Clovis Botanical Garden Just another WordPress site Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:56:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spring into your Garden, March 25 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:55:53 +0000 Saturday, March 25

9 am – 2 pm    Rain or Shine

Breakfast/Lunch items available for purchase


9:30 am Elinor Teague “It Takes Healthy Soil To  Make A Healthy Garden”
10:45am Tom Ogren “Allergy-fighting Gardens, Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping”
12 Noon Susan Stiltz “The Trees of the Clovis Botanical Garden”
1:15pm Thelma Valdez “California Native Plants–Now More Than Ever”

Donation:  $5 for non-members      |      FREE to CBG members & children

Pre-SIYG VIP Event

Friday, March 24  

5pm – 7pm

CBG members can join Tom Ogren, author and allergy free plant authority and Fresno Bee Garden columnist Elinor Teague for drinks, appetizers, and autographs. Tom Ogren’s book will be available for purchase.

Attendees get early access to the plants for sale at SIYG.

Non CBG Members: $10      |      CBG Members: $5

Click here to download a flyer.

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A Letter from Clovis Botanical Garden Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:24:56 +0000 Dear Friend of the Garden:

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays.

2016 was another year of continuing activity at the Clovis Botanical Garden thanks to your continued support.


Garden Expansion Continues:

Progress has been made on the Home Landscape Demonstration Garden. This exhibit shows four very different landscape vignettes. A traditional valley garden, an allergy-free garden, a modern garden and a small condo garden with edible landscaping. All demonstrate principles of Central Valley Friendly Landscaping. Exhibits of water-wise irrigation, composting, soils, mulch, and ground covers round out the displays. Thank you to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee for the grants that made this educational feature possible.

Installation of the Sensory Garden is underway. A tunnel entrance will soon be covered with fragrant star jasmine.

Seat walls have been completed and will make it easy for you to relax and enjoy peaceful sounds and nearby plants. The seat walls are designed to feature 24 specially crafted tiles available to Sensory Garden donors of $500 or more and can be engraved with a short message. Thanks to a major donation the garden’s first fountain was installed. Three basalt columns splash and attract thirsty birds. Additional donation opportunities include a teak bench for $800 and teak glider for $1,500. Also, a harmonic outdoor musical instrument producing soothing sounds for you to enjoy can be added for $6,000.


The Clovis Community Foundation Pavilion was dedicated on March 31, 2016. Long time members, new members, Clovis officials, Rotary members and all who participated in making it happen celebrated the first permanent structure in the garden. It is being used for events, seminars, birthdays, anniversaries and for relaxing as well.

One need remains: a drinking fountain; and $3,000 can make it happen.

Your membership or business contribution to this project would go a long way in completing the dream. Please consider a contribution to assist the Clovis Botanical Garden.

One more eagerly awaited area is the Children’s Garden. Planning is underway for this educational area.


Holiday Shopping at the CBG Gift Shop: Remember to include the CBG gift shop in your list of stops for shopping this Christmas season. You will find lovely gifts, books, children’s toys, and garden related items too.


Our Mission: Promoting water conservation in Central Valley landscapes. We hope your end-of-year giving plans will include the Clovis Botanical Garden, an all-volunteer effort with no paid staff supported entirely by donations and grants! Gifts are tax deductible and one-hundred percent goes to maintaining the garden.

Click here to download mail-in donation slips to use or share.

Click here to donate online.

Your gift preserves an invaluable resource for our community and the Central Valley.

Warmest regards,

Anne Clemons

President, Board of Directors

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Holiday Open House at the Gift Shoppe Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:29:08 +0000 The gift shoppe is packed with specially selected Holiday gift items. Open House is November 25 through December 23, 2016, 9am – 4pm. Come in, warm up, pick up gifts, enjoy snacks and treats while helping the garden grow.

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Event Calendar for 2017 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:28:09 +0000
  • Arbor Day Tour – “Trees of CBG” 10am Friday March 10, 2017
  • Pre SIYG VIP Event – CBG members can join Tom Ogren, author and allergy free plant authority and Fresno Bee Garden columnist Elinor Teague for drinks, appetizers and autographs. Tom Ogren’s book will be available for purchase. Attendees get first choice at the plants for sale at SIYG. Friday March 24 5 to 7pm. Admission is $10.00.
  • Spring Into Your Garden Saturday March 25
  • Earth Day Tour – “CBG’s Sustainable Landscaping Methods” 10am Saturday April 22, 2017
  • Water Wise Plant Exchange  at CSUF Horticulture Park Saturday April 22
  • National Public Gardens Day – “Enjoying The Garden” Tour 10am Friday May 12, 2017
  • Water Wise Plant Sale – Saturday October 21
  • Watch for more information and additional events!

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    Garden Clippings Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:25:07 +0000 Written by Ree Coy

    Fall Color is Still Beautiful at the Clovis Botanical Garden! A variety of deciduous trees and bushes continue their color show.

    The reds and oranges of the Chinese Pistache, ‘Keith Davey,’ along Clovis Avenue are a striking introduction to the Garden’s Autumn beauty inside.

    Near the CBG Office/Gift Shoppe the Burning Bushes are vibrant red! Other reds are the Crepe Myrtles and the Wild Grape. The Red Oak’s lovely leaves are warm browns. Yellows and golds are scattered all around the Garden.

    In addition to the deciduous leaves’ colorful displays, a number of plants are still blooming: Copper Canyon Daisy, ‘Tagetes lemmonii’, is vivid yellow; the Mediterranean garden’s lavender is lovely purple; the California fuschias and many sages are still in bloom (reds, blues, and purples); the Strawberry trees, have dainty pink blooms AND red fruit; and the Fairy Duster still waves it’s dainty red blossoms.

    A lovely, colorful carpet of fallen leaves provides a soft crunch to a walk around the Garden. Take a walk in the Garden now and appreciate the continued dedicated maintenance work of our volunteers! There’s so much to enjoy and you can personally witness which plants and trees are still showy before winter truly sets in.

    Be sure to step into The Gift Shoppe, too: there are many delightful gifts for all ages! Happy Holidays from the Clovis Botanical Garden!

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    Volunteers Wanted! Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:14:14 +0000 Tom DeLany’s term on the board has ended. With his many community connections, he found experts to help CBG improve the website, raise funds for the Pavilion and then find a builder. Thank you, Tom!

    There is need for more board members. Experience in law, administration or business would be most helpful. Contact Anne Clemons for more information.

    Board meetings are open to all persons with an interest in the garden. Comments and suggestions are welcome. The Board meets at 4pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building.

    Get Involved!

    Volunteer experiences are available for virtually every interest and experience level. One day group projects or weekend special events are perfect if you have limited time or are just starting out.

    • Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors and staff the Information Center/Gift Shoppe.
    • Docents are volunteers who lead tours of the garden, represent CBG at community events and educate visitors.
    • How about arranging for talks, presentations and workshops in the garden? Contact others to make presentations or do some yourself. CBG needs a person dedicated to its educational mission.

    Take the first step!

    If you’re able to help with any of these opportunities contact Marge at 559-323-5974 or email to learn more.

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    President’s Message Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:45:23 +0000 By Anne Clemons, President

    The end of the year is a good time to thank some long-time volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make CBG successful.

    We all need to give a big “Thank you” to:

    Marge Largent for doing whatever is necessary to make the gift shop run smoothly. She trains the Greeters and fills in when one is unable to come to the garden. Purchasing? Inventory control? Reports? She’s on it.

    Perry and Ree Coy are a dynamic husband and wife team who supervise garden volunteers on Thursdays. Perry is on the CBG Board of Directors. Need a tour leader? Need a tough job done? Need hand watering? Need a newsletter column? Need a committee chair? Call one of these capable and willing people and it happens.

    Georgia Porcella has served CBG on the Board of Directors, as the Wednesday volunteer supervisor and has always found capable volunteers to staff events. She and Ree Coy co-chair Spring Into Your Garden and the fall Plant Sale, two of CBG’s most successful events. Need it organized? Call Georgia.

    All of these talented people have volunteered with CBG for 10 years or more. It is because they make the time to do whatever is needed, often on short notice, that the garden grows.

    Anne Clemons, President

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    Around the World in 80 Bites Fri, 28 Mar 2014 03:54:37 +0000 0 Gardening 4 Kids – March 22, 2014 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:29:52 +0000 Saturday, 10:00 am to noon at Clovis Botanical Garden – Rain or Shine!

    A fun filled morning with numerous activities designed to engage children.  Activities include painting, planting, garden education and more.  Event will end with refreshments.  Children 3 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

    $5.00 admission per child due at registration, pre-registration required.  Call Marge at 559-323-5974 or email

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