Field Trips/Programs


FIELD TRIPS organized by Melissa Welsch:

January 23, 10 am, walk Dickens Farm park
How many times have you driven by the Dickens Farm Nature Area
but have never explored it? On Sat., Jan 23, at 10am let’s take a
walk through it and look at their landscaping and the unique slow-moving
water areas installed in the St. Vrain Creek. This 52-acre
nature area just fully opened in spring of 2020 so it will be fun to
see what they came up with for this modern park.

2021 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference, Feb. 27
This conference will be held virtually Saturday, February 27.  Speakers talk about native plants, insects, and nurseries.  to register, go to their website:

March 6, 10 am, walk at Silver Creek High School to Silver Creek Pond
We will walk on the path behind Silver Creek High School to Silver Creek Pond.
Please contact Melissa to let her know you are coming.
April 9, visit Harlequin Gardens and Nursery in Boulder.
May 2, tour Long’s Gardens Iris Farm in Boulder.
June 12, tour Masa Seed Foundation in Boulder.
July 22, tour Farmette Flowers on 63rd in Longmont.
Eploring Longmont
GET READY because we are launching a series of great field trips beginning in April (if Covid is under control), called Exploring Longmont. This will be a year-long program where we visit an interesting site in Longmont each month. We’ll have fun as we learn and appreciate some of the wonderful places in our home town.
In April, we’ll visit Kanemoto Park—lots of interesting history in this neighborhood park.
May will find us at Thompson Park for a picnic and an opportunity to identify some of the many species of trees there.
We couldn’t schedule June without a visit to the Rose Garden and Roosevelt Park.
For more  information, contact Ruth Martin or Robin Ecklund

2021 PROGRAMS organized by Janell Cannon

Although 2020 required a great deal of flexibility and ingenuity to continue to meet in spite of lockdowns and the closure of our usual meeting place, we did a good job of offering outdoor, socially distanced meetings and activities most of the year.

We are starting 2021 with virtual meetings.  The first will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 10 am.  Contact Debbie Arnold for details to dial into our Zoom meeting.  Connie Melvin will do a presentation about seed starting.

March 24 we had a Zoom meeting with a presentation about Tulips from Robin Ecklund.

April 28 we had a Zoom meeting with a presentation about Honey Bees by Beth Conrey

May 26 we had our annual Plant Exchange at JoAnn Dinser’s house.

June 23 we toured Jack’s Solar Farm.

July 28 we had our annual Flower Show, back at the Lutheran Church on 3rd!

August 25 meeting at the Lutheran Church on 3rd, with a program about Plant Select.

September 22 meeting at the Lutheran Church on 3rd, with a flower arranging workshop led by Kay Richards, flowers provided by Farmette Flowers, Helen Skiba.

October 27 meeting at the Lutheran Church on 3rd, program Apples with tasting quiz, by Robin and Ruth.

November 17 meeting at the Lutheran Church on 3rd, program Catherine Blackwell of Brown’s Farm.

In December we are planning our Holiday Luncheon on December 15.  Stay tuned to the monthly newsletter for details.


2020 Field Trips
March 8 Field Trip – Sunday 1:15 pm
Come tour the future home of the 1.2 MW community solar garden to be built in 2020.  This is a cutting-edge effort with the installation of solar panels plus university-led research on the best crops to grow among the panels. The co-location of solar panels and agriculture is called agrivoltaics.  In addition, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees will be planted in the area for bird and pollinator habitat.  Byron Komineck, our February guest meeting speaker, will lead the tour.  Free.  Meet in the Longmont Kohl’s parking lot at 1:15 for carpooling.  Friends and family are welcome.  Please sign up with Melissa before March 1.
March 10 Field Trip – Tuesday, 7 pm
Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall, 1035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309
Learn about the wildflowers in Boulder County’s Mountain Park open space, our local floral treasures, from Tim Hogan, Collection Manager at Colorado University Museum’s Herbarium.  He will discuss how the forested foothills, with their prominent relief and associated diversity of habitats, serve as one of the last low-elevation nature refuges along the Colorado From Trange, and how the Mountain Park serves as a model for public land management.  Free.  Meet at Kohl’s parking lot at 6 pm for carpooling.  Please sign up with Melissa before March 3.

2020 PROGRAMS organized by Janell Cannon:

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 (Jan-April and Sept-Nov)
    11:30 a.m. Social & lunch
    12:15 Business Meeting
    1:00 Program
  • Summer Schedule (May – August)
    9:30 a.m. Social & brunch
    10:00 Business Meeting
    10:30 Program
January 22 Augustine Trees & Winter Soother’s Potluck lunch
February 26 Jack’s Solar Garden & hosted lunch
March 25 Tulips program & hosted lunch
April 22 Honey Bees 101 & hosted lunch
May 27 Plant Exchange and hosted brunch
June 24 Local Farm excursion and Bring Your Own Brunch
July 22 Flower Show and Summer Fresh Potluck brunch
August 26 African Violets and hosted brunch
September 23 Colorado Tea Garden
October 28 Roses Grow in CO!
November 18 Apples & Pears
December 16 The board has decided to cancel this year’s holiday luncheon and fund-raiser. Thanks to a very generous donation from a member several years ago, we have enough cushion in our scholarship fund to cover next year’s scholarships. We will need to make an extra effort next year to replenish our scholarship fund.


October Field Trip – Sunday Oct 13, 3:45p
Hoe & Hope is going to the Flatirons Food Film Festival!
The Flatirons Food Film Festival has been wowing foodies, film lovers, and the intersection of both for seven years and is adding new flavors again this year. This year’s Festival will offer eight film programs from October 10-13. Following its usual eclectic programming philosophy, the Festival will cover diverse topics such as legendary culinary figure Diana Kennedy, blind wine tastings, aspiring chefs in Southern and North Africa, and the natural world of farms and bees. This year’s Festival will also offer a lecture series, a visual art collaboration and multiple films showing concurrently.
This years feature film, “The Biggest Little Farm”, has multiple film festival nominations & awards for Best Documentary. It is a powerful, deeply personal exploration and memoir of John & Molly Chesters quest to make their dream of living on a fully sustainable farm come true. The couple is followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Bring your tissues, as you’ll no doubt shed a tear along with share in many smiles!
Click here to purchase your tickets, and I recommend doing so ASAP!
Friends and family are welcome!
Contact Jennifer Lynn @ or 303-499-2949 to confirm your attendance.
Note:  You may also be interested in the 1pm movie that day: The Pollinators. 
Meet in the Longmont Kohl’s parking lot at 2:30 for on-the-spot carpooling.
IF you are going to BOTH films, let Jennifer know and she’ll set up carpooling at 11:45 am also.



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
    11:30 a.m. Social
    12:15 Business Meeting
    1:00 Program
January 23:

  • Winter Schedule
Winter Soothers Potluck! Please bring a delicious comfort food dish to share. Desserts are highly encouraged! Your dish should feed about 12 and please add a GF label if gluten free.

Program: Sex & The Single Flower
Trice Morrow, PhD
We will learn how plants and their pollinators have co-evolved over the ages.

February 27:

  • Winter Schedule
Program: Medicinal Cannabis
Mike Okada
Mike, from Native Roots, will speak about Cannabis – how it can be cultivated and how it can help people when used medicinally or recreationally.
March 27:

  • Winter Schedule
Program:  Bug Man

Russ Lambert
Russ is an amateur entomologist with a collection of over 600 specimens. His presentation focuses on the importance of arachnids and insects in our world.

April 24:

  • Winter Schedule
Program:  Birding Through the Seasons
Robin Ecklund
Robin and her Boulder County Volunteer Naturalists will explore birding year-round in Boulder County. They will give us some ID tips as well as discussing some of the challenges and adaptations that face our local birds.
  • Summer Schedule
    9:30 a.m. Social
    10:15 Business Meeting
    11:00 Program
May 22:

  • Summer Schedule
Program: Annual Plant Exchange
Bring your lawn chair and 5 fabulous plants or garden-related items to exchange.
Contact Hoe and Hope for the local address to this event.
June 26:

  • Summer Schedule
Program:  Colorado Aromatics Farm
13651 N. 115th Street, Longmont, CO 80504
Cindy Jones, PhD
Cindy will show us some of the flowers and plants she grows at the farm to use in her skin care products.
Bring your lawn chairs and wear your walking shoes.
July 24: Program:  Flower Show
Meeting at the church
9:30 a.m. Flower Show Set Up
10:30     Pot Luck Brunch
11:00     Business Meeting and voting
11:30     Flower Show AwardsBring a flower or produce entry(s) or arrangement(s) from your garden. There will be several entry categories to choose from. Details will be published in the June and July newsletters.Contact Hoe and Hope for entry details.
August 28:

  • Summer Schedule
Program:  Totally Tomatoes
Robin Ecklund and Ruth Martin
We will look at the history and little know facts about this favorite vegetable. Then, join the fun and enter our contest for the largest, smallest or ugliest tomato. We will also have a tasting table set up to sample delicious tomatoes grown in members’ gardens!
September 25:

  • Winter Schedule
Program:  Growing Garlic
Betty Cahill, CSU Extension Master Gardener
Colorado has en excellent climate for growing garlic and fall is the best time for planting. We will learn about the best varieties to grow along the Front Range, preparing the planting area, caring for your garlic throughout the season, harvesting, storing along with some great culinary tips.
October 23:

  • Winter Schedule
Program: The History of Gardens
Elizabeth Nosek
We will learn about the evolution of gardens throughout the centuries.
November 20:

  • Winter Schedule
Program: Holiday Plant Lore
Robin Ecklund
Robin will discuss how many of our holiday customs and traditions began – from jack-o-lanterns to Christmas trees and mistletoe.
December 11: 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon!
Elements Bistro
6315 Lookout Road, Gunbarrel
Deck yourself with galdness and come enjoy a festive meal with your Hoe and Hope colleagues.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.