Festival and Flower Show    Pot Luck Brunch: Please bring a dish made from ingredients that you grew or were provided by another gardener.
Mini Garden Show: Bring a flower or produce entry(s) or arrangement(s) from your garden. There will be several categories to choose from.

September 27 :Meeting; at Lefthand Creek Park East – 1800 Creekside
Directions: Take Pike Rd. east towards Main St. Before you get to Main, turn right at Ridgeview Drive then turn left at Creekside.
Bring: A lawn chair
9:30 – Social
10:00 – Meeting
10:30 – Program
Program: Let’s make corn husk dolls with Ruth Martin!
Ruth will teach us how to make adorable corn husk dolls for fall decoration. Basic materials will be provided. You are invited to bring extra bling to personalize your doll.
  • Winter Schedule               

October 26:

Program: Jamie Weiss, Audubon Rockies’ Habitat Hero Coordinator will demonstrate the importance of restoring our communities, one garden patch at a time.  From a birds-eye view, learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.
  •  Winter Schedule

November 15:

Program: Soil Rejuvenation
Is your soil dirt tired? Come find out how to give your garden beds a spa treatment! Brian Hoogland from Soil Rejuvenation and Garden Bed Supply will be our guest speaker.
December 13: 2017 Annual Holiday Luncheon!
Wednesday, December 13th  Location: To be determine.
Remember to purchase your luncheon tickets in advance.
11:00 a.m. Set-up for Silent Auction
11:30 a.m. Gathering and Luncheon
Details: Please bring homemade goodies, handmade items, home décor or holiday items to the silent auction along with your checkbook or cash. This is a major fundraiser for our club and a great way to get some wonderful gifts. Our goal is for everyone in the club to donate at least one item to the auction.