By Carole Grosch, Reporter
Blooming flowers, blue skies and comfortable temperatures welcomed guests to the sixth “Spring into Your Garden” annual festival at the Clovis Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 19. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors had the opportunity learn about water wise gardening and enjoy nature’s beauty.
Sponsored by the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and Fresno Tree Service, a multitude of experts were on hand to answer questions, give advice and hand out samples.
Fresno County Master Gardeners were busy answering gardening questions, Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society had free plantings of succulents, and Tree Fresno and the California Native Plant Society had informative brochures to hand out.
“Now that I know what I should be planting, maybe I’ll have better luck,” one visitor confided. “It seems that in the summer, plants I have are either hurt by the heat or killed by frost in winter.”
There was something for everyone along the garden paths.
Kids had the chance to make a dish garden to take home. “This is so much fun,” said one young landscaper. “I like the dirt and to see how many plants I can get in the pot.”
PG&E gave out herb seeds along with their “Right Tree Right Place” informational publications to help homeowners become knowledgeable about power lines and trees.
Arborist Susan Stiltz and the garden’s own Anne Clemons gave walking tours so visitors can see how Valley friendly trees and plants look in a landscape.
Author Janice Stevens and artist Pat Hunter of Gallery II Studio were there with books and beautiful artwork.
The City of Clovis Public Utilities and City of Fresno Water Conservation had tips on preserving natural resources, conserving water and handed out informational flyers, water reducers and sustainable shopping bags.
Food vendors Casa de Tamales and Raw Fresno were on hand for a tasty lunch.
The new pavilion on the north side of the property, hosted hourly guest speakers. The pavilion, which can seat approximately 75 people, can also be rented for private occasions.
“One of our most popular events is the plant sale,” said a volunteer. “We only sell drought tolerant plants that thrive here in the Central Valley. It’s best to come earlier if you can, to get the best selection.” Volunteers were on hand to help guests carry out their purchases.
Established in 1993 by Gordon Russell as an educational vehicle for the community to learn about water conservation and local horticulture, the Clovis Botanical Garden is maintained by volunteers and supported through memberships, donations and grants. Located at 945 N. Clovis Avenue and bordered by Dry Creek Trail and Dry Creek Park, the three-acre demonstration garden is owned by the City of Clovis.
Over time, the garden has grown, thanks to the many volunteers and supporters. The latest addition, the California Native Plant Garden, was celebrated Saturday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony towards the close of the festival.
Group tours of the garden can be arranged by appointment. For more information, call (559) 298-3091, Monday through Friday.
The Clovis Botanical Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed Mondays, Tuesdays and select holidays.
The next event at the garden is “Earth Day Tour” on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. For this and other events, including the raffle of a beautiful potting bench and four park passes to Disneyland, taking place at “Around the World in 80 Bites” event on May 12, call (559) 298-3091 or visit clovisbotanicalgarden.org.