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April 27th – Science Saturday “Bug Fest”
Dozens of children enthusiastically participated in April’s Science Saturday. They took a deep look into the lives of invertebrates. Cadettes, Junior and Seniors from Girl Scout Troop 3470, as well at CBG members, volunteered their time to help at hands-on stations involving insect identification, life cycles, earthworms, butterflies, and a build-a-bug craft table. Reptile Ron was also there to show his live insect collection. Thank you to all who participated!
Clovis Rodeo Parade – April 29th
The Clovis Botanical Garden entered a float in the parade this year, thanks to the coordination and extended efforts of Georgia Procella and family. Butterflies, poppies and plants were visible the float came down the street, filled with waving children and parents. Volunteers walking along with the float distributed over 1000 informational cards with small packets of poppy seeds. It was a great addition to the parade and won 2nd place!
Mayor’s Breakfast – May 9th
The Board was invited to attend the Mayor’s Breakfast, a gathering of Clovis civic organizations that provide a positive impact on community life in the city. We were honored with a $5,000 donation from the Clovis Community Foundation for garden maintenance and improvement.
Membership Meeting and Brunch – May 18th
The Board provided a brunch for approximately 35 members who attended our annual meeting. Pat Wynne narrated a delightful slide show of photos to walk us through the many changes to the garden. It was wonderful to see what progress has been made over the years!
Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony – May 23rd
The Rotary Club donated the Peace Pole in our garden and planned a dedication ceremony, complete with speeches and a delicious dinner. The Peace Pole has the word “Peace” burned into the wood in dozens of languages, symbolizing the gift of diversity in our country. A bird house sits on the top of the pole, making it a perfect addition to the Clovis Botanical Garden.
Memorial Day Celebration at Clovis Veterans Memorial District – May 27th
Clovis Veterans Memorial District invited CBG to participate in the event with a booth to expand awareness and increase participation. Hundreds of people attended the event, which also included an indoor concert, lunch, and outdoor music entertainment. We were able to disseminate information and secured a list of about 40 individuals who wish to be on our mailing list, including a few who want to volunteer! It was a beautiful way to showcase the garden and celebrate our veterans too!
Plans for a Visitor’s Center begin!
Board members, Anne Clemons, Pat Wynne, and Andrea Reed met with Arthur Dyson, a nationally renown architect, who has agreed to design our visitor center. The photo to the right shows Board Members giving him a check for a design rendering, which he has graciously agreed to provide at a reduced cost to demonstrate his support for the garden.
Pavilion Reservations: The Pavilion provided a tranquil, scenic garden venue for many gatherings of family and friends. Special events this quarter included celebrations for birthdays, graduations, weddings, showers (baby/wedding), a dance recital, Girl Scout gathering, farewell party, and CBG events mentioned earlier. The white canopy was used for our Science Saturdays, as well as events for the Bonsai Club and Heartbeat Boxing Gymnasium. As word of our facilities in a beautiful garden travels, we anticipate even more reservations!
Garden Tours: Several tours were conducted during the 2nd quarter, including that for National Public Gardens Day and Earth Day. Visitors were delighted to see our Spring in bloom, as well as the new additions to the Garden.
Marge’s Gift Shoppe: Due to the summer heat, the gift shop will be closed in the afternoon during July and August. The garden will continue to be open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday, and the gift shoppe from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
Garden With a Friend! We would love to have you join our Clovis Botanical Garden volunteers any Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday morning. Bring a friend or come alone to meet a new one! Most days our volunteers work from 9:00 AM to noon. The garden supplies gloves and tools. New volunteers are given a brief orientation by a supervisor. Please contact any one of the supervisors to arrange your first garden workday: Wednesday: Perry Coy, Thursday: Ree Coy – Ree Coy, and Saturday: Anne Clemons.