Clovis Botanical Garden Hosts Concert Series

By Sam Desatoff | Reporter

The Clovis Botanical Garden held a concert series throughout September and into October.

The four-week series, entitled Twilight Thursdays, saw a variety of musical acts entertaining crowds as volunteers sold refreshments, including drinks and homemade cookies.

“The goal of Twilight Thursdays was to bring exposure to the garden,” said Georgia Porcella, garden volunteer and coordinator of the series.

Porcella seems to have met her goal with each concert drawing upwards of 160 visitors to the garden’s newly dedicated pavilion.

Dedicated in March, the outdoor pavilion was funded by the Clovis Community Foundation and is available for rent for parties and other events.

Held in conjunction with Clovis Auto Shop and the Fresno Folklore Society, the series hosted four different musical acts over the course of four Thursdays in September and October. Folk duo Two for the Road was one such act.

“It is a lovely venue,” said keyboardist and vocalist Karana Drayton. “And the atmosphere is very relaxed.”

Another act, The Gilly Girls, is a bluegrass string quartet made up of two sets of twins.

The Clovis Botanical Garden is a drought-resistant garden at the intersection of Clovis and Alluvial avenues. Planting began in 2002 and the garden has continued to grow over the years, with multi-acre expansions planned into the future.

“We like to call the garden ‘water wise,’” said Porcella, meaning that all the plants thrive in high temperatures and with limited water. In other words, the garden serves as a prime demonstration of the kinds of plant life found in the central valley.

According to garden volunteer Andrea Reed, there are plans to introduce new features, including a home demonstration garden where visitors can get decoration and upkeep tips and a sensory garden with an emphasis on scent and touch.

Reed said that the idea for a sensory garden came from a friend who is blind but expressed a desire to enjoy the outdoors using other senses.

The garden is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and does not charge for admission. There is also a visitor’s center and a gift shop that sells handmade goods and gift baskets.

With the concert series is complete, garden volunteers can begin looking forward to their next big event. The plant sale and fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 15 and will feature a variety of food vendors, children’s activities, and guided tours of the garden.

“Both co-sponsors of the event, the California Native Plant Society and the Clovis Botanical Garden, will have garden experts available to help select appropriate plants for the home landscape,” Porcella said.