First Quarter Newsletter 2020

Garden Mission: To promote water conservation in the California Central Valley landscape through excellent gardens, exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.

Upcoming Events 2020

In this time of uncertainty, the Clovis Botanical Garden is committed to do our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and reduce its impact on our healthcare systems. We are following statewide guidelines and have cancelled many garden events. The garden is closed at this time and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Hopefully, we can move forward with the following events in the fall. Until then, practice “social distancing” and stay healthy!

April Events have been cancelled. The April 10th Starry Night Visitor Center Fundraiser will be rescheduled. If you have purchased raffle tickets, the drawing for the raffle will be held during the rescheduled event.

September & October 

Twilight Thursday Concert Series


Scarecrow Garden

October 16th & 17th                       

Fall Plant Sale

December 12th                                  

Christmas Fun in the Garden

Children’s Educational Corner: Science Saturday

 By Barbara Davidson

Children participating in Science Saturday on March 7th explored the world of “POLLINATORS!” Barbara Davidson and Robin Loctov developed and facilitated the lessons. The session included dissecting various flowers and making pollination simulators. We explored which of our favorite foods would not be available without different pollinators and talked about ways to protect pollinators and bring them into our gardens. All participants made and took home seed balls to put in their yards. It was a delight to see young scientists engaged in learning!

Garden Beautification

The Buchanan High School Equilibrium Club and Jeffrey Hull from Lemoore Naval Air Station volunteered to install raised garden beds just east of the pavilion. Anne Clemons and Andrea Reed inspected the finished product and were pleased with the outcome. Soon plants will fill in the beds for a scenic view for all to enjoy!

The large terracotta pots placed by the pavilion pillars now have beautiful succulent arrangements thanks to our planters Tracy Wells, Mandi Avila and Valerie Lee. Valerie supplied about half of the succulents, a few came from the CBG nursery, and the remainder were donated by Home Depot on Kings Canyon in Fresno.

A succulent arrangement was also planted near the garden entrance under the green tent. The concrete sink donated by Nathan Magsig was used along with cinder blocks to create a welcoming display of succulents. A painting on slate by Valerie Lee of blue flowers and butterflies is also included in the arrangement for an extra special touch!

Children’s Garden

A metal scarecrow now stands in the Children’s Garden to add a delightful air of whimsy. The raven perched on the scarecrow’s hat intermittently spews water from his beak into a pan below held by the scarecrow. Visitors have enjoyed watching this new water feature, especially the children!

Garden Tour

The Three Rivers Garden Club visited the garden and enjoyed their guided tour with Perry Coy. They were enthusiastically positive about the garden and plan to return soon!

Home and Garden Show:

Our booth at the March Fresno Home and Garden Show was visited by many, especially those wanting to purchase raffle tickets after seeing the great display created by Pat Wynne!- Many thanks to all those who volunteered to man the booth over the 3-day period.

New Addition to Newsletter! – “Tips for Central CA Gardeners”

Many of you may know Elinor Teague as the Fresno Bee garden columnist. Elinor has been a Master Gardener since 1995 and wrote a column for the Fresno Bee for 16 years. She is a strong supporter of our garden too! To our delight, Elinor has volunteered to submit gardening tips for our quarterly newsletters!


By Elinor Teague

It is very likely that this year will be a drought year. Central Valley summers often last longer and have longer periods of high temperatures than normal during drought years. New transplants and seedlings may not be able to withstand early hot spells even if watered on a regular schedule, and growth may slow significantly for existing plantings with well-developed root systems. New transplants of drought- tolerant plants are not drought-tolerant during their first two or three years or until their root systems are well-established; soil moisture levels in their planting beds will require regular monitoring.

Revamp, repair and replace your irrigation systems now to ensure that your plants get enough water this summer while still conserving water. Newer models of micro spray emitters deliver water in square, semi-circular or circular patterns that irrigate a larger area of plants’ root systems than drip emitters. Drip tapes can be buried six inches deep in the soil near plants’ roots (very useful for row plants) and because the soil surface does not receive the water, evaporation is slowed and weed seed germination is suppressed. Low-flow bubbler emitters also deliver water directly to root zones. Check the Fresno County Master Gardeners’ website under ‘Drought and Waterwise Gardening for information sources on installing and improving irrigation systems.

Adjust your irrigation timers often. Four times a year is not practical in our climate. Irrigate just before a hot spell is predicted to pre-soak roots and increase watering time during periods of high temperatures to maintain consistently moist, but not soggy soil. Hand water seedlings and transplants when the top inch or two of soil is dry, twice a day if necessary, on the hottest days.

Thank You

The Clovis Botanical Garden is a registered non-profit group developed, managed and operated by volunteers for the benefit of the community. Without the passion and dedication of volunteers giving freely of their time and talents, the Clovis Botanical Garden would not exist for the education and pleasure of the community. THANK YOU to all members and volunteers!

Welcome to our New Members

  • Sally Wright
  • Randy Dunlap
  • Valerie Lee
  • Vicki Giraldes

Membership dollars help the Garden grow in many ways.  For those interested in joining, visit the membership page or stop by the Gift Shoppe Information Center.

Get Involved – Volunteer

Volunteer experiences are available for virtually every interest and experience level – docent, event planner, fundraiser, gardener, greeter and more! Contact us today!

Amazon Smile

Attention Amazon Users!! Amazon will donate to the charity of your choice for each purchase at no cost to you! Just go to “Amazon Smile,” list Clovis Botanical Garden as your charity, then shop on Amazon as you usually do! It couldn’t be easier, so please sign-up today!

A Message from Our President Anne Clemons

This message of March 2020 seems a world away from the previous message of December 2019. First, there is goodbye to Nelda Lewis. Nelda has served on the Board of Directors since the very beginnings of Clovis Botanical Garden. Once she retired from the working world, her priorities shifted to family. Thank you, Nelda, for serving as Vice President, President and Secretary of Clovis Botanical Garden.

Thank you to Carole Bence for agreeing to serve as Secretary and Newsletter editor.

March brought the COVID-19 viral pandemic. CBG has closed to protect both visitors and volunteers. A message from the American Public Garden Association revealed that gardens across the nation have also closed to visitors. Let’s hope that the virus goes on its way soon so gardens can once again welcome visitors.

Thank you to the many volunteers who accomplished much before the shutdown. The pavilion area was spruced up with new succulent plantings in the terracotta pots. Construction of raised beds was completed and soon will be brimming with colorful flowers. Science Saturday just managed to squeeze in before the shutdown. Then volunteers appeared alone to pull spring weeds.

Be safe!

Anne Clemons, PresidentPatricia Wynne, Vice President
Andrea Reed, TreasurerCarole Bence, Secretary
Carolyn DicksonPerry Coy
Elsabe KrugerJohn Pape
Eric AllerKarin Chao Bushoven
Nancy MorrisonJohn Bushoven, Ph.D.
John Pape

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