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!

2nd Quarter President’s Message

CBG welcomes Carole Bence to the Board of Directors. Carole’s skills in education, management and community service projects will shine as the garden increases in size and complexity.

Thank you to all who attended the Membership meeting on May 5. That was a busy day! Susan Stiltz lead a tour of the garden; Allyson Smith and Robin Loctov held the final Science Saturday of the season, and Ree Coy staffed an information table at the Dry Creek Trail for the Clovis Trail Fest. Whew! It’s wonderful to see so many activities generating interest and support for the garden.

Twilight Thursdays Concert Series 2018

Enjoy live music in the Garden Pavilion
945 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis (just north of Alluvial Avenue)
September 13, 20, 27, & October 4, 5:30 to 7:00 pm


Thursday, Sept 13 – EVO BLUESTEIN
Evo Bluestein was raised in a household where many of this country’s finest folk performers were often
visiting. By the time he grew up he had an education in American folk culture that would be hard to
attain any other way. He performed many years with The Bluestein Family and in other bands, or
solo. He has spent many years helping others learn to participate in music. He is a dance caller and
teaches folk music and folk dance in schools throughout California. People of all ages will enjoy the many
instruments and range of American folk music.

Thursday, Sept 20 – PATRICK CONTRERAS
Patrick Contreras, Electric Violinist has a unique sound born of Fresno. Encompassing Classical, Mariachi,
Blues, Rock and Jazz. Prepare to be entertained by Creative original music and reinterpreted version of

Thursday, Sept 27 – TWO FOR THE ROAD
“Two for the Road” (Donn Beedle and Karana Hattersley-Drayton) play Celtic and American roots music,
from Irish fiddle tune medleys to Western swing and bluegrass songs. Their CD, “Bring It On Down” will
be available for purc

Thursday, Oct. 4 – UNCLE EPHUS ‘not strictly an old time string band’
This old-time style band out of Fresno, California will get your feet tapping and your hands
clapping. Doug Cornelius (front) brings a touch of class that only a washboard can provide to an old-time
band. (Back) Linda Dryden’s vocal harmonies and autoharp add that genuine old-time sound. Ron
Zastovnik’s mandolin melodies sometimes have a hint of bluegrass sound. Barbara LaRae will trade her
banjo for a fiddle or harmonica depending on the song. Ed Hawke on bass has been known to take off on
some great bass solos. Steve Barnett’s energetic guitar style frequently adds a spark to the rest of
the band.

Twilight Thursdays Concert Series 2017

Clovis Botanical Garden
945 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis (just north of Alluvial Avenue)
September 14, 21, 28, October 5 5:30 to 7:00 pm
$1 gate donation appreciated – Enjoy live music in the Garden
Uncle Ephus (Not Strictly an Old Time String Band) has been playing together since 2008. They are a lively group of musicians who all love the Old Time Traditional sounds. They often feature washboard, Autoharp, banjo, mandolin guitar & bass. They have an extensive list of vocals and tunes that guarantee to get your toes tapping!
Four sisters — two sets of twins — Savannah and Morgan, age 13 and Hailey and Jillian age 11. They enjoy playing bluegrass, southern gospel and oldtime string band music. They are quickly developing a unique style all their own.
TWO FOR THE ROAD “Two for the Road” (Donn Beedle, fiddle/viola) and (Karana Hattersley – Drayton, vocals/keyboard/guitar) play Celtic and American roots music, from Irish fiddle tune medleys to Western swing and bluegrass songs. Their CD, “Bring It On Down” will be available for purchase.
Music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s — Sinatra, Elvis, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand. Engelbert,country, They can provide dinner music and also put it in gear with top notch dance music!
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Spring into your Garden, March 25

Saturday, March 25

9 am – 2 pm    Rain or Shine

Breakfast/Lunch items available for purchase


9:30 amElinor Teague“It Takes Healthy Soil To  Make A Healthy Garden”
10:45amTom Ogren“Allergy-fighting Gardens, Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping”
12 NoonSusan Stiltz“The Trees of the Clovis Botanical Garden”
1:15pmThelma 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.

A Letter from Clovis Botanical Garden

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