Local garden festival celebrates spring’s arrival

By Carole Grosch

Flowers are fresh and blooming, colors are vivid. There’s nothing quite like spring to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

The Clovis Botanical Garden’s “Springinto your Garden Festival” was held Saturday, March 28. Sponsored by the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, over 400 guestsvisited the family-friendly event at the sun-kissed garden.

“We had a very nice turnout,” says Susan Stiltz, certified arborist and garden consultant.

There was something for everyone. Horticultural experts gave tours, answered questions and held educational presentations. A plant sale did a lively business selling California native water wise plants and vegetables. By appointment, professional landscape designer consultation was available.

Vendors and exhibitors like the Fresno BonsaiClub, Audubon Society, Takao Nursery, FresnoCactus & Succulent Society, the Iris Society, animal rescue groups and many more were on hand. Over 50 volunteers helped direct visitors and carry out purchases.

UCCE Master Gardeners of Fresno County held a plant clinic with water conservation being a hot topic.

“Water early in the morning to limit evaporation,” suggests an expert. “You want to make sure you know the needs of your plants to prevent over-watering. Check your watering systems, sprinklers, drip lines to make sure there they are working properly. Mulch around the base of plants to retain moisture and reduce weeds. Plant California native plants that do well in our local climate.”

A list of native plants were available with many of them labeled and growing in the garden as mature specimens.

Not all the exhibits were horticultural in nature.

Pat Hunter of Gallery II Studio was there with her beautiful artwork and books.

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.

Of course, you could just relax and wander along the walking trails of the garden and enjoy the beautiful day and scenery.

 

Clovis Botanical Garden was the inspiration of Gordon Russell, a Clovis resident, who, in 1993, had the desire to create a demonstration botanical garden in the San Joaquin Valley. He wanted an emphasis on education andwater conservation while showcasing native plants for residents to enjoy.

He presented this idea to the Clovis City Council andnon-profit status was granted to the Clovis Botanical Committee, Inc., by 1995. The current site is on one acre of land owned by the City of Clovis. Located at 945 N. Clovis Avenue, between Alluvial and Nees, the area is bordered by a bike trail and Dry Creek Park.

Plans are in the works for expansion; in fact, during the festival, the ribbon was cut for the newly planted Mediterranean Garden.

The Clovis Botanical Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Group tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information call Monday through Friday (559) 298-3091.