2019: 2nd Quarter Events and Activities

Find out about our upcoming events on our events page.

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!

CBG Float in Clovis Rodeo Parade

CBG Float in Clovis Rodeo Parade

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

Membership meeting and brunch

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

Peace pole dedication

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 booth

Memorial Day booth

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!

Arthur Dyson receives check for an architectural rendering of our new visitors center

Arthur Dyson receives check for an architectural rendering of our new visitors center.

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.

Agave Parryi

Agave Parryi

Cyclists enjoy the Garden

A Message from our President, Anne Clemons

This spring the Board decided to proceed with building a permanent visitor center. We envision a 2,500 sq. ft. building to house a larger gift shop; expanded information and education displays; a larger office/workspace; storage, and a conference room for meetings and presentations. The conference room will connect to an enclosed patio. The visitor center would have green features to reduce electrical use. Patricia Wynne, Andrea Reed and Anne Clemons formed a committee to explore the possibilities.

A sustainability presentation by Arthur Dyson, hosted by the Green Building Council, seemed like a good place to begin gathering information. Dyson is a nationally renowned award-winning architect with ties to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. During introductions, we said that the garden was beginning to think about building a permanent visitor center and hoped for assistance from the group of builders and designers in attendance.

After the presentation, we were surprised and delighted to have an offer of help from Arthur Dyson. The garden is dedicated to sustainable horticulture, and Dyson has championed sustainable building practices – a good fit and very fortunate for us! He is designing a 2,500 sq. ft. building that looks like it belongs in the garden, while accepting site and budget constraints.
This project will put CBG on the architectural map, as well as the garden map, and attract even more visitors. To transform the vision of an Arthur Dyson designed visitor center into a reality, support from CBG members will be greatly appreciated!


  • Perry and Ree Coy – $25,000 for the Children’s Garden
  • Clovis Community Foundation – $5,000 for Garden Maintenance & Improvement
  • City of Fresno Water Conservation – $1,000 for Irrigation
  • Woman’s Conference Grant submitted by Ree Coy – $500 for the Children’s Garden
  • The Clovis Rotary for donating the Peace Pole and providing a dedication ceremony
Perry and Ree Coy donating check to childrens garden

Perry & Ree Coy donate $25,000 for the Children’s Garden


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Get Involved With the Clovis Botanical Garden

Volunteers in action LogoGET INVOLVED …. VOLUNTEER!
Volunteer experiences are available for virtually every interest and experience level – docent, event planner, fund-raiser, gardener, gift shop greeter, and more! Contact us today!

The Clovis Botanical Garden Committee, Inc. 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. To ALL Members and Volunteers – A BIG THANK YOU!

Membership dollars help the Garden grow in many ways. For those interested in joining, visit contact us or stop by the Gift Shoppe!

Welcome to our new members!
Sloane Laird, Debbie Christian, Monta Bentley, Chad & Carolyn Harris

Low Allergy Gardening

Did you know that ginkgo biloba trees, while providing shade and being beautiful to look at, may be causing you problems with your allergies? Take a look at this recent article from Global News Canada that talks more about this and ways that you can minimize your and others’ allergy suffering. 

December 2018 – Message from President, Anne Clemons

The Children’s Garden has received a major donation from Valley Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Clovis City Council Member, Lynne Ashbeck, for arranging support for this eagerly awaited project. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019.

“Science Saturday!” Science Education Corner

By Allyson Smith

Robin Locktov and I met this week to plan the second year of Science Saturday classes! We thank all the CBG
members who participated last year. To recap, over 150 children and adults attended. We raised over $350
and earned a $500 grant from the Central Valley Women’s Conference. Our most popular event was “Bug
Fest,” with 37 attendees braving a rain storm to learn about pollinators, composting, and insect collection

For the 2018-2019 school year, we have decided to focus on providing quarterly Science Saturday classes,
focusing on our successes while intensifying advertising to increase participation. Our first class will be on
Saturday, November 10th from 10-11:30 am. The cost for the class is only $10 per family. Proceeds go to the
Children’s Garden Fund and to cover costs of materials. We hope to see you there!

To volunteer or for more information on Science Saturday classes, please contact Allyson Smith at

Quarterly Review of Garden Activities: Science Education Corner

By Allyson Smith

What an awesome year it has been for children’s science education at the CBG! On May 5, Robin Loctov and I concluded the 7-class season of Science Saturday. The theme for our last class was flower science. Throughout the year, many families have attended and supported the garden, including members, non-members, and first-time visitors! From November 2017 to May 2018, over 150 adults and children have attended classes, raising over $350 for the Children’s Garden Fund. We thank everyone who joined us to support Science Saturday.

One of our biggest events this year was Bug Fest, held on April 7. Over 10 volunteers helped us to set-up stations and work with students. There were 6 stations on topics including praying mantis, beneficial insects, butterflies, earthworms, ladybugs, and collection and identification. The event was held “rain-or-shine,” and even with the rain, over 30 people attended the event!

Another big accomplishment for Science Saturday was being selected for a grant from the Central California Women’s Conference. The CBG was awarded $500 to support Science Saturday. Funds were used to purchase binoculars, close focus monoculars, and a microscope. Students tested out these tools at the May class. The microscope was a huge hit! Thank you to Andrea Reed and Anne Clemons for assisting me in writing this grant! Science Saturday classes will resume in the Fall.

Spring into Your Garden: Our annual Spring Plant Sale on March 24th was a great success! Twenty-five vendors, including 6 local authors, were present to welcome 350 guests. We sold 821 water-wise plants that day and welcomed 10 new members! It was a busy day to enjoy the garden and beautiful Spring blossoms too!

Elsabe’s Sensory Garden: Elsabe Kruger, an Occupational Therapist with 40+ years of experience in working with children with autism, is the source of inspiration for the Sensory Garden. Enter through a vine-lined tunnel to visit a special place to touch, smell, listen, move, and now MAKE MUSIC! The “SWIRL,” a musical chime instrument, has now been placed. When visitors play the chimes, beautiful melodic tones can be heard throughout the garden. People of all ages enjoy the Sensory Garden! In addition, artistic tiles purchased by donors will soon line the benches for all to enjoy.

Boy Scout Troup 514 volunteered time and energy, while working on an Eagle Project for candidate Anthony Faulks. Pathways throughout the garden were lined with rocks, totaling over 1225 feet. This greatly enhances the garden, and we are very appreciative to these wonderful Scouts! All garden visitors will enjoy this beautification project for many years to come!

Bike Rack: Cyclists visiting the Garden can now secure their bikes in our recently added racks, donated by John Ciantl and installed by Perry Coy. Many thanks to these gentlemen! To use the bike racks properly, the center of the bike should be in the center of the hoop, thereby allowing the front, rear or both wheels to be secured with locks. 

Pavilion Reservations: The Pavilion provided a tranquil, scenic garden venue for many gatherings of family and friends. Special events included celebrations for birthdays, graduations, weddings, showers (baby/wedding), and “Celebration of Life” memorial gatherings. Our latest booking is for a dance recital! As word of our pavilion in a garden setting gets around, we anticipate even more reservations!

Garden Tours: Several tours were conducted throughout the Spring months. Visitors were delighted to see the flowers blooming, as well as the new additions to the Garden. Tours included:

  • American Public Garden Day Tour lead by Anne Clemons
  • California Native Tour with Therma Valdez from the CA Native Plant Society
  • Merced Master Gardeners’ Tour lead by Perry Coy
  • Earth Day Tour lead by Perry Coy
  • Membership & Visitor Tour lead by Susan Stiltz
  • Sierra High School Retired Teacher’s Tour lead by Perry Coy

CBG Annual Membership Meeting: Members enjoyed breakfast in the Pavilion while Board Members shared news of Garden accomplishments and future projects planned. It was a wonderful way to start a weekend!

Poppy Gates: Repainting of the “poppy gates” inspires all who enter the garden!